Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, Senator the Hon. Owen K. Darrell, JP attended the 16th Special Olympics World Games 2023 which took place in Berlin, Germany from June 16 through June 25th, 2023.
On Saturday June 17th, 2023 a 33-strong delegation participated in the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games. The Special Olympics World Games is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches annually.
Nineteen athletes participated in a range of sports including athletics, bowling and tennis; and their participation yielded an impressive eleven gold, silver and bronze medals for Bermuda.
"Our Bermudian athletes have continuous opportunities to develop their physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience the joy of active competition, and I would like to congratulate Special Olympics Bermuda for their efforts locally in ensuring our athletes have the same opportunities as others worldwide,” said Minister Darrell.
While in Berlin, Minister Darrell also participated in a high-level Inclusion Global Development Roundtable. This roundtable recognised global leaders’ dedication to achieving equity for people with intellectual disabilities.
Minister Darrell was accompanied by the Director of Youth, Sport and Recreation, Kimberly C. Bean.