(ZIZ News) — Government officials, parents, guardians and supporters gathered at Government House on Saturday night for Special Olympics award ceremony.

The event was held to celebrate the achievement of athletes who took part in the Special Olympics World Games in la in 2015.

Team St. Kitts Nevis brought home 11 gold medals, 10 silver and two bronze medals in track and field, tennis, bocce and swimming.

Reflecting on the team’s success National Director of Special Olympics St. Kitts and Nevis, Ivor Blake commended the athletes on their hard work.

“We have to take note and look back and recognize that h attain the same level of success we have struggles, pain and self-doubt but overall a desire to get it right, to be the best you can and to learn to realize that it takes one step at a time to achieve your success,” he said.

Prime Minister Dr The Hon Timothy Harris said the athletes are the pride of the nation.

“The whole country is extremely proud of all of our participants in the Special Olympics and we congratulate them for representing t. Kitts and Nevis so well. More importantly they shone a light on persons with disabilities who are citizens and residents of our beloved country,” he said.

The event also featured awards presented to the businesses and individuals who have supported Special Olympics.

A special award was presented to Clarice Cotton for her work with Special Olympics over the years.

The cocktail and awards ceremony was hosted by the Special Olympics Board and Governor General His Excellency Sir Tapley Seaton GCMG CVO QC JP.

The next Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place in 2019.