MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 2019: PORT OF SPAIN – The Trinidad and Tobago local Special Olympics contingent will be making their way to Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics World Games 2019 with the support of Digicel Foundation. Denis O’Brien, Chairman of Digicel, officially handed over a cheque for TT$100,000 to Candy Berment, Chairman of Special Olympics of Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT) on February 25. The funding will provide SOTT athletes with the opportunity to participate in the Special Olympics World Games this month.
“We want to support local athletes and sporting organisations in their international endeavours” said Mr O’Brien, “and the Digicel Foundation is proud to back Trinidad and Tobago’s national team at the world’s highest competitive level for sports.
Also present at the cheque handover ceremony were Sacha Thompson, Chairman of Digicel Trinidad and Tobago, Jabbor Kayumov, CEO of Digicel Trinidad and Tobago, Desha Clifford, Chairman of Digicel Foundation, Penny Gomez, CEO of Digicel Foundation, Major David Benjamin, Director on the SOTT Board, and Head of the Trinidad and Tobago Delegation, coaches and powerlifting athletes who are representing the country at the upcoming Special Olympics World Games. In addition, each member of the delegation was presented with Digicel Branded Bags and a Huawei P9 Lite was presented to Candy Berment for SOTT’s Officials to use in Abu Dhabi to send high resolution images and videos in real-time back to Trinidad and Tobago for immediate media releases on the performance of the athletes.
The delegation will comprise 31 athletes, 11 coaches and 2 SOTT officials that will represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Special Olympics World Games that will take place from March 14 to 25 this year. This year, Trinidad and Tobago’s athletes will compete in bocce, equestrian, powerlifting, swimming, and athletics and alongside some 700 athletes from 197 countries. The group departs for Abu Dhabi on March 5, 2019.