This was the message delivered by president of the T&T Olympic Committee, Brian Lewis, who was the feature speaker at the Special Olympics National Awards ceremony, which took place last Saturday at the VIP Room at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain.
The ceremony was used to honour the achievements of dedicated coaches and athletes alike over the past five years.
Members of the recent World Games delegation received awards for their participation at the games held in Austria earlier this year. Also receiving special mention were the athletes who participated for the first time in the Maracas Open Water swim held earlier this month.
The work of the Special Olympics committee was assisted through the kind sponsorship of several corporate entities. Atlantic LNG; Caribbean Finance; Digicel Foundation; General Contractors; Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and RBC were recognised for their contribution.
Patron of Special Olympics Zalayhar Hassanali; deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, Marcia McKellar-London, Digicel Foundation Chairman, Garvin Medera and Lewis assisted in the distribution of the awards.
Candilla Berment-Harper, Board Chair of Special Olympics T&T applauded all the athletes and coaches for their effort and accomplishments and encouraged them to continue to be as proud of themselves as everyone else was of them.
Next up on the Special Olympics calendar is the second annual Seaside Games on October 15 and the National Floor Hockey Games on November 4. Members of the public are free to attend and can follow the Special Olympics Facebook page for details.