Bermuda’s medal tally increases in Abu Dhabi
Bermuda added to their medal haul at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, yesterday.
Eden Woollery and Solay Thomas both earned silver medals in their respective sports to take the island's overall medal haul to four.
Equestrienne Woollery, the youngest member of Bermuda's 13-strong contingent at 14, earned her second silver medal at the Games competing in the Level CS English Equitation at the Al Forsan Arena 2.
“Thank you, Bermuda, for believing in me,” she said. “I was afraid but I did it.
“Thank you to my mom, coach Rodericka Freeman and coach Rickey Watts.”
Woollery earned Bermuda's first medal at the Games after securing silver competing in the CS English Working Trials at the weekend.
Thomas captured the silver medal competing in the softball throw event at the Dubai Police Officers Club Stadium with a throw of 12.20.
Carlton Thompson, the most senior member of the island's team at 51, earned Bermuda's other medal to date after taking the bronze competing in the singles bowling competition at the Khalita Bowling Centre at the weekend.
Also in action yesterday were runners Danielle Gibbons and Del-Che Landy.
Gibbons placed fourth in the 100 metres with a time of 17.33 while Landy was fifth in the 400 metres in a time of 1:52.18.
Landy was in second place with the finish line in sight but fell and had to settle for fifth instead.
“Del-Che was in second place and fell just before finish line,” Watts said. “A lot off athletes have been falling in that same lane and spot.
“He is OK but his pride is hurt because he had run the perfect race. We both cried and let it go.”
Reflecting on the athletes' endeavours in the Middle East, Alicia Zuill, the Special Olympics Bermuda chairperson, said the athletes have done themselves and the island proud.
“These athletes have been awesome, very well behaved, respectful and a joy to be with,” she said. “No complaints at all.
“This has been an awesome experience, not only for the athletes, but the coaches, parents and family members.”