A.J. Hellickson, 17
Scholastic News Online Student Reporter, Missouri
From left to right: Teresa Keane, Keira Joyce, and A.J. Hellickson
Keira began Special Olympics when she was 9 years of age and has enjoyed bowling, equestrian, and table tennis. So far at the Special Olympics World Games in Dublin, Ireland, she has won a gold medal in singles competition and a bronze medal in team bowling. She is expected to win the gold in her doubles competition today.
Doubles-team bowling finals at Blanchard town.
Keira's partner, Teresa Keane met her when they played in a national bowling tournament in Dublin two years ago. Since then they have become great friends and great bowling partners.
When asked what sport she liked best, Keira grinned.
"Bowling!" she said with enthusiasm. She has been to at least 10 training sessions while preparing for the World Games.