A team of 22 students from the Every Child Counts School participated in the Special Olympics held on the old Robinson Road Track in Nassau on May 31. They returned victorious the following day sporting their medals. A large number of medals and ribbons were won, many of them gold and silver and most of the athletes placed in more than one event, some in as many as four events.
They were all very excited about their trip and participation and very deservedly proud of their medals.
The students participated in all of the track and field events and relays and one of the Every Child Counts students, Savieon Dean, competed in the wheelchair race for which he was awarded a gold medal. This was the first time a wheelchair race had ever been held in the Nassau Special Olympics.
Savieon described his participation in the wheelchair race as “a lot of fun” and he also won gold in the softball throw. Janeka Saunders was participating for the first time in individual events and relay and came home with four gold medals.
“The athletes were all very excited and had practiced very hard during the previous three months on the old Maxwells site,” stated team coach Nicole De Nardin.
The students with their chaperones, which included two Social Work students from Ryerson University , Canada, stayed at the Melia Hotel on Cable Beach which they all enjoyed greatly.
“The athletes especially enjoyed riding up and down the escalators which was a new experience for them and they could not get enough of the pool. This was the first ever visit to Nassau for one of the students,” said Ms. De Nardin.