Rebecca Jansen is a winner of a Fragile X Association Achievement Award 2016!
Inclusion and Participation Strengthen Rebecca’s Love of Bowling
Like many 20 year olds, Rebecca Jansen loves sport. She loves the social interaction and feeling of inclusion that so many people who play regular sport enjoy.
Rebecca’s sport is ten pin bowling. She only started bowling half way through this year and in September, was a member of the Queensland Disability Ten Pin Bowling Championships held in the Coolangatta / Tweed Heads area of south-east Queensland. Rebecca’s parents say that she has very good hand-eye coordination, and given her meteoric rise in the sport, bowling is obviously the perfect sport for her.
Rebecca has Fragile X syndrome and was diagnosed when she was five years old. Last year she started work at the Endeavour Country Kitchen in South Burnett where many of the employees are involved in bowling. Through her co-workers, she became interested and involved in the sport.
At the Queensland Championships, Rebecca competed in multiple events including Women’s Singles/E grade, Teams/D grade, All Events Women/E Grade and Double/E Grade, and in her category, placed second overall to the winning bowler who has 30 years bowling experience. That is an incredible result and needless to say, Rebecca was very proud of herself and her achievements.
Rebecca’s parents, David and Lesley, are equally as proud of Rebecca and wanted to nominate her for an Achievement Award to recognise both her participation and her results.
“We are delighted to see Rebecca so engaged in the sport and developing friendships with the other players. The results are important but we believe they are secondary to Rebecca feeling included and participating in the sport alongside other people.
They said, “As parents of a young adult with Fragile X syndrome, the best advice we can give to other parents is to facilitate any activity that allows your child to create friendships and bonds with others”.
Rebecca plans to continue bowling alongside her other interests of music, the internet and watching movies. At this point, she doesn’t have any specific goals for bowling but who knows? Given her love of the sport and her natural aptitude for the game, maybe Rebecca will become the next national Disability Ten Pin Bowling champion.