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Hutchison Holdings’ role could be applied in sports

Hutchison Port Holdings is the giant enterprise in Grand Bahama that currently is doing a lot to drive vibrancy back into the island’s struggling economy. Within the Hutchison family group are the Freeport Container Port, the Grand Bahama Airport Company, the Freeport Harbour Company and Our Lucaya Resort.

The aforementioned speaks bountifully to Hutchison being key to the employment situation in Grand Bahama. Accordingly, a lot of salaries go toward sustaining families, and spending in stores for groceries and generally all other necessities.

This picture is the usual one gotten by observers of Hutchinson Port Holdings. Recently however, Hutchinson did something that I would certainly advocate for sports federations around the nation and also the Ministry of Education, to emulate.

Hutchinson hosted scores of students from across our archipelago to a grand tour that is the kind of development/exposure plank needed by the young citizens of our country, whom we expect to take the leadership of this nation to higher levels in years to come.

I’ve long felt that national sports organizations ought to focus more on utilizing one of our greatest resources, the young people of the Family Islands. Very often through the decades, there has been this concentration on New Providence. There have been serious limitations in reaching out into the Family Islands for the vast amount of talent therein.

There has been even less of a focus on the Hutchinson kind of an initiative, enabling those from the Family Islands to gain ultra exposure and insight by providing opportunities such as the tour arranged for March 8-11.

The comprehensive tour was endorsed by Hutchinson Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer Gary Gilbert. Included were visits to landmark historic areas and business operations in Grand Bahama. The students were treated to etiquette sessions, coordinated by top-flight professionals. It was indeed a dream-like, feel-good situation for students who perhaps never in all of their imaginations felt they would have been exposed to such a versatile wealth of knowledge.

Sports federations should all follow Hutchinson’s perspective and develop their own exposure/training trips, conformed of course, to respective specialties. There should be regularly scheduled seminars each year by the federations. They should be geared firstly to provide exposure to the island lads and lasses. Exposure is very important because it leads to the confidence factor that heightens the competitive edge.

Also, there are the skill sets, new training measures, updated rules and regulations and the like that will bode very well to the expansion of the national development process in sports.

I know that money is the big issue for the federations, particularly during this global economic depression. Nevertheless, the suggestion is that exposure trips, incorporating young athletes from the Family Islands, need to be slotted as priorities by the national sports federations.

Yes, borrow a page from Hutchinson’s book, suited to the appropriate style.

Following are the names of the students who got that opportunity of a lifetime:

Males-Marquis Knowles, Vance Poitier, Vascille Stuart, Rinald Rolle, Tevin Knowles, Julian Dean, Jeremy Sturrup, Leonardo Romer, Nicholas Cash, Tyrus Ambrose, Allanico Gilbert, Keigero Ferguson, Donavan Deveaux, Sheldon Neymour, Kadeem Young, Francis Craig, Justin Higgs, Romeo Josey, Xavier Roberts, Craig Pratt, Yori Charlton, Sebastian McIntosh, Dienzo Lewis and Colan Rolle.

Females-Ranishka Smith, Darian Lightbourne, Simiette Stuart, Kristin Walkes, Adrian Moxey, Keren Brown, Gabrielle Moxey, Keisha King, Majorie Saunders, Janice Seymour, Kenteeshe Williams, Shakanta Jones, Teja Joseph, Ricarra Dean, Crystal Nixon, Shenice Sinclair, Quianna Pinder, Rodain Demeritte, Rachel Knowles, Anthia Knowles, Gianna Charlton, Decele Mullings, Maquel Lightbourn and Tyesha Collie.

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