Barbados will have the first opportunity this Friday to see the young footballers who recently brought pride to the nation by capturing a silver medal in the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games.
The athletes, from various special units, who combined to defeat Hong Kong and St Vincent and the Grenadines, will do battle in the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Football Championship at the National Sports Council’s grounds at Blenheim, St Michael.
The competition will have Special Olympics athletes from the Alma Parris School defending their senior division title against the Ann Hill School, the Challenor Creative Arts Training Centre and the Learning Centre. In the previous National Games Football Championship Alma Parris swept both the senior and junior divisions.
The junior division competition this year will also feature teams from Erdiston Special School, the Ann Hill School, Charles F. Broome Special Unit and the Ellerton Primary School Annex, with the possible addition of a team from St Matthews Primary School.
Organisers have urged the public to come out and cheer the athletes of international standing and their teammates at the free event that kicks off at 8:30 a.m.
The football championship is the final event of the year on the Special Olympics Barbados National Games calendar, which earlier featured aquatics, athletics and bocce.
Golf competitions in preparation for this year’s Special Olympics World Games were also hosted by the Barbados Golf Club.