By Latrishka Thomas
The Team Antigua Island Girls — Elvira Bell, Christal Clashing, Samara Emmanuel, Kevinia Francis and Junella King — were recipients of the Governor General’s Faithful and Meritorious Service Cross for their performance in sports as members of Team Antigua Island Girls in the 2018/2019 Talisker Whiskey Challenge.
They were among 13 individuals who were recognized for their contribution to sports, culture and the arts, humanitarian services, community development and meritorious accomplishments with a gold or silver insignia by Governor General Sir Rodney Williams yesterday.
Sir Rodney gave the opening remarks at the ceremony saying: “These symbols are only tokens of our appreciation for your humanitarian and faithful service, your meritorious performance or charitable contribution in the interest of Antigua and Barbuda in today’s world. We are very familiar with those experts who have all the answers to life’s problems but never seem to put their thoughts into action. For those of you being awarded today (August 13th), you are among those who have put their thoughts into action to benefit Antigua and Barbuda.”
He made special mention to the first all-black female team to row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to their homeland.
“For example, Team Island Girls who are with us this morning, they have set a very good example of bravery and determination, qualities which we hope our young people in this twin island of ours will adopt,” Sir Rodney said.
The other persons who received Faithful and Meritorious Awards were Karl James, Carlo Falcone, Emilio Fagalde, Victor “Babu” Samuel and Quincy Etinoff.
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