’18 Team Missouri: Amanda Koch (From Camp to Seattle and Home Again)
This is a guest blog post from Special Olympics Missouri athlete Amanda Koch. She is a member of Team Missouri and will travel to compete in bocce at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle. It is in her own words.
First i started at selections camp by making friends. There we got to do fun activities, get to know one another, and interact with them to. Every morning we went for walks. Also got to do training for our sport. We even got to show off our skills.
From that we found out who got selected to represent Team Missouri. The ones who got selected. Had to attend a meeting, practices, and trainings. I had practice twice a week. We had fundraisers to do to raise $3,000. To make it to the national level. For trainings, we had to attend 3 of them. At all of the trainings i have done very well.
At the last trainings we got recognized for our fundraising efforts. While we were there we got our trading pins. Also at the trainings we learned safety, being healthy and staying physically fit. Throughout my training experience i have had a personal trainer. To help me along the way. Now it is time to send off to Seattle. First when got there we had a celebration of team missouri athletes. At the celebration some of us got our hair sprayed and some dancing to. We got to have police officers transport us to the STL airport.
In Seattle, we got to sight see, and take a tour and a cruise. Sunday we had a blast at opening ceremonies. We also had competition throughout the week. Also while we were in seattle. We got celebrate the 4th of July, seen a baseball game, and seen the space needle. We got to attend closing ceremonies. Now Team Missouri is flying home.