WEDNESDAY JULY 24, 2019: PORT OF SPAIN – The Special Olympics of Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT) hosted yet another successful Community Coaching Caravan Sports Camp for over 50 Special Olympic athletes at the Woodbrook Youth Facility.
The Sports Camp, now in its 6th year ran during the week of 15 – 19 July. The Community Training Programme has two main components – Community Coaching where coaches go to respective member schools for skill development in varying disciplines and a series of Community outreach activities known as the Norma James Community Caravans, one of which is the Sports Camp.
The aim of the Community Coaching Caravan is to increase the number of athletes and coaches that are associated with the Special Olympics. The programme trains the athletes in various sporting disciplines, assists in their overall development as an athlete and teaches them to work as a team. In general, this initiative provides a platform where the athletes can build self-confidence in their respective sporting discipline.
During the week-long event, the athletes participated in sporting activities such as: aerobics, cricket, volleyball and floor hockey.
The athletes received training from skilled coaching professionals from different sporting disciplines. The cricket training session was facilitated by Marjorie Thomas. She was assisted by members of the Prison’s Cricket Team, Narvyn Roodal and Jason De Frietas. The floor hockey was done by Drupatie Samaroo, Devan Mahadeo, Claudia Francis and Leon Hazzard and the volley ball coaching was provided by Brenda Young, Olando Pyle and Wynnessa Young. The aerobic session was conducted by Olando Pyle, Kenrick Baskh and Kalifa Baskh. The coaches put the athletes through their paces and instilled the correct techniques to be applied, in order to enhance their skills.
At the end of the week, the athletes received commendations for their dedication and hard work. The participants came from the Lady Hochoy Penal, Lady Hochoy Gasparillo, Lady Hochoy Vocational Centre Cocorite, past pupils from National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and Goodwill Industries, the camp also included 7 unified athletes.
Over the years the Digicel Foundation has given its full support to the SOTT through an investment of $140,920 USD. An additional investment of $14,814.81 is being made to the Special Olympics Community Programme for the period 2019 – 2020.