Kevin Callaghan, a bronze medalist in the 5,000-meter race at the 2011 Special Olympics, spoke at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday evening regarding his experiences as an athlete. The event, sponsored by Multicultural Services, served as part of the College’s Disability Awareness Week.Saint Mary’s junior Maryselva Albarran Hernandez commented on the significance of the event, saying although there have been many projects promoting diversity and inclusion on campus, there were very few events surrounding disabilities.“We noticed that there were a lot of projects and events happening that were focused on diversity and inclusion in religion, race, ethnicity and LQBTQ issues, but there was nothing for increasing awareness on disabilities,” she said. “This is a big concern because we do have students with disabilities on our campus and it’s important for them to feel included.” Tags: 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, Disability Awareness Week, Kevin Callaghan, Special Olympics Natalie Weber | The Observer Special Olympian and bronze medalist Kevin Callaghan presents at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday in Vander Vennet Theatre. The event was a part of Saint Mary’s inaugural Diversity Awareness Week.Albarran Hernandez said Callaghan is committed to speaking up and helping others who suffer from intellectual disabilities, similar to those he and his brother face.“He wants to be a role model for those who may not have a voice and wants to be their voice,” she said. “He wants to be able to provide the tools for people to voice their concerns and he wants to motivate others to speak up and I love that about him.”Callaghan was diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability, which he said is nothing more than a label. He said that a disability doesn’t always mean disabled. Every person is gifted in their own way, he said, and trying to live life to its fullest with the talents that they have.“I do things like anyone else, just at a slower pace,” he said. “I can drive a car; I live in my own apartment; I am self-sufficient. It wasn’t easy though, I had to work a lot harder to achieve my goals.”Callaghan said he always enjoyed running and competing. Sports have helped him in many ways, he said, by allowing him to make connections, find his passion and make new friends. One of the biggest highlights of running was the opportunity to compete against other athletes who were just like him.“When I was 10 years old, my parents offered me to be a medical guinea pig and the doctors injected my legs with Botox,” he said. “It worked. The medicine caused my muscles to relax and I was able to walk normally. That may sound like a little thing, but when you have special needs, it’s really important to be as normal as you can be. I decided to try out for my high school’s cross-country team, and I had a great coach who didn’t care about what I couldn’t do — he only cared about what I could do. By the time I was a senior, I was the fastest guy on the team and was voted MVP by the end of the season.”Seven years ago, Callaghan, who wore his Olympic medal around his neck, competed in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece.“I ran on the same track as Usain Bolt, competed against some of the best Special Olympic athletes in the world and won a bronze medal,” he said.Kevin’s father Jim Callaghan said although it was difficult coming to terms with two of his kids suffering from intellectual disabilities, his greatest goal has always been to make sure his kids were happy. Both of Kevin’s parents became actively involved in the Special Olympics as coaches.“There was an adult special Olympics group, but they didn’t have a kids division,” Jim said. “So, we called the state and said we wanna start a Logan Center kids team. The first year it was only Kevin, the next year it was like, eight kids, and now the program has been running for 20 something years.”Jim said his son is a role model for a number of people and is referred to as ‘the mayor’ by some of his friends because he knows everyone in his town.“It’s not just about me but there are so many stories of people with disabilities,” Kevin said. “I love people and I also have many friends with autism, so I always try to think about how things would affect me if I was in another person’s shoes. If it was up to me, I wish there was a universal healthcare for everybody in the world.”
