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State Special Olympian Swings for the Gold

Sean Hively Sean Hively
Rob Nelson Rob Nelson
Jean Hively Jean Hively

By Paul Drewes

KANEOHE (KHNL) -  An island athlete has only been playing golf for two years, and already he is representing the United States in a special competition.

Like any other golfer, Sean Hively is practicing to get better. He just picked up this game two years ago. and already this golfer's got a knack for the sport.

He's taking aim at more than just a low score in his next game.

"When you get to China, you gotta remember to relax" says his coach, Rob Nelson, with the San Diego Golf Academy.

His coach, is helping to fine tune his game, something that's come a long way in just a short time. "Making a one foot putt in the beginning is not a sure thing, now he can hit over 200 yards, he's a good putter and has an amazing competitive attitude." says Nelson.

And he'll take that amazing attitude to the Special Olympic World Games. Just one of two gold medal golfers from Hawaii selected to play. Sean was lucky to have been picked for the team, but luck hasn't always been on his side. Both kidneys failed ten years ago, a seeming end his athletic career. "We never thought he would run again after kidney transplant ten years ago." says his grandmother, Jean Hively.

But Sean worked hard at recovering, just like he has at his golf game. And now flourishes in life and sports. "His strength is his attitude, he's not going to let a bad shot get him down." says Nelson.

And even though Sean is not expected to bring home the gold, going up against athletes with twice as much experience, he will still return with his golden attitude.

"I don't know how well he is going to do, but i know he is going to try." beams Jean about her grandson.

The Special Olympic World Games take place in Shanghai, China the first two weeks of October. In addition to Sean, there are seven other Hawaii Special Olympians representing the United States.

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