New Training and Life Opportunities for the Intellectually Disabled
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Persons 18 years of age and older who have intellectual disabilities are being invited to apply to participate in life and occupational skills training that could lead to richer and fuller lives and greater inclusion in our society. They are capable of far more than most people assume, but systems must be in place in the society if they are to reach their full potential. Those essential systems are getting a substantial improvement as the result of the European Union funded expansion of the Special Olympics Barbados Outreach and Skills Training Programme.
The Outreach and Skills Training Programme, which has been in operation since 2001, provides older Special Olympic athletes with a bridge to the wider community through life skills, cultural and occupational training. The European Union is funding the expansion of the programme as a part of a project to support vocational training and job placements for intellectually disabled persons, and the new Outreach and Skills Training Programme will therefore be held on four days a week, beginning in September 2016. The programme will also find a new home in a dedicated location in the Harbour Industrial Park owned by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation.
The expanded Outreach and Skills Training Programme, which is open to person 18 years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, and who are not currently enrolled in programmes or institutions serving the intellectually disabled, will provide a variety of training opportunities. The syllabus includes instruction in English, Mathematics, Life Skills, Vocational Skills and Computer Studies on weekdays. Saturday classes, which are open to individuals enrolled in other programmes and institutions, will focus on the Visual Arts and Performing Arts. In the future, the Special Olympics Barbados Outreach and Skills Training Programme will progressively expand to include areas such as horticulture, agriculture, business development and entrepreneurship.
Applicants accepted into the programme will be registered as Special Olympic athletes and must complete required medical forms. Application for the programme can be made on this web site or weekdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Special Olympics Office, Arbor House, #23 James Street, Bridgetown. The required medical form is only available at the Special Olympics Office. Due to the limited number of open positions in the programme, interested persons, parents and guardians are urged to apply without delay. Click here to apply.
Intellectual disability (ID) is a term used to describe a person with certain limitations in cognitive functioning and other skills, including communication and self-care. These limitations can cause a child to develop and learn more slowly or differently. Intellectual disability is the most common developmental disability.
A number of months ago, because of medical complications, Tyrone Greene's leg was amputated. Never being one to let any adversity get in his way, Tyrone got directly back into life, resuming his activities, one of which is being the Athlete Representative on the Special Olympics Barbados Board of Directors.
A recent Fundraising Luncheon was held with the goal of helping Tyrone obtain a prosthetic limb. For more information on how you can help Tyrone, call 833-8663 or 256-8631.
Tyrone Greene is pictured here with Special Olympics Chairman Donna King- Brathwaite when he received an award in 2014 for Outstanding Service to Special Olympics.
Gold: Tyson Browne, 400 metre run, 800 metre run; Felicia McLennan, bocce singles; Abbygaile Mayers, aquatics, 25 metre backstroke; Leander Brathwaite, golf; Kofi Cadogan, aquatics, 25 metre freestyle; male 4x100 metre relay (Tyson Browne, Raymond Delphi, Korey Kellman, Akintunde Hall); female 4x100 metre relay (Sharnara Cain, Rosie Murray, Nikita Maycock, Tiffany Branch)
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; Tiffany Branch, 100 metre run; bocce doubles (Patrick Hinds, Rico Wiggins)
Bronze: Patrick Hinds, bocce singles; Korey Kellman, 200 metre run; Nikita Maycock, 200 metre run; bocce doubles (Felicia McLennan, Nadia McLennan)
4th Place Ribbon: Kofi Cadogan, aquatics, 25 metre backstroke; Jay Tee Brathwaite, aquatics, 50 metre backstroke; Desiree’ Hinds, golf; Sharnara Cain, 200 metre run; aquatics 4x25 metre freestyle relay (Abbygaile Mayers, Kofi Cadogan, Dion Ellyatt, Jay Tee Brathwaite)
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; Raymond Delphi, 1500 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 run8th Place Ribbon: Akintunde Hall, 400 metre run
The two final races of the World Games for the track and field athletes were the female and male 4-by-100 metre relays. The female team of Rosie Murray, Nikita Maycock, Sharnara Cain and Tiffany Branch sped around the Locker Stadium track at the University of Southern California to win the gold medal. The bright and shiny gold also went to the swift male team of Raymond Delphi, Korey Kellman, Akintunde Hall and Tyson Browne. Raymond Delphi had double duty on the final day of track and field action, capturing a 6th place ribbon in the 1500 metre run.
