The Special Olympics in Belize is not heard of very often, but they are an important organization for the special needs children when it comes to sports. On Saturday they held their annual general meeting, where they reviewed their past year and talked about the future of the organization. The National Director of the Special Olympics, Kandice Morrison, stated that they continue to prepare for more national and international competitions.
Kandice Mororison, National Director, Special Olympics: At today’s annual general meeting we usually pave the way forward and the board of directors would present to our district members, representation, what our yearly plan looks like, our calendar of activities, what our budget is for this year, we also go over financial reports from 2019, we go over the minutes of the last AGM; it’s just basically us coming together as a family and getting representations from the districts just to say this is the way we’re going forward and then we get any questions and answers from them of what they would like to change or what they want to see differently done because they are the ones who are really in the districts and know what they need. 2020 we are focusing on training and health so most of our activities will be geared around that. Like we’re having a big health fair in the summer time where we want to get all the athletes checked but we are going to do it like a family fun day slash health fair so it’s going to be like a family activity. We’re going to invite all the family members and you could do the fun games and sports like lime and spoon, sack race and then we’re going to include like health sessions or health promotions, people will tell you about how to better care for yourself, we’ll have examples of healthy food that you can eat like how to do it fun, you know some little small little treats and you can dip it in some sauces. We’ll also have them checked for their eyes, ears, the general checkups that we usually do. We are having some great fundraisers this year to be able to find the finances to support our program so we are on March 20th collaborating with Jankunu Productions to have a play so we would really need the support of the public to come out and buy tickets in order for us to support our programs for these persons with intellectual disabilities.”
Morrison also spoke more about what the Special Olympics in Belize are like, and what the requirements are to join.
Kandice Mororison, National Director, Special Olympics: “Well we just had our national games and it had a lot of coverage so I’m hoping that Belize starts to see more of what these athletes can do but they’re very talented. Yes it takes time for them to learn specific skills but we put in the work with them and they’re able to demonstrate great character, great skills. We have done excellent in the past we’ve even attained silver medals at the World Games for Special Olympics so these athletes are full of potential and besides having potential it gives them the opportunity to share joy, experience laughter, to compete, to socialize, to interact with others. We start at the age of eight for Special Olympics and we go all the way up to adulthood for Special Olympics. Each district has a district committee but sometimes it’s hard to contact them so if you would like you could go to our Facebook page and send us messages and we’ll give you the exact information for who is the point person in the district that you could be able to sign up for. When you do that we’ll bring you in, we’ll do evaluations, we’ll check on your health and then we’ll sign you up for the programs. This year we’re having regional and national games so regional games will be in May and our national games are always in December. So we’re going to be training all the while, we’re beginning right here in March and we’ll train all the way up until May, they’ll compete and then they’ll go from September to December in training as well.”
Reporter: What type of sports?
Kandice Mororison, National Director, Special Olympics: “We do bocce, seven a side football and track and field and we’re hoping to increase it to more sports like floor hockey and stuff that the other Special Olympics international countries are participating in.”
Morrison not only encourages more people to join the organization, but also for citizens to continue to support it.