Special Olympics athletes continue to shine
Barbados’ Special Olympics athletes continue to put on strong performances at the World Games, with the medal count to date at seven Gold, three Silver and three Bronze.
The athletes have excelled in Golf, Swimming, Track and Field, Football and Bocce, at the competitions in Los Angeles.
Golf is the newest Special Olympics Barbados sport, but this is one case where newness does not detract from excellence. Leander Brathwaite and Desiree’ Hinds were introduced to the discipline a year-and-a-half ago at the Barbados Golf Club, which plays host to the programme.
Under the expert guidance of head coach Jaleel Marshall and his father, assistant head coach David Marshall, who are both Barbados Golf Club instructors, Leander and Desiree’ made their presence known in a big way at the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games.
Leander won the gold medal and Desiree captured 4th place in individual skills competition against stiff competition from an international field of Special Olympics golfers.
Gold also emerged for Barbados from the swimming pool when 14 year old Kofi Cadogan came first in the 25 metre freestyle. His teammate, 11 year old Abbygaile Mayers, who won gold in the 25 metre backstroke a day earlier, came back to take 5th place in the 25 metre freestyle.
Both Cadogan and Mayers will join teammates Dion Ellyatt and Jay Tee Brathwaite in the 4-by-25 metre relay.
One of the most competitive disciplines faced by Barbados athletes was seven-a-side football. The teams from Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent and the Grenadines were strong and a spirited group from Hong Kong was added to the mix. The T&T footballers would capture the gold medal, but the tenacity of the Barbados team, which consi (Karlitos Adamson, Marquis Alleyne, Tre Best, Ajani Blackman, Razzaq Goddard, Shaquon Harding, Nicholas Jordan, Shaquille Lewis, Adam Thompson and Richad Williams-Barrow) led them to a silver medal.
The Barbados track and field contingent, which had already racked up three gold, one silver and one bronze medal, added to their count when Nikita Maycock captured a bronze at 200 metres. Sharnara Cain placed 4th, and Rosie Murray 7th at 200 metres.
Still ahead of the athletes before the World Games end on August 2, are individual races in aquatics and track and field, relays in the pool and on the track, as well as the doubles competition in bocce.
The Barbados World Games results as they stand at the end of six days of competition are:
Gold: Tyson Browne, 400 metre run, 800 metre run; Felicia McLennan, bocce singles; Abbygaile Mayers, aquatics, 25 metre backstroke; Tiffany Branch, 800 metre run; Leander Brathwaite, golf; Kofi Cadogan, aquatics, 25 metre freestyle;
Silver: Seven-a-Side Football Team (Karlitos Adamson, Marquis Alleyne, Tre Best, Ajani Blackman, Razzaq Goddard, Shaquon Harding, Nicholas Jordan, Shaquille Lewis, Adam Thompson and Richad Williams-Barrow.); Unified Bocce Team (Felicia McLennan, Patrick Hinds, Nadia McLennan, Rico Wiggins); Nikita Maycock, 100 metre run;
Bronze: Patrick Hinds, bocce singles; Korey Kellman, 200 metre run; Nikita Maycock, 200 metre run;
4th Place Ribbon: Kofi Cadogan, aquatics, 25 metre backstroke; Jay Tee Brathwaite, aquatics, 50 metre backstroke; Desiree’ Hinds, golf; Sharnara Cain, 200 metre run;
5th Place Ribbon: Korey Kellman, 400 metre run; Rosie Murray, 100 metre run; Abbygaile Mayers, aquatics, 25 metre freestyle; Tiffany Branch, 200 metre run;
6th Place Ribbon: Akintunde Hall, 200 metre run;
7th Place Ribbon: Jay Tee Brathwaite, aquatics, 50 metre freestyle; Sharnara Cain, 100 metre run; Dion Ellyatt, aquatics, 50 metre freestyle; Rosie Murray, 200 metre run;
8th Place Ribbon: Akintunde Hall, 400 metre run.