Digi eliminate Beacon from city softball playoffs Print E-mail
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The 2019 softball campaign came to an end for the Beacon softball club when it was eliminated from further play in the Belize City Softball Association playoffs on Tuesday 10th July, by the defending champions Digi by the score of 9-8.

Beacon batting in the top of the 1st inning took an early lead when short stop Mertell Bailey reached on a Base-on-Balls and later scored on pitcher Janell Smith base hit. However, the home team Digi, came roaring back in the bottom of the 1st inning when Kiri Lizama singled to open the game and advanced to second base when first baseman Lydia Cacho reached on short-stop Mertell Bailey’s fielding error. Lizama then scored the tying run when right-fielder Barbara Cadle single to drove her in. Cacho then scored the go-ahead run on left-fielder Mary Flowers’ single.

Digi extended the lead to a 3-1 score when it scored a single run in the bottom of the 2nd inning.

In the top of the 3rd inning, Beacon scored a single run when centre-fielder Kristy Terry single to open the inning and later scored to cut the deficit to a 3-2 game. Beacon batting in the top of the 4th inning was able to tie the score at 3-3 when with one out third baseman Mardy Nicholson double and then scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Meanwhile, Beacon’s starting pitcher Janell Smith was able to effectively keep the Digi bats at bay while her team played catch up ball.

In the top of the 5th inning, Beacon explored for 5 big runs as they were able to bang out a number of hits, including Sasha Brown’s run producing double to take a 8-3 lead. However, Digi in the bottom of the 5th inning was able to cut the deficit in half when it scored a single run.

Digi staged its come back trial when Beacon’s management replaced starting pitcher Janell Smith with the veteran Lanisha Jones who promptly gave up a run in the 5th inning, one in the 6th inning and then 3 more runs in the bottom of the 7th inning for a heart-breaking defeat and the season’s ending game for her team.

On the line for Digi were 9 runs on 7 hits with the win going to Jasany Westby while on the line for Beacon were 8 runs on 9 hits with the heart-breaking defeat going to Lanisha Jones.

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World Olympic Day is June 23 Print E-mail
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It was in 1947 during the 41st Session of the International Olympic Committee in Stockholm, that Doctor Gruss, IOC member in Czechoslovakia, presented a report on a World Olympic Day celebration which would primarily be a day of promoting the Olympic idea. The project was adopted some months later on the occasion of the 42nd IOC Session in St Moritz in January 1948. The National Olympic Committees were put in charge of organising this event and were requested to choose a date between 17 and 24 June, thereby celebrating the foundation of the International Olympic Committee at the Sorbonne, Paris, on 23 June 1894, where Pierre de Coubertin obtained the revival of the Olympic Games.


The first Olympic Day was celebrated on 23 June 1948. On this occasion, Sigfrid Edström, IOC President at that time, conveyed a message to the young people of the world. Portugal, Greece, Austria, Canada, Switzerland, Great Britain, Uruguay, Venezuela and Belgium organised an Olympic Day in their respective countries.


In the 1978 edition of the Olympic Charter, the IOC recommended for the first time that all NOCs organise an Olympic Day to promote the Olympic Movement: “It is recommended that NOCs regularly organise (if possible each year) an Olympic Day intended to promote the Olympic Movement.”


Over the last 20 years Olympic Day has been associated with Olympic Day Runs all over the world. First launched in 1987, the run was about encouraging all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to celebrate Olympic Day and promoting the practice of mass sport. From 45 participating NOCs in the first edition in 1987, the numbers have grown to more than an hundred participating NOCs.


Olympic Day is nowadays developing into much more than a run or just a sports event. Based on the three pillars “move”, “learn” and “discover”, National Olympic Committees are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities which address everybody - regardless age, gender, social background or sporting ability. Some countries have incorporated the event into the school curriculum and, in recent years, many NOCs have added concerts and exhibitions to the celebration. Recent NOC activities have included meetings for children and young people with top athletes and the development of new web sites directing people to programmes in their neighbourhood. This makes it easier for everybody to become part of Olympic Day. In recent years, the development in Social Media has helped the IOC to boost participation beyond NOC activities.


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