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New Training and Life Opportunities for the Intellectually Disabled

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The expanded Special Olympics Barbados Outreach and Skills Training Programme, made possible by funding from the European Union, is open to person 18 years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, who are not currently enrolled in programmes or institutions serving the intellectually disabled. The initial 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. The Special Olympics Barbados Outreach and Skills Training Programme will progressively expand in the future 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.


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UNDERSTANDING
ACCEPTANCE

INCLUSION

UNDERSTANDING

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.

ACCEPTANCE
More than a third of people surveyed in an international study felt people with ID should be limited to special schools and special workplaces because of misplaced concerns about safety or disruption. If given the opportunity, many people with ID are very capable of job training and employment.
INCLUSION
When a society misunderstands and underestimates the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities, opportunities are lost. Jobs that might be done go undone. Chances for friendships that might be sparked pass by. And respect that might be won is lost.

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Come Join Us, and Bring a Friend! Make It a Friends Nite Out!

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Click here to see the photo slideshow of the Special Olympics 5K Run/Walk for Understanding, Acceptance and Inclusion

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See Photographs of the 2016 Special Olympics Barbados National Games
Track and Field Preliminaries and Finals


More than 600 eager athletes gave their very best performances at the biggest event on the local Special Olympics calendar, the 2016 Special Olympics Barbados National Games Track and Field Preliminaries and Finals.

To see photo slideshows of the 38th Annual National Games Track and Field Preliminaries and Finals, click here.

Slideshows of recent Special Olympics Barbados competitions and events, including the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games, can also be found on our Photo Gallery page.


Tyson Browne Wins the Inaugural Wesley Worrell Memorial Award

Special Olympics Barbados athlete Tyson Browne is the proud recipient of the first-ever Wesley Worrell Memorial Award, named for the late leader of the Barbados Paralympic Association. Tyson, who became an international social media hit for his post-race victory dance after winning three gold medals (400, 800 and 400 meter relay) at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California, was presented with the National Sports Council recognition at a recent ceremony.

Tyson Browne became an instant celebrity at the World Games after a World Games liaison volunteer posted his photo on Snap Chat resulting in millions of hits at the social media site.

The National Sports Council also honored the entire Special Olympics Barbados World Games team with an award for outstanding performances. See the stories below about the Special Olympics World Games, and see the photo slideshow of the Games.


See Our World Games Athletes in Action on Our World Games Slideshow

Our athletes had wonderful performances at the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games. In the competition, involving 7,000 athletes from 177 countries, the Barbados team won 8 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medlals. When the medals awarded for team sports, such as football, bocce and track & field and aquatics relays, are added, our athletes came away with a total of 36 medals. Each member of the Barbados team returned home with at least a 4th-place ribbon.

To see photographs of all the action, click here and be re-directed to our "photo gallery" page. Come back to the website often because we are uploading even more pictures as we sort through many great images.

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Fundraising Luncheon Held for Tyrone Greene,
Special Olympics Athlete and Board Member

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.



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W
orld Games Medals and Awards
(updated 8-2-15 - final results)

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 run

8th Place Ribbon: Akintunde Hall, 400 metre run

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We Ended the Games in a Rush of Medals

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.

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Another Day Full of Medals for Barbados at the Special Olympics World Games

Barbados golf winners (Desiree' Hinds, left and Leander Brathwaite, center) on the medal stand.

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.


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More Barbados Medals at the World Games

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.

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Barbados Footballers Celebrate a Win Over Hong Kong


Tyson Browne Wins The First Barbados Gold at The World Games



Tyson Browne had already become a crowd-favourite at the University of Southern California Locker Stadium with his pre and post-race dance, and he did not disappoint his fans when he crossed the finish line to win the gold medal at 400 metres. Tyson’s dance was as smooth as his run as he outdistanced the field to capture the first gold medal by the Barbados team.


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.



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The Unified Bocce Team Wins the First Barbados Medal of the
Special Olympics World Games

Our bocce athletes won the first Barbados medal of the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games. The unified bocce team of athlete Felicia McLennan, unified partner Nadia McLennan (Felicia’s mom), athlete Patrick Hinds and unified partner Rico Wiggins, after impressive performances over a three-day period, won the silver medal in Unified Team Bocce.


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

               Swimmer Kofi Cadogan wins the first award for Barbados in the World Games,a 4th place ribbon.

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.

 


California Gives a Big Welcome to Barbados Athletes

“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.


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Games Evening at JoJo's Raises Funds for the World Games

It was a day and night of fun at JoJo's in the Carlton Plaza, Black Rock to raise funds for the trip to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Participants in the Special Olympics Games Evening had the opportunity to play road tennis, bingo, chess, darts and draughts as they helped send 26 Barbados athletes to the World Games.
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We have moved our office. Our new address is:
Special Olympics Barbados
Arbor House, #23 James Street
Bridgetown, Barbados
Tel: 1 246 426 9064
Email: olympics@caribsurf.com
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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.  

