Digicel, NSC pamper Guyana’s Special Olympics athletes

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Telecommunications company and the National Sports Commission (NSC) on Friday joined hands to recognise the exploits of Guyana’s athletes at the Special Olympics World Games in Dubai recently.

Guyana copped five medals at the 15th edition of the event, which was held from March 14 to 21.

Calvin Thomas copped a bronze in the 5000m, while Dacia George, Faith King and Abdullah Brathwaite won silver in separate 400m races, and Team Guyana won bronze in the 4x400m relay.

At a specially arranged awards presentation on Friday morning at the National Resource Centre, Woolford Avenue, the athletes, and the officials who accompanied them, received gifts from Digicel, who played a significant role in helping to finance the trip.

They also received tokens from the NSC, including the branded medals reserved for athletes who excel at regional and international meets.

Director of Sports Christopher Jones, who chaired the formal aspect of the proceedings, also announced that the athletes and officials will enjoy an all-expense paid trip to various destinations along the Essequibo River, facilitated by Old Fort Tours.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Melissa Tucker, said representing Guyana is a great honour and responsibility, as she offered congratulations on “this exciting accomplishment.”

“The passion, drive and determination of our athletes is unmistakable. All Guyanese athletes made us proud and act as an inspiration not only to young men and women, but all Guyanese,” Tucker said.

Tucker said the government remains committed to ensuring all Guyanese are given an equal opportunity to participate in sports, thereby fostering wellbeing and social cohesion, and promoting talents.

“The National Sports Commission last November during a two-day sports meet with students with disabilities from various schools, reaffirmed their commitment that they will do whatever it takes, and whatever is necessary to ensure students from the special needs schools have the same opportunities to participate in these games,” Tucker explained.

Communications Manager of Digicel Guyana, Vidya Sanichara, hailed the athletes, saying they “did a great job.” Sanichara said the company is proud to be a sponsor of “this wonderful group that has represented us well.”

After the formal ceremony was over, the athletes and officials were treated to light refreshments.

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