Special Olympians

Olympians Meet with the Premier by Curtis Morton (click on photos to enlarge)
The special Olympians of Nevis received their day in the sunshine yesterday when they were treated to a grand motorcade through the streets of Charlestown.
The athletes who were a part of the successful Federation team which represented at the recent Latin American special Olympic games, started their motorcade at the school in Prospect, journeying through Brown Hill to the Main Road, pass the Administration building at Bath Village, through Main street Charlestown and on their return trip passed by the cheering students at the Charlestown Secondary school and made a very important stop back at the Administration building at Bath Hotel, where they were warmly welcomed by Premier of Nevis, Hon Joseph Parry.
The Premier took time out to warmly shake hands with each athlete and congratulated them on their achievements.  Apparently one of the young athletes asked the Premier if now that they had returned with gold, if they would get some land.  The Premier assured the athletes that his administration would do something more for them in honour of their outstanding performance.  ‘It won’t be land, but it will be something meaningful’, he stated.
As the children displayed their medals during the motorcade, members of the public warmly cheered them on and they obviously enjoyed the moment.
Back at their school, the children and parents were treated to a sumptuous lunch which climaxed a memorable day.
The Federation team returned with 17 gold medals —9 for Nevis; 15 silver medals-7 to Nevis; 9 bronze medals-2 to Nevis. A grand total of 41 medals.

01/03/10:  Special Olympians Receive Heroes’ Welcome (click on photo to enlarge)
The Nevisian contingent of the St.Kitts –Nevis Special Olympic team which participated in the recently held Latin American Special Olympic games in Puerto Rico, received a warm royal welcome at the Charlestown pier yesterday evening.  As a matter of fact, the athletes and the officials received a pleasant surprise when they landed at the RLB Airport in St.Kitts, only to discover that some of the Nevisian parents had journeyed over to St.Kitts to be part of the first welcoming party to meet the forty-one member delegation.

A brief ceremony was held at the Bay front in front of an appreciative crowd. The proceedings were chaired by Mr. Randolph Boddie, Chairman of the local Special Olympics Committee. Mr. Boddie outlined the achievements of the athletes as follows:

Lawvander Forbes—Gold in the 100meters; gold in the 200 meters and 7th place in the 4X100 meters relay.

Valencia Wilkinson-silver in the 50 meters; silver in the standing long jump and gold in the soft ball throw.

Latisha Davis-Gold in the 50 meters; fifth place in the standing long jump and fourth in the soft ball throw.

Akeemo Freeman-Silver in the shot put, sixth in the 100 meters; seventh in the 4X100 meters relay.

Katravia—Bocce singles-bronze; Bocce doubles-fourth and Bocce team sport-silver.

Mark Forbes-Bocce team sport-silver and Bocce doubles fourth.

Lelanie Rogers-gold in the 25 meters free style and silver in the 25 meters breast stroke.

 Robert Liddie—50 meters back stroke-bronze; fourth in the 4X100 meters free style and eight in the 100 meters free style.

Tameka Wells—Gold in the 50 meters free style and gold in the 50 meters breast stroke.

Shakia Stapleton-Tennis singles-gold and gold in the doubles.

Leon Silcott-Gold in mini Tennis. Tennis Coach, Elton Marcus Hull who also journeyed to Puerto Rico to support the athletes, came in for high praise for his efforts.

The overall results saw 17 gold medals for the Federation team - 9 for Nevis; 15 silver medals - 7 to Nevis; 9 bronze medals - 2 to Nevis - a grand total of 41 medals.

Several parents also took the opportunity to address the gathering and expressed deep gratitude to the Nevis Island Government, the Teachers, Coaches and all who would have made contributions towards the success of the children.

Minister responsible for Sports on Nevis, the Hon Hensley Daniel was high in praise for the athletes and lauded their sense of discipline and their attitude to compete instead of merely participating.  He also alluded to a higher level of contributions from the Government to the athletes based on their consistent outstanding performances.  He singled out the outstanding contributions of Mrs. Jennifer Liburd who later this year would have worked with the children for an astonishing 26 years.

Minister Daniel further indicated that there will be a motorcade in honour of the children, starting at 11 am from the school grounds heading through Charlestown this morning.  This will culminate with celebratory party at the school.

Principal of the school Ms Violet Clarke and Teacher Jennifer Liburd also praised the children for their achievements and thanked all who had assisted them thus far. An appeal was also made for further contributions from the general public to clear outstanding amounts yet owing as a result of the recent trip. 

26/02/10:  Nevisian athletes secure medals by Curtis Morton

Word received out of Puerto Rico indicates that all of the athletes from Nevis, who are representing St.Kitts-Nevis in the special Olympic meet there, have all secured medals.
The athletes are due to return on Sunday 28th February at the Charlestown pier at 6.15 pm.  They will then be hosted to a motorcade on Monday 1st February starting from 11 am from their school.

25/02/10:  St. Kitts-Nevis Strike Gold by Curtis Morton

Tameka Wells has won herself another two gold medals in the Special Olympic Games presently being held in Puerto Rico.  The Nevisian swimmer captured gold in the 50 meters free style and the 50 meters breast stroke respectively. Also securing gold medals were: Lawvander Forbes in the 100 meters and Leniesha Baptiste, also in the 100 meters

Here are the results out of Puerto Rico for the St. Kitts Nevis Special Olympics Team as of Wednesday 24 Feb 2010

Tamika Wells: Gold in 50m freestyle, gold in 50m breaststroke
Akim Hendricks: bronze in 50 m freestyle
Ashton Mills: 4th in 50m medley
Joseph Mason: 8th in 50m medley
Shakeesha Joseph: 4th in 25m freestyle
Vernecia Pennyfeather: 6th in freestyle


Lawvander Forbes gold
Melony Greene bronze
Leniesha Baptiste gold
Donald Phillip 8th
St. Clair Smithen 4th
Akimo Freeman 6th

Letisha Davis 4th
Valencia Wilkinson silver

18/02/10:  Special Olympians off To PuertoRico by Curtis Morton

Randolph Boddie, Chairman of the Nevis Special Olympics Committee, has indicated that a group of Special Olympians from Nevis will travel today to Puerto Rico where they will participate in the Latin American games.

The 11 athletes from Nevis will team up with 19 others from St.Kitts to comprise the Federation team of thirty athletes for the event.  The team will be accompanied by ten officials, three of whom are from Nevis.

According to Boddie, this is a very big event and would also see participation from Latin America, Central America, Italy and Spain. This event is second only to the big Special Olympics scheduled for next year in Greece and would actually serve as a prelude to the event.

The Nevisian athletes will participate in four disciplines: viz Swimming, Tennis, Track and field and Bocce (pronounced BOCHIE)

The athletes are:

Swimming: Tameka Wells, Lolorney Rogers and Robert Liddie
Tennis: Leon Silcott and Shakia Stapleton
Track and field: Lavanda Forbes, Latisha Davis, Akimo Freeman and Mark Forbes
Bocce: Katravia Smithen and Valencia Wilkerson

Boddie is expecting great results from the team as he explained that based on their past performances they would all have done well at various meets.  He was however quick to refer to the Special Olympics motto: ‘Let me be brave in the attempt’.  “It’s not all about winning gold”, he stated.

The athletes will be assigned to various families for their first night in Puerto Rico, as is the custom of acclimatization, referred to as ‘Host town’.  The games officially commence on Saturday 20th February and run right through to the 27th February 2010.