Visually-impaired Barbadian Orator Places Second in Regional Contest #optimistsinternational #visuallychallenged #barbados

Janeil Odle, the first ever visually-impaired contestant to enter the Optimist International Zone’s Caribbean District Oratorical Contest in its history, placed second at the contest held at the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica on April 14. She competed against seven other contestants from Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

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Back row left to right, boys: Yenver Caezar (Optimist Club of St. Lisi, St. Lucia) - winner (St. Lucia club is part of Zone 13 and is judged with some clubs in Barbados), Sean Gloumeau - Harrison College, 2nd place & Aaron Ifill - Ellerslie Secondary School, 3rd place | Front Row, left to right, girls: Janeil Odle, Combermere - winner; Nahalia Bynoe, Foundation School - 2nd place & Simone Gill, Harrison College - 3rd place

Her road to success in Jamaica started 17 March 2012, when Janeil represented the Progressive Optimist Club of Barbados at the local contest, sponsored by LIME and Atlantic Computers.

Then, she also made history in Barbados when she became the first visually-impaired contestant to win the local leg of the Oratorical Contest. Speaking on the topic How my Optimism Helps Me to Overcome Obstacles, she won from a field of eight female contestants from various secondary schools in Barbados. Janeil is a student of the Combermere School.

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Janeil receiving her award in Jamaica

Her local win entitled her to go on to represent the Optimist Clubs of Barbados at the regional level in Jamaica. The Oratorical Contest is one of longest running programmes of Optimist International.

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