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Special athletes in the spotlight tomorrow

Hundreds of Special Olympics athletes will tomorrow show Barbados the fruits of their hard work and practice at the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Track and Field Finals at the National Stadium.

The action begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day. The events range from 25, 50 and 100 metre sprints, to 200 and 400 metre middle-distance races, to relays, the long jump, the softball throw and the shot put. Not only will teams and athletes be competing from schools and special units from across the island, but they will also be joined by independent participants.

Some of last year's special olympics athletes.

Some of last year’s special olympics athletes.

Among those on the track at National Stadium will be the athletes who have been selected to compete in the Special Olympics World Games, to be held this summer in Los Angeles, California. The athletes sharpening their skills for the World Games are Kenny Alleyne, Tiffany Branch, Raymond Delphi, Akitunde’ Hall, Anyia Joseph, Korey Kellman, Nikita Maycock, Rosie Murray and alternates Tashona Gale-Brathwaithe, Tiana Harewood and Shaniese Straughan.

The Special Olympics World Games will be the biggest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015 and will draw 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators.

Special Olympics Barbados is seeking the financial help of private and corporate citizens to send a full team of 26 athletes to the World Games to compete in the disciplines of athletics, bocce, soccer (seven-a-side football), golf and aquatics.

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.

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