We Bahamians in L.A. enjoyed another gathering with our Bahamian Special Olympians Monday night at a reception hosted by the Bahamas Honourary Consul in Los Angeles, Cedric Scott.
Not only was the gathering a wonderful opportunity to get to know the athletes, coaches and families of Team Bahamas a bit better, but it was a terrific way to celebrate our first medals — two silvers and a gold — won by swimmers Cornel McClain and Lavontae Clarke.
While their teammates relaxed and mingled, a few Bahamian athletes competed into the early evening. Just before the reception ended, we received news that swimmers Serena Newton and Deron Forbes had won silver and bronze medals, respectively.
And the winning continued into Tuesday. As of yesterday afternoon, Team Bahamas had won a total of seven medals, according to the Results page on the Special Olympics website:
- BRONZE: Deangelo Bullard, Tara Culmer, Daniel Johnson and Lesley Taylor in Bowling (Unified Team)
- BRONZE: Deron Forbes, Aquatics 25M Breaststroke
- SILVER: Lavontae Clark, Aquatics 100M Freestyle
- SILVER: Cornel McClain, Aquatics 100M Freestyle
- SILVER: Royal Hamilton, Bocce (Singles)
- SILVER: Serena Newton, Aquatics 25M Breaststroke
- GOLD: Cornel McClain, Aquatics 100M Backstroke
Congratulations to all our Bahamian athletes and coaches. We wish you much success over the week ahead!