Abbeville woman to bring home gold in Special Olympics in Florida

Published: May. 18, 2022 at 1:38 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2022 at 12:49 PM EDT
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ABBEVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - An Abbeville woman representing South Carolina on the grand stage of the Special Olympics in Florida is bringing home gold!

Ashley Bond is in Orlando, Florida competing in the Special Olympics June 4 through June 12. We’re told she has so far won gold in unified and 5th in single.

In May, we caught up with Ashley as she prepared for the special olympics.

The 41-year-old is very active and doesn’t shy away from competition.

Her sport of choice for the competition? Bocce ball.

“She’s been playing bocce ball probably 20 years or more,” Ashley’s mother, Gloria Bond said.

Ashley has participated in many special games. She even won big in the 2014 Special Olympics.

“We got to go with her to New Jersey and she did bocce there. It was so much fun,” Gloria explained.

Ashley Bond wins gold
Ashley Bond wins gold(Viewer submitted photo)

If you ask Ashley how she feels about bocce ball, she’ll give you a big smile and say “happy.” The joyful demeanor she carries is a testament to her view on life. Bond describes bocce ball as similar to bowling.

You might have seen her at Chestnut Street Parking practicing.

Ashley is a multi-sport performer, and has the accolades to prove it. In addition to recent winning gold at the state level for bocce ball, she’s participated in swimming and horse riding among other sports.

The special olympics are being held June 5-12 in Orlando, Florida.

In an update on June 9, Ashley got 5th in single and gold in unified!