A reception was hosted by HE the Governor and Mrs Capes last night at Plantation House, to welcome back St Helena’s Commonwealth Games participants and celebrate their achievements with family, friends and officials.
Governor Capes welcomed back all team members and said that they should be very proud of their performances and the manner in which they represented Team St Helena – generating extensive and disproportionate publicity internationally.
The Governor said:
“There was a great amount of interest shown in the team’s journey and the actual time it took for our team to reach Glasgow. In 2018, for the next Commonwealth Games, to be held in Australia, the journey will be a little different and much easier!”
Governor Capes welcomed back Patrick Young, Chelsea Benjamin, Madolyn Andrews, Jordie Andrews and Ben Dillon. Extended thanks were also given to participants and officials who are currently off the Island – Simon Henry, Lee Yon, Duane March, Vernon Smeed, Ryan Benjamin, Nicky Stevens, Maria Benjamin, Andrew Lawrence and Helen Joshua.
Pam Young, Chef De Mission, said that for some of the participants this was the first event of this size and for some it was the first time to travel so far from home.
“But like true explorers, they embraced their journey and are now planning for future games. These were certainly the ‘friendly games’ as we met so many people and the memories will live on. The lessons learnt will also help us plan for 2018.”
Madolyn Andrews concluded the presentation and thanked everyone in attendance for their support and encouragement to strive to compete once again. Shooters Madolyn and Jordie Andrews said they had a fantastic experience, and particularly mentioned the pleasure of shooting on a professional range. They hope that St Helena will eventually acquire a full size shooting range which will allow them to properly practice for future Commonwealth Games.
A commemorative medal was presented by Governor Capes to each athlete and to the officials present (Pam Young and Pat Henry). St Helena UK Representative Kedell Worboys presented medals to some athletes and officials who are in the UK.
5 September 2014