2014 National Games are here
The 2014 Special Olympic Samoa National Games are set to rock Apia Park over five days from July 7 to 11. The biannual sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities (ID) will host over 400 participants across sports including athletics, Soccer, Cricket and Bocce.
The event is hosted and managed by Special Olympics Samoa who based at Apia Park provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children with ID’s. Sports Director To’omata Walter Lee Imo noted that “We modify certain events like cricket so that every athlete has a chance to participate.” The national games are inclusive in their design but don’t be fooled thinking the athletes do not strive to win. To’omata noted that “it gets competitive and we will use this year’s games to select our squad of 21 athletes to represent Samoa at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles USA.”
The last Sa Samoa team to travel overseas saw 31 athletes travel to Australia to compete in the Asia Pacific Games where the team found huge success bringing home 25 medals including 9 Gold and 9 Silver. To’omata said “I am confident that if given the chance in 2015 our athletes will bring home medals from the World Games.”
Leading into this year’s National Games the Special Olympic Torch will be carried by athletes, Firemen, police and members close to 500km around Samoa to raise funds and awareness for the 2014 Special Olympics National Games. To be a fan of SO Samoa’s movement you are encouraged to donate and cheer the torch runners as they tour around Savaii from June 30—July 1 and Upolu from July 2-4. All the funds will go directly to hosting the games and preparing the team for the 2015 World Games.