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Lyn Ryan - Head Coach Tenpin Bowling

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After being involved for over thirty years with her Special Olympics Manawatu club, World Games Head Coach for Tenpin Bowling Lyn Ryan first became involved with Special Olympics back in the early 1980's sitting on poolside watching her daughter Kylie-Maree attend her first swim training session "in this new sports programme thats just started up called Special Olympics".

Since then she has taken on a variety of roles within the club.

For Abu Dhabi in 2019 at the World Summer Games Lyn has been selected as the Head Coach for the three player Tenpin Bowling team New Zealand is taking. A challenge Lyn is up for and really looking forward to.

Since being appointed to the lead role in Tenpin Bowling, Lyn has enrolled in a TBNZ Coaching course and has two local bowling mentors she is working with. “They are New Zealand ranked players and coaches, so I am already getting a lot of great advice on technique and things I shall get my players to work on” Lyn shared.

Being a parent of three Special Olympics athletes and having been a coach in several sports for over 25 years, Lyn knows a lot about working with athletes with an ID and getting the best out of them, so  Lyn says “now it is more about knowing what to coach; rather than how to”.

Lyn is really looking forward to the challenge that these World Games will bring. Abu Dhabi will be the seventh World Games that she has attended, but each and every one is different and unique. She attended three as a parent supporting one of her sons, one as a Head Coach for Bocce and two as a volunteer in the sport of Bocce. As well as attending mulitple World Games Lyn has also coached at many National Summer Games and was the Head Coach for Bocce at the 2013 SO Asia Pacific games.

Lyn’s goal is to be a part of a great team that provides a pathway to an awesome event, that for some will be a once in a lifetime experience for them, and she knows that it will enhance the quality of life for those on the team and will certainly change their lives for ever.

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