GB Port Authority in final preparation for big celebration of Golden Knights

GOLDEN KNIGHTS

The stage, literally, is just about set for the grand celebration and accompanying activities to honor the Golden Knights, in Grand Bahama.

Presently, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is into the final preparation phase for the April 22-23 activities that will showcase Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu, Demetrius Pinder and Ramon Miller for their eye-popping collective performance to capture the 1600 meters relay gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

The location that will be the centerpiece for the activities is the great mural at the Coral Road/West Settler’s Way. The mural uniquely portrays the four gallant quarter milers, individually, as one drives or walks around the circle. The GBPA has had workers sprucing up the site for weeks now and something quite spectacular is unfolding, inclusive of a mini track circling the mural.

Arrangements have been made already, according to the GBPA, for the Knights to arrive in Freeport on April 22 from different points in the United States and New Providence. A motorcade is planned for the Olympic gold medalists and they will visit several of the island’s schools to interact with the student populations there.

A special media session is scheduled as well. Thusly, print, electronic and social media personnel will be afforded a prioritized situation to interview each of the national sports stalwarts.

What has been organized by the GBPA will be the first of a kind, to focus directly on the Golden Knights for their fantastic contribution to the enhancement of the Bahamas Sports Brand. They have been phenomenal and presently, two members of the historic group are still at it, representing this country on the major world sports stages.

Today, Mathieu and Miller are slated to run around the track in the 1600 meters relay final in Gold Coast, Australia, at the Commonwealth Games.

Sarah St. George, who functions from the Chairman’s Office at the GBPA, said the gesture is in keeping with the company’s approach to sports development and the recognition of such.

“We are proud to honor the Golden Knights. They were simply terrific and we are having a great time making arrangements to showcase them. You would recall, that we paid tribute to the Golden Girls (Pauline Davis, Chandra Sturrup, Eldeece Clarke, Savatheda Fynes and Debbie Ferguson, the gold Olympians from 2000),” said St. George.

Incidentally, there is a member of the GBPA team who is quite familiar with the Golden Knights and their specialty. I refer to Troy McIntosh. He is the GBPA’s City Manager and has been supervising the makeover at the roundabout in readiness for the big occasion.

McIntosh is a former 1600 meters relay Olympic medalist also, (bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics); and the 2001 International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Championships 1600 meters relay gold medalist.

Brown, the “Eternal One”, was on those teams with McIntosh. It will surely be a special moment in time for the sprint greats, past and present.

(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com or on WhatsApp at 727-6363).

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