Special athletes shine
It was all about fun and excitement when Special Olympics Barbados National Games Track and Field preliminary meet took place today at the Weymouth Ground with the finals scheduled to take place on March 24 at the National Stadium.
Public relations officer for Barbados Special Olympics, Edward Thompson told Barbados TODAY that they were very pleased with the number of schools which participated in today’s activities that featured sprints and soft ball throw. He said they were hoping that more of the athletes would get the opportunity to go to the Los Angeles World Games slated for July 25 to August 2. So far 26 athletes were chosen to represent Barbados at the World Games in Los Angeles which will cost in excess of $250 000.
“We are getting there [in terms of raising the money] and fortunately Digicel has set up the road to the games funds but we could always do with more sponsorship,” Thompson said.
Aquatics, athletics, bocce, golf and soccer are the five disciplines which athletes will participate in with 7 000 other athletes from around the world from 177 countries taking part.
In just a few of the preliminary events which took place today Jade Forde of Ellerton won her race in the girls 12 to 15 25m. While in the other 25m race Kalyah Hunte of Ann Hill was also victorious.
The boys’ 12 to 15 25m sprint was won by Kito Butcher of Charles F. Broome. In the boys’ five to seven age groups Ronaldo Connell of Bannister Learning Center won the 25m while Jonathan Dear of Charles F. Broome also recorded a win in the second 25m race, age five to seven. Roxanne Mathews of Chandler School won the 50m girls.
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)