It was a truly challenging event, and there was a winner in everyone.
Three students of Bethshan Special School, Madurai, have brought laurels to their school by winning gold and silver medals at the Special Olympics held at Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh recently. Special Olympics-Bharat, a national level sports agency promoting the cause of the physically challenged children sports hosted the event in which 1,700 special children from 23 schools participated. Among them, 32 children were from Tamil Nadu.
J. Jones Merlin won gold medal in Standing Long Jump in the under 15 category and N. Yuvaraj won gold medal in 200 metres running in the under 11 category. T. Arun bagged silver medal in softball throw event held for children aged 12 to 15 years.
Madurai district Collector N. Mathivanan participated in the felicitation function held at the school and honoured them by giving away the medals and encouraged children to participate and prove that disability is not a condition but a state of feeling, which could be overcome.
R. Ravikumar, Principal, Bethshan Special School, also spoke a few words and encouraged them.
The Special Olympics is an effort to encourage the physically and mentally impaired children, men and women, and offer them coaching in various sports to enable them to participate in the district, State, National and international sports championships.
Reuben Silva from the U.S., who is training in Game Management Systems, was also part of the Special Olympics.