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Their time to shine: Special Olympics held in Belize City

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Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2019. 9:19 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday marked the end of the activities for Disabilities Week, and it ended in spectacular fashion with some 300 plus athletes, between the ages of 8 and 16 years, participating in the Special Olympics.

The event, held at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, featured remarks by the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow, doctors and dentists on-site offering some basic services, and sporting events which allowed the athletes with varying conditions to all feel like a champion. Over 200 volunteers were on hand to assist the day’s events to run smoothly and  Maud Williams Highschool sent over a number of students to serve as spectators and cheer on the athletes.

Kandice Morrison, national director of Special Olympics Belize, said that this year’s event is possibly the largest one ever held, noting an overwhelming amount of support form the private sector and the public at large.

“The joy that you see on these kids’ faces is priceless,” Morrison said. “The children felt appreciated and that’s what we wanted. We want them to feel special and know that we care about them.”

Breaking Belize News (BBN) will be following up to get the official results once they are tabulated.

 

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