The St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Olympic Academy (NOA) the educational arm of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) was founded in 1992 by Mr. Keith Joseph, then Secretary General of the NOC. The Academy was launched on the 11th November 1992. The fundamental aim of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Olympic Academy is the dissemination of Olympic Education to the peoples of its country, helping them to understand the nature of the Olympic Movement and the basic principles that underlie it. Some of those principles being Fairplay, Honesty, Brotherhood, Perseverance, Sports For All and many other noble principles, including a concern for sport and the environment.
The Academy's first major undertaking was a Radio Program "Olympism" on the island's lone radio station.
From inception of the NOA, has sought and utilized every opportunity to train resource personnel and has attended an IOA session every year since 1992.
November 1995, Ms. Mavis Findlay, on return from the IOA Session for
Young Participants, in Olympia, Greece envisaged the idea of forming a
children's branch of the Academy, where children would learn about the
Olympic Movement and at the same time pass on the knowledge to their
peers. The first Junior Olympian group was formed with children age
8-15, from the Lodge Village Government School. There are now seven
branches of the Junior Olympians throughout the country.
In January 1998, as a result of a challenge made at an Academy Session held late in 1997, a youth branch of the Academy catering for youth 16-21 was formed "The Olympic Links", the rational of the youth branch was to bridge the gap between the Junior Olympians and the leaders of the National Olympic Academy. In February 1998, a Mobile Academy was started, each month a three-hour session that is geared to teachers and community leaders is held in various parts of the country.
June, the NOA joins the celebrations of Olympic Week, the highlight
being the Olympic Day Run. In November the NOA celebrates its
anniversary with a week of activities. At the end of the year an Awards
Ceremony is held to recognise outstanding members of the Academy, along
with a grand end of year social.
Academy has held five sessions since being established. Three have
targeted adults including teachers and youth leaders. The last session
being a regional session for the OECS (Organisation of Eastern
Caribbean States) countries.
The other two have focused on members of the Junior Olympians and the Olympic Links Movement. An international session is scheduled for summer 1998, on mainland St. Vincent.
Academy has also mounted numerous exhibitions nationwide from artifacts
and collectors' items kept in its Archives and Library at Olympic House.
Academy ensures its voice is constantly heard through a number of
medias. It produces a fifteen minute radio program which is aired on
two radio stations, fliers and brochures, regular articles for local
newspapers, and a quarterly bulletin documenting its history and work,
two manuscripts are also in their final stages before being converted
to booklets. Also in keeping with technological advancements, a web
page is to be created.
The Academy has also adopted three slogans; 'Everywhere Olympism, Everywhere Olympic Education', 'Those who know facilitate – Those who don't, Be eager to learn', and 'Everywhere an Olympic Academy', which are used at every opportunity.
Academy has recently embarked on two new programs aimed at
incorporating sport with the environment, and with the artistic
expressions, namely, drama, music and dance.
Visits to children institutions are also planned and the tradition of Christmas serenading is maintained.
For Further Information contact us at:
TeI./Fax: (809) 457 2970
P. O. Box 1644
Kingstown, St. Vincent