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125 S
pecial Olympics Athletes Get Free Check-ups at the Annual
Healthy Athletes Screening

Athletes registered with Special Olympics, most with their parents or guardians at their sides, gathered at the Gymnasium Limited for free screenings in five critical health areas: Special Smiles for teeth, Fit Feet for foot care, Opening Eyes for vision, Healthy Hearing and Health Promotion. The screenings, which are held in a welcoming environment, remove the anxiety and trepidation children and adults with intellectual challenges often experience when faced with a visit to the doctor or dentist, and conditions, which can lead to serious complications, are identified. Athletes and their families are given advice and strategies on how to impact threats to physical health. In the case of Opening Eyes Vision Screening, participants are provided with eyeglasses and sunglasses free-of-charge. See Photos of Healthy Athletes Screening on our Photo Gallery page.
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Athletes, Parents, Guardians, Volunteers and Friends - Keep Up-to-Date on All Special Olympics News, Activities and Events - Join Our Email List

You can get Special Olympics Barbados press releases at the same time they are sent to media. Press releases bring you up-to-date on what is happening and what is planned for our athletes. In addition, during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, the press releases will be one of the earliest sources of information on the participation of our athletes. To sign up for press releases and to be included on the Special Olympics Barbados email list, go to our "Contact Us" page, enter your name, email address and the message"Add me to the email list". Then. click "Submit".
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Special Olympics Barbados Awardees


Special Olympics athlete volunteer Johnathan "Terry" Shepherd recipient of the
Marguerite Young Memorial Award of Excellence

Each year, at the Special Olympics National Games Track and Field Finals, Special Olympics Barbados honors  those who have given their continuing and committed support to the organisation and its athletes. The 2015 Special Olympics Barbados Awardees are:
The Flower Shoppe and Galerie
The Gymnasium Limited
Mr. Colin Clarke
Ms. Cynthia Trotman
Johnathan "Terry" Shepherd (Marguerite Young Memorial Award Of Excellence)
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In Memoriam
Dr. Fannye Thompson


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r. Fannye Thompson, who  passed away recently, served for many years as a Dental Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Barbados Healthy Athletes Screening programme. In 2004, when Special Olympics Barbados began the programme, Dr. Thompson was an original Clinical Director and volunteered in each subsequent year in that capacity. Her dedication and commitment will be greatly missed. At the recent Healthy Athlete Screening, held May 17, volunteers wore black shirts in her memory (see photograph).
In Memoriam
Anthony "Tony" Phillips
Special Olympics Barbados was saddened to learn of the passing of Anthony Phillips. Tony, as he was known to Special Olympics and many in the Barbados community, in addition to being a certified Special Olympics golf coach, was active as an advocate for the disabled. Our condolences go out to his wife Boneta and their family. He was a kind and gentle man, who will be missed by all who knew him.
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The 2015 Special Olympics Barbados National Games Produce Great Fun and Accomplishments

March is the Month of the disabled in Barbados, during which Special Olympics Barbados kicks off its Annual National Games. The exciting and fun competition includes the National Games Track and Field Preliminaries, the National Games Bocce Tournament, the National Games Aquatics Meet and the National Games Track and Field Finals. To see the photographs of Special Olympics athletes in action in all the National Games competitions go to our Photo Gallery Page. In addition, you can see some great photographs of the National Games Track and Field Finals taken by Special Olympics volunteers Corena and Alex Carrington. Click here to be directed to their Facebook page.
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T
he Barbados Team Named for the
2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles

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

 

Soccer (seven-a-side 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

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The Barbados Golf Club Hosts Training for Special Olympics Parents

Barbados Golf Club Instructor and Special Olympics Barbados Head Golf Coach Jaleel Marshall tutors parents Rosamond Gittens and Samuel Brathwaite on the fine points of the golf swing.
 

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.

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Alma Parris Sweeps National Games Football Championship

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.

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Chefette and Chefette Customers Donate to Special Olympics

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.

 

Mrs. Donna King-Brathwaite, Chairman of Special Olympics Barbados, along with Special Olympics athlete Patrick Hinds, recently accepted the generous donation. Mrs. Brathwaite says “Special Olympics Barbados is greatly appreciative of the continuing and significant support from Chefette, BBQ Barn, Chefette and BBQ Barn associates and customers. As an organisation, we rely heavily upon these generous donations to help fuel our many programmes for intellectually challenged children and adults." Pictured above, left to right, Marquest Clarke-Griffith, Marketing Officer, Chefette; Donna King-Brathwaite, Chairman, Special Olympics Barbados; Patrick Hinds, Special Olympics athlete; Lisa Carter, Advertising Manager, Chefette.
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The Culinary Creations of a Special Olympics Athlete Who Has Become a Chef

Some time ago ago, Dale Jones entered the pool as a Special Olympics aquatics athlete, and now after years of training and hard work, he's making a splash in his chosen profession, the culinary arts. Recently, his skills were on display at the Queens Park Steel Shed when he presented "Taste Bajan", a showcase of his 100% Bajan food products. Congratulations to Dale as he invites Barbados to "Taste Bajan".
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Canadian Special Olympics Golfers Play the Beautiful Golf Courses of Barbados

Left-to-right, Special Olympics Barbados Head Golf Coach Jaleel Marshall, Special Olympics Mississauga Golf Coach Keith Boyce and Special Olympics Mississauga athlete Aaron Lindsay.

