A Reflection on the Past Year 2014

As we approach the end of 2014 we reflect on previous events that took place over the past year, and we measure the good and the not so good things that occurred in our lives.

The biggest event for the Anguilla Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) was the 2014 Commonwealth Games which was held in Glasgow.  The Games were a tremendous success and a testament to the spirit of the Commonwealth.  The organisation of “Glasgow 2014” was thorough and this was clearly manifested in the Games being well delivered.   The ACGA commends all those involved in this accomplishment.  We can look back now with relief and satisfaction that all went smoothly for the ACGA and our athletes for this event.  Unfortunately, some of our athletes suffered injuries and we didn’t win any medals, but nonetheless it was a rewarding and enjoyable experience for the entire team/officials.

It was truly a privilege to participate in such an auspicious occasion and to mingle with people from all over the world and from different walks of life.  I understand now why it is known as the “Friendly Games”.

The hosting city went overboard to ensure a successful Games, and we are saddened, that what was a brilliant year for Glasgow was marred by a terrible vehicular accident shortly before Christmas.  Our deepest sympathies go out to all the families and loved ones of those involved.

We are now in preparation for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games which will be held in Samoa, South Pacific, in September.  We are looking forward to these Games with much anticipation as we are hoping to send four athletes (tennis and track and field). 

We are also looking forward to participating in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in St Lucia.  This should be exciting for the Caribbean Islands as these Games should prove affordable for the Associations and the families of the neighbouring islands. 

Preparations will also be undertaken for the 2018 Commonwealth Games to be held in the Gold Coast, Australia, and preliminary activities for these Games which include the hosting of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The board of the ACGA joins me in wishing all our athletes, friends and supporters a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.