MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018: Over 75 athletes from the Tobago School for the Deaf, Happy Haven and Tobago Technical Vocational School, participated in the 3rd Annual Special Olympics Tobago Games recently. The Games created a platform for the athletes to showcase their skills in three main sporting disciplines: Athletics, Bocce and Football, at the Shaw Park, Tobago grounds.
Assemblyman Marisha Osmond, Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Chief Secretary, was in attendance and congratulated the Special Olympics of Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT) for all of their hard work and dedication in providing an opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities living in Tobago, to display their skills.
The Tobago Games fall within the SOTT’s Community Training Programme. The event is one of three strategies to build awareness around persons with intellectual disabilities and recruit new athletes and coaches for SOTT. The programme started in 2015, with Digicel Foundation investing over TT$800,000 over the past three years.
Diana Mathura Hobson, Digicel Foundation’s Project Coordinator, delivered greetings, where she wished the team all the best as they prepare for the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi. Mathura-Hobson encouraged all present to open their hearts to accept the challenges and work towards an inclusive society, where no one is left behind.
SOTT National Director, Ferdinand Bibby, in his address welcomed the athletes as the real VIPs of the day, challenging them to continue to be brave and determined in their efforts to overcome. He thanked the Digicel Foundation for coming on board as not only as sponsors but also as partners.