Bahamas 15 November: Nassau

An audience with the Governor General...

This morning started out with getting into our formal clothes to meet with the Governor General of The Bahamas.

Being received by HE Sir Arthur Alexander Foulkes at Government House.

We were honored to be able to present our Peace Run Torch-Bearer award to His Exellency for his dedicated service to The Bahamas as well as to the international community.

After the formal proceedings we had an opportunity to share our experiences with His Excellency in the cabinet room.

Cathy Oerter shared some of her work with Art of the Olympians a wonderful foundation dedicated to demonstrating the very real relationship between art and sport. Cathy founded Art of the Olympians with her late husband Al Oerter Olympic legend and four time gold medalist.

We also presented Governor General Folkes with Sri Chinmoy's book Jewels of Happiness.

Later we called in at the Junkanoo Beach Resort to thank the General Manager and staff for their hospitality in hosting some of our team during our stay in The Bahamas.

We had a break before the next event so the women's team took the opportunity to have a swim and a walk along one of Nassau's many beautiful beaches.

This evening we had a function at the beautiful new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

Ms. Oria Wood-Knowles welcomed us.

Director of Sports Timothy Munnings spoke.

The Choir from Oakes Field Primary School entertained us.

The Higgins Dancers performed a musical interpretation.

As we were inaugurating the permanent home of Sri Chinmoy's World Harmony Painting series Cathy Oerter, co-founder of Art of the Olympians, spoke about the connection between art and sport.

Dr. Davidson Hepburn, who has known Sri Chinmoy since 1977 and most recently served as President of 35th General Conference of UNESCO, spoke about how proud he was of The Bahamas and inspired presentations the schools have shared with us. He also invited us to his home island - Cat Island.

We invited all the children and the young at heart to join us in performing the actions to the World Harmony Run song.

Lastly we were treated to a delightful presentation by a group of steppers who were exceptionally talented.

In closing Oria invited all the staff of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to come and be recognised for there service in making this remarkable week of events take place.

Ken Wilson and Papaha planning for next year.

The steppers!

Some of the students from Oakes Field.

Oria and family.

Gifts for Oria and Meoshi in gratitude for their wonderful events and hospitality throughout the week.