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.

Our condolences go out to Aaron Lindsay, the visiting athlete mentioned in the above article. Aaron's father recently passed away. Despite his failing health, it was important to Mr. Lindsay that his son Aaron not miss the opportunity for his trip to Barbados, and he urged him to take the trip.
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Special Olympics Visitors from Brampton, Ontario Enjoy a Great Week in Barbados

 

Visiting Brampton, Ontario athletes, coaches and parents  with Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre athletes and coach following a friendly football match.

To quote one of the visiting athletes, “Every day gets better and better!” As Special Olympics Barbados hosted a 19-member delegation from Special Olympics Brampton, Ontario, our nation extended a very warm welcome and made some new and lasting friends. The group, which consisted of 10 athletes, 5 coaches and 4 parents, spent an action-filled week getting to know Barbados and Barbadians. Click here to read the story. Click here to see a photo album of the Special Olympics Brampton visit.
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Special Olympics Barbados
Celebrates EKS Day with Special Olympics Brampton, Ontario

Each year, Special Olympics organisations worldwide celebrate EKS Day, which commemorates Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of late US President John F. Kennedy. This year, Special Olympics Barbados and Special Olympics Brampton, Ontario marked the day with a joint observance and the fun of learning new sports.
In a sharing of culture and sports disciplines, Barbados athletes and coaches introduced the visitors to cricket, and the Brampton athletes and coaches gave our athletes their first-ever opportunity to learn how to play softball. What a fun day!
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The 2014 Outreach Concert -
An Evening of Embracing Differences, Spectacular Entertainment and Big Fun!

What a show!
The athletes of the Special Olympics Barbados Outreach and Skills Training Programme joined with some of the nation's top entertainers to present their annual concert, "An Evening of Embracing Differences". In addition to terrific song and dance numbers by the athletes, they experienced the thrill of performing on stage with former Calypso Monarchs "TC" (Terencia Coward) and "AC" (Adrian Clarke). With even more entertainment provided by Chad "Sir Ruel" Bowen, the Lejend Band, Jamie Depeiza, Toni Stewart, Margaret Trotman, Keisha Christian, Janice Perryman, Dance Expressions, The Wagon Wheel Dancers and Special Olympics athlete Tanya Grosvenor, it was wonderful evening. To see photographs of the concert, click here to visit the photo gallery
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Ann Hill School and Alma Parris School Repeat As National Games Cricket Champions!

All Special Olympics athletes are winners, just like the joyous 4th place team of Ellerton Primary Annex.

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.

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Special Olympics Athletes Collect Funds for
the Kiwanis Silver Dollars for Children Drive

Special Olympics Barbados Chairman Donna King Brathwaite and Special Olympics athlete Akim Hall (pictured left) placed ceremonial first coins recently in the Kiwanis Club of Bridgetown Silver Dollars for Children Drive. They were joined by many other Special Olympics athletes volunteers and board members as they collected funds on the streets of Bridgetown.

Special Olympics Barbados was recently named as a Kiwanis Club of Bridgetown charity and, as such, will receive a portion of the funds collected in the Silver Dollars for Children Drive.  Special Olympics athletes also took part in collections at Jordans Supermarket in Speightstown and the Annual Gold Cup Horse Race.

Special Olympics Barbados is honored to have been named as a Kiwanis Club of Bridgetown charity.


Special Olympics Track & Field Athletes Give Back to the Community

Excellent performances by Special Olympics Barbados athletes are not just limited to sports. Recognising needs in the communities in which they live and responding to those needs is also a part of their excellence. Recently, Special Olympics track & field athletes gathered at Workmans, St. George to take part in a community outreach project. Having identified an elderly gentleman, whose life could be made more pleasant by improving his surroundings, the athletes, along with Head Track & Field Coach Paulette Smith, conducted a beautification project. The elderly gentleman can now enjoy looking out at his clean and improved yard thanks to Special Olympics athletes.
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A Visiting Athlete from the United States Joins Us for Bingo Evening

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)

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Ship Ahoy! Athletes Take to the High Seas

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.

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Inclusion - Practice with the West Indies Cricket Team


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.


An Increasingly Brighter Future

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. 

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