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Report by Ferdie Rodrigues
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Peter Rodrigues - Coordinator of GOA UK Sports day and some helpers.

The Goan Association (UK) held its 25th Annual Sports Day on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August, 2004 This annual event has always been scheduled for the same holiday.

The 1979 inaugural GOA Sports Day was the brainchild of Peter Rodrigues, who was then the Sports Secretary. That event was held at Willesden Green Stadium. Since then Peter Rodrigues has organised and run the annual event. It was therefore fitting for Flavio Gracias, President, to award him a memento - an inscribed tankard.

Over 1500 people attended the GOA Annual Sports Day. The Chief Guest at the Anniversary occasion was Seraphino Antao (a former gold medalist of the Commonwealth Games) who opened the proceedings at 1.00 p.m. Dr. Wilfred De Souza, the ex-Chief Minister of Goa, together with his wife Grace, were also present.

Participation in all the events was the best ever and it was delightful to see so many youngsters taking part in this year's events. It is hoped that parents will encourage their children to practice and participate in future. The Sports Day is an outstanding event for the whole family and for all ages - it gives everyone an opportunity to participate at their own level and to mix with others. The Day was well supported by a number of excellent food stalls, where fresh Goan Fayre satisfied the palates of even the most discerning whilst Greg Carvalho and his team quenched the thirsts of all at their bar. For those who had some energy left at the end of the day, a disco was held in the school hall. Bosco Saldanha took the opportunity to canvas for views on the future direction of the Goan Association - a review which he and Alvaro Collaco are progressing and they are still open to further submissions.

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Dr Wilfred D’Souza, Rene Barreto, Mrs Grace D’Souza and Flavio Gracias

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