Each of the participating affiliates is assisted with a stock of equipment to be used for the purpose of facilitating the success of the GTIP as they travel around the country each week. The equipment is woefully inadequate but the affiliates are able to work with what they have. It is expected that over time the stock of equipment of each of the affiliates would increase and there would be less reliance on the NOC to provide same. Equally, the affiliates are encouraged to seek out alternative sources to aid in their acquisition of additional equipment.
In February of this year the NOC fulfilled its promise to facilitate the technological capabilities of each of the affiliates involved in the GTIP when it presented their respective Technical Delegates with a laptop computer and video camera. These are to ensure that the respective organisations lift the standard of their approaches to the development of athletes. It is always important for coaches to keep pace with international developments in their respective coaching fields. They are encouraged to engage in ongoing education.
In today’s world little can be achieved without promotional work being appropriately and adequately done. This is especially true in the GTIP where the intention is to encourage participation at the level of the child, the parent, the teacher and the community.
Weekly sessions of the GTIP are therefore advertised the local media. This has allowed parents to become more involved in encouraging their children to participate.
NOC Sports Academy
The NOC has also commenced work on an annual Sports Academy. This programme sees the Technical Directors identifying the most talented athletes from the GTIP during the year and having them involved in an extended residential programme that addresses the whole human personality of the athlete.
The Sports Academy goes well beyond the mere honing of skills. It addresses the broader life skills and national pride deemed particularly important for the development of Vincentian society.
Thus far the NOC has conducted two National Sports Academy and hopes to fashion it into a major platform for sport development in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Technical Directors have all been enthused about the GTIP and are eager to ensure that it is sustained. They have commented favourably about its potential to enhance the respective sports and boost sports in the country.
The coaches are appreciative of the stipends received for their involvement in the GTIP. However, it is true to say that in each case, the respective associations are not seeing one-tenth of the number of coaches who have been trained courtesy of funding from the NOC through Olympic Solidarity, over several years. This certainly hampers the progress that could be made if all hands are on deck and those beneficiary coaches give something back to the nation.
Far too many coaches use their certificates to decorate their walls and impact their curriculum vitae instead of moving out into the fields.
Other national sports associations could come on board. This GTIP could and sh
ould eventually emerge as a broad-based national undertaking by sports associations such that it becomes a movement at once for development as it is for change in the lives of all those who choose to become involved.
The NOC does not have a limitless supply of resources. It has a stock of programmes offered to it by the IOC through Olympic Solidarity. These programmes are ultimately aimed at facilitating development in Olympic sports to the point where each NOC could have more athletes making the Olympic standards as well as the quality of life of the individual athletes.
We can make a difference through sport.