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Ned Pitts, the Face of the Olympic Movement in Belize, Passes On Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 November 2018 00:00

“The arrow is flown,

The moment is gone;

The millennial year

Rushes on to our view, and eternity’s here”.

After graduating from Wesley College Edward Augustus “Ned” Pitts joined the Public Service in the Forest Department. He later joined the municipality where he worked as a Clerical Assistant and Deputy Keeper of Market and Slaughter House. He was later appointed to the Central Government as a Labour Officer and rose to the Chief Factory Inspector and Labour Commissioner. During this period he served as Secretary of the Labour Advisory Board and the Prisoner Discharge Committee and the Social Welfare Board.

Mr. Pitts was the Chairman of the Civil Service Association and a member of the Whitley Council, the negotiating body which was responsible for setting the terms and condition of employment in the Public Service.

After the 1961 Hattie Hurricane he was responsible for the setting up of the Labour Exchange.

In other leadership positions, Mr. Pitts was one of the founding members of the Stann Creek Lyons Club. He served as a member for Habitat for Humanity, an organisation that build houses for the needy.

As a Credit Unionist, he served with the Civil Service Credit Union as President, served on the Board of Directors and served as President of the Belize Credit Union League for a number of years. He went on to become one of the founding Directors of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions, a regional financial institution that represented the Dutch, English and French people of the Caribbean.

As representative of Belize, Mr. Pitts was elected President of the Confederation for three years and then went on to become the first Caribbean and Belizean national to be Secretary of the World Council of Credit Unions with Headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin U.S.A. and Washington D.C.

In Sports, Mr. Pitts represented Wesley College in both Track and Field and Football. He later became a member and Secretary of the Merlyn Football Club and was owner and manager of the young Allied Football Club. He was also the organiser of the Amateur Athletics Association and served as President and Secretary. On the occasion of the Jubilee Celebration of the International Amateur Athletics Federation, he was awarded a silver medal for his devotion and work in Belize and the region.

Ned was also a founding member of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association where he served for many years as a member and President (1971-2013). As the representative from Belize, he was elected to be the Vice President of the Central American Sports Federation (ORDECA).

In 1974, Belize participated in the XII Central American and Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This was the first time that the country participated in the oldest continuous Regional Games and Ned was determined to make sure that the biggest sporting contingent at that time ever to be assembled was going to the games. However, the then Minister of Sports Allan Arthurs was only prepared to contribute $500.00 to the contingent.  Mr. Pitts, as the Olympic President was determined that the athletes and officials from Belize were going to be numbered among the 23 countries, 18 Sport Disciplines and the 1,928 athletes at the games.

Ned demonstrated his love for Belizean sports and the Olympic ideals when he mortgaged his family home at 66 Albert Street in Belize City to secure the plane tickets and the $2.00 USD per day for the athletes and officials of the Belizean Contingent to the games.

As the records would showed, Belize had a date with history, as it was during the XII Central American and Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, that Belize’s National Women’s Softball Team captured the first and only Gold Medal in any true International Olympic Committee sanctioned Multi-Sports Game in history. Unfortunately, Ned Pitts was not in Santo Domingo to enjoy the fruits of his labour with his beloved women’s Softball Team as he was back home in Belize securing funding for the remaining days that the team would have stayed in Santo Domingo.

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation (CASCO), Ned Pitts was honoured with the Medal of Distinction for his service to sports in Belize and the wider Caribbean. He also had the distinction of teaching the “boys” of the English speaking Caribbean the ropes of the Olympic Movement. They would not hesitate to share with you what they have learned from Belize’s very own Edward Augustus “Ned” Pitts.

It was also under his leadership that Belize participated in the VIII Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1979, when Belize’s National Women’s Softball Team defeated the first ever National Women’s Softball Team from the USA and gaining the country’s very first medal (Bronze) at the Pan American Games. In fact, in 1983, at the IX Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, Ned was very proud that his Women’s Softball Team captured the second Pan Am Medal (Bronze) in these games.

