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Hepburn, BOC advance Olympic Charter’s mandate on women

Sports Scope
FRED STURRUP

Published: Oct 16, 2013

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The Olympic Charter includes the mandate of reform regarding more substantive positioning of women and a larger profiling of the fairer sex. In this light, the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC), with vice president Cora Hepburn as the chairman of the Women in Sports Commission, has come up with an excellent initiative.

An awards banquet under the theme ‘Celebrating the Success of Women in Sports’ is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, at the Atlantis Resort. The categories earmarked, are particularly impressive and send an encouraging message throughout the Olympic Movement that women can expect more attention and recognition for their contributions going forward.

Honorees, Administrators and Names to Watch are the categories. This is good because such a format will bridge the eras in recognizing the top contributors to national development by women of sports in The Bahamas. Those responsible for the National Hall of Fame would be sensible to go the route of categories also. The Old Timers, the Modern Day, the Media, and an Associate category for people like Dr. Patrick Roberts who have assisted generations of Olympians, (to be lauded), should be considered by the National Hall of Fame organizers. I like the approach of Hepburn and company. They are on a good wicket with this project.

It’s long been my view that the National Olympic Committee of the country ought to have had at least one signature social event each year that heightens the profile of the organization and makes a better general connection to the public. Those honored will link the BOC to their immediate families, friends and associates at home and abroad.

Such a development broadens the horizon of the BOC. Perhaps the BOC would consider being further proactive. The BOC can orchestrate a new culture of more inclusion of the Family Islands by moving their national events to other parts of the country. For sure, it would be very expensive and illogical to have events in another island location each year.

The view here though is that a shift to Grand Bahama or Abaco on occasions would make the Olympic Movement in the country more vibrant. Just as national competitive events have been moved to Grand Bahama from time to time, the same could be the case with big sports awards functions.

As the national sporting industry expands, I advocate a greater inclusion of the Family Islands in all instances that are feasible and an occasional switch to the affluent ones that are more suited for the bigger events. I salute the BOC in this instance!

This strong focus on highlighting women in sports is overdue, but welcomed.

(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com)


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