Four athletes, and softball team to be recognised
Sandys 360 will mark its second anniversary by honouring five former athletes at a special ceremony next month.
Government backbencher Randy Horton will be celebrated for his years as a professional footballer as will Clyde Best.
Norbert Simons, who participated in the Carifta Games, will be honoured as will 1984 Olympic sailor Alan Burland, who is today chairman of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation.
Bermuda’s only Olympic diver, Katura Horton Perinchief, and the Somerset Bluebirds women’s softball team will also have their efforts recognised in the wall of induction ceremony.
“Sandys 360 is only two years old but we’re going to be paying tributes to residents of the west end, starting with our outstanding former athletes,” said the charity’s managing director Melvyn Bassett.
Mr Horton and Mr Best also played Cup Match for Somerset; Mr Horton was captain when the cricket team won the cup for the first time in 20 years in 1979.
Somerset has long been a proud sporting community and that sense of community is what Sandys 360 would like to see returned, he said.
“That’s the whole purpose of the Sandys 360 initiative, to restore community.
“We have three major pillars on which we are functioning, youth development, the second is our second chance programme in which we offer the GED educational programme and online degree programme and the third pillar is community development.
“These outstanding athletes are part of our whole community development initiative. It is designed to help us to pull our community back together.
“We’re planning to not only honour athletes because we are more than a sports centre. It is likely next year we will honour outstanding educators. We have a lot to be proud of.
“The Bluebirds would have been the real power behind the Big Blue Machine [the women’s softball team that swept championship honours in the Caribbean and Central American games]. Quite a few of them were a part of the Big Blue Machine that dominated in the 1970s.”
Added Dr Bassett: “A part of this project will be devoted to helping our young people gain an appreciation for the importance that sports has played here in this community.
“We will be involving the schools and the youth. Our whole focus at Sandys 360 is the youth.”
The induction ceremony takes place March 24 from 8pm to 9pm.
The event will be followed by dancing with music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s by live bands Prestige and the David Skinner Band.
Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at the door and can be purchased online, at BermudaTix.com, or at All Wrapped Up in the Washington Mall, Caesar’s Pharmacy in Somerset and Sandys 360.
n On March 9 from noon to midnight, Sandys 360 will hold its second annual Wet ‘n’ Wild Corporate and Community Challenge. For more information on the events contact Sandys 360 on 234-6195.