|Steve Blackett, Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development is in the midst of champions, as the Huntsman World Senior Game athletes are welcomed home from Utah, USA yesterday.|
Athletes participating in this year’s Hunstman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, returned home yesterday to a warm reception from family, friends and government officials.
The team was met at the Grantley Adams International Airport by Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steve Blackett; Permanent Secretary, Sonja Welch and other ministry officials.
Team Manager, Rawle Clarke, revealed that the team had done even better this year, bringing home 30 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals.
While he would have liked to see more local support for the athletes at the games in Utah, nevertheless, Mr. Clarke was very pleased with their performance.
Minister Blackett, who also traveled to St. George’s to support the team, said Barbados should be proud of their achievements, adding that the team performed beyond expectations.
??"They did themselves and Barbados proud…Of course I’ll be throwing my full weight behind the attendance of the team for next year now that I’ve actually seen for myself… the performances and determination of the team members," he said.
The team comprised 15 male and eight females aged between 50 and 77 years. They participated in six disciplines: Track and Field, Archery, Basketball, Cycling, Table Tennis and Tennis.
In 2010, the team competed in four disciplines and brought home 23 gold, 29 silver and 19 bronze medals.