November 29, 2021

Special Olympics Cayman Islands coach selected to officiate at World Games

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Special Olympics Cayman Islands (SOCI) Bocce Coach, Nicole Thompson is selected to officiate at the Special Olympics World Games being held in Abu Dhabi next March.

Nicole started her coaching career in 1998 when she volunteered with SOCI. At the time, she knew nothing about the sport, but responded to the need and started learning everything she could. Ms. Thompson went from volunteer to head coach, a journey that has taken her around the world from Dublin, Ireland (2003) to Athens, Greece (2011). She has led Bocce teams to three World Games, most recently the World Games in Los Angeles in 2015, as well as the Caribbean and Latin American Games.

In response to being selected to officiate at the World Games, Coach Thompson says she looks forward to being on the other side, “I am happy and honoured to be selected as one of the 16 International Technical Officials for the Games and one of only 2 officials from the Caribbean.” Coach Nicole’s personal accomplishment also speaks to the success of SOCI’s programme, one that is recognised as being strong in the region.

Bocce is one of the most popular sports at World Games with more than 1,000 matches expected to be played over 7 days.

Of her experience coaching Special Olympics athletes, Ms. Thompson says the best part is focusing on their abilities, “Too often they live in a world of limitations, Special Olympics allows them to move past that.” The seasoned coach also points out that Bocce is very inclusive as athletes at any ability level can play and find success.

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