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Wii will, Wii will, rock you

Greenspring’s Wii bowlers dominate Northern Virginia Senior Olympic Games

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November 20th, 2012

Wii bowling is so much fun and is a great way to meet people, says Joan Matteson, who lives at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va. We have some good laughs and enjoy spending time together with friends. As one of the most popular activities at Greenspring, the Wii bowling league is comprised of 48 teams and 25 substitute players. The bowlers match wits weekly in the community s own six-lane virtual bowling alley. So impressive is the Greenspring Wii bowling alley that in 2010 the Northern Virginia Senior Olympic (NVSO) committee approached the community about hosting the Olympics first Wii bowling event. The commissioner came here to see what we had to offer, says Ted Campbell, who organizes Greenspring s Wii bowling league. Since our lanes are set up in rows, it feels like a real bowling alley because you are bowling next to your competition. The commissioner liked what he saw. This year marked the third time Greenspring hosted the NVSO Wii bowling event and another successful year for the community s participants. Putting their skills to the test, 15 members of the Greenspring league joined more than 50 other Wii bowling Olympians from across Northern Virginia at this year s competition. Winning medals in every age division, the Greenspring athletes brought home five gold, three silver, and two bronze medals.

Creating superstars

Just as she did at last year s competition, Joan bowled a perfect 300 game, a feat that made NVSO Wii bowling history. I am fortunate to throw a very straight ball, so I know where I want to place it on the screen, she says. I don t practice. It just comes naturally. Joan is one of our superstars, says Ted. The fact is not lost on Joan s family. For her 80th birthday this past May, her daughter hosted a family Wii tournament. They had Wii bowling t-shirts for everyone, and my daughter made a cake in the shape of a bowling alley, says Joan. They even had a little trophy for the winner, and guess who won? Community member Vickie Lambert joins Joan as the second member of the Wii bowling league to bowl a perfect game. She and her husband Clint swept the gold medals in the 60 69 age group at this year s Olympics. When we moved to Greenspring in September 2008, we were asked to join the league as substitute players, says Clint. We quickly became regular members and now lead our own team, The Fabulous Four. Since their Olympic appearance, the bowlers enjoy new status as campus celebrities. Our friends congratulate us and ask us how we do what we do, says Vickie. Everyone wants to know the secret to Clint s tremendous hook from the far right alley to the sweet spot for a strike.

Growing popularity

Their success is just icing on the cake to Greenspring s committed bowlers. The best part of Wii bowling is the time we spend with each other, says Vickie. We all laugh, joke, and enjoy our time playing together. And it s a game that anyone, regardless of ability, can play, says Joan. If you are looking for a little bit of exercise and a lot of fun, Wii bowling is the game for you.

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