Pamenos Ballantyne and Kineke Alexander may well be expected to lead the charge of the representatives of Vincentian athletics at the Commonwealth Games. Ballantyne now seems to be fully given over to road competition and the Marathon may be his only event. Much would nonetheless depend on the participation of this athlete in marathon races that may be deemed particularly close to the actual Commonwealth Games. In December there is the annual reggae Marathon in Jamaica and in early 2006 there would be the Clico TnT Marathon. Too many marathons too close would have a deleterious impact on any athlete.
Alexander’s participation would hinge on her availability and the hectic NCAA Indoor season in the USA.
The other athletes may emerge from team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (TASVG) programme aimed at developing a 4 x 400m relay squad for the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2008 Olympic Games.
The representative team in Netball would be selected by the local association. The competition in this sport as is the case with all of the others would be intense. The local athletes in this sport would have met several of the others involved in the competition at the World Championships in Jamaica and this should serve them well in terms of knowing what to expect.
Success at the Commonwealth games requires hard work. Some local associations have already commenced their preparation
s while others appear to be languishing. The importance of giving good account at the Commonwealth games cannot be overstated.
All associations must work diligently in order to bring honour and glory to St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The journey has begun.