Special Olympics athletes making strides
The Special Olympics athletes of the Alma Parris Memorial School have two reasons to celebrate.
They have won the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Football Championship in both the senior and junior divisions. Despite stiff competition, which included six goals scored by Ajani Blackman of the Learning Centre, Alma Parris’ footballers captured the senior title with consistent and spirited play.
Blackman was named Most Valuable Player in the senior division, and his Learning Centre team, the defending senior champions, captured second place. The Ann Hill School Team A and Ann Hill School Team B tied for third place in the tournament held at the National Sports Council’s playing fields in Blenheim, My Lord’s Hill.
In the junior division, the Alma Parris Special Olympics athletes successfully overcame a blistering performance by Davio Harding of the Erdiston Special School. Harding scored 11 goals to lead his team to a second place finish and was named Most Valuable Player among the juniors. The Charles F. Broome Special Unit captured third place among the juniors, with the Ellerton Primary Annex taking fourth place.
Some of the intellectually challenged athletes who took part in the football championship could face international competition in July of this year when Special Olympics Barbados hopes to send a seven-a-side team to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. Special Olympics Barbados also plans to send athletes to compete against participants from more than 170 countries in the sports disciplines of track and field, bocce, aquatics and golf.
All of Barbados can become a part of the effort to send Barbados athletes to the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Digicel, in its continuing support of Special Olympics, has established the Digicel Road to the World Games Fund. Collection tins have been place in Digicel locations and many other participating businesses nationwide.
Direct donations can also be made to the Digicel Road to the World Games Fund at CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, account number 1001111009.