Brampton Guardian.. Our Team travels to Barbados!

posted Jan 24, 2015, 3:59 PM by pd paul

Special Olympics athletes make memories on Barbados trip

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Members of the B Level soccer team from Special Olympics Brampton brought softball equipment on their trip to Barbados, which they donated to Special Olympics Barbados.
Brampton Guardian

BRAMPTON — Members of the B level soccer team of Special Olympics Brampton earned some lasting memories recently as they spent a week in Barbados.

The team was hosted by Special Olympics Barbados and the Brampton players and coaches received a warm welcome and made many new and lasting friends. The Brampton contingent included athletes Campbell Brown, Marc Campbell, Jamie Campbell, Steven Couto, Robyn Lewis, Ashelle Hylton, Alex DeNicholias, Joshua Rivest, Brian Newton and Claudio Perrone.

Coaches were Neil Lewis, Ramy Morcos, Carlo DeNicholias, Stephanie Rogge with club manager Carole Lewis.

The team’s arrival at Grantley Adams International Airport was covered by the media. The next day, a Thursday, they toured the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre, meeting many of the Special Olympics Barbados athletes they would face Friday in a friendly soccer competition.

On Saturday, they shared in a joint celebration of a significant day on the organization’s international calendar, EKS Day, commemorating the founder of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the former U.S. president John F. Kennedy.

In the spirit of Special Olympics the Barbados athletes taught their Brampton visitors how to play cricket and the Brampton athletes taught their hosts how to play softball. The Brampton group brought with them equipment necessary to play softball and donated it to Special Olympics Barbados to help the local organization start its own softball program. The athletes also donated their own softball equipment such as mitts and batting gloves to the program.

On the Sunday of their visit the Brampton group had wanted to take a fun cruise on the Jolly Ranger but found out that the ship did not sale on Sundays. However when it was learned that the group requesting the cruise was a team of Special Olympians from Brampton an exception was made and the Canadians enjoyed a special cruise.

The next day included more soccer and meeting more Special Olympics athletes as the Barbados Sports Council bus, which provided the transportation for the whole visit took the group from the Coral Mist Beach Hotel to the Police Sports Club in Weymouth.

Brampton won a close 3-2 soccer friendly with the Special Olympics athletes from the Ann Hill School. In addition to the gift of softball equipment, Special Olympics Brampton athletes also donated personal soccer shoes and shin pads, items much needed by Special Olympics Barbados.

On their last evening before returning home they enjoyed a social evening at the home of Special Olympics board member Dr. Winston Harvey and his wife Dr. Ena Harvey. That included food, entertainment and the singing of Caribbean songs.