Over the past several months the National Olympic Committee, NOC, has been engaged in a series of activities aimed at establishing its Grassroots Talent Identification Programme on a sound footing.
The sports involved in the NOCs Programme are athletics, basketball, boxing, cycling, table tennis and tennis.
The mission of the NOCs Programme as stated in its submission to Olympic Solidarity, the development arm of the International Olympic Committee, IOC, is, To establish a sound basis for and clearly identify the talented athletes in athletics, basketball, boxing, cycling, table tennis and tennis in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The objectives include:
1. To conduct weekly Coaching Caravans for young athletes in the aforementioned sports.
2. To source appropriate equipment for an effective and efficient Talent Identification Programme
3. To engage in monthly evaluations of the Programme and make the appropriate adjustments
4. To conduct a comprehensive review of the impact of the Grassroots Talent Identification Programme
The Programme began in earnest some six weeks ago following an official launch that took place at the Olympic House, headquarters of the NOC, in Kingstown Park.
The NOC convened a meeting of the respective affiliates involved in its Grassroots Talent Identification Programme in order to facilitate the professional coordination of the undertaking.
Each affiliate was asked to identify its designated Technical Director who would be responsible for the coordination of their component of the NOCs Grassroots Talent Identification Programme.
The meeting of the Technical Directors agreed on an approach to the implementation of the Programme and agreed on having Gideon Labban as the overall convenor of future meetings for the planning and execution of the different aspects of the Grassroots Talent Identification Programme.