WAPAKONETA — Andrea Davidson was surprised to learn of her latest bowling accolade.
At a private ceremony Thursday at Astro Lanes, Davidson, 23, of Waynesfield, watched a Facebook video of Special Olympics Ohio Bowling Coach Ed McLean welcoming her to Team Ohio, which will be competing June 5-12, 2022, at the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Fla.
“I’m excited and surprised,” said Davidson, who will begin training with Team Ohio soon for competition in singles and doubles events at the national level.
Davidson said she has competed in the Special Olympics Ohio State Games in bowling “every summer” and looks forward to the Special Olympics USA Games.
The ceremony Thursday was organized by Auglaize County Special Olympics Bowling Coach Gary Moore, who said Davidson was selected to Team Ohio based on gold medal performances in tournament competitions.
“She bowled in our district and our state tournament, which is down in Columbus,” Moore said. “They take the names of the top bowlers with gold medals and draw them out of a hat. Andrea’s name was one of four names that were picked for Team Ohio.”
Davidson’s top two games during the 2020-21 regular season were 176 in Game 2 and 173 in Game 1. After 26 weeks of competition, Davidson produced an average of 135.4.
Andrea is the daughter of Josh and Melanie Davidson of Waynesfield. She has been bowling for 10 years since beginning the sport as a hobby with her father.
“The only thing I’ve done is moved her up with her steps (during her approach to the foul line),” Josh Davidson said. “She has always been an accurate shooter. She makes shots that I wouldn’t try because I don’t have the accuracy that she has.”
The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will take place in Orlando, Fla., at several venues, including the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The home base for bowling will be the Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center.