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Athletes ‘slide’ at Special Olympics gala

Friday, April 18, 2014
Swappi, centre, engages the athletes in a dance routine.

Special Olympians gathered at the Jean Pierre Complex for an evening of fun after an activity-packed day. This was the customary midway gala, put on especially for them during the Special Olympic National Games on April 5. 


A cast of entertainers thrilled the athletes and involving them in his performance was Digicel Rising Star 2013 Ancil Valley, as the athletes really got involved in his rendition of Happy originally performed by Pharrell Williams. Swappi performed his most popular hits including Bucket and Run to D Front. 


Other acts included the Goodwill Industries Steel Orchestra, the Shiv Kala Kendra Dance Company and Dance Connection Ballroom Dancers who conducted a dance lesson on the electric slide which brought all of the athletes to the court to “slide” together.


Making the journey from Arima to downtown Port-of-Spain, torch runners comprising of more than 400 law enforcement officers made an impressive sight. They were joined by Senator Embau Moheni, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security and the Digicel team: Lori Ann Glasgow, head of marketing; Gerard Ashmore, chief financial officer; and Hazel Douglas, Tobago country manager. The entourage, bearing the Special Olympics torch of Hope was greeted at the Jean Pierre Complex by a ceremonial guard of honour, which ended with the lighting of the symbolic cauldron—a flammable replica of the Special Olympics emblem.


Destra Garcia ended the event with an enthusiastic session of her most loved songs which sent the athletes home spent but satisfied.