Tue | May 23, 2017

Special Olympians going for gold

Published:Friday | June 26, 2015 | 6:00 AMShayne Fairman
David Butler, chief executive officer of Digicel Jamaica, and Lorna Bell, executive director of Special Olympics Jamaica at Wednesday's 'Countdown to LA' function held at the Special Olympics Court, National Stadium.

Special Olympics Jamaica will be looking to strike gold in their respective sports when they touch down at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California, United States of America, July 25-August 2.

At a 'Countdown to LA' function on Wednesday at the Special Olympics Court at the National Stadium, sponsors, including Digicel and the Law- Enforcement Torch Run, handed over their contributions to the team.

Total sponsorship of the team is more than $16 million, with main sponsors Digicel contributing $10 million. Other leading contributors include the Social Development Foundation, Law-Enforcement Torch Run ($2.5m) and Puma, who will provide gear for the team.

David Butler, chief executive officer for Digicel Jamaica, congratulated the delegation and said his company is happy to partner with the Special Olympians.

"This is yet another historic occasion and Digicel is happy to be here with you all as we countdown with Special Olympics Jamaica on their journey to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games," he said.

"We know you will continue to make us proud," Butler pointed out.

The summer sports event will feature more than 177 countries competing in a total of 25 sports. Jamaica will be represented by a delegation of 88.

Executive director of Special Olympics Jamaica, Lorna Bell, thanked all sponsors for their years of support.

"I am expecting good competition and an excellent Games. We have been training for three years and the team is ready," she told The Gleaner.

"I must say thanks to corporate Jamaica, Digicel and all our partners who have been with us over 30 years," she added.

Bell is expecting gold medals in the marathon run, swimming, among other events.

Meanwhile, Esther Pair, bocce silver medalist from last Games in Athens, will be looking for gold this year.

"I will be so happy to win this year, I am training real hard and hope to win," she said, while Shereene Gordon who copped gold and silver said she will be "working hard for double gold."