Share 28 Views no discussions Here are the results of matches placed in the Trafalgar Basketball League at the weekend;On Friday 16th March, the Laudat Spartans defeated the Upper Village Hoosiers by the final score of 91-82 pts. The game was controlled by the Spartans from the tip off, as the never trailed. Their biggest lead was 15 pts in the 3rd quarter, but was brought down to 2 pts, with 3 min to go in the 4th quarter. The Hoosiers had absolutely no answer for two young, talented & exciting players (Jamal & Jervon Serrant – Dominicans but based in Canada) who dominated the game however they pleased. It was truly captivating performance from the twin brothers. Everyone needs to see these two brothers play.Top performers for Spartans – Jamal Serrant – 48 pts, 8 asts, 4 reb, Jervon Serrant – 20 pts, 6 asts and Shaun Reid – 11 pts, 7 reb.Top performers for Hoosiers – Royce Caesar – 30 pts, 6 asts, Joseph “Boone” Jno. Baptiste – 27 pts, 7 reb and Edgar George – 10 pts, 3 rebOn Saturday17th March, in game 1, the Morne Prosper Long Horns defeated the Fond Canie Rebels by the final score of 81-72 pts.Top performers for Rebels – Ronald Bruno – 26 pts, 7 reb, Joel Mc’Intyre – 22 pts, 6 asts and Daryl Thomas – 13 pts, 3 reb.Top performers for Long Horns – Emile “Milk” Cadeau – 19 pts, 7 reb, Kendel Isles – 16 pts, 3 asts Lyndel Mayers – 16 pts, 4 reb and L.G Thomas – 13 pts, 5 astsOn Saturday 17th, in game 2, the Elvis Welding Services Road Stars defeated the Lily Valley Sharks by the final score of 84-71 pts.Sharks were very unfortunate to have lost the game, after starting of the 1st quarter on a 15-0 run, and with all the crowd support behind them throughout the game. Sharks are now 1-3, with the only win coming as a result of getting the points by default over Cochrane. They have lost every other game, despite being crowd favorites. Top performers for Sharks – Craig St. Rose – 19 pts, 5 asts, Clinton Charles – 16 pts, 2 asts and Ricky Toussaint – 13 pts, 7 rebTop performers for Road Stars – Julian Isles – 25 pts, 7 reb, 2 blks, Thomas Felix – 19 pts, 5 asts, Fitzgerald Daniel – 18 pts, 8 asts and Patrick Lafonce – 13 pts, 4 rebOn Sunday 18th, the Bath Estate Huskies defeated the R.C Bullets by the final score of 91-83 pts. The bullets were without star point guard, Bernard Mills, who is off island, and majority of the scoring was left to Garth Joseph.Top performers for Bullets – Garth Joseph – 35 pts, 12 reb, Ronald Charles – 16 pts, 4 reb and Larocque St. Jean – 16 pts , 2 rebTop performers for Huskies – Bedno Soanes – 16 pts, 3 reb, Joseph “Jo Jo” Hypolite – 15 pts, 7 reb, Marcel Nicholas – 14 pts, 4 reb, Davidson “Ginny” Toulon – 14 pts, 4 asts and Ivan “Bakery” Jno. Baptiste – 12 pts, 3 astsThe next scheduled games will take place on Tuesday 20th – game 1 – R.C Bullets vs. Upper Village Hoosiers – 7:00 p.m, and game 2 – Elvis Welding Services Road Stars vs. Morne Prosper Long Horns – 9:00 p.m. Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsSports Results of weekend games in Trafalgar Basketball League by: – March 19, 2012
(Source: Olympic.org) East German ice skating star Katarina Witt was crowned the queen of figure skating and catapulted to worldwide fame at the Sarajevo Games in 1984, after winning her duel with American rival Rosalyn Sumners. Witt had been groomed for Olympic glory from a young age by her formidable coach Jutta Muller, and her talent quickly blossomed, thanks to her relentless training programme – seven hours per day, six days a week – allied to her natural ability.She won her first national title at the age of 15, in 1980, and then took the European silver medal two years later, before finally winning the first of six successive golds in 1983.Meanwhile, on the other side of the Iron Curtain, Sumners was developing an almost eerily parallel career, and was world champion by the time Sarajevo came around. Also competing for the US was the 1982 world champion Elaine Zayak. The stage was set in Yugoslavia for a classic Olympic sporting showdown.The competition in the Zetra Arena came to a climax with the free programme, worth 50 per cent of the total score. Witt, an instinctive, elegant skater whose style has been described as “poetry in motion,” snatched victory from Sumners, the favourite, who held back on two of her triple jumps.Witt’s boldness paid off, as she captured the imagination of the judges, six of whom gave her first-places, and won gold by the slimmest of margins. After her triumph the young, beautiful doyenne of the ice reportedly received more than one million letters from adoring fans – which perhaps inspired her to win her first world championship title that same year.