Huge medal haul for Special Olympians
A group of students from CedarBridge Academy and Somerset Primary surpassed all expectations at last month's Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games in Newark, Delaware.
The 14-member squad returned home with a staggering 44 medals that included 27 gold. The impressive medal haul was the most achieved by a team from Bermuda at this particular event.
“It was an awesome and excellent experience,” Allison Zuill, the assistant coach and manager, said.
“Overall, the athletes were on target and their performances certainly surpassed our expectations.”
Representing the Island in Delaware were Kirk Dill, Del-Che Landy, J'Naysha Maloney, Bridgett Marshall, Mahalia Maynard, Kenllin Perinchief, Justin Smith, Nahziri Smith, Azori Stewart, Christopher Talbot, Solay Thomas, Shaqune Whitehurst, Uriah Williams and Dorjah Young.
Leading the charge was sprinter Perinchief who won the gold in the girls' 8-15 200, 50 and 100 metres dash as well as the 4?x?100 relay. Walkers Thomas and Maloney also won six gold medals between them.
Thomas won gold medals in the girls' 16-20 200, 100 and 50 metres while Maloney took the gold in the girls' 8-16 25, 50 and 100 metres events.
“Bermuda should be proud of these athletes because of their performances and the fact we do not get this opportunity other than going overseas,” Zuill added.
Also travelling with the team was Ricky Watts, the head coach. and former Chicago Bears wide receiver.