In the recently concluded XIII Special Olympics held in Athens, Greece, Quepem’s Jesus Rebello has not only made Goa proud but has also achieved laurels for his country. Jesus Rebello is the son of Annie and late Anthony Rebello. The feat of Jesus Rebello is very unique as he has won three medals – gold, silver and bronze – in badminton mixed-doubles, singles and doubles respectively. What it simply means is that Quepemkars now have an Olympian we all can be proud of.
Jesus Rebello was felicitated by the people of Quepem on the 13th of July, 2011 in the Indoor Hall of the recently-inaugurated Quepem Sports Complex. Young and old gathered to celebrate not only the remarkable journey and achievement of the Olympian Jesus Rebello, but also the grit and determination of the woman – the mother of Jesus Rebello – who so steadfastly stood behind him. During the felicitation, Jesus’ mother was moved to tears. From Goa to Greece, her son had come a long way!
Excerpt from the citation:The motto of the XIII Special Olympics World Summer Games was I’m In! Through your glorious performance you have showed that if we remain ever focused an chase our dreams with all our hearts and minds – then all of us can be ‘In’ – ‘In the Limelight’, capable of scaling great heights and achieving the impossible.
|The councilors, John Fernandes. APEI of Quepem Sports Complex and the MLA of Quepem constituency Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar along with Jesus Rebello (center).|
|Jesus Rebello waiting to be felicitated|
|Along with his mother Annie, Jesus Rebello receiving a citation from Quepem MLA|
|The medals on display|
|Certificates and medals of Jesus Rebello on display|
All pictures (except the logo) by Dale Luis Menezes
(A version of this photo feature appeared on Gomantak Times, dt: July 15, 2011)