Exemplifying Community Spirit Through Sports

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Steve Blackett, Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development; greet players from the Christ Church East Constituency Football team, last Sunday, at the official launch of the David Thompson Memorial Classic Football Tournament, at the Gall Hill Sports Complex in St. John (A.Miller/BGIS)

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is urging footballers to demonstrate their exuberance for the sport on the field to the communities and help the less fortunate.

He made this appeal last Sunday while delivering remarks at the inaugural David Thompson Memorial Classic Football Tournament, at the Gall Hill Sports Complex, St. John.

Mr. Stuart told the large gathering of Cabinet Ministers, footballers and spectators, that football was a team sport and, as such, each member of the team depended on each other.

"…That is a reminder that we need in Barbados that the success of every individual depends on support coming from somewhere else and football is a reminder that the man on the team, who is going to shine, cannot shine unless he gets the support and cooperation of every other member of the team.

"So, that even after you have played the game and have gone back to your various communities, remember your obligation to every other member of the community because their success is dependent on the cooperation and support of all the members of the community," he remarked.

Mr. Stuart also reminded the audience about the importance of dealing with defeat both on and off the field.?? "Sports reminds us that whether we are rejoicing or sorrowing, there are always people around to give us the support that we need.?? Learning how to cope with victory and defeat is a reflection of your strength of character."

He further stated: "As you go through these games, please bear these things in mind, that you depend on other people, sometimes you will win and sometimes you will lose and ultimately, it is going to be a reflection on your strength of character as it relates to how you deal with victory and defeat."

julie.wilson@barbados.gov.bb

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