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IMG-20150423-06362Today, Special needs students from St. Peters School here in Orange Walk and Mary Hill Primary School in the Corozal District were engaged in a north battle for BOCCE supremacy, an Italian game similar to lawn bowling but played on a shorter, narrower green. Organizers say they are hosting a series of competitions geared at social integration of the children with mental and physical disabilities as well as to bring public attention to the talents and capabilities of the children with special needs. National Director for Special Olympics in Belize, Eloyda Bautista, says the competitions will be taking from North to South of Belize.

ELOYDA BAUTISTA – National Director, Special Olympics

“We call it bocce and why we have this sport day is because we can involve all other athletes that have severe disability or that are on wheel chairs so then we having a series of competitions from north to south, today is Orange Walk and Corozal and tomorrow id Dangriga and PG and then the following week will be Belmopan and Belize City.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter

“Why is important to incorporate a little bit of sporting in their curriculum?”

ELOYDA BAUTISTA – National Director, Special Olympics

“Because we find out that our Special needs children they spend not enough time in the classroom and at home and so then we want to involve them in sports, you know they need a lot of training and a lot of exercise and as they started this morning they have been involve is a series of drills before they start the competition and it is very important for them to be physically active so that they can be able to participate and in July we are sending a delegation to the world games in LA and this is one of this that we are focusing.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“From your observation what is their feedback I see they are getting into it?”

ELOYDA BAUTISTA – National Director, Special Olympics

“I was happy to see this morning that one of the little girls was jumping when she was able to reach to the ball which they need to aim.”

The buddy system has been incorporated in the unified sporting events and it has brought much success, according to Bautista.

ELOYDA BAUTISTA – National Director, Special Olympics

“To ensure that we build awareness and this body system, we are trying to promote 25 sports whereby we have them with a partner, an athlete without a disability so that both of them play together and compete together and be out there together like today we had some traditional bocce and we have the 25 sport but for example this team that is playing right now is unified sport for the males. This is the way they have some fun and this is the way they socialize, this is the way they portray their ability and we are always portraying their ability in their disability so to support them and cheer for them because the more you cheer for them the better they do well.”

Tomorrow the Special Olympic Games moves to Punta Gorda and Dangriga followed by Belize City next week.

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