Saturday, March 12, 2016 – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Over 600 athletes came out on March 12, for the 34th Special Olympics of Trinidad & Tobago (SOTT) National Games, making local history by setting the record for the most athletes to compete thus far in its 34 years.
The Hasely Crawford Stadium/Jean Pierre Complex, Diego Martin Swimming Pool, Long Circular Health and Wellness Centre, Woodbrook Youth Facility, St James Police Barracks, and Police Canine and Mounted Branch accommodated the 606 athletes, 152 coaches, almost 300 volunteers, as well as family, friends and well-wishers who all witnessed the fantastic display of ability first hand.
Just after the Games were opened by His Excellency Anthony Carmona, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago the athletes made their way to their respective sporting disciplines that included Athletics, Aquatics, Basketball, Bocce, Equestrian, Football, Powerlifting and Volleyball.
“I just want to make my mom and everyone else proud,” were the words of aquatics athlete Shania Surujbally, after winning gold. Shania who was thrilled by her accomplishment also took the time to thank each and every one of the members of her support team for contributing to her success.
Football Coach Clarence Shepherd praised the athletes for their determination and talent. He added, “The skills of the athletes here are amazing. There are things that you may think they won’t be able to do that they can do even better than me and some of the other athletes out there.’
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