Sports icon Darling calls for 'salute' of Tank in GB
NG Columnist/Sales Executive
The significant boxing victory by Sherman 'Tank' Williams over Chauncy Welliver in Macau, China a week ago is resonating in Grand Bahama.
Former Mr. Bahamas, Baldwin Darling, has expressed great joy over the achievement of one of Grand Bahama's native sons.
"I know the Tank very well and do know that he is a great person. He is a man who loves his family, friends, boxing and most of all, The Bahamas. So, with him winning those three gifts (China Zone, Asia Pacific and the Macau Province titles) for his country, I'm sure that there is much pride in The Bahamas today.
"Thank you Tank for making us all proud, as you always do. I pray that the powers that be will see to it that you stand on the stage in Grand Bahama during our Independence celebrations, so that we can all salute and say thank you on the 39th birthday of The Bahamas," said Darling.
A sports icon in his own right, Darling, understands quite well the importance of demonstrating appreciation to those who have enhanced the positive image of the country.
He knows also, the country's poor record when it comes to honoring many of the deserving ones.
Based on several conversations I have had, Darling's sentiments regarding Williams are shared by many of his fellow residents of Grand Bahama.
I also think it would be good to recognize Williams in a special way in Grand Bahama.
The Independence Celebration period seems to be an appropriate time.
Williams has been for many years now, an excellent ambassador for the entire country through his solid performances in boxing rings around the world, bedecked in Bahamian colors.
Nevertheless, his heart belongs to Grand Bahama. His friends in Grand Bahama have shared the low and the high times with him.
Often, when he is unexpected due to his heavy traveling schedule, Williams would step off a plane in Grand Bahama and stroll through the airport, greeting friends.
Presently, Grand Bahama can lay claim to several other sporting stars, inclusive of a nice little group of track and field stars, but the athlete most synonymous with the island is the 'Tank.'
His performance in China brought him quick popularity. Early in his bout against Welliver, he won over the crowd.
The continuance of quality boxing for 12 rounds further endeared him and in the Macau Province he has become a household name. The sports/tourism impact for The Bahamas in the area was tremendous because of Williams.
The new Ministry of Grand Bahama should embrace Williams and showcase him during the Independence Celebrations.
Williams is the ideal item all Grand Bahamians can rejoice with and feel very good about. Darling and others expect Dr. Michael Darville, minister for Grand Bahama, to lead the initiative.
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