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Cali Columbia PanAmThe Panam Sports Executive Committee elects Cali, Colombia as the host of the historical first edition of the Junior Pan American Games in 2021 during its meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Cali and the Colombian Olympic Committee now have two years to welcome the best young athletes from the 41 nations of the Americas to compete with the dream of qualifying to the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA (March 27, 2019) — The first Junior Pan American Games in history will be held in Colombia’s “Capital of Sport”, Cali, following a vote by the Panam Sports Executive Committee.

Cali, Colombia was elected over fellow Candidate Cities Santa Ana, El Salvador and Monterrey, Mexico. Thirteen Members of the Panam Sports Executive Committee participated in the vote.

The election was held after a week-long Evaluation Commission visit to Cali and Santa Ana in late February, as well as presentations by all three Candidate Cities during the Panam Sports Executive Committee meeting currently underway in San Jose, Costa Rica.

After evaluating the proposals and presentations from each of these great cities, the historical vote was held. After the vote, the delegations from each city were brought into the room for the reveal of the chosen Host City by Panam Sports President, Neven Ilic.

"And the Host City of the first Junior Pan American Games in 2021 is... Cali, Colombia! Congratulations,” President Ilic announced with pride. 

Branwen Smith KingHamilton, Bermuda 29th March 2019: The Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) has named Branwen Smith-King Bermuda’s Chef de Mission for the upcoming Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.
Branwen Smith‐King is the Executive Director of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation since 2017, and oversees all aspects of the Foundation’s programme and its mission to provide sail training for Bermuda’s youth on Spirit of Bermuda to empower youth to realise their potential through sail training and experiential learning. She joined the Sloop Foundation after a 35-year career in Athletics, including at Tufts University where she served as Head Women’s Track & Field/Cross‐Country Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics. Branwen has also held several NCAA Committee sport leadership positions during her career which helped establish programmatic and policy protocols for its membership.

Branwen grew up in Bermuda and represented the island in Track and Field at Pan Am, Commonwealth and the CARIFTA Games, including the first CARIFTA Games (Barbados 1972) where she won gold in shot put. She later attended Springfield College in Massachusetts and LSU for undergraduate and graduate studies. In addition to her work with the Sloop Foundation, Branwen serves as an Athletic Trainer for several of Bermuda’s national sports teams.
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international sporting festival (surpassed only by the Olympics and the Asian Games). The XVIII Pan American Games will run from 26 July to 11 August, and will host 7,000 athletes from 41 nations competing in over 400 events across 39 sports. Bermuda has competed in all Pan Am (summer) Games since 1967, taking home a total of 9 medals. The BOA will officially name Bermuda's team in June.


Video courtesy of bernews.com | Bermuda | Women in Sports Expo panel with Olympic diver Katura Horton-Perinchief, Paralympic sprinter Jessica Lewis, footballer & netballer Dominique Richardson and their moms.


IMG 7256The Bermuda Olympic Association through the WIS Committee held the WIS banquet and Expo  The theme for the weekend was "Be the Champions of Your Life" and the goal was not only to get our young girls involved in sport but to just get them moving.  

This event was held at the Hamilton Princess and the banquet was held the same day as International Women's Day.  The banquet was well attended by many of our NSGBs young girls in attendance.  We had 2 dynamic speakers who are multi US Olympians Hazel Clarke and Jearl Miles Clark (twice Olympic medalist).  Their speeches were dynamic and directed to the young girls in the audience telling their story of their journey towards becoming an Elite athlete, the good and the bad. 
Presentation by Hazel Clarke

Presentation by Jearl Miles-Clarke

Question and answer panel facilitated by Donna Raynor to Hazel and Jearl

WIS BOA Evening
The next day the expo was held with over 20 sporting bodies and companies associated with sports setting up booths displaying their sport.  There were several demonstrations throughout the day and the day concluded with a panel consisting of Katura Horton-Perinchief and her mother Ellen Kate Horton, Jessica Lewis and her mother Lori Lewis, Dominique Richardson and her mother Tammy Richardson.  They also talked about their journey towards becoming an Elite athlete but also the supporting part  their mother's played in assisting in getting them there. 
The sponsors for the event were BF&M, Butterfield & Vallis, AXA XL. 
WIS EXP images BOA


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