Sport and change

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In life we claim that change is something that is not always easily understood by those on whom it is intended to have an impact and consequently these same individuals do not readily accept it.

Life is about change and there is little that we can do to prevent it. What is therefore important is for us to be able to be ahead of the game and strive to be part of the process of change.

Rotary’s ongoing support

On Friday 25 September 2009 the Rotary Club South commenced what constitutes its 12 annual Softball Cricket Competition at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex. This year’s competition has an all-time high of 20 participating teams from firms and other institutions in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Sports Management in greater demand

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There is now greater interest in sports management around the world. The sports industry has taken off and there is great need for us in the Caribbean and especially here in St Vincent and the Grenadines to get on board as quickly as possible.

National sports associations within the Caribbean region are no different from their counterparts in the rest of the world in respect of the need for training to allow for a fully professional approach to their administration.

New focus in local athletics

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This month sees the refocusing of national athletics in St Vincent and the Grenadines. This comes about as the governing body for the sport in the country, Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines (TASVG) continues its ongoing evaluation of where it is in relation to its Project 2012, launched two years ago.

Project 2012

Project 2012 was officially launched here in 2007. The emphasis was on ensuring that by the time of the London Olympic Games this country would have produced a cadre of athletes in athletics capable of making it to the finals of the competition and perhaps claiming this country’s first Olympic medal.

The Project called for the commencement of work on the introduction of Kids Athletics for children aged 5 – 10 years and the expansion of the Right On Track Programme. The systematic training of more individuals as coaches to broaden the base of people working with athletes across the country was also an areas receiving much attention in the Project. It also spoke to better performances from our athletes and the attainment of higher positions, including mounting the awards podium at the regional and international levels.

Getting serious about sports development

Getting serious about sports development

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The Caribbean’s performance at the recently concluded World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany, has once more shown that the region does possess immense potential in this particular sport to such an extent that the international profile of all of the countries has been lifted beyond expectations.

Significantly, the medals and prize monies have spread more widely amongst the Caribbean than before.

Jamaica has of course led the way yet again. Usain Bolt has demolished the 100m and 200m world records as though they were not his own.

Sport and the politics of SVG

Sport and the politics of SVG

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Much has been said and written about the state of sporting facilities in St Vincent and the Grenadines and yet no one seems to be listening.
The government of the day did much to appeal to the young people of this country in the campaign for the 2001 general elections when the now ruling party seemed to have thought it important to win the youth vote. Several years on the government has been unable to convince the nation that it has any understanding of the role sport plays in the development of its citizens. The state of our sports facilities leaves much to be desired, as also is the case with sport more generally in the country.

Pan Am Juniors raise key issues

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Trinidad and Tobago played host to the 15th Pan American Junior Athletics Championships during the period 31 July to 2 August, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. At the conclusion of the Championships the USA finished well ahead of the other participating teams with a total of 56 medals – 21 gold, 22 silver and 13 bronze. Cuba was second with six gold medals while Mexico finished third with three gold, four silver and two bronze medals. Jamaica, the athletics powerhouse of the English-speaking Caribbean could only manage fourth position in the overall standings.

Focus on sport as community development initiative

Focus on sport as community development initiative

hivstationDespite repeated calls for change the governmental sports authorities in St Vincent and the Grenadines continue to miss the boat in respect of a systematic approach to the development of sport. Many have not yet been able to grasp the concept of sport as a community development strategy despite their seemingly over-zealous interest in politics and their overwhelming support for the ruling political regime.
Indeed, the approach of the current governmental sports authorities reveals the extent to which they do not even have a proper understanding of the very politics in which they are involved.