Gibraltar, Barbate and Isle of Man at 33rd National Special Olympics

 Gibraltar's Olympic Flame this week.
Gibraltar's Olympic Flame this week. / SUR
  • There was fierce competition but a great deal of fun too as those taking part competed in thletics, football, ten-pin bowling and swimming

The 33rd Gibraltar Special Olympics have been taking place this week and it has been a very special event indeed. The opening ceremony took place on Wednesday evening, attended by the Governor, Lieutenant General Ed Davis , chief minister Fabian Picardo and government ministers.

The Gibraltar athletes were competing against others from the Isle of Man and Barbate, and they all paraded into the stadium behind the Special Olympics flag, which was raised prior to the arrival of the Olympic Flame. The flame had been carried around the Rock by runners from the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, collecting money for, and raising awareness of, Special Olympics.

After that the Games began in earnest with the athletics competition. The numerous races ended with the traditional, closely fought relay race between the three teams with Gibraltar coming in first to claim the gold medal, followed by Barbate coming in second to claim silver and the Isle of Man the bronze.

The games continued on Thursday morning with the five a side football event at the Sports Complex and then on Friday, for the first time, there was a ten-pin bowling tournament at Kings Bastion. The Special Olympics will come to an end this evening, Friday, with the swimming competition at the GSLA pool.