|Prizes and Emotions|
|Friday, 15 August 2008 01:00|
With Zane acting as MC, Kevin Chaplin welcomed everyone and introduced Eric Jenkinson. Eric asked the Capetown girls to remind him of the four words he had given them three years ago. Knowledge, Skill and Attitude together lead to Performance. Eric expressed his thanks to the Amy Biehl Foundation team and to Linda Biehl who was with us today.
We then received support from the Government as Megan Bam, the Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport gave us her thanks and encouragement.
Ivor introduced the junior coaches, Chloe McIlwaine, Rachel Gillespie, Chloe McCann and Alex Jenkinson. AWards were given for most improved player, endeavour and the best Capetown player in each of two sections, those who will be visiting Northern Ireland and the other girls.
The most prestigious award, the Youth Justice Agency trophy for best endeavour overall was presented by Alex to S'vish. A full list of the major prizewinners will be posted as soon as we get the spellings provided. Each Lurgan girl helped to present individual certificates, medals and a gumshield to each of the Capetown girls.
Our final presentations were to our new umpires, they were provided with stopwatches, a set of cards and an "Umpire" polo shirt.
James Matthews, a parent then read a poem he had written for the Biehl family shortly after Amy's death.
Linda Biehl thanked Mr Matthews and explained that it was important to honour all people who have lost their lives in South Africa's struggle. We do this by reaching out to each other and developing ourselves to be the best we can be. Linda thanked all those who came from Northern Ireland and gave her best wishes to the South Africans about to go as ambassadors for themselves, Amy Biehl and South Africa.
Ntobeko spoke to us and told us much everyone was looking forward to the trip.
Kevin in closing thanked all those who had participated and helped this week with time, effort or money.
We were then presented with some beautiful gifts made by Amy Biehl children and the official event closed with another emotional rendition of the World's Greatest. Due to the emotions of the occasion, it was quite some time before we headed off on our bus.