Kineke Alexander is now into her third year competing at the University of Iowa. She has represented St Vincent and the Grenadines at a number of regional and international competitions since schooling in the USA.
Alexander has however not been able to compete at home. It makes no sense. In the absence of a synthetic track here in St Vincent and the Grenadines it is unwise for Kineke, while at her peak during any given season should somehow switch from a synthetic surface to grass in pursuit of competition merely to qualify for the National Sports Personality Award. She could only risk injury.
The NSC must understand that there is no way that any Vincentian will weight the two awards alike. The National Sports Personality Award is still perceived as the crème de la crème of the National Awards while the newly introduced International Sports Personality is seen as a trifle.
Indeed one dares suggest that the Vincentians who have been unable to compete at home through no fault of their own may well come to an understanding that their contributions to the nation in their particular field of endeavour are not as highly regarded.
In our part of the world athletes of whatever sporting discipline often look forward to the honour/prestige of having copped top honours in the annual National Sports Awards and this whether or not they were able to play the sport at home in the particular year.
It is unfortunate that here at home we are deliberately denying some of our best athletes this honour.
There must be something very unfair about this.
Sports Journalist Award
The NSC does not seem sufficiently clear of the intention in having an award for the leading sports journalist in the country. This is an area that has always been controversial.
As it stands now it appears that the NSC has been awarding sports journalists from the print media. Those involved in the electronic media appear to have been ignored completely.
This clear bias cannot be allowed to continue.