Golf ball on tee with driver

Special Olympics Zimbabwe held a fund-raising golf tournament on Sunday (yesterday) as part of efforts to raise money to send a 29 member team to the 2019 summer games in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.

The team requires an estimated $70 000 plus to travel for the global sporting showpiece and the golf tournament at Chapman Golf Club raised quite a substantial amount through sponsorships, raffles and donations.

The golf tournament which attracted several corporate and individuals was a four ball better ball competition held at Chapman Golf Club in the capital.

The final list of athletes to represent Zimbabwe is still to be announced but shortlisted athletes have been holding training camps as part of preparations for the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

Special Olympics Zimbabwe coach Mike Baylis appealed for more assistance from corporate and individuals to help send Zimbabwean athletes to the games.

“We are appealing to more corporates to come and support efforts by the Zimbabwe Special Olympics and their fund-raising efforts to send a team of Zimbabwean athletes to world games. We are still far from reaching our projected target,” he said.

Special Olympics Zimbabwe provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Every person with an intellectual disability who is at least eight years of age is eligible to participate in Special Olympics.

Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

The Special Olympics World Games are an international sporting competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities organised by the IOC-recognised Special Olympics organisation.

The summer games will be hosted in Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2019.

Zimbabwe has always done well at the games bringing a number of medals.