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Dear Sir,

I write concerning the recent magnificent achievement by Lisa Blackburn in winning four gold medals at the recent Masters Pan Am Swimming Championships.

Your newspaper provided a glowing report following the event, as did Bernews, and both your stories mentioned that she would be returning home on Sunday.

I happened to be at the airport on Sunday and saw Ms Blackburn emerge from the arrivals hall. She stood at the curb obviously waiting for a lift.

She was acknowledged by a gentleman standing across the street with a dog and she proudly showed him her four medals.

My question is this:

Where was the reception that is normally given to sports heroes when they arrive home from an international event with trophies?

I would have expected someone from BASA or the Ministry of Youth and Sport to be in attendance to show their appreciation, but not a single person was there.

There may have been someone inside the arrivals area to greet her, but I doubt that as they would have escorted her to the exit.

I amusing this avenue to express my disappointment in the apathy shown by those who should have been there to welcome a record breaker home.



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Published June 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm (Updated June 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm)


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