May 29, 2024

A Cambridge man has returned from the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi with gold and silver medals.

Barry Green was one of 7,500 athletes from more than 200 countries to participate in the event. The 44-year-old athlete competed in 10-pin bowling. He finished sixth in singles, won gold in doubles and earned a silver in teams.

Green has been involved with the Special Olympics for 15 years and has been bowling for close to two decades.

Barry Green poses with the medals that he won while competing in Abu Dhabi at the 2019 Special Olympic World Games. Photo by Kaitlyn Mullin, Spoke News

Despite his extensive experience competing in the Special Olympics, Green said that competing in worlds was a bit more nerve-racking.

“It was my very first worlds; I was nervous going down,” said Green, because at the worlds there were 7,500 from all over the world.”

Green, however, did not let his nerves get the best of him and was proud with his final scores.

“My coach said ‘Barry, you did really well — you had most of your games over your average,’ ” said Green.

“My average going into the worlds was a 116. So I had really high scores, but the top people in my division, they had almost 200 scores, almost perfect games.”

The 2019 Special Olympic World Games took place from March 14-21.

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