PRESS RELEASE – A team of 25 athletes, eight coaches and 3 officials will leave the island on Monday to participate in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.
The games will feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 177 countries. St. Lucia’s delegation will have representation in Football, athletics and Bocce.
Special Olympics St. Lucia is the recognised body for providing year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual difficulties.
The objective is to ensure that they are provided opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other special Olympic athletes and the community.
The team had their final training session on Saturday on the grounds of the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary. Super J IGA, one of the team sponsors, was present at the training with a gift of EC $5000.00 to help defray costs associated with participation in the games.
Ms. Super J IGA Ayana Alexander who placed first runner up in the National Queen Pageant made the presentation.