Yesterday the Wildey, St. Michael Aquatic Centre was abuzz with activity as the Special Olympics Barbados’ annual games continued with their swim meet.
Participating athletes came from Charles F. Broome, Ellerton Primary, The Children’s Development Centre, Erdiston, The Learning Centre, All Saints Primary, Ann Hill and Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre.
Swimmers engaged in 50m freestyle, the kick-board crawl which was 12m, assisted swimming, walking pool races which were 25m and 50m and the 4x50m relays.
The athletes put every effort into winning or finishing their events to the applause of family, friends and supporters who attended the exciting event.
Edward Thompson of Special Olympics Barbados told Barbados TODAY the swimmers were extremely enthusiastic and focused on the swim meet and gave of their very best.
He noted that the swimmers normally met at the Aquatic Centre on Mondays for practice sessions and yesterday’s meet was a culmination of their training efforts. He noted the programme not only helped to build the athletes’ self-confidence but also assisted in them maintaining a good level of physical fitness. He described all the participants as winners.