The trio excelled during the biennial Special Olympics Tanzania 2014 (SOT) event held in Kibaha earlier this month, which organisers said it turned out to be an overwhelming successful event.
According to Swaleha Mohamadali, who is a member of the International Associations of Special Education (IASE), the trio include Aisha Yasin Kaoneka, from Uhuru Primary school-- (athletics) – 100, 200 meters.
Others are Blandina Blass Patrick, ex student of Uhuru Special Education School -- (athletics) 400, 800 meters and Godfrey Ernest Jabuya, from Jaffery Academy Special Education Needs Department-- (athletics) 100, 200 meters.
Mohamadali said the Kibaha event attracted over 16 teams from all over Tanzania gathered to play and compete in a variety of sports. The awe-striking part of the whole initiative is that the participants in this event are solely children with special needs.
It is a credit to all advocates and supporters to have had students from the far reaches of the country participate in this inclusive event. She said the Arusha team specifically comprised of eight coaches and 27 students.
The students represented Patandi, Moivaro, Naurei, Ilboru, Kaloleni, Uhuru, Jaffery Academy and Sibusiso Schools in Arusha region. The Arusha team participated in volleyball, football, and athletics, and brought home a grand tally of 27 gold medals, two silver medals and seven bronze.
“SOT organizers from Arusha recognize and thank the main sponsors of the event Signature Gems and Lodhia group of companies – Arusha, and all others who contributed and supported us in every way possible.
Without such help from these good samaritans our special children would never be able to show their wonders to the world, something that they rightfully deserve,” Mohamadali said.