Have you ever seen the game bocce being played? Have you ever had occasion to learn the game and play it? This Sunday, Barbados will have the opportunity to see, learn and play the game at the Special Olympics Barbados Bocce Tournament at the University of the West Indies Usain Bolt Complex.
Bocce is a bowling game of Roman and African origin, and Barbados can boast having world champions in the sport, thanks to the accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes. Most recently, Barbados athlete Felicia McLennan won the bocce singles Gold Medal at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Athlete Patrick Hinds captured the singles Bronze Medal in that same international competition. Under the coaching of Lois Inniss, Felicia and Patrick also teamed up with Nadia McLennan and Rico Wiggins, who are not Special Olympics athletes, to win doubles and team Silver and Bronze Medals at the World Games. On Sunday, these medal winners will have their first national competition since the 2015 Games, and they want you to join them.
A Special Olympics programme called Unified Sports teams athletes who have intellectual disabilities with participants who do not have intellectual disabilities, and that is how the Barbadian public can become a part of Sunday’s tournament. The action begins at 9:00 am, and during the afternoon session, spectators will be invited to join Special Olympics athletes in friendly and fun competition – a great family outing experience. And, as in the case of all Special Olympics sports events, admission is FREE.
Event: Special Olympics Barbados Bocce Tournament
Date and time: Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9:00 am
Location: University of the West Indies Usain Bolt Complex
Admission: FREE