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SOCI Healthy Athletes Day

Healthy athletes make happy athletes and the Special Olympics Cayman Islands is focusing on making sure all of their athletes are in tip-top shape.

Organizers say the annual event was started because most of the athletes do not have proper medical care and this opportunity allows athletes to be screened annually by medical professionals.

This year will focus on Fit Feet, Healthy Hearing and Opening Eyes, but of course nurses and doctors will be on site to cover everything from skin checks to nutrition and dentistry.

Nick Freeland, SOCI board member says Healthy Athlete’s Day ensures people with intellectual disabilities get a good health screening once a year.

“It’ probably most important for the educational aspect of it and our athletes face challenges obviously and I think may not have the best health care and therefore to alert parents and if there is an issue, before it becomes a major issue is part of what this programme is about.”

Healthy Athletes Day is open to anyone with intellectual disabilities and will be held on Saturday from 1 p.m – 6 p.m. at the Mary Miller Hall.

About the author

Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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