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Shaylene Stephens wasn’t looking forward to getting up to catch an early flight to Newark, N.J. But she could hardly wait to get there and get going for her national bowling competition.
Stephens, the top local Special Olympian, was selected to represent New Mexico at nationals this week.
She was one of four athletes invited to take part in the bowling competition, which gets going Monday morning in New Jersey.
She will be competing in singles, doubles and team bowling this week, along with a pair of athletes from Las Cruces and another from Albuquerque.
Along with bowling, Stephens competes in several other sports, including basketball, soccer and swimming.
Stephens said heading to nationals was a pretty big deal for her.
“It’s getting to see a different part of the county, getting to see some friends that might be there that I met when I went in 2007 to the World Games,” she said. “Maybe I’ll get to see some old coaches and stuff.”
Stephens got to go to the World Games in Beijing, China, just months before the Olympic Games were held there in 2008 and said she was amazed by the Olympic Village there — the Beijing Games are considered some of the most successful Olympics ever held.
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