Tomorrow is a big day for intellectually challenged athletes.
They will gather at the Police Sports Club in Weymouth ready to display their best performances in the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Track and Field preliminary meet.
Athletes from special units across the nation will be joined by independent athletes as they qualify for the largest event on the local Special Olympics calendar, the Special Olympics National Games Track and Field Finals. The participants will blaze the track or do their best in a number of events and divisions, ranging from sprints to middle distance races to the softball throw.
The track and field preliminary meet kicks off a busy month for Special Olympics athletes. On Sunday, March 15, the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Bocce Tournament will be held at the Hockey Astroturf at Wildey, St Michael. Bocce, a bowling game of Roman origin, is very popular among young adult and adult Special Olympics athletes, who will bowl alongside participants who do not have disabilities in unified sports competition.
The action moves to the National Stadium on Tuesday, March 24 for the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Track and Field Finals. Qualifying athletes from tomorrow’s meet will compete for medals and ribbons in a variety of events. The month of competition, which is scheduled in conjunction with “March the Month of the Disabled”, ends with the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Aquatics Meet on Tuesday, March 31 at the Aquatic Centre..
Many of the athletes taking part in the Special Olympics National Games also have their attention fixed on the Special Olympics World Summer Games, to be held in Los Angeles, California, from July 25 to August 2. Special Olympics Barbados hopes to send a team of 26 athletes to the World Games, which will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015.
Special Olympics sports events will continue throughout the year, with the National Games Cricket Tournament, scheduled for Friday, June 5, and the National Games Football Tournament, set for Friday, October 9. All Special Olympics National Games events are free and open to the public.