It is unfortunate that despite claims by successive governments in this country little attention has ever been placed on locating physical literacy, physical activity and sport an appropriate role in the broader matter of genuine national development.
While we have become aware that development is about people we have failed to do much to encourage Vincentians into an understanding of
Over the past several years we have been hammering away at the fact that St Vincent and the Grenadines remains well behind the vast majority of its Caribbean neighbours in terms of sporting infrastructure. The argument being made on each occasion is that without proper sport infrastructure it is certainly not possible to help Vincentian athletes even approximate their capacities
St Vincent and the Grenadines does not possess a synthetic track. The implications of this fact for athletes desirous of becoming sprinters are numerous.
Coaches must know the long list of challenges they face in seeking to produce world class sprinters utilising only grassed surfaces. It is therefore rather interesting to find so many of them attempting to convince athletes that it is possible to compete favourably in the international arena having used only grassed surfaces in their preparation.
In the previous edition of this Column, dated Friday 1 September 2017, we addressed the matter of the options available to us if we are serious about getting a synthetic surface in place and eventually provide Vincentians with a grand national stadium.
Many have been discussing the issues raised in last week’s Column if only because of the interest that they have in seeing this country provide appropriate facilities to give the youths a more even playing field in the sporting arena at the regional and international levels.
St Vincent and the Grenadines remains one of the few countries in the Caribbean that does not yet possess a national stadium. Indeed, in the region, it is now commonplace that a country should be have a national stadium in so far as athletics and football are concerned.
Of course, for many years we have been touting the Arnos Vale Sports Complex as the nation’s cricket stadium.
The curtains came down on the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships in London, England, on Sunday last, with the usual massive crowd in attendance bidding official farewell to both Usain Bolt and Mo Farah.
In the previous Column we addressed the fact that they left active competition in different styles but their impact would remain with the sport for a very long time to come.
That’s the old saying that means so very much. It is a saying that captures the ebullience of youth around the world at a stage in their lives when caution is so often thrown to the wind and everything seems possible.
Young people, regardless of ethnicity, race, beliefs, geographical location, class and status, all dream. The ebullience of youth allows them, as of right, to dream of endless possibilities in their lives. Nothing seems insurmountable, in their eyes.