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Special Olympics athletes from northern Ontario on their way to Calgary to compete

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In keeping with the spirit of the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Calgary this week, Timmins bowling athlete Ronald Thomson got bowling pins and a bowling ball shaved into the back of his head.

He said bowling has been one of his hobbies for 12 years and now he's ready to take his game to the next level.

“They told me it’s not just a hobby," said Thomson.

"It’s a sport, too, and it’s rewarding, get to travel, get to meet new friends, see what the competition is like and just the sportsmanship alone is worth it."

Thomson will be joined by a snowshoeing competitor from Iroquois Falls and other bowling teammates from Timmins, including Ashley Kaizer.

“I’m going to do my best down there ... first nationals down there," said Kaizer.

In keeping with the spirit of the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Calgary this week, Timmins bowling athlete Ronald Thomson got bowling pins and a bowling ball shaved into the back of his head.

“We’re here to wish him well," said Marc Depatie, communications coordinator for the Timmins Police Service.

"Send him on his way with as much confidence as possible … He represents the Timmins Police Service as a Special Olympian at various events throughout the province and now nationally so we couldn’t be more proud.”

Timmins Police has a long-standing history with the Special Olympics and were part of the send-off.

"They're great ambassadors to the community and I enjoy working with them," said Const. David Wilkie.

Celebrations in Calgary begin on Tuesday with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, followed by eight sporting competitions and various activities.

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