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Promises and pledges but all a little too late

Off the sports field, we may never have witnessed so much activity in so short a period.

Promises, pledges, gifts and support have been raining upon us incessantly.

And the showers will continue for the next 18 days as voters prepare to go to the polls.

Over the last few weeks, these are some of the developments:

** A promise to boost sports tourism.

** A promise to build a statue in honour of Clarence Hill; followed by another promise to build a gym in his name.

** a promise to assist in the revitalisation sports clubs.

** a promise to develop a multi-year funding plan to help clubs with their infrastructure.

** a promise to create a Hall of Fame to celebrate past sporting heroes and place bricks bearing their names at the entrance of the National Sports Centre.

** a promise to re-open the St. George's Golf Club.

Add to these:

** A press conference to declare Government are solidly behind boxer Teresa Perozzi in her title fight against Tori Nelson.

** A similar conference to announce the new aquatics facility is nearing completion.

** And a pledge from former Premier Ewart Brown to support three of our leading track and field athletes to the tune of $5,000 each a generous offer that might be applauded but at the same time questioned over the timing.

Such a flurry of activity would normally have been greeted with enthusiasm.

Instead it will have been greeted by many with a degree of scepticism.

What the PLP are doing is nothing new. Past Governments have spouted the same rhetoric and presented their new ideas ahead of an election.

Anything to squeeze out another vote.

Some politicians deliver their messages with clear insincerity. They're so naive as to think we're so gullible to believe every word.

It's worth examining all of the above little closer.

The initiative to step up efforts to promote sport tourism, a way to honour Hill, assist sports club, acknowledge sports legends and reopen the East End golf club . . . they've had four years to implement any or all of them.

The silence has been deafening.

The real howlers have been recent media gatherings.

“We're here to show support for Perozzi and our Aquatics Centre is almost there".

Why wouldn't they have applauded our world champion? Was there an alternative?

The swimming and dive pool. What's new? The truth is absolutely nothing.

Work continues as it should and we'll all be happy when it's finished. So what's the fuss now?

Securing the Grand Slam of Golf for another two years was a significant accomplishment, particularly with other venues desperate to displace Bermuda as tournament hosts.

But it's unlikely the PGA of America had their arm twisted to the point they couldn't resist. They like the event here as much as we do.

Electioneering is tiring to everyone other than those who manufacture it.

Action speaks louder than words.

As is always the case, we've had little of one and too much of the other.

The irony of the PLP's 'better now than never' policy is that had any of these initiatives been implemented over the past four years they could have enticed voters by pointing to their record. They can't do that.

All they can do is reflect on the millions of taxpayers' money spent on sport, much of it having gone down the drain.

* * * *

Michael Sims has a chance to shake off his journeyman tag over the next few days in an event which can define many pros' careers.

PGA Q School has been described as the most arduous tournaments of all six rounds, 108 holes of unrelenting pressure.

It's a case of sink or swim.

At stake are 25 places on the PGA Tour and 50 automatic places on the Web. Com tour, which can bring lucrative rewards, as Sims well knows having played on that circuit before.

At 33 years old, the local pro has made it through the first and second stages of Q School, an impressive achievement in its own, and he'd love nothing more to take it one step further.

Many Bermudians will be following his progress.

ADRIAN ROBSON

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Published November 30, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated November 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm)

Promises and pledges but all a little too late

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