Edward “Ned” Pitts, as President Emeritus of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, was awarded on July 22, 2014, at the General Assembly of the Commonwealth Games Federation in Glasgow, Scotland, with the Federation Order of Merit.

Pitts, was awarded this honour in recognition of over 60 years of service to sports in Belize and the wider Commonwealth.

The prestigious Commonwealth Games Federation Gold Pin and Scroll were received on Mr. Pitts’ behalf by Mr. Hilly Martinez, the President of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association.

In 2013, the Board of Directors of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association voted to name its Headquarters the Edward Augustus “Ned” Pitts Olympic House.

Mr. Pitts served as Chairman of the National Sports Council for five years under the first UDP Government (1984-1989) that was led by Sir. Manuel Esquivel.

Mr. Edward Augustus “Ned” Pitts was a Methodist and was very active in the Church Community serving as a member of the District Conference and other Standing Committees of the church. He had represented the church locally and regionally.

He was also a Justice of the Peace and a Commissioner of the Supreme Court.

He can truly be characterised as a community man, a sportsman, a credit unionist and a church man.

The Sports Desk here at the Guardian expresses its deepest and sincerest condolences to Mrs. Myrna Doreen Pitts, Dorien and Dean Edward, his other children, his siblings and his wider family circle on the passing of this great Belizean Patriot.

“O that each from his Lord

May receive the glad word;

Well and faithfully done;

Enter into My joy, and sit down on My throne!”

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Belmopan Bandits SC and Verdes FC sits at the top of the Premier League standings Print E-mail
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The Premier League of Belize Opening Season competition continued over the last weekend with three games on the schedule.

On Sunday 4th November, 2018, at the Santa Elena Sports Complex in Santa Elena Town, Cayo District, Verdes FC defeated the visiting San Pedro Pirates FC by the score of 3-1.

The host team Verdes FC was the first onto the scoreboard when Edlin Gutierrez scored the 1st goal of the game in the 11th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead.

The host team Verdes FC took its 1-0 lead well into the second half of the game, when the young and talented Krisean Lopez took matters into his own hands when he scored the first of his two goals in the 65th minute of play to give his team a 2-0 lead. The visiting San Pedro Pirates FC finally made it onto the scoreboard when Anderson Cardona scored his team’s only goal of the game in the 70th minute of play to cut the deficit to a 2-1 lead.

The Verdes FC lead was further increased to 3-1 when Krisean Lopez scored his 2nd goal of the game in the 75th minute of play to secure the big win for his team.

On Saturday 3rd November, at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village, Altitude Assassins FC defeated the BDF FC by the score of 2-1.

The host team Altitude Assassins FC was the first onto the scoreboard when Elroy Coe scored the 1st goal of the game in the 13th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. The lead was further increased when Rollin Burgess scored his team’s 2nd goal of the game in the 45th minute of play to give his team a 2-0 lead.

The BDF FC was able to make it onto the scoreboard when Kelker Palacio scored his team’s only goal of the game in the 61st minute of play to cut the deficit to 2-1.

At the end of the long whistle it was indeed a 2-1 victory for the host team Altitude Assassins FC.

And at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, the defending champions and joint leaders in this year’s Opening Season competition, the Belmopan Bandits SC defeated the Freedom Fighters by the score of 4-1.

The Belmopan Bandits SC was the first onto the scoreboard when Georgie Welcome scored his 1st of 3 goals in the 19th minute of play to give his team a 1-0 lead. However, the Freedom Fighters were able to get onto the scoreboard when Enfield Nunez scored the equalising goal in the 32nd minute of play to tie the score at 1-1. The Belmopan Bandits SC came roaring back with a goal of its own when Georgie Welcome scored his 2nd goal in the 46th minute of play to give his team a 2-1 lead.

In the second half of the game, Trimayne Harris scored his team’s 3rd goal of the game in the 51st minute of play to give his team a 3-1 lead. The Belmopan Bandits SC lead was further increased when Georgie Welcome scored his 3rd and final goal of the game in the 85th minute of play to give his team the 4-1 victory.

The competition will continue this coming weekend with four more games on the schedule.

 


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