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10 out of 10!

Jamaican technical official Gordon gives World Games maximum rating

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Jamaican Older Gordon says her experience at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in the capacity of technical official for roller skating was top notch.

The 2019 Abu Dhabi Games, which officially commenced March 14, will stage its closing ceremony this evening at Zayed Sports City Stadium.

“I would give it 10 out of 10, from the side I was working from. Everybody really put their all into it, so it was great,” Gordon said when the Jamaica Observer caught up with her at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre as the curtains came down on roller skating.

Gordon performs duties as assistant competitions director at the Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) annual National Games. Aside from her 32 years with SOJ, she has spent 12 with Special Olympics International.

“My knowledge base has widened because I work with a lot of international referees and people from other countries. I garner a lot of experience and learn more about the rules and other things I otherwise might not have been sure of,” she said, referring to her time at the highest level.

In the United Arab Emirates, Jamaica's roller skaters Sekani Green, who picked up gold and silver, and Dale Oddman, winner of gold and bronze, combined for four of the country's 33 medals.

“The experience at these Games were great, competition was tight and strong. I was happy to see the Jamaican roller skaters push forward in their displays. I also saw some Jamaicans in other competitions and they were really kicking butts,” Gordon said.

Jamaica had 70-odd athletes competing in aquatics, athletics, unified badminton, unified basketball, bocce, unified football (male and female), roller skating, and volleyball (male and unified female) at the World Games.


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