TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – One of the great benefits of sports is its ability to connect persons beyond the presence or absence of disabilities. On Saturday 9th November, 2019, over 180 enthusiastic athletes poured into the Southern Indoor Sporting Facility, Pleasantville for the annual Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT) National Floor Hockey Games.
Speaking at the day’s proceedings, National Director of SOTT Ferdinand Bibby said, “Floor Hockey is a team game. It can be described as fun, exciting and challenging for the players.” He added, “It is a competitive sport where we encourage the players to have good clean fun.”
The schools were well represented by athletes from Lady Hochoy Penal, Lady Hochoy South and the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). Pride filled the air as the athletes loudly recited the Special Olympics Athletes Oath “Let me win but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”.
The players demonstrated the skills they learnt through their training throughout the year. Individuals were assessed on their grip of the hockey stick, puck handling and shooting whilst the team competition focused on passing and defence skills. Floor hockey is known as the only team sport in the Special Olympic Winter Games.
NCPD A emerged as winners, while Lady Hochoy Penal came in 2nd, NCPD B came 3rd and Lady Hochoy South came 4th in their respective team competitions. The event was well attended and supported by parents, coaches, volunteers, SOTT officials and spectators.