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Special Olympics off to great start

Barbados’ footballers have got off to an excellent start at the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games with two victories.

The seven-a-side team blanked competitors from Belgium 4-0 yesterday. The Barbados Special Olympics footballers also defeated Costa Rica 3-1. The impressive wins are the perfect start for Barbados as the team attempt to get into the final round of play in the biggest sports and humanitarian event in the world.

The great performances by Barbados’ athletes did not end there.

The Special Olympics athletes have a fine history of winning in the bowling sport of bocce, and the Barbados unified team put the competition on notice once again with a stunning 11-4 victory over Italy.

In Special Olympics, unified teams consist of players who do not have intellectual disabilities and players who do have intellectual challenges. The win by athletes Felicia McLennan and Patrick Hinds, along with unified partners Nadia McLennan and Rico Wiggins, is particularly significant because Italy is generally known as the birthplace of bocce, and it has been a favorite sport in that country for centuries.The explosive start continued when the Barbados athletics team took to the track for preliminary heats and set the stage for what could result in a hefty haul of medals when the finals are run later this week.

The preliminary heat results are: Korey Kellman, 2nd place, 200 metres; Nikita Maycock, 1st place, 100 metres; Akitunde Hall, 1st place, 400 metres; 1st place, 200 metres; Tyson Browne, 2nd place, 800 metres; Rosie Murray, 2nd place, 100 metres; and Sharnara Cain, 1st place, 100 metres.

The only final result so far, and the first award for the Barbados team at the Special Olympics World Games, is a fourth-place ribbon won by aquatics team member Kofi Cadogan in the 25-metres backstroke. Kofi’s time in his preliminary heat was one of the best performances ever for the young swimmer. Still ahead for Cadogan are the 25-metres freestyle and the 4 x 25 metre relay.

Kofi Cadogan (right)

Kofi Cadogan (right)

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