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NAQUITA ROBINSON: COMMITTED TO BERMUDA'S YOUNG LADIES & THE COMMUNITY

Today In Bermuda is proud to introduce our readers to our newest youth reporter, Che’-Chulae’ Monet Dowling, who is a student at the T.N. Tatem Middle School. 

Che’-Chulae’ is a talented young lady, who was not only selected to participate in American reality show, Top Kid Model, but is also building a name for herself in the athletic arena.

In her first assignment, Che’-Chulae’ sits down with Women’s Senior National Team Football coach Naquita Robinson, who also teaches at T.N. Tatem Middle School to obtain a little insight on what makes her tick.

CCD: Good day Coach.  Thanks for allowing me to interview you. I’d like to jump right in with some questions about you and your life. How long have you been involved in sports?

NR:  My entire life! I started when I was six years old in mini minors. I’m 41 now so I’ll let you do the math lol.

CCD: What made you want to become a coach?

NR: Well initially I tried out for the National Team in 1998 and I was unsuccessful getting on the team. Rather than picking up my boots and throwing them in the trash. I decided to give back.

CCD: How often do you coach during the average week?

NR: I coach six days a week including coaching my son’s team one day a week.

CCD: How do you keep young people motivated when they don’t want to train?

NR: I always try to look for exciting new challenges because sometimes people get bored. I also try to be understanding and honest with them. I also keep the players informed of all the opportunities possible to keep them motivated.

CCD: What is one of highlights of your coaching career?

NR: Well I would have to say the Girls’ 2017 Middle school finals. Seeing the T.N.Tatem Tigers win the finals and the look of success on the girls faces when they won!

CCD: Where do you see the National team in the next five to 10 years?

NR: I would love to see the Women’s team making it into the CONCACAF finals.

CCD: How would you describe yourself?

NR: Flexible, understanding and compassionate!

CCD: If there was something you could let people know about you that they might not ever guess, what would that be?

NR: I write poetry in my free time!

Well there you have it Coach Naquita Robinson is an amazing woman. She is not only a coach but a mother who is dedicated and committed to making sure our women are properly trained to ensure that they reach their full potential. 

Women’s soccer has taken on a new evolution. So many of our young women are being accepted into Higher Learning Institutions through the National Soccer Programme. It’s coaches like Coach Robinson who help to make sure that the talent of our island is fully exposed! Coach Naquita Robinson is a guiding light, and a shining ray of hope in the world of women’s soccer.

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LOCAL SCHOOL CHILDREN FEATURED IN AMERICA'S CUP CAMPAIGN

Residents will see the photo of their child or a friend’s child featured on the back of public buses from this week as America’s Cup Bermuda launches a public promotion that celebrates locals.

The ‘America’s Cup is Our Cup’ bus back promotion features eight America’s Cup Endeavour graduates who represent the hundreds of 10 to 12-year-olds who have graduated the programme. The promotion will soon include business people who are also working to enjoy the benefits of Bermuda hosting the America’s Cup.

The promotion highlights the children’s success with photos and interviews that can be read online at www.acbda.bm/ourac.

The eight students are Christopher Raymond, Ruth Mello Cann, Sven Curley, Chelsea Minors, Ocean Archeval, Zico Smith, Will (Russell) Rossiter and Shayna Patterson. Many had never sailed before joining AC Endeavour and recently Christopher Raymond was the proud winner of the Silver Fleet in the New Zealand O’Pen Bic National Championships.

Some of the highlights include Zico James Smith, the great nephew of Bermudian Olympian Peter Bromby; Chelsea Minors’ determination for sailing through adversity, William Rossiter, who gained the nickname ‘Russell”, and Shayna Patterson who saved a capsized sailor during the National Opti Regatta in Dockyard.

Many of the children want more sail training in addition to their weekly schedule. Christopher Raymond now trains four times a week. 

“Just six months ago, I had no idea how to sail and now I’m in New Zealand sailing Open Bics,” he said. “That’s had a big impact on me. I am so grateful for the AC Endeavour Programme!”

The stories also feature parent’s comments on how their children have become more responsible, how their level or preparedness has transferred into other parts of their lives and how their love of sailing has taken them off the couch and into the wide blue ocean.

Each of the children have spoken to ‘Why the America’s Cup is their Cup!’

William Rossiter says, ‘Because the children are the future of the Cup and I am a child!’ and Ruth Mello Cann believes that if she trains hard enough she could one day participate in the America’s Cup.

Christopher’s mother, Kim Raymond, had never considered sailing as an extracurricular activity for him, but she said that the AC Endeavour Program has changed her opinion.

“I now see that sailing has many benefits and opportunities for our youth, both personally and academically. My son’s confidence and independence have really grown through this programme. It’s been an eye-opening experience for us all.”

While Chelsea Minors' mother, Christie admitted that the programme had opened her eyes to sailing. Her daughter is excelling and her son Shaun wants to join as soon as he can.

“To see these kids having the opportunity to have fun while still learning is great. Everyone thinks about dance, karate, tennis, but who thinks about sailing. It’s a good idea and it’s great for the kids.”

The student’s stories can be seen by visiting www.acbda.bm/ourac. The images and stories are part of a wider promotion online and will soon be featured as banners on The Royal Gazette building on Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton.

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STUDENTS AT GILBERT INSTITUTE RECOGNISED FOR BEING 'GREAT'!

The Minister of National Security Sen. Jeffrey Baron, JP today participated in a GREAT (Gang Resistance Education And Training) graduation at Gilbert Institute.


The GREAT programme is a youth educational awareness initiative that teaches life-skill lessons to address anti-social behavior and crime in Bermuda. Part of the programme's goal is to help students develop positive solutions and decisions when dealing with tough decisions and peer pressure. Since the introduction of the programme in 2014, over 700 students have participated.

Senator Baron said, "We are keeping an important promise from 2016 Throne Speech and that was to expand the GREAT programme to primary schools. The expansion of this proven, successful programme to a wider audience of Bermuda's young people strengthens the message of positive lifestyle choices at every opportunity." 

Minister Baron said he was excited and uplifted to attend Gilbert Institute's GREAT graduation, noting that, "Positively engaging and connecting with our youth at an early age is a critical component to helping them make good lifestyle choices when faced with challenges."

Minister Baron invited Opposition Senator Furbert to attend the graduation and together they shared in congratulating the 20 P6  students. 

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