Commonwealth Day Celebrations in Anguilla 2016
Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday in the month of March and this year it fell on the 14 March, 2016.
Around this time the eight primary schools on the island will be holding their various inter-house sporting activities, competing to have their team name on the Commonwealth Sports Day Plaque/Shield that was introduced by the Anguilla Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) in the year 2013.
Each school is divided into different houses, and they compete against each other for Commonwealth Sports Day. At a later date the winning house will then be presented with the plaque/shield with their team name engraved on it.
Before Commonwealth Day an Information Session is held at each primary school by the President of the Association and the Administration Officer. Things discussed were; the role of the Anguilla Commonwealth Games Association; the different countries of the Commonwealth; the history of the Games (where the previous Games took place, where and when the next Games will be); the type of sports played at the Games; where the Commonwealth Youth Games were held in 2015 and which country will be hosting the Youth Games in 2017.
During the Information Session friendly rivalry is encouraged and participation in everything in life to the best of their ability is impressed upon the children. We expect the teams to take part with a friendly attitude and have fun, and we instill in them that as long as they know they have tried their best, there is no shame in losing.
The Board members of the Association with the help of 4 athletes from the 2015 Samoa Youth Games, and the youngest member from the 2014 Glasgow Senior Games presented the winning houses with their shields this year.
President (Kenn Banks) presented the winning team from the Vivien Vanterpool Primary School on his own; Kenn and Janique Fleming, the 200m and 400m competitor in the 2015 Youth Games presented the Orealia Kelly Primary School, and Kenn with Rechelle Meade, the youngest member of the 2014 Senior Games who participated in the long jump, presented the Valley Primary School.
Secretary General (Althea Hodge) and Xander Owen-Vasilis, our singles lawn tennis participant from the 2015 Samoa Youth Games, presented the shield to the winning team from the Central Christian Primary School, and Althea with Rechelle Meade presented the Omololu International Primary School.
Vice President (Cardigan Connor) presented the winning houses at the Alwyn Alison and Adrian T Hazell Primary Schools accompanied by Kohn Richardson and Antoine Laurent, the bronze medal winners in the lawn tennis doubles 2015 Samoa Youth Games.
Ex Officio (Rollins Richardson) and Janique Fleming presented the winning house at the Morris Vanterpool Primary School.
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2017 Commonwealth Day Celebration
Monday 13 March 2017