A stunning display of skill and team play recently earned the athletes of the Alma Parris School successful protection of their senior division football crown.
In the just concluded Special Olympics Barbados National Games Football Tournament, Razzaq Goddard scored six goals in the competition to lead his team to victory and another championship. Goddard was a member of the silver medal winning Barbados football team at the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games.
Second place in the senior division was won by newcomer to the annual tournament, the Derrick Smith School and Vocational Centre, behind a blistering five-goal performance by Davio Harding, who was named Most Outstanding Senior Player. Third place senior honours went to the Learning Centre, thanks in part to high-scoring Ajani Blackman who racked up six goals in the tournament. Blackman was also a member of the silver medal winning Barbados team at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
In the junior division, there was another repeat champion as the Ellerton Primary Annex took top honours. Second place went to the Erdiston Special School, but not without some strong opposition from the third-place Charles F. Broome Special Unit.
The future of Special Olympics football in Barbados is very bright because the younger players are sharpening their skills, such as Jabari Reid of Charles F. Broome, who scored five goals on his way to being named Most Outstanding Junior Player.
Special Olympics footballers will continue their training because they will face each other again on October 6 for the second tournament of the year. The Special Olympics National Games schedule is now well underway with the Track and Field Preliminary Meet set for March 3 at the Carlton Sports Club in Black Rock and the Track and Field Finals, the biggest event on the local Special Olympics calendar, March 24, also at the Carlton Club.