Blackman a special football talent
When 15-year-old Ajani Blackman scored six goals in two games in the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Football Championship, it confirmed that the young man was a very talented player.
His speed, developed as a Special Olympics track and field athlete, and his accuracy, made him an easy selection for the honor of Most Valuable Player and a place on the Barbados team, which travels to the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games.
The Learning Centre student, along with his team-mates, will represent Barbados in the biggest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015.
The Barbados team, which will compete in seven-a-side football, will join 7,000 athletes from 177 countries at the Special Olympics World Games.
They have been preparing for the competition under the guidance of Special Olympics Barbados head football coach Troy Thorpe and assistant head coaches Colin Western and Edwin Martindale.
The full Barbados football team, in addition to Ajani, includes Karlitos Adamson, Marquis Alleyne, Tre’ Best, Razzaq Goddard, Shaquon Harding, Nicholas Jordan, Shaquille Lewis, Adam Thompson and Richad Williams-Barrow.
They are among the 26 athletes Special Olympics Barbados is sending to the World Games, which will take place in Los Angeles, California, from July 25 to August 2. The local athletes will compete in five sports disciplines: aquatics, athletics (track and field), bocce, golf and soccer (seven-a-side football).
Corporate supporters and individuals, who wish to help in the effort to send a Barbados team to the Special Olympics World Games, can do so by donating to the Digicel Road to the World Games Fund at CIBC First Caribbean Bank, account number 1001111009.