Celebrating Calvert Woods

Calvert therefore understood his involvement in sport as a contribution to society as well as an opportunity to realise the fullness of his being.
When Calvert joined the small grouping responsible for the planning, preparation and delivery of the NOA’s weekly radio programme, Olympism, his loyalty was always in evidence. Always, Calvert attempted to highlight the positive values inherent in sport, regardless of one’s level of involvement.
The task was never easy. He understood this especially from his teaching experience.
He nonetheless worked at it seeming convinced of its capacity to impact positively Vincentian society.
it was his loyalty that pushed Calvert to his generous commitment to sport and to those involved in it.
When he became involved with Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines, Calvert showed that his loyalty knew no bounds.
He undertook full responsibility for the Inter Bank Meet (now the Inter Financial Institutions Meet) and established it as an annual feature of the organisation’s Calendar of Activities.
He worked passionately to ensure its success.
There were immense challenges but none too great that it could not be matched by Calvert’s commitment and loyalty.
He engaged himself in Sports Management as an option in his degree programme while a student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus.
Head of the UWI sports programme, Dr Iva Gloudon, saw and appreciated Calvert’s loyalty, not just to St Vincent and the Grenadines generally, but to the sports development process here. She recognised his generous spirit and profound desire to be of service to his people, especially the young, often considered the leaders of tomorrow’s world.
When Dr Gloudon learnt of the passing of Calvert Woods she immediately expressed her deep sadness and noted his bubbly exuberance, eagerness to learn and to help wherever and whenever necessary, persistent humour and his great joy in preparing himself to be at the service of others through sport.
Not surprisingly Calvert’s loyalty to the ideals of sport moved him to undertake the MEMOS – a study programme of the International Olympic Committee leading to an Executive Masters in Sports Organisation management with the University of Lyon, France.