St. Kitts – Nevis’ Special Olympics Atheletes
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
November 18, 2008 (CUOPM)
Special Olympics athletes have a special role to play in the development of the twin-island Federation.
Prime Minister and Minister of Sports, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, who hosted five athletes on Appreciation Day, that his Government and People are proud of their achievements.
“Although you face challenges, you must live a full and fulfilling life and you have a lot to offer. You must continue to be disciplined. You must be well-behaved. You must obey your parents, your teachers and your classmates,” the Prime Minister told the group of Special Olympians, who earlier had paid a similar courtesy call on the Federation’s Governor General, His Excellency, Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian.
Rojen Felix, Earl Brotherson, Vernon Edwards, Lavern Blake and Ashley Herbert, accompanied by Deputy Head of the Special Education Unit, Mrs. Charmaine Blanchette and Assistant Teacher, Ms. Agatha Tyson, were welcomed by Prime Minister Douglas, who commended and congratulated the athletes for representing St. Kitts and Nevis in the recent Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Special Olympics athletes won fifteen medals including five gold, five silver and five bronze. Brotherson won silver in the 200 meters and bronze in the 800 meters. Blake is a bronze medalist in athletics.
“As Prime Minister I am proud of you and all the athletes. On behalf of the Government and the people, you are all special to us. We are all proud of you. You are special to us and as Special Olympians, you have a role to play the overall development of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr. Douglas.
Edwards thanked Prime Minister Douglas for taking time from his busy schedule to meet with them.
Special Olympics Annual Week of Activities included a Church Service at the Zion Moravian Church, a Tea Party, T-Shirt and Tag Day.