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posted Oct 11, 2014, 3:39 PM by pd paul   [ updated Oct 18, 2014, 4:53 PM ]

Special Olympics Barbados 

Press Release

For Immediate Release

(Special note to media: A welcoming ceremony for the arriving Special Olympics Brampton, Ontario delegation will be held at the Grantley Adams International Airport, Wednesday, October 8, 3:00 pm)

 

Press Contact:

Edward Thompson

Public Relations Officer

(246) 423-0967

yanquibajan@gmail.com

publicrelations@specialolympicsbarbados.org

7 October, 2014

Special Olympics Barbados to Host Two Visiting Groups from

Special Olympics Ontario

 

When you think of sports tourism in Barbados, Special Olympics probably does not immediately come to mind.  But just as our lovely country is attractive to cricketers, footballers, golfers and surfers worldwide, it is also becoming a place where athletes with disabilities feel very comfortable in our warm hospitality. During the month of October, two Special Olympics groups from Canada will visit Barbados.

 

From October 8 through October 15, Special Olympics Barbados will host a delegation of 19 persons from Special Olympics Brampton, Ontario. The group, which consists of 10 athletes, 5 coaches and 4 parents, will take part in a number of activities while here, including a tour of the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre, friendly football matches involving the Brampton athletes and Special Olympics athletes from Challenor and the Ann Hill School and a joint celebration of EKS Day (Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day).

 

EKS Day, observed worldwide, commemorates Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of late U.S. President John F. Kennedy. In the EKS Day observance, athletes from Special Olympics Barbados will teach athletes from Special Olympics Brampton how to play cricket, and the Brampton athletes will teach Barbados athletes how to play softball. The full schedule of events, with venues and times, is listed below. Special Olympics sports events are free of charge, and the public is encouraged to come out and cheer the intellectually challenged athletes from Barbados and Canada.

 

On October 17, Keith Boyce, Special Olympics golf coach from Special Olympics Mississauga, Ontario, returns to Barbados with two of his accomplished Special Olympics golfers, Aaron Lindsay and Arthur Rea, Jr. . Mr. Boyce is the impetus behind the current Special Olympics Barbados golf programme. In 2012, Keith Boyce, along with Aaron and Arthur, conducted a golf clinic, which started the local Special Olympics golf programme. He is also responsible for supplying most of the golf equipment which is used by Special Olympics Barbados.

 

The fine golf facilities in Barbados, which have always been a major force in sports tourism, have been very generous in their support of Special Olympics. Twice a week, the Barbados Golf Club hosts practice sessions for Special Olympics athletes. In addition to visiting the Barbados Golf Club while they are on the island, Keith, Aaron and Arthur will be playing golf at the Apes Hill Golf Club and the Royal Westmoreland Golf Club, compliments of those facilities.

 

Schedule of Events for Special Olympics Brampton, Ontario


Wednesday, October 8, 3:00 pm: Greeting of Special Olympics Brampton visitors; Grantley Adams International Airport

Thursday, October 9: Visit and tour the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre

Friday, October 10, 10:00 am, Police Sports Club, Weymouth: Friendly Soccer Competition, Special Olympics Brampton vs. the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre

Saturday, October 11, 10:00 am, St. Leonards Secondary School, St. Michael: Special Olympics Barbados and Special Olympics Brampton Joint Celebration of EKS Day (Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day). (There will be a sharing of new sports disciplines on that day, with the Barbados athletes teaching the Brampton athletes cricket and the Brampton athletes teaching Barbados athletes softball.)

