Olympic Hero, Usain Bolt Inspires Letter Writers To Success
Olympic hero, Usain Bolt, inspired eleven-year-old Cya Layne to share her thoughts about the 2012 Olympics and her hopes and dreams for him five months before the global event. Her letter was adjudged the winning entry in the 2012 National Letter Writing Contest.
Cya, who is now a first form student at Harrison College, was presented with her prizes at a ceremony in the Conference Room of the General Post Office, on Thursday, October 25th 2012. On hand to congratulate the winners was Ms. Dorcas Scantlebury, Acting Postmaster General, and other members of the Post’s management team.
In her remarks, Ms. Scantlebury noted that Barbados has done remarkably well in the global competition since 2005 when the Barbados Postal Service submitted its first entry. She said that the Post Office “is happy to provide this opportunity for our qualifying young people to shine on the global stage.”
“It is a matter of tremendous prestige…it gives the competitors an opportunity to explore themes which are of interest globally, but that have an impact on our nation,” Ms. Scantlebury continued. “It allows them to test their ideas and thoughts, setting them out in writing, and have them evaluated at the highest levels. By this, we know that even (as) a small island developing state, we are capable of competing globally.”
Zera Yaicob, of the Rock Christian Primary School, placed second with another letter paying tribute to the Jamaican Olympian, Usain Bolt. While Hope Thomas, now a student at the Springer Memorial School, was third. With Hope, home drums beat first for she dedicated her letter to national hurdler, Ryan Brathwaite.
At the prize-giving ceremony, the winners received their trophies and Cave Shepherd gift certificates sponsored by the Barbados Postal Service.
The Letter Writing Competition is organized annually to encourage school children to develop their writing and research skills. Since first participating in the Universal Postal Union’s International Letter Writing Competition in 2005, a Barbadian entry has received an Honourable Mention (fifth place), another placed third and last year’s entry was a joint winner for the first prize.
This year, the international winner was Marios Chatzidimou of Greece who chose to write to world renowned tennis ace, Roger Feder. Placing second was Valentine Chimba of Kenya, while there was a third-place tie between the Ukraine’s Alyona Kuchinskaya and Chelsea Mangarro of Trinidad & Tobago.
For the 2013 competition, the young letter writers are asked to “Write a letter about why water is precious” and submit them to the Marketing Department no later than February 8th, 2013.