Two of the longest-serving employees in the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) have retired.
Dave Farmer, director of the National Olympic Academy since January 2008, and office attendant and driver Charles Beckles have left the body.
Farmer was responsible for the development and implementation of educational programmes for athletes, coaches, managers and stakeholders.
He oversaw the bidding for Olympic Solidarity and Panam Sports funding programmes to assist athletes, while playing a fundamental role in the BOA's development.
Beckles provided the transport service to the BOA, national federations and their dignitaries, while also looking after maintenance at the BOA headquarters.
Wishing the duo a happy retirement, BOA President Sandra Osborne said: "Dave has put the Olympic Academy on the map and I think there is no doubt that he has become a role model for that.
"We have built a team of very competent persons, so thank you.”
Speaking at the retirement function held at Golden Grove Great House, she also addressed Beckles.
"There was never an issue with Charles, it was a quiet efficiency about how he did his duties and many federations have endorsed this.
"This retirement is bittersweet for us.
"It's bitter because we are not going to have you here every day, but for you the sweet part of it is recognising that once you have the health, this retirement actually provides an opportunity for you to do different things.”
General manager Glyne Clarke expressed his gratitude to Farmer and Beckles.
“You have worked hard and I’m very proud of the work we have accomplished," he said.
"You were employees determined to ensure this organisation was well developed and for that you will be missed.”
Similar sentiments were echoed by senior administrative officer Gail Craig-Archer who spoke of their vast knowledge and unmatched work ethic.