Jamaican prime minister, sports minister, laud Special Olympians

By May 06, 2019

Jamaica honoured its successful Special Olympics team to the World Summer Games at a special reception at Jamaica House on Friday, May 3.

The Jamaican team won 14 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze medals in Abu Dhabi, which represents the nation’s best showing at the Special Olympics World Games.

At the reception that was attended by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Jamaica’s Sports Minister Olivia Grange, the Special Olympics team was presented with a certificate, lauded for their great achievements and feted with a performance from festival song winner Roy Rayon.

Minister Grange said the team deserves a special accolade for their performances.

I cannot think of another team that tries as hard, that overcomes as much, that inspires us as much as our Special Olympians do.  They deserve all our praise and all our support,” she said.

She also used the opportunity to announce that a member of the team, badminton player Travis Ebanks, had been awarded a full scholarship to complete tertiary studies.

“Our special athletes are succeeding in every area of life, including academics. Tonight, (Friday) we especially celebrate Travis Ebanks,” Minister Grange said.

“Travis is in his final year as a law student at the University of the West Indies, but it has been a challenge for Travis. When I heard that he was having financial difficulty and was in danger of dropping out of the programme, I made the decision that must never happen.

“I’m proud to say that he has been awarded a full scholarship; he will continue his programme, he will overcome another challenge and he will graduate from law school.”

The minister thanked the Principal of the UWI, Mona Campus, Professor Dale Webber, Mrs Arlene Supersad and Dr Denise Eldemire Shearer for helping to secure the scholarship for Ebanks.

 

 

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