Helping Hand to honour sporting icons

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By Neto Baptiste

The Helping Hand Foundation, an organisation headed by newly-appointed Commissioner of Sports, Colin James, will be honouring a number of individuals who gave yeoman service to sports and sports administration during a ceremony scheduled for Monday at the Jolly Beach Resort.

James highlighted the names of some of the awardees that will be honored on the night of the ceremony slated for the Hibiscus Starfish Room.

“We’re talking about Nigel ‘Chiki’ Baptiste, and you know ‘Chiki’ is the originator of the cricket party stand. Stanfield ‘Shipwreck’ Joseph, and everything cricket and sports in Antigua the name ‘Shipwreck’ is synonymous, and once you hear somebody shouting ‘concentrate’, you don’t have to look back or look forward because you know who it is,” he said.

“Also we’ll be honouring a female scorer who has been doing it for upwards of 30 years in Eileen Joseph. She hails from All Saints and is the grandmother of Alzarri Joseph. We also have Claude ‘Amazon’ Knight and anything to do with scoreboards and so on in Antigua in terms of the manual ones, he has been manually involved in terms of the players’ names, fielding positions, the figures and everything,” he added.

According to the former Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) senator, a number of other noteworthy individuals will also be honored come Monday night.

“We will also be honouring Miss Bernadette Mitchel who works in the ABCA secretariat and even under the most trying circumstances she keep a calm, cool, demeanor and we believe someone like her should be recognised for her efforts in terms of that office. There are some other names we want to announce but we will do so maybe on Monday because we’re still looking at the whole possibility of including them in the ceremony,” James said.

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