Five athletes will be representing Dominica in the biggest sports and humanitarian event in the world, the Special Olympics World Summer Games from July 25 to August 7 in Los Angeles, California.
They are Crispine Dailey, Micheal Detouche, Claudius Shipley and Stephanie Laronde competing in track and field and Adrina Aaron, competing in Bocce.
The team leaves the island on Tuesday, July 21.
The athletes will be accompanied by Head Coach of Special Olympics Dominica, Imelda Aaron, Assistant Bocce Coach and Deputy Head of Delegation, Charla Luckie, Assistant Track and Field Coach, Madine Pierre-Louis and Head of Delegation and Chairman of Special Olympics Dominica, Ainsworth Irish.
Irish said the athletes will be competing in two sports disciplines; athletics (track and field) and Bocce.
He noted that the event is expected to attract 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers with an anticipated 500,000 spectators.
Irish stated further that the athletes have been training diligently for the opportunity to represent Dominica in this major international event.
In the 2010 Special Olympics Caribbean Games, held in Jamaica, Dominica sent a small team seven athletes.
Irish said that all seven athletes returned home with gold, silver or Bronze medals.
In April telecommunications giant, Digicel and the government of Dominica presented donations in the tune of EC$30,000 to assist the athletes in participating in the event.
According to Irish, besides some fund raising activities, held by the athletes and the coaches, a number of donations cans were placed at business places and over $2.000 was collected.