Athletes from all over Texas convene in Austin for Special Olympics


by ANDREW CHUNG / KVUE News and Photographer DOUG NAUGLE

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Posted on February 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 10 at 7:32 PM

AUSTIN -- From power lifting to figure skating, about 2,000 athletes from across Texas are competing in the 2012 Special Olympics Texas Winter Games in Austin. 

Lawrence Fisher is a member of the Conroe Stars bowling team. He has a message for his rivals.
"I want to take them down," he said.
His teammate, Kade Maires, is soaking in all the fun. 
"Pretty awesome," he said.
David Kight is head of the Conroe bowling delegation and is also a power lifting coach. 
"Oh, it's incredible just watching the athletes get excited about getting strikes and spares and knocking down pins," said Kight.
Margaret Larsen is president and CEO of Special Olympics Texas and takes joy in seeing all of the athletes come together. 
"That joy is the counterpart of the entire mission that, you know, it's something about skills. It's something about social development, and it's also about the accomplishment, or the joy, as you say," said Larsen.
Across town at the Austin Sports Center, athletes were busy playing volleyball Friday. 
"It's a blast, you know. You have your good times, and you have your bad times, you know, bad spills, but I'm having a ball what I'm doing," said Kyle Eddleston, a volleyball player with the Fort Bend Angels. 
Chris Curtis plays volleyball with the Arlington MAC Gators. 
"It is fun! It is fun to get that ball over the net," he said.
Whether it's volleyball, or bowling, it's a way for the athletes to have fun as well as forge bonds.


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