Olympic Day at the beach
LAST?SATURDAY, 41 days before the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) and its affiliates celebrated Olympic Day at Browne’s Beach, St Michael.
BOA president Steve Stoute, London 2012 chef de mission Cammie Burke and Olympic manager Glyne Clarke hosted members of several national federations as well as Don Anderson, the first vice-president of the Jamaica Olympic Association.
Anderson said the celebration was not held in Jamaica.
Several Olympians were in attendance, including president of the local Olympians Association, Freida Nicholls, Leo Garnes and Nicky Neckles.
There was a festive atmosphere on the beach.
Members of the champion Under-16 Barbados netball team, completely oblivious to the cruel rays of the midday sun, were split in half, making a meal of a game on the beach volleyball court. There was a lot of laughter, though, and the girls clearly enjoyed themselves.
Under the trees, former CARIFTA throws coach Stephen Skinner and national table tennis player Kevin Farley were having a chat, while table tennis coach Julia Morris kept an eye on and gave some tips to the youngsters trying their hand at the game.
Members of the Chess Federation were locked in battle under their tent.
There were demonstrations by the judo, taekwondo, boxing, blind cricket, paralympics and cycling federations, and a few rugby players also tried their hand at boxing. Several other athletes beat the heat in the water or with a refreshing sno-cone. (SAT)