The three special education schools on island combined for a national day of fun as children and adults who are differently abled converged at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium for a national sports meet.
The activity is organized by the Grenada National Council of the Disabled in partnership with the Special Needs Ministries of the Grenada Conference of SDA along with volunteers of Jason Roberts Foundation. The national sports meet last Friday marked the commemoration of Disability Awareness Month.
Coordinator of the Grenada National Council of the Disable Ms. Hillary Gabriel spoke to The Grenada Informer on the day’s activities.
She explained that the main idea of the sports meet is so that children and adults with disabilities would get a feel of running in the Kirani James Athletic Stadium. She noted that they are regular people who are just differently abled.
She added that the support from everyone was overwhelming, and the Council is very grateful. She expressed thanks to all the volunteers from the Jason Roberts foundation who came all the way from the United Kingdom to be part of the special occasion, the Grenada Conference of SDA as well as the Ministry of Social Development for a wonderful collaboration for the differently abled children and the success of the sports meet.
She said it’s a plus for them in the future as this year’s event was just a trial run but gave assurance that next year will be bigger and better and it is her hope that more sponsors will come on board in support of all persons who are differently abled.
Miss Gabriel said though the children are challenged in some way, they have so much potential in their daily activities and they displayed it on the tracks on sports day. She added that in the future there might be an athlete representing Grenada at the Paralympics for persons with disability. “At the end of the day, they are all winners and were all excited to receive their medals for a job well done”.
The activities in which the children competed were football, wheelchair races, sack & bag race, and track and field races among other inclusive events.
The coordinator hinted that it is her hope and dream in the future, that the Ministry of Sports would see it fit to include the special children into its regular calendar of sporting events. That, she explained would be a grand occasion for them.