Monday, 8th April 2019- Apia, Samoa: Special Olympics Samoa wrapped up a successful World Games campaign in Abu Dhabi with eight medals. The team returned with three gold, four silver, one bronze as well as top ten placement performances from the athletes.
Telefoni Vincent Touli and Suitupe Kevin Faafua both bagged a Gold Medal each in their Bocce competitions with our third Gold medal coming from Puka Faautauta for Long Jump. In the 200 meter run, Olivaseigafo Mavaega won Silver and Ulafala Faletuai with a bronze medal finish. The women’s seven a side unified team place 4th overall in their competition, with a successful powerlifting finish as well.
“Receiving medals and being able to place in these competitions is a feat not often obtained by athletes as athletes from around the world had descended upon Abu Dhabi with months of preparation with the goals of receiving medals. We are very pleased with the outcome and the athletes are challenged to do much better, come the next World Games, God willing” says Leta’a Daniel Devoe, President of Special Olympics Samoa.
In recognition of their achievements, a special welcome back reception was hosted by Digicel at their main Headquarters, SNPF Plaza where the athletes met with the management and staff of Digicel and were congratulated for their sterling efforts.
Digicel Chairman, Pepe Christian Fruean said “Your success in Abu Dhabi is a testament of your National Pride and commitment towards representing your country at the international level. Thank you to the teachers, coaches, parents, guardians and support crew who made this happen, without your willingness and drive – the training, the trip and the experience these athletes had would not have been possible”
“Special needs athletes have the same right to compete and strive for sporting glory just like anyone else. We must continue to support and encourage our special needs community to participate and continue to improve – so that we can do even better and bring home more Gold in future games” added Pepe Christian Fruean.
Digicel, a proud sponsors of Special Olympics Samoa (SOS), provided additional financial assistance of $60,000 Tala to assist the team to travel to Abu Dhabi and we will continue to support this great course. Digicel CEO, Farid Mohammed revealed Digicel Samoa’s financial assistance of an additional $40,000 Tala for the next 12 months to assist with the development of SOS through their Communications, Administration and Event programmes throughout the year.
The Special Olympics World Games brought public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities, helping to change attitudes and break down barriers that excluded them from mainstream of the community.
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