Coaches’ education and performance

In many different areas of academia it is common to find people collaborating in the collective best interest since it is more readily recognized that no man is an island and that each individual; academic can bring to the discourse a perspective that adds value to whatever project is being undertaken.

Some would also have thought that in small countries such as St Vincent and the Grenadine sit would be much easier to get people to work together in the national interest. This is not the case as individual egos seem to rule in an almost uncontrollable way.

New sports initiative to lift athletics nationwide

2Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines (TASVG) will, in the coming week, commence a new initiative that has been several months in the making. This is a special undertaking that goes by the name, Athletics Olympic Dividend Project, a commitment of Lord Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Facing the challenges of a scientific approach to sport

The recent performances of Vincentian sports personnel in international sports competition has once more brought into focus the need to comprehensively analyse the issues impacting them.

Vincentians love sport and are anxious to bask in the glory of success whether at the individual or team level. Unfortunately, at best we have flashes of success at the sub regional level and the odd positive result at the regional and international level. This is certainly not inspiring and must be decisively addressed with some dispatch if we are to turn things around.

New approaches re sport development

THrows ClinicOver the past several years much has been said about the importance of engaging in a comprehensive review of the sport development process in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The National Olympic Committee (NOC) has been focusing on the establishment of community-based multisport clubs as an alternative to the multitudinous teams that exist in the country for relatively brief spells.

Coaches and sport development in SVG

blowing_whistle1For almost three decades the St Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee (SVGOC) has been offering technical courses for coaches around St Vincent and the Grenadines. No part of this nation has been excluded from the numerous training options that have been made available through the Olympic Solidarity (OS) and international federation (IF) sponsored programmes.

Over the years close to 1000 individuals have been trained as coaches.

Conceptual problems

PolicyPerhaps the biggest problem confronting the sport development process in St Vincent and the Grenadines a conceptual one. We refer here to the seeming lack of understanding of the fundamentals. There seems little understanding by those in authority of physical literacy and by extension, physical education and sport. Because of this deficiency the national sport policy, however well written, cannot be implemented.

What we have in St Vincent and the Grenadines today is talk about sport without adequately addressing the requisite antecedents of physical literacy and physical education.

Getting serious or wasting time and money?

Getting serious or wasting time and money?

wasting_moneyThere has been much talk about the fact that the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) borrowed $6.5m from the National Insurance Services (NIS) to facilitate the upgrading of sport facilities across St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The decision is all about government’s attempt at showing the nation that it is doing something in respect of sport infrastructure in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Is this really the case or is it something else?

Daring to be different

Daring to be different

daretobedifferentJust how prepared are we to be different in the way we do things.

The world is full of examples of individuals who have dared to be different. At the time of being different these individuals may well have been considered insane but certainly deviant. Yet, in several instances the changes they dared to initiate have eventually become mainstream.