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Jul 30, 2010

Special Olympics camp closes with big bash

Another summer camp ended today, but this one was specially designed for kids with special needs. Forty-seven Special Olympics athletes from all across the country spent the past week at Stella Maris School in Belize City where they trained in several sports disciplines in preparation for upcoming competitions. While the kids were looking forward to this evening’s closing party, none of them were ready for the camp to conclude.

Mirna Elliott, Acting National Director, Special Olympics“They’ve been practicing different sporting disciplines; track and field, they did basketball, football and even swimming they did.”

Delahnie Bain

“And this will benefit them in competitions or is it just for summer camp purposes?”

Mirna Elliott

“Well, it’s also for competition because we’re planning on having a delegation go to Panama end of November and next year we have world games coming up that they are planning to attend.”

Delahnie Bain

“What kind of stuff did you get to do?”

Marie Jacob, Participant, Special Olympics Camp

“Push ups, running, dah kinda stuff. Ih mi fun fi deh yah but I mi gwein pan wah next trip. Ih mi just fun. I mi like it. I neva believe we mi gwein do dis.”

Lusella Bartley

“Running, sports, have activities.”

Delahnie Bain

“And did you meet new friends?”

Lusella Bartley

“Yes ma’am.”

Delahnie Bain

“And are you ready to go home tomorrow?”

Lusella Bartley

“No.”

Ernesto Correa

“It was good. I’m having fun.”

Delahnie Bain

‘What kind of things did you do?”

Ernesto Correa

“Softball throw, wheelchair race.”

Delahnie Bain

“And what was your favourite thing about the camp?”

Ernesto Correa

“Softball throw.”

Mirna Elliott

“It’s like getting to socialize with each other, they get to see different children with disabilities. As I said you socialize with them in all different aspects.”

The camp started last Sunday and the kids return home on Saturday.

mirna elliot

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2 Responses for “Special Olympics camp closes with big bash”

  1. bold says:

    Great stuff for Belize. It is really good to see that they are involving these kids with special needs in something that will build their self esteem and have fun at the same time.

    Big up to the organizers!

  2. Earl Grey says:

    At this stage……… they should be taught about CONFLICT RESOLUTION and “THE EVILS” of gangs!!!!!! Take them to Kolbe and let them see what happens to gang-bangers. SCARE THEM STRAIGHT!!! Show them the RIGHT WAY!!!!!!!!!

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