Digicel Dominica on Tuesday pumped some $20,000 USD ($EC54,000) to assist a delegation of 12 from the Dominica Special Olympics in attending the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March 14–21, 2019.
CEO of Digicel Dominica, Nikima Royer-Jno Baptiste says Special Olympics is not only close to Digicel but very close to its Chairman, Dennis O’Brien. “He has been supporting the Special Olympics from the inception of Digicel and he continues to do so with a great contribution towards the Special Olympics Dominica for them to attend the world games in Abu Dhabi,” she said.
Mrs. Jno Baptiste further mentioned that there is so much more that goes into Special Olympics than just the games.
“It’s the experience, it’s the support, it’s the drive, its fostering that knowledge that you can do anything regardless of what your perceived capabilities are – and I think for me that’s one of the things that I definitely hold on to.”
National Director of Special Olympics Dominica, Ainsworth Irish also expressed gratitude towards Digicel Dominica on behalf of Special Olympics Dominica. Irish says “indeed there’s no doubt Digicel has always contributed significantly to Special Olympics in Dominica.”
“As your company continues to demonstrate concerns for humanity and the improvement of the quality of life of Dominicans we congratulate you on your achievement in Dominica as you continue to show that Special Olympic sports has an integral part of development of the human being.”
The Special Olympics Dominica team is expected to leave island on March 7th and Irish says “training is going well.”
“Actually every Saturday we train at the Gardens and in addition to that, mid-week we do a little bit of training,” he said. “For the last three weeks we’ve been concentrating on training in the Kalinago Territory so every Saturday we go down there and ensure that they’re sharpening their skills.”
“I can tell you that we’ve really intensified our training and the guys are very eager to ensure that they excel,” National Director of Special Olympics Dominica, Ainsworth Irish says.
In 2015 team Dominica excelled in Special Olympics World Games with Claudius Shipley capturing gold in 200m race in Los Angeles, California.
Crispin Dailey and Claudius Shipley also came first and second respectively in the 100m heats while Stephanie Laronde secured first place in the 100m walk for girls.
This year 7,500 athletes from over 170 countries will participate in 24 Olympic Sports in the 2019 edition of Special Olympics.
The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
The UAE will come together to welcome the world to Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics 2019, and the clear ambition will be for these Games to redefine the Special Olympics World Games for future generations.