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25 Bajan Sports Icons celebrated

EZRA STUART, ezrastuart@nationnews.com

Added 11 September 2016

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Olympic bronze medallist Jim Wedderburn accepts his award from Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe)

NATIONAL HERO Sir Garfield Sobers headed a list of 25 Barbados sports icons who were saluted at a Night with the Stars at the Barbados Hilton here late Saturday.

Olympic bronze medallists James Wedderburn and Obadele Thompson as well as World Championships gold medallist Ryan Brathwaite and former world draughts champion Ronald “Suki” King were among those named at the gala.

Swimmer Leah Stancil (nee Martindale ), the first black woman to reach the final of the 50 metres freestyle at the Olympic Games, many-times Woodbine champion jockey Patrick Husbands , perennial Sol Barbados Rally champion Roger Skeete and special athlete Tyson Browne were also named among the esteemed group.

Former West Indies captain and double world record holder for the highest individual Test and first-class scores Brian Lara was a special guest at the function.

Sporting Icon Freida Nicholls is presented her award by Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett.  

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Trans-Atlantic rowers Randall Valdez (left) and Philip Als (right) were united one more time at the gala event. At centre is Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett.  

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Full list of sports icons: Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Sir Everton Weekes, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Sir Austin Sealy, James Wedderburn, Obadele Thompson, Ryan Brathwaite, Andrea Blackett, Freida Nicholls, Akela Jones, Darcy Beckles, Patrick Husbands, Brian Talma, Roger Skeete, Ronald King, Darian King, Leah Martindale Stancil, Philip Als, Randall Valdez, Tyson Browne, Julian White and Kim Holder (EZS)

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