[xml][/xml]
The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
Community Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


Bahamas Opposition leader Dr. Hubert a. Minnis, statement on the passing of Thomas A. Robinson
By Bahamas Opposition leader Dr. Hubert a. Minnis
Nov 27, 2012 - 11:53:00 PM

Email this article
 Mobile friendly page

It is with deep sadness that the Free National Movement notes the passing of National Sports Hero, Thomas Augustus Robinson.
 
We join Bahamians everywhere in paying tribute to a legendary Sports pioneer who was the first Bahamian to take ‘Bahamas Sports Power’ to the world stage. Commencing on November 23rd, fifty six years ago in 1956, Tommy, as he was affectionately known throughout the Bahamas, became the first track and field athlete to represent  The Bahama Islands at the Olympic Games.
 
 After the 1956 Summer Olympics in Australia he competed , and then at three further Summer Olympic Games. Thomas Robinson was the first Bahamian to ever win a medal in an International Track event and at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales, in 1958,  where he won the Gold medal in the 200 yard sprint. In a sign of National appreciation for his outstanding contributions to the development of Track & Field athletics in The Bahamas, the original Track & Field Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, and now the new National Track & Field Stadium, were named in his honour.
 
 As the National coordinator of the building project for the National Stadium, Thomas A. Robinson, with zeal and commitment, greatly assisted in the timely completion of the construction, and it was with unabashed celebration that we all witnessed his joy in the accomplishment and completion of that National monument, which bears his name, and commemorates his important achievements.
 
Throughout his life Tommy displayed great humility and grace.   He was always approachable, and made himself and his immense expertise available to the hundreds of young people who were drawn to him.  He was recognized internationally wherever he travelled, and was afforded the highest courtesies, yet always maintained the common touch.
 
Today, fifty six years and two days after this national hero made history for our country in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games we cherish the memories left by this outstanding son of the soil.
 
On behalf of the Free National Movement I wish to offer to Tommy’s immediate and extended family, and the sporting community as a whole, our deepest and most sincere condolences. We will all miss him.

Bookmark and Share




© Copyright 2012 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories



Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

Community
Latest Headlines
More than 450 Volunteers in Nassau Remove 1,000 lbs of Trash
Sandilands Primary School Mentorship Program and Pens, Pencil and Paper Donation
RBC Partners With The Bahamas Cancer Society To Bring Awareness To Childhood Cancer
Registration Opens for Grand Bahama’s Youth Environment Ambassadors program
2 Colombians in custody after drugs found on fuel tanker off Grand Bahama
Man found hanging from a tree on Canaan Lane
Drug bust in Andros, 3 males in custody
Government Officials Attend Funeral of Mrs. Juliette Barnwell
AML Donates Over 1000 Books to Grand Bahama Community
2 pounds of cocaine seized in Cat Island
American Man arrested for Drug Possession in Spanish Wells
RBPF Missing: 38-yr-old Vera Albury of Nassau
RBPF Nassau: 4 arrested & 76 Drivers cited during Central Division Operation
Bahamas Department of Corrections Officer Arrested for Drug Possession
PM Christie Lauds Abaco's Air and Boating Tourism Sectors
American male and female found in possession of unlicensed firearm in Grand Bahama
Scotiabank Sponsors Paradise Plates
BTVI Creates Beauty Backstage
Alfred M. Sears “Listening Tour” to Abaco to meet with Stalwarts and Branch Executives of The Progressive Liberal Party
RBPF Wanted: Ronel Augustine, Mario Elliott, Enoch Eulin
Man caught stripping stolen vehicle on Lazaretto Road, Nassau
Prime Minister Christie's Remarks at Abaco Business Outlook
Mother’s Day Comes Early for Single Moms, Thanks to AML Foods Limited & Bahamas Feeding Network
RBDF Marines make Significant Improvements to Historical Building
Grand Bahama Coastal Cleanup involves community members of all ages
Alleged drowning in Bimini being investigated
President Smith Shares Vision for Robust University of The Bahamas
Hunt for Nassau murder and attempted murder suspects stepped up by police
Police probe alleged drowing of American visitor in Exuma
RBPF Wanted: Jameko Adderley of Cowpen Rd. Nassau
Aquinas College Development Committee Commences School Air Monitoring Initiative
Aberle to return home to teach ‘Block Therapy’
Armed suspect who shot at Nassau police, shot dead
Warriors Set Pace for GBPA’s Contact Center Education Initiative
Harbour Island police investigate apparent drowning
Hundreds Pack Kendal GL Isaacs Gym for 7th annual Parenting Forum
URCA reminds broadcasters of “Standards of Taste and Decency”
Garden of the Groves hosts Workshop on Aquaponics
BTVI 'Sol Sisters' Striving for Excellence
Bahamas Prepares for 31st Annual International Coastal Cleanup