Last Friday the place to be was the grounds of the Carlton Cricket Club for the finals of the Barbados Special Olympics Athletics meet.
The action was very competitive as some of the island’s best put their considerable talents on display for parents, teachers, guardians, supporters and fellow students to enjoy.
Athletes were drawn from educational institutions such as St. Matthews, Eagle Hall Primary, All Saints Primary, The Learning Centre, Elayne Scantlebury Centre, Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre, Challenor Creative Arts, Ann Hill, A.C Graham Development Centre Workshop, The School House For Special Needs, Erdiston and Ellerton Primary.
The youngsters competed in track events, inclusive of sprints ranging from 50m to 200m, as well as the popular throw-the-cricket-ball contest. Competitors ranged in ages from as young as eight to those in the over-29 category.
There were a number of top performances from the likes of Gregory Tyson in the age 29 and over 200 meters; Ann Hil’s Shanea Griffith; St. Matthews’ Jaden Harris; Deshon Skeete of The Learning Centre, Whitney Mary Rock of Eagle Hall Primary and Ann Hill’s 4x100m relay team in the age 8-12 category – Tamisha Bennett-Greene, Charmaine Cain, Aniya Joseph and Jalicia Skinner.
In the end such was the effort by all the athletes that they all left Black Rock, St. Michael as winners.