The Dominica High Commission in London hosted the National Olympic team at an official function at their office located at Collingham Gardens. The event was under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Nicholas O.J. Liverpool President of the commonwealth of Dominica and Mrs. Liverpool.
The Olympic team comprising of the two athletes, Erisson Hurtault and Luan Gabriel also included Mr. Felix Wilson President, Mr. Thomas Dorsette General Secretary along with coach of the team Mr. Joel Hamilton.
According to the acting High Commissioner Miss Janet Charles, there was a lot of excitement around the team as this was the first time that Dominicans living in England were getting a chance to interact with a national Olympic team.
Attending the event were members of the diplomatic Corp of the Caribbean community, Chairpersons and Executive members of Dominican associations in and around London, along with the media including BEN TV.
The group was addressed by Mr. Felix Wilson, who welcomed the individuals present, while encouraging the athletes to strive for the best for their country. Mr. Wilson also thanked the President and his wife for gracing them with his presence and Miss Janet Charles and her staff for the wonderful gesture.
On a lighter side Miss Charles in her welcoming remarks made reference to the team GB. It was thought she was referencing the British team when in fact her intention was to recognize the large and very exciting group from Grand Bay. This group was headed by Mr. James Henderson and included members, Jeanne Merrifield-Bannis and Beverley Merrifield-Fountain along with Mary Fountain-Richards and Laurencia Phillip. This team from Grand bay explained that they had been involved in a number of support initiatives back home. These include, the provision of scholarships for two students annually, support for the hospital, the Dominica Infirmary and making contributions to St Jerome Ministry and the order of St Vincent de Paul. They hailed from Lalee’ and Hardley in Grand bay.
The national team took pictures, conducted interviews and appeared to have enjoyed some very friendly company.
Miss Charles meanwhile is of the impression that stronger links and support should be provided to the Dominica athletic Association. She is of the impression that with greater support, Dominican athletes could be encouraged to attain higher heights. According to her the high commission would seek to work with the various associations in an attempt to realize that support.
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