Liberia’s outstanding achievement in Abu Dhabi is making news all over the world. 3 golds and a bronze in their first ever Olympiad, with each competing athlete getting a gold. The pictures below tell the story beautifully and we will be putting together a film to commemorate their achievements in the near future.
Unbelievably, Liberia today won a 3rd Gold medal at the Special Olympics. Just to make sure nobody was left out, the 3rd competing athlete, Samuel Smith also won a gold medal.
Further details of Samuel’s success and pictures will follow.
Liberia, a country that has never won any Olympic Medal of any sort, has today won a 2nd Gold Medal at the Special Olympics. Congratulations to HASSATOUS ODELL DUAH (pictured below). Tooose won gold in the 100 metres.
She is pictured below with Andy Quamie, the Deputy Minister of Sport, who himself was taught by Sean.
And here is the moment when Liberia’s first gold was awarded yesterday to Ehiabom Salim Assaf.
Liberia has won gold in their first ever Special Olympics..
EHIABOM SALIM ASSAF won Gold in the 200metres and is congratulated here by Maureen and the Liberian delegation, heartfelt congratulations on his achievement.
Preparations are well underway as you can see from the films of the Opening Ceremony and the pictures below.
All the athletes are subject to fitness tests at a basic level and receive brand new kit for taking part
The Liberian team of 3 are now in Abu Dhabi and participating in the Special Olympics, the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event. The opening parade of the Olympics is featured below:
We hope to issue further live updates from Maureen and Theresa who are at the event. In the meantime the link to results and our athletes can be found HERE
Maureen, resolutely and passionately believed that if the Liberian children could be included they could not only represent their country by showing their amazing performance skills in a positive light on a World Stage, but they could also be an inspiration to other children in Liberia, especially those who are marginalised with disabilities, allowing them to become accepted within their own communities and within their own homes.
During his time in Liberia, Sean used sport as a platform for peace, breaking down barriers and helping children including those with disabilities become widely accepted
Knowing that the programme will become sustainable after the Games was fundamental in supporting the Liberian team.
The team is managed by the Rev Caleb who knew Sean from his time in Liberia.The full training team is 9 and they are already a vital part of the community and they will be cheering on their three friends who made the 10,000 mile trip!
A momentous day in the lives of these young people as the Liberian team leave Roberts International Airport on way to the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.
Whilst Mark and Theresa are visiting our schools and projects in Liberia, the Liberian Special Olympics team are completing their final training programme on the Atlantic coast prior to completing a 10,000km trip to Abu Dhabi.
The Special Olympics is a competition for young people with Intellectual Disabilities and Liberia will be represented for the very first time in just a week or so. The pictures below and these two films (film1), (Film 2) show you that they are working really hard, ready for this huge adventure.
We will be updating this site regularly and reporting more fully in our Spring Newsletter at the end of the month but send our best wishes to these tremendous young people and their support team.
*** click on the blue links to see the films in this section
As previously reported the Fund has helped with our young Liberian athletes as they prepare to represent Liberia for the very first time in Abu Dhabi in mid-March.
What a fantastic opportunity and how exciting! Our correspondents in Abu Dhabi ( Maureen and Theresa Devereux) will be reporting directly but in the meantime here is some press coverage from Africa online.