Dominica’s three athletes at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, are all coming home with medals.
Crispin Daley and Radian Felix both won medals in the 100 meters field event while Michael Detouche medaled in Bocce.
“A good day in the office for Dominica as they came into the party. Crispin Daley captured silver in the 100 meters race here today in Orlando, Florida and of course, the other good news is Raedian Felix also captured a medal, getting bronze. He ran 13.65 with Delaware and some top players from the other countries in the US,” Special Olympics Dominica National Director, Ainsworth Irish, said in a statement to DNO.
Dominica’s five-man delegation at the Games included athletes Crispin Daley, Raedian Felix and Michel Detouche, coach Julian Benjamin and National Director of Special Olympics-Dominica, Ainsworth Irish,
Dominica’s representatives were among more than 5,000 athletes from the US and the Caribbean who travelled to Central Florida to participate in the Games which took place from June 5 – 12.
Apart from his performance on the track, DNO has learned that Felix also caught the attention of the Special Olympics Officials. Felix was recognized for his leadership work for Special Olympics Dominica and the Carribbean and he was also gifted by Special Olympics Director, Lorna Belle, for his role in the Caribbean Athlete’s Leadership Council.
The council was formed on January 5, 2022. It provides the platform for athletes to share ideas regarding key topics, issues and events to influence change within their region. Athletes have the opportunity to get involved in organising events, assist in athlete recruitment, and to support coaches.
The leadership programmes also allow Special Olympics to nurture the potential leaders within the movement. The programmes teach athletes to learn from each other and create environments where people with intellectual disabilities can succeed in relevant roles.
In the statement sent to DNO, Irish said the delegation also expressed sympathy for the family and friends of the missing girl from Warner, Kernisha Etienne, and “can only hope that all efforts will be made to get [her] back in one piece”
Information received by DNO earlier today, indicates that the team’s journey back home has been unexpectedly delayed in Puerto Rico and it is hoped that they will be able to return to Dominica today.