Speaker Prea congratulates Team Seychelles on “winning the hearts of our nation” |30 July 2019
The Speaker of the National Assembly Nicholas Prea has warmly welcomed Team Seychelles back home and extended his “heartfelt congratulations to all medal winners for making us proud and for flying the colours of the Seychelles flag high on many occasions” at the just ended Indian Ocean Islands Games in Mauritius.
In a message to the returning athletes, Speaker Prea says:
“As the curtain falls on the 10th Indian Ocean Islands games, I would like, on behalf of the National Assembly and myself, to express my great joy in warmly welcoming Team Seychelles back home and to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all medal winners for making us proud and for flying the colours of the Seychelles flag high on many occasions.
The honour you have done to your country is the consequence of your diligent training and perseverance which have undeniably earned you your medals. Your devotion to your respective disciplines is testimony to your commitment to your country and to Seychelles sports and proves your determination as individuals who are constantly prepared to take up challenges and excel.
“No doubt the way to accomplishment is constantly extreme and those of you who are continually prepared to take up challenges in competitive sports and have the boldness to compete against the best and to prevail upon it, should always be complimented on having such an identity.
“Today I am happy for you and ask that you never restrict yourself, but rather to break the limits and advance, and to never surrender regardless of what the circumstance is.
Noteworthy thanks also go to the coaches and for the families of the athletes for their unfailing support and for pushing them to be the best they can be, and for the business community and individuals who came forth to assist.
“I cannot end without also congratulating all the other athletes who competed, albeit coming home empty handed. This does not imply that you are losers. On the contrary you are to be commended for making it on the Seychelles Team and for losing gracefully. Persevere and you will no doubt do better next time.
“Sports can indeed challenge individuals and whole families and can assist in keeping our youth off the streets and diverge them from drugs. I therefore wish to encourage more people in Seychelles to take up sports, as a healthy body reflects a healthy mind.
“Once again congratulations to the Seychelles Team on winning the hearts of our nation.”