Local residents were today encouraged to come out and show their support for Bermuda’s Special Olympians during a special motorcade celebrating their medal winning participation in the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.
The motorcade is due to start from the Arboretum Park in Devonshire at 12 noon and will proceed along Middle Road to the north end of Reid Street, up Queen Street, turning onto Church Street, with a brief pause at City Hall, before continuing along Church Street onto Court Street.
There’s a reception planned at the Cabinet Building at 1pm this afternoon before the motorcade finishes up back at the Arboretum.
This after their triumphant return on Friday night, where they were met by a host of supporters, including Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports, Lovitta Foggo, who was on hand at the LF Wade International Airport to welcome home Bermuda’s Special Olympics athletes.
Bermuda team members participated in track & field events, tennis, bowling and equestrian events, joining thousands of other athletes from 200 nations around the world.
“I am so proud of our Special Olympics athletes,” said Minister Foggo.
“The Bermuda contingent finished strong, with a total of 19 Medals; three Silver, 5 Bronze, seven Fourth Place, two Fifth Place, a Sixth and a eighth Place Medal – a very impressive collection of medals!”
“Because they have done so incredibly well, we have organized for a motorcade to be held in their honour on Monday afternoon,” she said.
“I am asking everyone who can to line the streets to cheer on our athletes for a job well done. They have represented Bermuda incredibly well and we are all so proud of them.”
The breakdown of medals won by Bermuda’s Special Olympics athletes is as follows:
Bridget Marshall – 4th Place – Singles Level 4 Division
Micah Lambert – 4th – Singles Level 5 Division
Kirk Dill – Bronze Medal 100 Meter & 4th – 200m
Damon Emery – Bronze Medal 100 Meter & 8th – 200m
Kris Trott – Bronze Medal 100 Meter & 4th – 200m
Danielle Gibbons – 6th – 200m and 4th – 100m
Del-Che Landy – 5th – 400m
Solay Thomas – Silver Medal Softball Throw
Carlton Thompson – Bronze Medal
Tiannai Lowe – 4th
Wayne Smith – 5th
Eden Woollery – Silver Medal Level CS – English Equitation & Silver Medal Level CS – English Working Trails