Celebrating Calvert Woods

One Calvert was involved the NOA sessions for children in the Junior Olympians (a component of the NOA catering for persons aged 8 – 15 years), were always developed around a wide range of fun-filled activities that left them all eager to return.
Stories emerging from the CW Prescod and the Campden Park educational institutions at which he taught attest to Calvert’s uncanny ability to get the very best out of the students who came to love him for who he was. Interestingly every where he worked he was able to bring the teachers together, fashioning collaborative groupings and facilitating socialising beyond the workplace. In every instance his high level of commitment was always evident even in his humorous character.
Small wonder then that when news of his death reached his students and fellow staff members there was an outpouring of emotion manifested in tears that attested to his impressionable impact on their lives.
Calvert’s commitment to assigned tasks differed little from that which he displayed for his very own family – Lydia, Cadia, Precious and Angel.
Perhaps there was something about his commitment as a person, a caring human being, that manifested itself in the names he chose for his three children.
In a very real sense Calvert made all of those with whom and for whom he worked his extended family.

Calvert Woods’ involvement in sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines was imbued with intense loyalty.
He understood the Olympic Movement with is lofty values.
He studied the Movement and came to appreciate just how much the values espoused – friendship, camaraderie, discipline, cooperation, caring – were consistent with his beliefs on the one hand and his own desire for society to be more harmonious and peaceful on the other.
In a sense, Calvert understood the Fundamental Principles enshrined in the International Olympic Movement that notes:

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles (Olympic Charter Pg 8)