Commonwealth Day Celebrations in Anguilla 2017
Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday in the month of March and this year it fell on the 13 March, 2017.
Around this time the primary schools on the island hold their various Commonwealth Day sporting activities, when the different houses within each school compete against each other, and the winning team will be rewarded by having their names engraved on the Commonwealth Sports Day Plaque/Shield that was introduced by the Anguilla Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) in the year 2013.
Before Commonwealth Day an Information Session was held at each primary school by the President of the Association and the Administration Officer. Things discussed were: role of the Anguilla Commonwealth Games Association; different countries of the Commonwealth; history of the Games (where the previous Senior Games took place, where and when the next Senior Games will be); type of sports played at the Games; where the Commonwealth Youth Games were held in previous years; which country will be hosting the next Youth Games (2017); athletes who will be representing Anguilla in the 2017 Youth Games and the events they will be participating in.
Also discussed was the first big exciting event that the island is looking forward to this year, the Queens Baton Relay, launched at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, and will be landing on the shores of Anguilla from 28 June – 1 July, 2017.
During the Information Session we stressed the importance of training and asked the children to name different kinds of exercises that can enhance their chances of winning. The children came up with some excellent ideas such as: cycling, running, skipping and swimming. Once again we impressed upon them that there is no shame in losing as long as they know they tried their best.
The Board members of the Association with the help of 4 of our junior athletes who will be attending the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games presented the winning houses with their shields this year.
President (Kenn Banks) and T-Kailah Richardson (Junior 200m competitor for the Bahamas 2017 Youth Games), presented the winning house (Blue House, Marlins) from the Vivien Vanterpool Primary School; Kenn and Jamari Bryan (Junior Road Cyclist competitor for the 2017 Youth Games), presented the winning house (Blue House) from the Valley Primary School.
Secretary General (Althea Hodge) and Jamari Bryan (Junior Road Cyclist competitor) presented the winning house (Yellow House) from the Orealia Kelly Primary School; Althea and Xavi Brookes (Junior Road Cyclist competitor for the 2017 Youth Games), presented the winning house (Blue House, Turtle Doves) from the Adrian T Hazell Primary School.
Vice President (Cardigan Connor) and T-Kailah Richardson (Junior 200m competitor) presented the winning house (White House, Wolves) from the Omololu International Primary School.
Treasurer (Alkins Rogers) and Xander Owen-Vasilis (Junior Lawn Tennis competitor for the 2017 Youth Games), presented the winning house (Green House, Sparrows) from the Morris Vanterpool Primary School.
Ex Officio (Rollins Richardson) and Xavi Brookes (Junior Road Cyclist competitor) presented the winning house (Green House) from the Alwyn Allison Primary School.
2018 Commonwealth Day Celebration
Monday 12 March 2018