The PanAm Games, in Lima, Peru, is one of the largest international stage for athletes but there is a lot of “behind the scenes” work that has to be done to ensure its success.
St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) President Alphonso is member of the committee that is ultimately responsible for the major decisions at the PanAm Games.
It is 7 a.m. and already Alphonso Bridgewater, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) is in a meeting.
As a matter of fact, he is up before 7 every morning at the 25th PanAmerican Games, in Lima, for a series of meetings.
Bridgewater is at the Games in his capacity as an Executive Member of the PanAm Executive Sports Committee.
He gave us a sneak peek of a little known, little discussed aspect of the PanAmerican Games.
The focus of the Games is on the athletes but there is a mammoth undertaking behind the scenes.
Bridgewater, who has been a member of the Pan American Sports Executive Committee since 1999, also provided a summary account of what the body is about.
In addition to his involvement in the decision making aspects of the Games, Bridgewater has other roles. On July 26, before the official opening of the Games, he ran a leg of the PanAm Games Lima Torch Relay.
As a result of this, Bridgewater made a visit to Macchu Picchu, the most familiar icon of Incan civilization, as part of a symbolic and historic visit of the torch.
President Bridgewater, in his capacity as Member of the Panam sports Executive, also presented medals to the winners of female Weightlifting Competition, during the first day of Competition following the impressive Opening Ceremony.
At the end of it all, there is a greater appreciation for Bridgewater’s contribution to sporting development locally and internationally.
The PanAm Sports Executive Committee is headed by President Neven Ilic and consists of fifteen to nineteen members.
While Bridgewater performs his duties as a member of the PanAm Sports Executive Committee, Dennis “Freddy” Knight is the acting SKNOC president.