Dunedin-based athlete Christopher Rielly has been involved with Special Olympics Otago for 13 years.
In that time he has played most of the sports on offer including basketball, indoor rowing, tenpin bowling, and football, and competed in Special Olympics and mainstream events.
For the past nine years tenpin bowling has taken precedence and since 2011 he has run his local tenpin bowling league.
His average bowling score is 152 but he has been known to knock out a score above 200.
“It is an honour to be going to Los Angeles and representing my chosen sport and representing my country,” he says.
Chris graduated from Special Olympics New Zealand’s Athlete Leadership Programme in 2011 and as one of our Global Messengers has been instrumental in organising events in Otago, including the National Summer Games 2013.
In addition to sport and Global Messenger commitments Chris is kept busy running after his five-year-old daughter and full-time work at the New Zealand Wood Moulding Company.