The bocce court at the Los Angeles Convention Center was the venue for final day silver and bronze medal wins for Special Olympics Barbados. The bocce doubles team of athlete Patrick Hinds and unified partner Rico Wiggins captured the silver medal in the bowling game, and the bronze medal went to the daughter and mother bocce doubles team of athlete Felicia McLennan and unified partner Nadia McLennan. In Special Olympics unified competition, athletes who have intellectual disabilities are teamed up with partners who do not have intellectual challenges.
There was also final day competition in aquatics at the World Games. The team of Dion Ellyatt, Kofi Cadogan, Abbygaile Mayers and Jay Tee Brathwaite swam an impressive race to win 4th place ribbons in the 4-by-25 meter freestyle relay.
Pictured above the daughter and mother bronze medal winning bocce doubles team of athlete Felicia McLennan and unified partner Nadia McLennan.
Another Day Full of Medals for Barbados at the Special Olympics World Games
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 short 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 captured the first place in the 25 metre freestyle.
His teammate, 11 year old Abbygaile Mayers, who had a day earlier won gold in
the 25 metre backstroke, came back to take 5th place in the 25 metre
freestyle. Both Cadogan and Mayers joined 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 the Caribbean, 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 (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.
Everywhere Tyson Browne walks around the campus of the University of Southern California he is greeted by fans who shake his hand or snap pictures with him. His celebrity status is well-earned because the Barbados middle-distance runner is proudly wearing two gold medals around his neck. After capturing gold at 400 metres, Browne returned to the track to win his second gold at 800 metres at the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games.
But Tyson Browne is not the only Barbados athlete who is enjoying the fame of golden accomplishment. Felicia McLennan also wears a gold medal after winning the bocce singles competition and her second medal at the World Games. Her previous triumph was capturing silver along with her three other team members in the unified team bocce category. The gold rush continued when swimmer Abbygaile Mayers won the 25 metre backstroke in her division and Tiffany Branch captured first in her division in the 100 metre run.
A silver medal winner for Barbados is Nikita Maycock. The sprinter took second place in her division in the 100 metre run. She will add that medal to the gold she won in the previous World Games in Athens, Greece in 2011.
Earlier that same day, Patrick Hinds won the bronze medal in bocce singles. That was Patrick’s second medal of the Games, having already captured a silver medal with his three team mates in unified bocce team competition.
Pictured right-to-left, Rico Wiggins, Felicia McLennan, head bocce coach Lois Inniss, Patrick Hinds and Nadia McLennan.
Barbados Athletes Get Off To An Explosive Start At The Special Olympics World Games
The Barbados footballers can just about feel a medal in their hands after their opening day performance in the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games. The seven-a-side team blanked competitors from Belgium 4-0. The Barbados Special Olympics footballers also and did away with Costa Rica with a 3-1 score. Impressive wins, such as those, are what moves a team into the final round of play in the biggest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015.
But the great performances by the Barbados athletes did not end there. These 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.
“I felt like a rock star” said Barbados track and field athlete Tyson Browne after experiencing an event-packed two days provided by Special Olympics World Games host town El Segundo, California. During the World Games, which are being held in Los Angeles, California July 25 through August 2, nearby towns act as hosts to the Special Olympics teams from 177 countries. El Segundo, designated as the host town for Barbados and Macedonia, spared no effort making athletes from the two countries feel like celebrities. Host town activities took place on the days leading up to the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony on July 25.
Digicel Helps Pave the Road to the Special Olympics World Games
Digicel Corporate Communications Director Tanya Menzies-Beckford presents Special Olympics track and field athlete Rosie Murray with a generous contribution for Special Olympics Barbados
In 2011, a campaign spearheaded by Digicel sent seven Barbados athletes to the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece. All seven returned home with gold, silver or bronze medals. The company has again made a generous contribution to help Special Olympics Barbados send 26 athletes to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California. This latest contribution comes as part of Digicel’s overall campaign to assist Special Olympics. The company has also established the “Digicel Road to the World Games Fund” and the World Games collection tins have become a familiar presence island-wide in Digicel outlets and other cooperating business locations. Direct contributions can be made to the Digicel Road to the World Games Fund at CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, account number 1001111009.
From July 25th to August 2nd, Los Angeles, California will host the biggest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015, the Special Olympics World Summer Games. The World Games will draw 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, and proudly wearing national colors among them will be 26 Barbados athletes and their coaches.
The Barbados Special Olympics athletes will be competing in five sports disciplines: aquatics, athletics (track and field), bocce, golf and soccer (seven-a-side football). Alternate athletes have also been named and would travel to Los Angeles if, for some reason, selected athletes are unable to make the trip. In addition to the selected athletes, two “unified partners” will participate in the games on the Barbados bocce team. Under the Special Olympics “Unified Sports” programme, participants, who do not have disabilities, compete alongside Special Olympics athletes.
The Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme has remained one of the strongest supporters of Special Olympics by encouraging its members to participate in Special Olympics events as officials and unified athletes. Rico Wiggins of the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme will be on the Barbados unified bocce team in Los Angeles, along with unified team member and Special Olympics volunteer and parent, Nadia McLennan.
Special Olympics Barbados World Summer Games Athletes and Coaches
Aquatics: Head Coach, Adelle Price; Athletes: Jay-Tee Brathwaite, Kofi Cadogan, Dion Ellyatt, Abbygaile Mayers
Athletics (Track and
Field): Head Coach, Roger Dyall; Assistant Head Coach, Janita Austin; Athletes: Tiffany Branch, Tyson Browne, Sharnara Cain, Raymond Delphi, Akitunde’ Hall,
Korey Kellman, Nikita Maycock, Rosie Murray
Bocce: Head Coach, Lois Innis; Athletes: Patrick Hinds, Felicia McLennan; Unified Partners: Rico Wiggins, Nadia McLennan.
Golf: Head Coach, Jaleel
Marshall; Athletes: Leander Brathwaite, Desiree’ Hinds
football): Head Coach, Troy Thorpe; Assistant Head Coach, Colin Western;
Assistant Head Coach, Edwin Martindale; Athletes: Karlitos Adamson, Marquis Alleyne, Tre’ Best,
Ajani Blackman, Razzaq Goddard, Shaquon Harding, Nicholas Jordan, Shaquille
Lewis, Adam Thompson, Richad Williams-Barrow
Parents and family members are essential participants in all Special Olympics programmes. In addition to cheering, supporting and encouraging their intellectually challenged athletes, some take part in coaching duties, both on and off the field of play. One of the sports, in which family members are playing an important role, is golf. Special Olympics golfers meet twice a week at the Barbados Golf Club to practice and sharpen their skills, and parents and family members are in every session helping certified Special Olympics coaches and bringing their own individual understanding to the activity of teaching athletes a new sport.
Recognising that family members have become such an integral part of the Special Olympics golf programme, the Barbados Golf Club recently hosted a week-long golf clinic for Special Olympics golf parents, family members and assistant coaches. Jaleel Marshall, Barbados Golf Club Instructor and Special Olympics Barbados Head Golf Coach, created the golf clinic curriculum, combining his personal expertise with Special Olympics coaching guides. Family members and assistant coaches received specific training in golf essentials ranging from how to grip and swing the golf club to golf rules and etiquette. For some, it was their first time actually playing holes on a golf course, an experience which will be passed on to their athletes as they work to improve their own play and enjoyment of the game of golf.
Four of the golf athletes (two participants and two alternates) will be named to the Barbados team for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles, California in July. The Barbados athletes have been working diligently on basic skills, and they will compete against athletes, at the same skill level, in the World Summer Games, which will include participants from more than 170 countries.
The Special Olympics athletes of the Alma Parris Memorial School have two reasons to celebrate. They have won the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Football Championship in both the Senior and Junior Divisions. Despite stiff competition, which included 6 goals scored by Ajani Blackman of the Learning Centre, Alma Parris footballers captured the senior title with consistent and spirited play. Ajani Blackman was named Most Valuable Player in the Senior Division, and his Learning Centre team, the defending senior champions, captured second place. The Ann Hill School Team A and Ann Hill School Team B tied for third place in the tournament held at the National Sports Council Playing Fields in Blenheim, My Lord’s Hill.
In the Junior Division, the Alma Parris Special Olympics
athletes successfully overcame a blistering performance by Davio Harding of the
Erdiston Special School. Harding scored 11 goals to lead his team to a second
place finish and was named Most Valuable Player among the juniors. The Charles
F. Broome Special Unit captured third place among the juniors, with the
Ellerton Primary Annex taking fourth place. (Click here to see photos of the National Games Football Championship)
Some of the intellectually challenged athletes who took part in the Football Championship could face international competition in July of this year when Special Olympics Barbados hopes to send a seven-a-side team to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. Special Olympics Barbados also plans to send athletes to compete against participants from more than 170 countries in the sports disciplines of track and field, bocce, aquatics and golf.
Those dollars and other coins you drop into the collection boxes at Chefette restaurants and BBQ Barns around the nation really add up to important contributions. Chefette Restaurants, Ltd. gives the funds donated by customers to a number of charitable organizations, including Special Olympics Barbados. The corporation staff also adds to the total amount donated.
