The Anguilla Tourist Board has embarked on promoting sports tourism as an integral section of its marketing programme and, in accordance with Mr. Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism, that effort has come quite a distance.
He made the statement at the just-concluded special exhibition at the Anguilla Tennis Academy, november 8 on, which featured the Australian tennis professional, Mark Philippoussis, and his Barbadian opponent, Darian King.
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Mr. Connor, a former Anguillian cricketer in Australia and England, told the considerably large numbers of spectators: “In my own playing days at Hampshire, I’d see Mark playing at Wimbledon and in Australia in the wintertime when I played down there. I’d see him playing in the Australian Open but I never thought I’d see him playing in Anguilla for the very first time. So sports tourism has come quite a distance in Anguilla.”
Mr. Connor continued: “The known proven fact that we’ve someone from the Caribbean in the individual of Darian King, I think is best message for just about any of our youngsters – to see among own can contend with the very best in the global world.”
He was pleased that the Anguilla Tourist Board was able to provide some funding for the exhibition match notwithstanding the difficult finances. He was grateful to the Caribbean Cup Series, the Anguilla National Tennis Association, the Anguilla Tennis Academy, the Social Security Board, CuisinArt Golf Spa and Resort and the Department of Sports because of their support.
“I believe if most of us work we are able to have exhibitions such as this collectively, but more importantly the development of the sport for our youth even,” he continued: “We’ve the fastest runner in the global world, and we’ll have the Miss Universe from Anguilla &ndash soon; in addition to what Shara Proctor does. The support is necessary by us of our people, and hopefully that Mark Philippoussis will spread the expressed word that Anguilla is a good place in the planet.”
Mr. Karl Hale, of the Caribbean Cup Series and the Rogers Cup Anguilla Tennis Programme Tournament Director, who was simply born in Anguilla, said the purpose of the Caribbean Cup Series was to market youth development in Anguilla. “It is a very exciting exhibition we’ve in Anguilla. We’ve the true number 1 player from the Caribbean, Darian King of Barbados. This past year he was 109 in the global world and surely got to the next round of the united states Open. He’s got defeated ten top players and is 26 yrs . old, therefore the future is bright for Caribbean tennis really. We’ve Mark Philippoussis from Australia also. He surely got to the finals of the united states Open. He won the Davis Cup and beat [a amount of top players]. He flew directly into Anguilla from Santiago because of this special exhibition.”
Mitch Lake, Founder of the Anguilla Tennis Academy, commented: “This is a great feeling to possess this special exhibition before our children also to show the Anguillian community how tennis is played at an extremely high level. This is a dream become a reality.”
Mr. Lake added: “I trust that individuals will appreciate what we at the Anguilla Tennis Academy want to do with regards to developing our kids through the activity of tennis; and the exposure they’re being distributed by us by bringing such renowned tennis players to Anguilla.”
The special exhibition was preceded by the coaching of a genuine amount of children at tennis players.