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CUT champions to have their motorcade today
THE Barbados team that recently won the Caribbean Union of Teachers’ (CUT) Biennial Students’ Athletics Championships in Jamaica will celebrate their victory in a big way today with a motorcade, starting from the National Stadium and culminating with a picnic at Silver Sands.
Team Barbados topped the points standings with 459.5 points and also topped the medal standings with 17 gold, 17 silver and 7 bronze for a total of 41 medals. President of the Barbados Union of Teachers, Karen Best, told the media at the press conference yesterday that they chose to have the motorcade as their way of saying to the children how grateful they were for their performances.
Best was one of those who knew what the team was capable of and even boldly stated back in June that Barbados was going to dethrone Jamaica this year.
“We did it and I don’t think that we in Barbados understand what it means to take a team of athletes, to take them to Jamaica and for that team to come out victorious – defeating Jamaica in Jamaica. When I saw these children running, it was as if they had a mission and they intended to fulfil it. They ran and came up alongside the Jamaicans and passed them, and when they were in front they never looked back.
“I want to thank the coaches, the management team because it was a team effort. For the first time we had a physio and it was a joy to see him walking coming out of the stadium when we won, with a bed. He wasn’t afraid to carry that bed because he knew he was just the physio for the winning team,” said Best.
That trip cost the BUT in the region of $77 400; while they want to thanks the sponsors who came onboard, Best noted they still need another $10 000 to ensure they are not in the red.
“I want to appeal to all of those persons who did not want to identify with the team before we left, identify with the winners. It was said in Jamaica, ‘Barbados came to Jamaica, in an Olympic year, in a year where Jamaica was celebrating its 50th year of Independence and we won the championship.’ I am hoping that the entire Barbadian community understand what it is that these young people did and celebrate them,” said Best.
The motorcade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. from the National Stadium, travel along Codrington Road and up Codrington Hill, turn left at the traffic lights and go along White Hall Main Road, through Hinds Hill across to Queen’s College and down Holders Hill to Highway 1. The motorcade will turn left on Highway 1 all the way through Black Rock and onto Eagle Hall where it will turn right and come down Barbarees Hill and Baxters Road and then onto Broad Street. They will then go over the Bridge onto Highway 7, Bay Street and all the way up through Oistins where they will turn right through Enterprise where they will finally end at Silver Sands. (PG)