Dominica has grabbed three medals, so far, at the biggest sports and humanitarian event in the world, the Special Olympics World Summer Games now being held in Los Angeles.
Five special Olympians, together with their coaches, from the island left the island on July 21st to compete in the event.
They are Crispine Dailey, Micheal Detouche, Claudius Shipley and Stephanie Laronde competing in track and field and Adrina Aaron, competing in Bocce.
Speaking to Dominica News Online (DNO) on Friday, the elated Head of Delegation and Chairman of Special Olympics Dominica, Ainsworth Irish, said the medallists are Claudius Shipley and Stephanie Laronde receiving gold and Adrina Aaron winning bronze.
“Claudius Shipley got a gold medal two days ago in the men 200 metres,” Irish revealed. “He clocked 32.87 seconds. Stephanie Laronde also got gold in the 50 metres race and clocked 9.69 seconds in coming first.”
Irish noted that Laronde competed against five athletes from the ‘big countries.’
“She beat the delegates from Nigeria, Spain, Bolivia and Venezuela,” he said.
He stated further that Aaron won a bronze medal in Bocce.
“Today our three male athletes compete in the 100-metre while Stephanie competes in the girls 100-metre walk,” Irish stated. “In a nutshell we can tell you that the spirit is high.”
In the 2010 Special Olympics Caribbean Games, held in Jamaica, seven athletes represented Dominica and all seven returned home with various medals including gold, silver or bronze medals.
The Special Olympics World Summer Games began on July 25 and ends on August 7.
See photos below courtesy of Dominica Special Olympics.