The City Hall Theatre recently changed its name to the Earl Cameron Theatre honoring the 95-year-old Bermudian actor. Although there were negative comments in regards to the name change, I think it was a generous step, showing that Bermuda can display appreciation for those who have had outstanding success on and off the island. There are stories shared throughout families of Bermudians who have achieved great accomplishments but, were never truly recognized for them or, rarely remembered years later. The Earl Cameron Theatre will stand for years to come. After moving to Britain after WWII, Cameron made his film debut in 1950 as one of the first black actors to star in a British movie. He has appeared in many films and TV shows including Thunderball (1965), The Interpreter (2005) with Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn Cameron and the Oscar-winning film The Queen. Cameron has received recognition in the UK by being named a Commander of the British Empire for services to the dramatic arts in 2009. A fan of film and the arts, I applaud Mr. Cameron and I’m glad to see him getting the recognition he deserves.
At the National Sports Award Ceremony on Saturday, March 16th, I accepted the Achievement Award on behalf of close family member, Arantxa King. Arantxa is one of Bermuda’s elite female athletes in Track & Field, specializing in triple jump and long jump. Awarded Athlete of the Year in 2011, King placed 13th in the London Olympics, and is currently training stateside for the Rio Olympics 2016. She is a recent graduate of Stanford University.
The event highlighted the island’s top athletes and their recent achievements. I was not familiar with all of the nominees mentioned and this event opened my eyes to some of the younger athlete’s that are extremely talented and are representing Bermuda competing in events all over the world. I was most impressed with Jesse Washington, a young swimmer who won fifteen medals at the Caribbean Island Swimming Championships in Aruba, and Carifta Games in the Bahamas and Kyrah Scraders, who has won medals internationally including the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships and Carifta Games. Both were recipients of the Junior Athlete of the Year Award.
Tyrone Smith received Male Athlete of the Year (senior) as a professional long jumper. Flora Duffy received Female Athlete of the Year as a triathlete. Both represented Bermuda in the London Olympics where Tyrone made it to the finals.