The winning team
Athletes from the Ann Hill School have successfully defended their Senior Division Championship in the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Cricket Tournament. In the spirited competition held at the Police Sports Club in Weymouth, Special Olympics athletes from the A.C. Graham Development Centre captured second place in the division, followed by Alma Parris Memorial School in third, Challenor Creative Center A in fourth, the Learning Centre in fifth and Challenor Creative Centre B in sixth place.
The energetic play of the younger athletes from the Alma Parris Memorial School led them to the Junior Division Championship, unseating defending champs All Saints Primary. A strong performance by All Saints landed them in second place in the division. Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary took third place, with St. Matthews Primary Annex in fourth, the Learning Centre in fifth and Eagle Hall Primary Annex in sixth place.
Cricket is one of the many sports disciplines offered to intellectually challenged individuals by Special Olympics Barbados, in addition to football, track and field, bocce, aquatics and golf. Athletes 16 years of age and over also participate in the Special Olympics Outreach and Skills Training Programme, which helps ease their transition into the larger society by meeting their holistic, cultural and employment needs.
About Edward Thompson: I am the public relations director for Special Olympics Barbados, which is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to send a Barbados team to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. At the previous World Summer Games, held in Athens, Greece in 2011, Barbados sent seven athletes, all of whom returned with gold, silver and bronze medals in competition with participants from over 170 countries.