UAC celebrating 50 with a bang
THE United Athletic Club (UAC) is keeping the flames of 50 years alive by honouring some of its stalwarts.
During a press conference at the Hall and Griffith Conference Room at Kensington Oval on Friday, president Marlene Hall revealed that though the committee had not yet compiled the list of awardees some people’s presence had been special to the survival of the club.
“This is 50, but we have always been honouring our members. But we are looking at a different way to do it this time around. We have honoured all our past and founding members and performers over the years.
“We are asking ourselves: what can we do specially? We want to continue to show our appreciation for those persons who are still alive,” she said.
Hall added that the 50th anniversary celebrations started since last year and will culminate with a gala event at Sea Rocks Dome on November 12 which will include the award ceremony.
“We have been celebrating the 50th anniversary as far back as last year and we had several events including socials and a big fun day at the Texaco Grounds around the end of April.”
She pointed out that they were pleased to be able to be one the longest standing clubs on the island despite their challenges.
“We are proud of the fact that as an organisation we have been able to stand the tide for so many years. It’s not been all smooth sailing.
“Like any other organisation, we have had our ups and downs in terms of memberships, in terms of participation, in sport particularly, but we are here to stay”.
It was mentioned that the club would have
(Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
honoured its founders who brought the club to life in April 1967, like father of the club and 1960 Olympic bronze medallist Jim Wedderburn during a staging of the founders day social at Sky Mall.
Treasurer Kathy Harper-hall said though all the persons who started with the club were no longer with them, they were proud that they were successful in starting clubs of their own, mentioning that both the Freedom Striders and Wibisco Stars were birthed by former members of UAC.
The giant behind the development of netball on the island said the sport had played a significant role for 20 of its 50 years and they were pleased to have had the Barbados Lumber Company on board as a sponsor for over 30 years.
This support in netball has helped the club to help others, she said.
“We do a lot of work with youth development, not just making them good athletes but we focus on attitude and behavioural and performance changes. So although they may not become stars in sports they became stars in their personal lives,” said Harper- Hall.
Former sprinter with the club over the years Leonard Clarke supported her point that the club didn’t focus solely on track and field or other sports but on the development of young people. He mentioned with the assistance from HarperHall they were able to redirect the paths of many athletes.
Member Denise Morgan said she too was a part of the club which uncovered her true potential in sports.
The club is also looking to focus on staging events using netball as awareness for female health as well as a track and field road relay around the Garrison Savannah. (RG)