In this neck of the woods, Asti, Italy, on a bright and sunny June morning, the organizers of the Brunswick Italia Challenge invited the groups of handicapped Italian bowlers from Asti, Turin and Milan to both meet with the American PBA players competing in
the current tournament and then roll a ‘pro-am’ type tournament with the handicapped players’ scores tied with those of the Americans. The Cypriot team, the Navigators, also joined the fun.
Wide-eyed and hopping with excitement, the home players put on an admirable show, the team of Federico and American Ryan Ciminelli topping the scores, although the Italian forced the pace, rolling a 194 in the final game to beat the pro. “I had to double in the tenth frame to beat Federico,” Ciminelli told us. “I got the first but couldn’t make it a double, so the youngster beat me. He was the star of the show and together we won the gold medal.”
Evidently, these groups have a huge following in Italy, an example for the rest of the world. Bowling is a solid part of the Special Olympics and deserves a place in the Paralympics and maybe the Olympic Games.