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Port serves up tennis court

David Jean-Marie (centre) with feature players Adrian Skeete (left) and Julian White.

David Jean-Marie (centre) with feature players Adrian Skeete (left) and Julian White.

There was much fun and lots of fanfare at the Barbados Port Inc. recently, as two on-site road tennis courts were unveiled in the car park of the administration building.

Following a prayer and short welcome, David Jean-Marie, chief Executive Officer of the BPI, kicked off the festivities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“The BPI has a strong commitment to wellness in the workplace and we are proud to play our part in encouraging and creating a healthy environment for our staff and the wider community. Road tennis originated in Barbados in the 1930s and the BPI is excited to see its revival and the growth in its international appeal. The sport embodies Bajan culture and we look forward to the participation of staff members and the residents of the surrounding districts in the many matches we will be hosting here at the BPI,” Jean-Marie told those gathered.

The evening’s activities then continued with Jean-Marie demonstrating his road tennis talent and knocking the first ball. A fast and furious opening match featured two BPI members of staff, Deborah Simpson and Sheron Hartley. They entertained the crowd, showcasing some deft moves and superb shots.

The second match of the evening welcomed two outstanding youngsters, Shakim Joseph, 11, and Stephen Carrington, 13. They stepped on to the court to loud cheers from the crowd and their performance did not disappoint.

With everyone now on the edge of their seats, the feature match was announced. Top seed and many times Barbados champion† Julian “Michael Jackson” White played against third seed, Adrian “Dan” Skeete. The two men brought their best game, and also spectators to their feet.

Jean-Marie hailed the event as a success and thanked BPI staff and visitors for attending. Refreshments and karaoke brought the events to a close.†

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