Last year, 2016, was a crowning year for four local educational institutions and they were rewarded for their accomplishments.
The Grand Bahama Primary and Secondary Athletic Associations, on Thursday, March 30, presented the Sandra Edgecombe Sports School Champions trophies, in the primary and high school divisions for the 2015-2016 school year.
The award is given to the top Primary and Secondary schools for their performances in each of the association’s core sports.
The presentation took place in the conference room at the Ministry for Grand Bahama, after it was postponed last year, due to the passage of Hurricane Matthew.
In the Primary School Division the winners were – Maurice Moore Primary School (Big School Champions) and Freeport Gospel Chapel (Small School Champions).
In the High School Division the winners were – the Tabernacle Falcons (Junior Division) and the St. Georges’ Jaguars (Senior Division).
Former Walter Parker Pacer and current seventh grader at Bishop Michael Eldon School (BMES), Latalia Knowles was recognized as the Primary School Female Athlete of the Year and current Tabernacle Falcons’ Mateo Smith won the Primary School Male Athlete of the Year.
Athletes, principals, vice principals, coaches and Ministry of Education officials met with the Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville, at his headquarters.
He congratulated the athletes and coaches on a remarkable year and shared special recognition to the parents for the roles they played in the children’s success.
“I want to congratulate the students (and coaches) on a job well done,” said Darville, “But specifically, I want to say to the parents it’s because of your commitment and hard work that we are seeing such excellence – not only in athletics – but also in academics with our students here on the island of Grand Bahama.
“We know that all the success of our children is directly tied in with the participation of our parents.”
Pointing out the Grand Bahama’s “rich history” in developing world-class athletes, Darville said that in order to keep that tradition going, the potential in the children must be seen and the teamwork between coaches, parents and teachers has to remain consistent.
“Boys and girls it was talent, hard work and support of parents, teachers, coaches and the community, which contributed to so many professional athletes coming out of the loins of Grand Bahama – from East to West End.
“I extend to you – Eagles, Raccoons, Falcons and Jaguars, the 2016 champions, congratulations. You have worked hard and earned the title of champions.”
Principal for Maurice Moore, Mildred Roberts; Freeport Gospel Chapel’s principal, Raquel Albury; principal of Tabernacle Baptist, Edward Johnson and vice principals of St. Georges’ High each thanked the minister for his words of encouragement to the athletes.
They also extended sincere thanks to the coaches of the various teams and to the GBPSAA and GBSSAA for the jobs they have done during the school year.
The teams then gathered in the foyer of the Ministry for group shots with Ministry of Education officials, including Mary Cooper (District Superintendent); Herbert Marshall (Acting Assistant Director); Mary Russell, (District Education Officer) and Marvin Rolle (former principal of St. Georges).
Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017