Bequia has done very well in terms of the administration of the sport on that Grenadine isle while we have witnessed the introduction of the East St George Basketball Tournament that organisers have indicated will serve as a forerunner to the reintroduction of the CIBT in later this month.
The leadership of Winston Telesford in the reorganisation of boxing in the state must be highly commended. He was originally asked to serve on the organisation in an interim capacity to aid in the reorganisation of the association only to end up being its latest president. His dedication and leadership has led to a resurgence in interest and participation in the sport during the year. With coaches Junior Assing and Cavanaugh Gumbs Telesford has taken boxing into the NOC’s Grassroots Talent Identification programme with much success. It has benefited from equipment assistance from the NOC as well and has received a Technical Course which was conducted by renowned American coach, Thomas Coulter.
The two gold medals secured by the team in the recently reintroduced OECS Boxing Championships must serve as a significant boost to the sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines. There is little doubt that the interest shown as the association takes the sport across the nation on Saturdays will eventually reap handsome rewards.
Cricket seemed to have enjoyed mixed fortunes during 2007.
St Vincent and the Grenadines won the Windward Islands Under 19 competition. Six of our players were then selected on the Windward Islands Under 19 team. Two players, Dawnley Grant, son of former SVG and Windward Islands player, Dawnley Joseph, and Dillon John, have been selected to the West Indies Under 19 team that will play in the World Under 19 Tournament scheduled for Malaysia in February 2008.