Canadian Special Olympics Golfers Play the Beautiful Golf Courses of Barbados
In its continuing support of sports tourism, Special Olympics Barbados welcomed the arrival of the second Canadian delegation to visit our nation in the month of October. After successfully hosting a 19-member group from Special Olympics Brampton, Ontario, the local organisation hosted golfers from Special Olympics Mississauga, Ontario. Keith Boyce, Special Olympics golf coach and certified member of the Canadian Golf Teachers Federation, United States Golf Teachers Federation and World Golf Teachers Federation, returned to Barbados with two of his accomplished, medal-winning Special Olympics golfers, Aaron Lindsay and Arthur Rea, Jr.
Golf buddies: left to right, Special Olympics Barbados golfer Leander Brathwaite, Special Olympics Mississauga golfer Arthur Rea, Jr. and Special Olympics Barbados golfer Akintunde' Hall.
Mr. Boyce, a Barbadian who now lives in Canada, is the impetus behind the current Special Olympics Barbados golf programme. In 2012, assisted by Aaron and Arthur, he conducted a golf clinic, which started the local Special Olympics golf programme. He is also responsible for supplying most of the golf equipment which is used by Special Olympics Barbados. The Canadian visitors enjoyed a golf-filled visit, compliments of local golf clubs, which have been extremely supportive of the Special Olympics Barbados golf programme. Mr. Boyce, Aaron and Arthur awoke to hit the links many mornings during their stay at the Rockley Golf Club. In addition, they played rounds of golf at the Apes Hill Golf Club and the Royal Westmoreland Golf Club, compliments of those two facilities. The three visitors were also seen frequently at the Barbados Golf Club when they joined Special Olympics Barbados athletes for their twice-a-week practices.
Special Olympics Visitors from Brampton, Ontario Enjoy a Great Week in Barbados
Two Special Olympics teams have something very “special” about which to brag – not only have they won the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Cricket Tournament, but they have also repeated the championships they won last year. In the spirited competition held at the National Sports Council Blenheim Fields, Special Olympics athletes from the Ann Hill School captured the Senior Championship over the second-place senior team from the Alma Parris School. The A.C. Graham Development Centre, which last year won second place in the division, finished this year in third place. The energetic play of the younger athletes from the Alma Parris Memorial School led them to another Junior Division Championship. A strong performance by Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary landed them in second place in the division. Eagle Hall Primary Annex took third place, with Ellerton Primary Annex in fourth. Click here to see photographs of the National Games Cricket Tournament.
Athlete David Kehrli, his mom, Connie, and his brother were guests staying at the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort when they noticed Special Olympics Barbados was holding a Bingo Evening at the resort. They decided to join us, and we are happy they did! Although David was not a big winner at bingo, he is a big winner, as all Special Olympics athletes are, competing in aquatics and soccer in Long Beach, California. We hope David and the Kehrli family will return to our island many more times.
More Bingo Evenings are planned. Check back on this website and the local press for announcements of the dates of upcoming Bingo Evenings.
Special Olympics Athletes Get an Exclusive Look inside Digicel
Digicel Marketing Executive Randy Howard (standing left), Digicel Commercial Director Alex Tasker (seated left) and Digicel CEO Mark Linehan (seated right) welcome Special Olympics athletes and officials to the new Digicel headquarters.
In its continuing support of Special Olympics Barbados, Digicel has given local athletes a very special experience - a close and exclusive look inside a major business enterprise. The athletes were invited to a morning tour of the new Digicel headquarters in the Williams Tower in Warrens as the communications company announced a generous monetary contribution to Special Olympics Barbados. (Read the full story and see photos of the tour)
Story by Elizabeth Bowen, Special Olympics Barbados Outreach Director
After more than a year of planning, the Special Olympics Outreach Skills Training Programme made its maiden group journey on-board the Carnival Valor on May 29, 2013 for a week on the high seas. laughing(Read the story) See the photos on our photo page.
It is through the inclusion of our athletes into the larger society that barriers are removed and understanding is gained. Public figures play a major role in this process because their commitment creates an example to be followed by others. Compliments of Digicel, our athletes were treated to a fun afternoon of practice with the West Indies Cricket Team at Kensington Oval. They experienced genuine acceptance and carried away warm memories that will last a lifetime. See cricket practice on our Photo Gallery page.
The Special Olympics Barbados Board of Directors completed intense training sessions developed to ensure the successful future operation of the organisation and its programmes. The two days of instruction, entitled Purposeful Boards - Powerful Programmes, focused on implementation of the Strategic Plan and partnership with Special Olympics Caribbean and Special Olympics International. The training sessions were conducted by Beth Alldridge, Special Olympics International Director of Organisational Development, Maureen Webber, Special Olympics Caribbean Board Chair and Samantha Charles, Special Olympics Caribbean Board Member.