Ministry enables Special Olympians to world games

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (centre) interacts with members of Jamaica's team to the 2019 Special Olympics World Games after presenting a cheque for J$2M to assist with expenses.  Also pictured is Ali McNab, Chairman of Special Olympics Jamaica. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange (centre) interacts with members of Jamaica's team to the 2019 Special Olympics World Games after presenting a cheque for J$2M to assist with expenses. Also pictured is Ali McNab, Chairman of Special Olympics Jamaica. MCGES/Oliver Watt

Kingston 1 March 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced a special allocation to Special Olympics Jamaica to enable the national team to compete at the World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi later this month.

“As Minister of Sport, I commit to supporting the Special Olympics programme in Jamaica. And in times like these when our athletes are preparing to represent us in the world games, special funding is also made available. We have provided this time around J$2M,” said Minister Grange at a handing over ceremony at the Ministry’s headquarters today (Friday).

The special allocation is provided by the Ministry through the Sports Development Foundation and is in addition to the subvention that Special Olympics Jamaica receives each month from the SDF to fund its programme.

Wishing the athletes well ahead of their departure, Minister Grange told them that they “represent the best of Jamaica — our heart, our spirit, our strength and we are extremely proud of you.”

The 2019 games, which will take place in the UAE capital between March 8 and 22, is being billed as the most unified Special Olympics World Games in the history of the Special Olympics.

Jamaica will send a 98 member delegation — with our athletes competing in Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Football, Volleyball, and Rollerskating.

Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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