NOC’s Grassroots Talent ID at work

Basketball is a most appealing sport here especially given the high profile of the NBA on the cable television that is now widespread in the country.
As is the case with athletics the basketball approach is to involve youngsters from both sexes in the sport.

The recent past has witnessed the sport of boxing here in St Vincent and the Grenadines has been making a concerted effort aimed at its revitalisation.
Newly elected president of the SVG Amateur Boxing Association, SVGABA, Winston Telesford, has been able to bring together a team of administrators and coaches who seem prepared to face the many challenges facing the sport.
The organisation has been making full use of the Continental Courses, Administrative Seminars and other activities offered by the NOC in order to sustain interest among its membership.
The involvement of the SVGABA in the NOC’s Grassroots Talent Identification Programme has therefore come at an appropriate juncture in the organisation’s history.
Still plagued by the absence of anywhere to set up the ring donated to the organisation by the French, out of Martinique, the leadership seems only too anxious to take the sport to the various parts of the nation on Saturday’s.
In most countries the sport of boxing has appealed to young people filled with aggression and have served as a meaningful means of channeling their energies. The same may be true in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
For most sports it is important to introduce its fundamentals early in the life of the individual. The SVGABA seems to understand this and has therefore readily accepted the approach of the other sporting disciplines relative to their participation in the NOC’s Grassroots Talent Identification Programme.

For some time the St Vincent and the Grenadines Cycling Union has been involved in the introduction of children to the sport, largely at Arnos Vale.
Under the ambit of the NOC’s Grassroots Talent Identification Programme the Cycling Union has taken a different approach to bringing new people into the sport. The leadership, under Trevor ‘Sailor’ Bailey, has started approaching the nation’s schools and has already begun to see results. There is a high level of interest.