Coronado Maduro gets gold at Special Olympics

Coronado part time resident, Jonathan Maduro received a gold medal in team bowling, placed 4th place in individual bowling and won a gold medal in the unified doubles at the Abu Dhabi special Olympics

The Special Olympics World Games 2019  were hosted in Abu Dhabi  from March 8th  to the 22nd.

A delegation of 40 athletes from Panama  competed in 5 of the 24 athletic disciplines being Athletics, Bocce, Bowling, Gymnastics (Rhythmic) and Swimming.  Our Panamanian champions, brought back 14 gold medals, 17 silver, 17 bronze.

The Panama team left Tocumen airport on March 6 and arrived in Dubai, at midnight March7th.  The games had over 7000 special Olympian athletes from almost 200 countries.

 The Panama delegation arrived back in Tocumen Airport, Panama City, March 23rd, where they held a  a press conference at the Crown Airport Hotel.  Some of the team members were also interviewed on Medcom, Channel 13, Monday March 25, 2019.

President Varela met with the athletes on February 27th before they left for the World Games.

Special Olympics celebrates all athletes with intellectual disabilities (ID), regardless of their level of ability. Special Olympics ensures good competition through a process called “Di-visioning,” which segments athletes based on abilities rather than on disabilities. This way, athletes can compete with other athletes of similar abilities and age. Divisions always include at least three to a maximum of eight athletes.  In the Special Olympics World Games in  Abu Dhabi 2019, athletes competed  in 24 different individual and team sports:

It was an unforgettable experience for Jonathan, and we’re very proud of him and all the Panama Special Olympics team.