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$468 000 for Scotland trip

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

$468 000 for Scotland trip

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Barbados?will be spending just under half million dollars to send 104 athletes and officials to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, with the burning desire to add to the 11 medals won at 13 previous outings.
With uniforms totalling $104 000 and airline tickets costing $364 000, the Barbados Olympic Association staged a one-day seminar at the Barbados Beach Club yesterday to better prepare the team for the July 13 to August 6 Games.
The seminar involved an address from president Steve Stoute, Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley, as well as a submission by Andrea Blackett, a gold medallist in the women’s 400 metres hurdles at the 1998 Games.
Lashley told the competitors that they should let the achievements of those who have gone before inspire them to success.
“Andrea’s achievement and that of the other ten medallists assure us that much is possible through hard work and dedication,” said Lashley.
The minister added that his research in the Ministry of Sports showed that there was too much talk in the past and it was time for action to provide the infrastructure to carry Barbados’ sport forward.  
“No one is aware more than I that we need to put in place the infrastructure needed to support the development of our athletes.
“I am pleased to announce that my ministry is actively pursuing plans for the redevelopment of the National Stadium complex.
“We already have an athletic track that meets international standards and we are aiming to do the same for cycling, netball and swimming, among others,” Lashley added.
Former world champion Ryan Brathwaite is among the competitors who will participate in athletics, badminton, boxing, rugby, netball, swimming, judo, weightlifting, shooting, table tennis and the triathlon.
In addition to briefings from chef de mission Cammie Burke, a motivational presentation was given by Dawn-Marie Layne. (KP)