HARARE — Special Olympics Zimbabwe has said preparations for the summer world games slated for 2015 for children with intellectual disability are now in progress as they have started identifying talent.
Speaking at a sporting event for children with special needs held at the Italian Sports Club recently, Special Olympics representative Christine Rimbi praised efforts and dedication displayed by children.
“We are now preparing for the 2015 Summer World Games and we have started identifying talent for our Team Zimbabwe. Athletes have made us proud by showing a high degree of sportsmanship. We assure you the selection of the athletes will be gender blind,” Rimbi said.
The event, which was organised by VimbaiNashe Learning Institute (VLI), saw four schools with children with special needs from Gateway, Homefields, Mufakose and VLI taking part.
Some of the games that were played included volleyball, which was won by Gateway, 5-aside football which was won by Mufakose and 3-legged race won by Mufakose.
Children also engaged in tug-of-war and Mufakose was crowned champions.
The major highlight of the day was the performance by local entertainer Peace Ndlovu, popularly known as BaShupi who left a trail of cheers and smiles on the faces of the teachers, parents and students.
In an interview with BaShupi he said he felt honoured to spend time with speacial needs children.
Event organiser, who doubles as head and founder of VimbaiNashe Learning Institute, Sylvia Chirevesayi Musasiwa said the day was special for children as it helps boost their moral. She also urged other schools with children with disability to conduct occupational therapy to help students become more independent in their daily activities.