SOTT National Floor Hockey Games

TEST OF SKILL: Special athletes take turns demonstrating hand and eye coordination during the SOTT National Floor Hockey Games on November 9 at the Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Pleasantville

Over 180 special athletes took part in the annual Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago (SOTT) National Floor Hockey Games, held recently at the Southern Regional Indoor Sports Facility in Pleasantville, San Fernando.

The schools were well represented, with several athletes coming from the Lady Hochoy Penal, Lady Hochoy South as well as the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). Pride filled the air as the athletes loudly recited the Special Olympics Athletes Oath, “Let me win but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”.

The players demonstrated the skills they had learnt through their training throughout the year. Individuals were assessed on their grip of the hockey stick, puck handling and shooting, while the team competition focused on passing and defence skills. Floor hockey is known as the only team sport in the Special Olympic Winter Games.

Speaking during the day’s events, National Director of SOTT Ferdinand Bibby said, “Floor Hockey is a team game. It can be described as fun, exciting and challenging for the players.” He added, “It is a competitive sport where we encourage the players to have good, clean fun.”

NCPD A emerged as winners of the event while Lady Hochoy Penal came in second. NCPD B were third and Lady Hochoy South came fourth in their respective team competitions.

The event was well attended and supported by parents, coaches, volunteers, SOTT officials and spectators.


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