Friday July 27, 2012
Special athletes grab chance to shine bright
THE whistle blows and eight students aged between 16 and 21 dash forward, giving their all to win the 100m sprint event.
It’s an inspiring sight since these runners are taking part in the Special Olympics Sports Penang.
This event offered intellectually challenged students from various schools in the state the opportunity to compete with one another in sporting events.
“Although we are born lacking compared to others, this is a chance for us to unleash our potential,” said 16-year-old participant Ong Yee Hoo.
“This is a platform to allow them to shine and improve their self- confidence,” said SMK Jelutong student affairs senior assistant Natdzi Ahmad at the event held at the school.
The participants were earlier grouped according their capabilities to ensure that even the weaker participant had a chance to take home a trophy.
Among the schools which took part were SMK Jelutong, SMK Sungai Nibong, SMK Teluk Kumbar II, SMK Padang Polo, SMK Permatang Tok Jaya, SMK Tok Labu, SMK Kepala Batas, SMK Tasek, SMK Jawi and SMK Tun Hussein Oon.
Penang Education Department special and private education supervisor Rusnida Shariff officiated at the event.