Tobago welcomes national heroes
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Olympic men’s javelin champion, Keshorn Walcott and 400m/4x400m bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon were among seven Olympians who participated in an island-wide motorcade in Tobago yesterday. Walcott and Gordon, along with hurdler Mikel Thomas, quarter miler Machel Cedenio, sailor Andrew Lewis, cyclist Njisane Philip and shooter Roger Daniel, were members of this country’s 30-member contingent to the 2012 Olympic Games which took place from July 27 to August 12. Gordon was the first to arrive in Tobago, getting in on Saturday while the remaining six arrived on Sunday. They were at the ANR Robinson International Airport to greet Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on her arrival to the island, along with several government ministers just after 9 am.
The entourage was mobbed by several hundred fans who gathered at the Crown Point decked in red to get a glimpse of the Olympic stars. Many got their wish as Walcott led the Olympians in the distribution of tokens and flags to the onlookers. About one hour later, the motorcade began traversing through Bon Accord, Canaan, Lowlands (the home village of Gordon) before stopping at Old Market in uptown Scarborough where the Olympians signed autographs, distributed more token and took pictures with their adoring fans. The journey continued through John Dial, Hope, Mt. St. George, Studley Park, Goodwood, Goldborough, Pembroke and Glamorgan, up to press time, with the final stop set to Charlotteville.