Special Olympics Isle of Man National Games Invitational 2012


iom_post_imageSpecial Olympics Gibraltar participated in the Isle of Man National games in 5 sports. Participating countries were Ireland, Great Britain, Malta, Isle of Man and Gibraltar from 9th-11th August, 2010.

The team arrived on the island in extremely bad weather making it a change from the heat in Gibraltar. For the football team though these adverse conditions were unwelcome since at the last minute IOM had had to change the venue of the 5 a side competition to an  outdoor, high grass and sludgy pitch.  It was constantly raining and our players found themselves slipping and sliding everywhere. A new, and it has to be said, a good experience for them.

Bocce was a highly supported sport at these games. Coach Paola Poggio was extremely pleased since it is a brand new sport for Gibraltar and with limited training the Gibraltar athletes managed to win 4 medals between them. They were highly commended by the Europe/Eurasia Bocce Sports Advisor Roy Savage.

Athletics was again run in wet conditions.  Francis Mauro achieved a commendable 4th place in his 1500mts.

Other sports venues were well run and the team met many familiar faces that through the years had participated in our own National Games.

The team was hosted in the King William College, Douglas.  Hospitality was brilliant and because Gibraltar and Isle of Man have very strong links the athletes and coaches felt very much at home seeing so many familiar faces, coaches, families and volunteers.

Our warmest thanks need to be given to all those sponsors who have helped in any way with in kind goods or sponsorship to enable the team’s participation.

  • Gibraltar Woman’s Health Group
  • Westex
  • JP Isola Foundation
  • Bassadone Motors
  • Blands
  • Select Sports Management
  • T.R. Security
  • Gibtelecom
  • Inchcape
  • Nadine Sanchez
  • Senior Citizens Club. Town Range
  • Saccone & Speed
  • His Excellency the Governor for the Convent Open day.

Jan Lopez/ Carlos YeoJan LopezDoubles – Gold Medal
Jan LopezSingles – Bronze Medal
Carlos YeoSingles – Silver Medal
John Joshua Buttigeig100mts Sprint – Silver Medal
Sallyanne Mauro100mts Sprint – Bronze Medal
Francis MauroLong Jump – Bronze Medal
Miquel Rubio100mts – Gold Medal, 200mts – Silver Medal, 4 x 100 mts relay – Silver Medal
Douglas Pitaluga50mts Breastroke – Gold Medal
Alfred Celecia25mts Freestyle – Gold medal
Malcolm Miel25mts Freestyle – Silver medal
Graeme Brooking25mts Freestyle – 5th Place.
Darren Vinent
Nicholas Danino
Samyr Annake
Marvin Zammitt
Jamie Collis
Sam Hook
5 a side –  Silver Medal
Glen WimbletonDressage – Gold Medal, Horse care and management – Silver Medal
Virginia WinkDressage – Silver Medal, Horse Care and management – Silver Medal