Dale a World Games Medallist
Tenpin bowler Dale has returned from the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi with three medals – two silvers and a bronze.
Winning a medal in every event he competed in, 23-year-old Dale won silver in both his singles and teams events and bronze in his doubles.
While the medals were a highlight, Dale says representing Australia was the “biggest honour ever”.
“Getting ready for the World Games has been a lot of effort, a lot of training, but it’s been a massive honour to do it and lots of people are proud of me,” Dale says.
Dale’s trip to Abu Dhabi with the Australian Special Olympics team was his first trip overseas.
“The travel was better than I thought it would be, though I’ll be quite happy not to get on a plane for a little while!” Dale joked.
Aside from the World Games, Dale also enjoyed getting to see some of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with Ferrari World being his favourite destination.
Another highlight was making many new friends among his Australian team mates.
Dale has been bowling for 15 years and competing in the Special Olympics for three years. He won his place at the World Games after a solid performance at the Special
Olympics Australia National Games held in Adelaide in 2018.
He plans to keep competing in the Special Olympics and is already straight back into tenpin bowling on Friday nights at Marion Bowland.
Dale says he thinks Special Olympics Australia is a great organisation: “They made sure everyone in the team got looked after and the volunteers were great; I don’t think it would have been possible without them."
A self-advocate, Dale works at Laundry and Linen Services at Lonsdale. After flying home on a Saturday, Dale was back at work first thing on the Monday morning, and was welcomed by the staff in his area with a big photograph and congratulations, which he really appreciated.
Well done Dale on your tremendous effort!