specialThe Specially Disabled is defined as those who are incapacitated by illness or injury, and are physically or mentally impaired in a way that substantially limits one or more of their life’s activities, especially in relation to employment or education.

The Sports Foundation recognizes that while sport has value in everyone’s life, it is even more important in the life of a person with a disability. This is because of the rehabilitative influence sport can have, not only on the physical body, but also on reconnecting and reintroducing people with a disability into society. Furthermore, sport teaches independence.

Nowadays, people with a disability look forward to participating in high performance as well as in competitive and recreational sport. As a result, the number of people with disabilities involved in sport and physical recreation is steadily increasing around the world, with organized sports for athletes with disabilities divided into three main disability groups: sports for the deaf, sports for persons with physical disabilities, and sports for persons with intellectual disabilities.

From the late 1980s, organizations began to include athletes with disabilities in sporting events such as the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. However, many sports are practiced by persons with a disability outside the formal sports movement. For example you can join: Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair dancing, Weightlifting, Swimming, and many other sporting activities if you are mentally or physically disabled. See an official breakdown of paraolympic classification here.


In recognition of the very important role that sports play in the life of the disabled, the Sports Foundation has made it one of its primary mandates to support Sport Development programmes that relate to Sport-for-All and Sport Participation for children and adults with disabilities.


So far the Sports Foundation has not taken the lead in any of the projects it has participated in, but has instead given its fervent support in a number of ways to programmes undertaken by the Paralympic Committee and the Special Olympics for their special needs target group. Its intention is however to play a significantly more direct role in support of this initiative and it is in the process of drawing out a plan for achieving this goal.

akeem-stewart-gold-javelin-rio2016Special mention has to be made of Akeem Stewart. 

The year old from the Tobagonian community of Carnbee Village captured the gold medal in the Men’s F44 javelin with a world record of 57.32 metres for the F43 division that also falls within his slate; his efforts placed him ahead of Canada’s Allister McQueen (55.56m) and Rory McSweeney of New Zealand (54.99). Stewart actually broke the F43 world record twice during the competition, having earlier posted a mark of 57.23 metres.

He also claimed the silver medal in the F44 discus with a 61.72 metre throw that placed him behind David Blair (USA – 64.11 m) and ahead of Dan Greaves (Great Britain – 59.67m ).


T&T’s Nyoshia Cain repeated as the women’s 100 metres T44 bronze medallist  at the World Para Athletics Championships 2017 in London, England.

Running in lane five at the Olympic Stadium, Cain got to the line in a time of 13.25 seconds.

Rachael Marshall is a former Paralympian athlete who competed mainly in category L5 throwing events.

She competed in the 1984 Summer Paralympics in New York CityUnited States. There she won a gold medal in the women’s javelin throw L5 event, a gold medal in the women’s shot putt L5 event, a bronze medal in the women’s 100 metres freestyle L6 event and finished fourth in the women’s discus throw L5 event.






Awardee – Shanntol Ince  Swimmer


On the 10th April 1995, Shanntol “Shanny” Ince was born in Claxton Bay, south Trinidad, to Tracy and St. Paul Ince.  The first of five children Shanntol came into this world with a deformity her right leg was much shorter than her left leg. Shanntol started swimming at the age of four while at kindergarten.

In July 2004, Shanntol stunned an appreciative crowd of spectators and shocked a field of the country’s best swimmers in the Eight and Under category.  She won both the 200 metres Individual Medley and 100 metres Freestyle events at the National Long Course Swimming Championships held at St. Anthony’s Swimming Pool, Westmoorings Trinidad WI.

In 2008, she swam in the Hyundai 3000 metres Cross- Harbour at Maracas Bay on the north coast of Trinidad.   Only 13 years old, Shanntol emerged 8th overall in the women’s category.

A determined young teenager, she set out to prove that persons with a disability could achieve anything they set their minds to, and be the best at what they do. At the 6th Annual Summer Splash Swim Meet which took place on the island of St. Lucia WI in August 2009, she continued to impress sport aficionados by placing second in the 13-14 women age group title. Miss Ince competed with able-bodied swimmers.

At the JIMI FLOWERS SWIM CLASSIC held in June 2010 at Colorado Springs USA, Shanntol continued to show promise by achieving three Gold, three Silver and two Bronze medals.

In July 2010, The Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee nominated Miss Ince to participate in the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) Youth Camp.  This is a ten (10) day non-residential daytime camp for young male and female athletes between the ages of twelve (12) and sixteen (16).  The Youth Campers are normally young persons who show an affinity towards sports, and are chosen from the various NSOs and clubs.  It is intended to be a forum for young people to learn to live together, to interact with persons from different economic, social, ethnic, religious and educational backgrounds.

Miss Shanntol Ince created history by becoming this country’s first Para-athlete to compete at a Commonwealth Games October, 2010.  On Monday 4th October 2010, Shanntol completed her International Classification which consisted of a Bench test, a Water test and observation during competition.  This was performed by the IPC Classification Team and is as follows:

S9 – Freestyle, backstroke and butterfly strokes
SB8 – Breaststroke
SM9 – Individual Medley

Paralympians in need of respect

Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago Site.

Special Olympic World Summer Games 2015: 

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Let Me Be Brave – Original Special Olympics