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Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers - Bridgetown, Barbados
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben
N 13° 06.350 W 059° 37.412
21P E 215532 N 1450316
Quick Description: The statue of former cricketer Garfield Sobers sits on the grounds of the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Location: Barbados
Date Posted: 3/13/2015 8:50:26 PM
Waymark Code: WMNGQ8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun
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Long Description:
The Sir Garfield Sobers statue is a 1.5 tonne bronze statue 12ft tall (monument 20ft) which was commissioned by Government and designed by Caribbean sculptors Karl and Virgil Broodhagen. It depicts Gary Sobers wearing leg pads and gloves and holding a cricket bat ready to hit the ball.

Sir Garfield Sobers sculpture was originally unveiled on Sunday 28th April 2002 as part of Heroes Day Celebrations. Beneath the statue is a plaque with all his life achievements in cricket.

It was dedicated to this legend Sir Garfield Auburn Sobers for his accomplishments as the world's greatest all-rounder cricketer and for his contributions to the world of cricket.

The Sir Gary Sobers statue as it is called in Barbados, was originally located at the Sir Garfield Sobers Round-about in Wildey, but has since been relocated to the Kensington Oval Facility on the 19th November of 2006. The statue can now be seen near the entrance of the Sir Garfield Sobers Players' Pavilion, on the Pickwick Walk.

The inscription on the plinth reads:
"This Statue was unveiled by The Rt. Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers National Hero and The Prime Minister of Barbados Rt. Honourable Owen S. Arthur on Sunday April 28, 2002 National Heroes Day in recognition of Sir Garfield’s invaluable contribution to cricket and sport in general in Barbados the Region and the World. The statue was sculpted by Messrs Karl and Virgil Broodhagen courtesy of the Government of Barbados April 2002."

Born in 1936, Sir Gary played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974. Originally playing mainly as a bowler, he was soon promoted up the batting order. Sobers was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975 for his services to cricket. He became a dual Barbadian-Australian citizen through marriage in 1980. By an act of Parliament in 1998, Sobers was named as one of the ten National Heroes of Barbados.

When we arrived at the Kensington Oval on Sunday February 8th 2015 and asked information about the statue of Gary Sobers, we were told that he had just showed up a few minutes ago to watch a match of cricket. Too bad we missed him!

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