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Celebrating The Olympians

THE gold medal winning quartet of, from left, Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu, Demetrius Pinder and Ramon Miller show off their gold medals. Photos: Felipé Major/Tribune Staff

THE gold medal winning quartet of, from left, Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu, Demetrius Pinder and Ramon Miller show off their gold medals. Photos: Felipé Major/Tribune Staff

A CONCERT to honour the Bahamas’ Men’s 4 x 400m Relay team will be held on Saturday at 7pm at Clifford Park as the country continues to celebrate their gold medal winning performance at the London Olympic Games.

Earlier that day, the ‘Fantastic Four’, Ramon Miller, Demetrius Pinder, Chris Brown and Michael Mathieu, will parade through the island in a massive motorcade.

The victory parade and concert are two of the continuing celebrations being held to mark their historic Olympic win.

The awesome foursome paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Perry Christie at the Office of the Prime Minister, Cable Beach, yesterday.

They laughed and joked with the PM, who told them: “The entire nation was lifted by the achievement.”

Mr Christie was there to meet the team when they arrived home on Monday night to a cheering crowd at Lynden Pindling International Airport.

They arrived just after 11.30pm, much later than originally expected, but were greeted by friends and family, fans, ministers and the PM.

After a short briefing at the airport, the ‘Golden Knights’ enjoyed a victory homecoming celebration at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace.

Although the Olympic champions didn’t get there until after 12.30am an excited Bahamian crowd, which had patiently awaited their arrival, gave them a heroes’ welcome.

Today the four were expected to visit the House Of Assembly at noon.

On Thursday they will pay a courtesy call to the Governor General, Sir Arthur Foulkes, at Government House at 11am, followed by lunch with the Prime Minister at 1pm.

On Friday, BTC, who were the primary sponsors of Team Bahamas, will host a major event during the day followed by an evening of ‘Goombay Summer’ on Bay Street.

Details of both events will be released later in the week.

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Comments

sansoucireader 7 years, 3 months ago

I suggest a piece of land be awarded to each semi-finalist, finalist and gold medal Olympian, preferably on their ancestral island eg. Chris Brown-Eleuthera. Even better, every Bahamian who represents our country well in other fields should also have this privilege.

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Arob 7 years, 3 months ago

GENDER EQUALITY

In our euphoria we appear to forget that this is the second Bahamian relay team to win an olympic gold medal. A precedent has been set.

The men's 4 x 100 relay team (2012 London Olympics) gifts from The Bahamas government should be equal to the gifts received by the women's 4 x 100 relay team (2000 Sydney Olympics).

The reminder:
"Each of the five Golden Girls is being given a 20,000 square foot piece of property overlooking the sea, just west of Traveler's Rest , valued at $400,000 for a total of $2,000,000.

The Golden Girls were promised the land as part of the appreciation package by the government after they won the gold medal in the 4 x 100-meter relay at the 2000 Olympic Games. They also received $40,000 each and a gold commemorative coin."

Source: http://www.bahamasgateway.com/athleti...">http://www.bahamasgateway.com/athleti... Article by: Julian Lockhart, Tribune Sports Reporter
Date: May 2, 2002.

Our rational exuberance is commendable but, we must face reality.

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