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Local teen off to the state level Special Olympics


Fifteen year old Trent Kibort has autism. But he doesn't let it get in the way of his love for bowling.  His enthusiasm brought him to the state level Special Olympics.

As a student at the Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School, Trent is used to receiving lots of support. But today is extra special.

Trent's teachers and peers cheer him on at a pep rally, and display signs they made for him.

At 9 a.m. Saturday morning, Trent will bowl alongside other kids his age at the Special Olympics, held in Peoria.

Trent has been bowling for four years, but this is the first year he's competed.

 His coach, Kevin Thomas, says "Trent always excels, he has so much potential and to be a great athlete, and when it comes to the special Olympics, he know's what he's doing when it comes to the special Olympics."

Coach Kevin has high expectations for the tournament. "He has a great score average of 90 to 95."

He says winning isn't everything. "But it's just important that Trent have fun and that's what it's about, the sportsmanship of it. But we would like to win, and we have faith in that he's gonna win."

This is not the first time Trent has gone to the Special Olympics. "He's actually participated in the state level also in athletics, the 50 meter run and also the tennis ball throw, so he's been to state before and this is nothing new to him," said Thomas.

Trent will also be bringing a brand new bowling ball, bag, and shoes with hi, thanks to a grant from the Rockford Health System.

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