National Director – Organization Development, Special Olympics Bharat, Mukta Narain Thind was pleased with the results.
Three local athletes flew into Comox on Tuesday morning with big smiles and bright medals earned at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, Calif.
In the past, she has won one gold medal in Badminton Singles, one silver medal in Badminton Doubles and a silver medal in Badminton Mixed Doubles in the Special Olympics held at New Castle, Australia in December 2013.
MacFarland and Walters were South Carolina’s first Special Olympic sailing team invited to participate in the World Games.
To get the country’s special athletes competing on a world level was an exercise in bayanihan.
The Indian contingent at the Special Olympics had a great outing pocketing 173 medals in the Los Angeles games that concluded recently. Besides, she is also a dancer and has won many prizes.
Athletics’ coach Christian Doroin has been a coach for 16 years and he says it’s awe-inspiring to see them compete on the world stage. India won 39 medals in roller skating and 47 medals in athletes, making the two sports with the major contribution in the total. “Their efforts brought fruitful results”, he added.
As Samson tells it, most of the athletes can’t communicate verbally, so to express themselves physically in the name of sport is an experience that takes them beyond their disability.