‘All a we is one’
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By: Farrah Johnson & Lauren Seymour
The Bahamas is an archaepeligo made up of 700 unique islands and cays, world reknowned for its paradasiacal ambience encompassing tropical breeze, turquoise salted-seas, and plush fine sand.
This year, the country graciously shared its blissful island vibes with athletes from across the globe as the host for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games. Athletes from various Commonwealth nations offered their best athletes ranging from ages 14-18 to compete in the sporting events.
From Tanzania to Australia, Barbados to Botswana, countries througout Europe, North America, The Carribbean, and Africa came together to compete in the annual games.
The timely theme, ” YOUTH IN ACTION: UNITED”, effectively summarizes the sporting events that took place on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017. It also accurately portrays the sportsmanship the athletes’ displayed amongst the diverse groups deriving from various regions.
The action commenced at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Swim Complex at 10 a.m. for the heats and preliminary rounds. Events included the Women and Men’s 200 m breastroke, 50m freestyle, and 200m butterfly.
Noticeably, the rejuvinating aura exuded by the event itself encouraged a lively and hospitable environment that continued outside of the sporting venues. At the SuperClub Breezes Resort, participants enjoyed their down time by soaking up endless sun, sand,and sea. Australia and New Zealand athletes could be seen engaging in a friendly beach ball competition. Kristina Galloway, a swimmer from Australia boasted about the support amongst the different athletes.
She mentioned, ” Everyone is really supportive and when they congratulate you its so genuine.”
Moreover, the St. Helena swimming team expressed much optimism about their meets. Members recalled the drastic distance they traveled. One of the swimmers, Colby Thomas also gushed about the Bahamian beaches stating that, “the white beaches are brilliant and very different from the black volcanic sand back home.”
Back at the National Swim Complex, the top eight finalists of each category competed for the coveted gold medals. Team England, Australia, Scotland, and Singapore were awarded with gold medals . New Zealand placed second in the 800m Relay Finals. Silver Medalist Louis Cougar mentioned that part of their srategy was to pick the strongest swimmers.
He said, “It was a very tight race. We did well as a team and came together as a family.”
United we stand, divided we fall. Though seperated by distance the countries are symbollically connected through one common goal. The Commonwealth Games facilitates friendly competition and provides the grounds for a much bigger movement: unification despite variation. Or as we Bahamians coin, “All a we is one.”