St Vincent and the Grenadines has found itself incapable of hosting any editions of the Carifta Games as a result of not being in possession of a synthetic track. Indeed we do not even have a 400m facility on which to hone the particular skills needed.
That our athletes have gained any measure of success at the Carifta Games is to their own credit and the tremendous work undertaken by their respective coaches and the commitment of their families.
The St Vincent and the Grenadines team to the Carifta Games thus far appears to be focusing on athletes who are in the Under 17 category and attended the previous edition of the Carifta Games in Guadeloupe. These athletes appear to have the best chance of achieving success. They are also important to the future of the sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines given the strong foundation that is being developed through the Right On Track Grassroots Talent Identification Programme of Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines.
There is little doubt that the preparation of the home-based athletes has proven to be a major challenge. The efforts of Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Technical Director, Gideon Labban, and the TASVG Coaches Commission must be highly commended.
The best playing fields have been handed over to the Cricket World Cup 2007 Local Organising Committee. There is currently none of the available playing fields that can hold a 400m track, the size of the track on which the competition will take place in Providenciales.
The Victoria Park is not available for training on afternoons during the week since it is given over to cricket.
Young Anneisha Anderson has been forced to train for much of the time under rather inadequate conditions in her hometown of Barrouallie and Courtney Williams have to contend with the very crowded and inadequately maintained St Vincent Grammar School Playing Field.