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Ines Sealy was born in 1939 in Panama. Her father was from Barbadian origin and her mother was from St. Lucia. Although her father worked in the Canal Zone, it was often difficult for him to find work, and the family struggled until he opened a tire repair shop in the 1930s. As a young child, Ines loved to play sports; she played baseball, basketball, softball, and was so good at the high jump that she eventually represented Panama in the 1956-57 Olympics. Although she worked for over twenty-three years in the Canal Zone, she now works as a public translator, and is the proud mother of four children and five grandchildren, many of whom live in the United States. Ines is also proud of her West Indian heritage, and she believes that it is a culture that is not confined to the Caribbean region alone, but is “carried in the blood.” Sealy has a special message for Panamanian youth: “Learn everything you can learn.”
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