The excitement of seven-a-side football comes to the Police Sports Club Grounds at Weymouth, Roebuck Street, St Michael on October 3 in the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Football Tournament.
The Learning Centre and the All Saints Primary Special Unit will be out to defend their 2013 senior and junior titles, but it will not be an easy task. Last year, teams from the Alma Parris Memorial Secondary School, the Ann Hill School and the Challenor Creative Arts Training Centre presented strong competition for the Senior Division Championship, while young athletes from the Alma Parris Memorial School, the Erdiston Special School, the Eagle Hall Primary Annex and the St Matthews Primary Annex put forth a spirited battle for the Junior Division Championship. There will be more of the same this year.
The 2014 Special Olympics Barbados National Games Football Tournament promises another great day of sport, with an added feature. Some of the intellectually challenged athletes who will be in action will also travel to Los Angeles, California next year for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, where Barbados’ athletes will compete against teams from more than 170 countries.
The public is invited to come out, cheer and help bolster the confidence of the local athletes. The Special Olympics Barbados National Games Football Tournament, as all other Special Olympics sports events, is free of charge.
Meanwhile, Special Olympics Barbados athletes are currently training for the 2015 World Games. Local athletes are scheduled to compete in football, aquatics, track and field, bocce and golf. All of Barbados can become a part of that effort. Digicel, in its continuing support of Special Olympics, has established the Digicel Road To The World Games Fund to help make their dreams come true. Collection tins have been placed in Digicel locations and many other participating businesses nationwide. Direct donations can also be made to the Digicel Road To The World Games Fund at CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, account number 1001111009.