by Tyronne | Posted on Sunday, March 17th, 2019


On day two of the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi the medal count grew as Gibraltar athletes continued to shine against the best in the World. 

Years of training in the sport of bocce paid off for Dorian Zammit who brought home the gold medal in the men’s singles event. The pride felt by his parents, who are present in Abu Dhabi for the games, was compounded when his brother Marvin also then went on to win gold in the men’s singles bowling event. Whilst different events, the skill shown by both brothers was evident. In bocce Malcolm Miel came 5th in his division of the men’s singles, whilst Marvin’s teammate Samyr Anakkar claimed a bronze in the men’s singles bowling event. Shane Martinez came away with a 5th place ribbon, also in the men’s singles bowling.

Gold medal winner Dorian Zammit with teammate Malcolm Miel and his 5th place ribbon.

The medals just kept coming with more won by Gibraltar in the equestrian contest. J.J Buttigieg achieved not one but two silver medals in the same day, in the equitation jumping and English working trails events. Whilst teammate Glen Wimbledon picked up a bronze in the jumping event and a 5th place in the working trails.

JJ Buttigieg with the first of his 2 silver medals in the equestrian event

The medal tally was completed late in the day when Miguel Rubio brought home a gold medal in athletics, in the 200m event.

The golfing event kicked off in earnest with Julian de las Heras winning his round in divisioning with a score of 53 against 59 and 64 for his Hong Kong and Spanish opponents. Nicholas Payas scored 56 in his skills competition divisioning which compared very favourably with the 53 he scored in the same round in Los Angeles four years ago.

Earlier in the day in athletics Mark Dos Santos competed in his first 1,500m event. In his contagious, cheerful spirit he reminded everyone of the true spirit of sportsmanship, a positive attitude that made his challenge achievable, crossing the finishing line with a cheering crowd. He came in 6th place but during his run he was the life of the stands, with the race being televised live in Dubai TV. He faces another challenge ahead with the 3,000m.

The games continue with more medals up for grabs until the closing ceremony on Thursday. 

Andrew Ramage SO Gibraltar