Tradewinds 2018 participants add international flavour to PLP/PM’s Health Walk
From PLP PR Media Inc.
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The Peoples Labour Party/Prime Minister’s Monthly Health Walk continues to attract a wide cross-section of health-conscious citizens and residents as was evident Saturday, June 2, when the walk took participants from Belle Vue to Ottley’s in Constituency No. 7.
Five Americans in the country for the Exercise Tradewinds 2018 Phase I, which opens in St. Kitts on Monday, joined Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris at Belle Vue for the walk that started at around 5:30 a.m., with Capt. Kayode Sutton of the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force leading the group. Sutton is head of the local organising committee and lead planner for St. Kitts and Nevis for Tradewinds 2018.
“We went for a walk for life this morning, to join with fellow Kittitians in being healthy,” said Douglas Fitzgerald, lead planner for the US Southern Command for Tradewinds 2018. “It was great fun. Great sunrise, great atmosphere, temperature was perfect – it was a great finish.”
Sutton observed that the visitors, who were joined for the walk by defence force reservist and local maritime entrepreneur Regiwell Francis, enjoyed the exercise and were pleased that they were able to walk in a harmonious atmosphere with many participants that included the country’s prime minister.
Another new group that participated in the walk was a team of police officers and fire officers from the Tabernacle Police Station. According to Sgt. Simeon Liburd, who is in charge of the Tabernacle Police Station, there were six fire officers and four police officers who took part and said that they look forward to taking part in the next PLP/PM’s Monthly Health Walk.
As was the usual, competition was stiff as to who would get to the finish point in first place at the Ottley’s Hard Courts. While no official records were taken, participants were unofficially put in two categories. The first category involved those who ran part of the course. Adned Patrick finished first, followed by Douglas Wilson. They are both from Constituency No. 7. In third place was Clive Alder, 12, from Half Way Tree in Constituency No. 4. The second category was made up of participants who walked the entire way, and finishing jointly in top position were William Phillip from Constituency No. 7 and Slieh Boncamper from Constituency No. 4. PLP’s Deputy National Political Leader the Hon. Sen. Akilah Byron-Nisbett was one of the top finishers.
Prime Minister Harris – who was jovial and energized as he greeted and congratulated his fellow finishers as they were being served a healthy light breakfast by Shirley Williams, assisted by Lorraine Thompson – noted how pleased he was that many people are now appreciating the health benefits the walk offers. He encouraged them to regularly continue with the exercises on their own until the date for the next PLP/PM’s Monthly Health Walk is announced.
National officials of the Peoples Labour Party who came out in support of the prime minister, who is also the PLP’s national political leader, included Byron-Nisbett, Women’s Arm Representative Sonia Henry, Youth Arm representatives Damian Weekes and Manasses Huggins, National Party Organiser Alexis Nisbett and PLP Founding member William Phillip.
Others were made up of the general membership of the Peoples Labour Party from the different constituency branches, including the following branch chairs: Nubian Greaux (No. 2), Petrona Thomas (No. 4), Glenville Mills (No. 5), Kevin Williams (No. 6) and Lenworth Harris (No. 7).