With the Special Olympics World Games set to begin next week, Gilbert Willams, Director of Special Olympics Bahamas, spoke with Eyewitness News Sports about some of his expectations for the team.
The World Games begin on March 14 and runs through the 21st in Abu Dhabi.
“We have a few athletes that I feel can hang with some of the best in the world, especially when it comes to track and field and soccer,” Williams said.
“Our athletes have worked so hard to get to this point, and I feel like, after these games, Special Olympics Bahamas will be considered as one of the top programs. I know we will secure some medals in track and soccer, but I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about our bowling team as well. We have some top-level talent on that team. All of our athletes have worked hard to get here and we hope to see their work manifest into some good results.
“I’m excited about these games and the opportunities, experience and exposure they will mean for our athletes and coaches alike.”
Around 7,000 athletes from 170 nations are expected to compete in the week-long event. The Bahamas will be represented in five disciplines, including bocce, unified bowling, swimming, track and field and, for the first time ever, unified soccer.
Those that wish to follow team Bahamas’ progress throughout the games are advised to download the Special Olympics World Games App “World Ganes Abu Dhabi.”