Wednesday, July 29, 2015
CALIFORNIA, USA — Lorna Bell, the executive director of Special Olympics Jamaica, expressed joy after the bocce team won gold for the country at the World Summer Games here on Monday.
The team, coached by Patricia Perry and Silvan Wilson, comprised Esther Pair, Shereen Gordon, Alton Carter, Vincent Evans.
Helena Thomas and Dewayne Vanriel were slated to participate in singles events late yesterday. “I am extremely proud of our athletes.
They have worked hard and this is a testament to their determination and hard work,” said Bell following the team’s success in competition at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
She gave special credit to Carter and Evans, the two over-45 competitors, and the Golden Age Home, where they are housed.
“Two of the athletes on our bocce team are from the Golden Age Home and this is definitely a win for the home as well,” said the SOJ boss.
She told the Jamaica Observer that Carter and Evans have been with SOJ for over 30 years and are “foundation members” of the programme. An elated Bell continued: “I firmly believe that Special Olympics and the Olympic Games are similar.
At the end of the day athletes, special or not, all have dreams and have to work hard to achieve them.
And that they did!” In bocce, players use an underarm action to bowl a ball at a target. Points are gained by the ball’s proximity to the target. more