Monday, October 13, 10:00 am, Police Sports Club, Weymouth: Friendly Soccer Competition, Special Olympics Brampton vs.the Ann Hill School

 

 

NOTE TO NEWS AND MEDIA OUTLETS:  Special Olympics spokespersons are eager to share information about Special Olympics Barbados and its programmes.  To arrange interviews please contact: Edward Thompson: Phone: (246) 423 0967; E-mail: yanquibajan@gmail.com or publicrelations@specialolympicsbarbados.org

Special Olympics Barbados, 1st Floor, Speedbird House, Independence Square, Bridgetown, Barbados, (246) 426 9064

Website: www.specialolympicsbarbados.org

 

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Special Olympics Barbados

Press Release

For Immediate Release

*(Photograph Attached for Media Use)

 

Press Contact:

Edward Thompson

Public Relations Officer

(246) 423-0967

yanquibajan@gmail.com

publicrelations@specialolympicsbarbados.org

15 October, 2014

 

Special Olympics Visitors from Brampton, Ontario

Enjoy a Great Week in Barbados

 

To quote one of the visiting athletes, “Every day gets better and better!” As Special Olympics Barbados hosted a 19-member delegation from Special Olympics Brampton, Ontario, our nation extended a very warm welcome and made some new and lasting friends. The group, which consisted of 10 athletes, 5 coaches and 4 parents, spent an action-filled week getting to know Barbados and Barbadians.

 

Their seven days began last Wednesday with a media-covered arrival at Grantley Adams International Airport. The next day, they toured the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre, meeting many of the Special Olympics Barbados athletes they would face Friday in a friendly football competition.

 

On Saturday, the visitors shared in a joint celebration of a significant day on the organisation’s international calendar, EKS Day. EKS Day commemorates the founder of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of late U.S. President John F. Kennedy. In the true spirit of Special Olympics, the Barbados athletes taught the Brampton athletes how to play cricket, and the Brampton athletes taught the Barbados athletes how to play softball. The Brampton group brought with them all the equipment necessary to play softball and donated it to Special Olympics Barbados to help the local organisation start its own softball program. Softball is a baseball game, which uses a large baseball thrown underhanded.

 

Barbados again showed its wonderful hospitality on the following day, when the Brampton group, which had planned for a fun cruise on the Jolly Roger, discovered that no Sunday cruises were scheduled. Learning that the group requesting a Sunday cruise was the visiting Special Olympics delegation from Canada, the pirate ship opened its boarding planks, and the Brampton visitors were off on a cruise scheduled especially for them on the Jolly Roger.

 

Monday was a day for more football and meeting more Special Olympics athletes, when the Barbados Sports Council bus, which provided transportation for the entire visit, took the group from the Coral Mist Beach Hotel to the Police Sports Club in Weymouth. The Brampton team played and won a closely-contested, 3-2, friendly match with Special Olympics athletes from the Ann Hill School. In addition to the gift of softball equipment, Special Olympics Brampton also donated some much-needed football gear to Special Olympics Barbados.

 

On the last evening before their return to Canada, the visitors enjoyed a social evening as Special Olympics board member Dr. Winston Harvey, and his wife, Dr. Ena Harvey, opened their home. The Brampton guests, along with Special Olympics Barbados athletes and board members, were treated to sumptuous food, good company and great entertainment, as all joined in Caribbean song with Dr. Ena Harvey.

 

On this Friday, Special Olympics Barbados will welcome another delegation from Canada. Keith Boyce, Special Olympics golf coach from Special Olympics Mississauga, Ontario, returns to Barbados with two of his accomplished Special Olympics golfers. Mr. Boyce is the impetus behind the current Special Olympics Barbados golf programme.

 

 

Media notification of Upcoming Event

Welcome for Special Olympics Mississauga Delegation

Location: Grantley Adams International Airport

Date and time: Friday, October 17, 3:00 pm

 

*Photo tag: “Special Olympics Brampton, Ontario athletes, coaches and family members pose with some of their new friends, the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre Special Olympics athletes and their coach.”

 

NOTE TO NEWS AND MEDIA OUTLETS:  Special Olympics spokespersons are eager to share information about Special Olympics Barbados and its programmes.  To arrange interviews please contact: Edward Thompson: Phone: (246) 423 0967; E-mail: yanquibajan@gmail.com or publicrelations@specialolympicsbarbados.org

Special Olympics Barbados, 1st Floor, Speedbird House, Independence Square, Bridgetown, Barbados, (246) 426 9064

Website: www.specialolympicsbarbados.org

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