The National Stadium
The proposed national stadium of St Kitts and Nevis has already been designed. The LOC has been in discussions with world renowned MONDO, one of the primary manufacturers of track surfaces, relative to the provision of a high quality track facility that will not only serve the 2008 competition but also become a major legacy to the people of the Federation for many years to come.
Perhaps it may be true to say that for St Kitts and Nevis a national stadium has been too long in coming. Track and Field athletics has always been popular and the country has had its fair share of medallists at the Annual Carifta Games and beyond.
Winston Eddy, for example, and Dianne Dunrod, blazed an important train in the sort for the Federation, with Eddy providing the country with a 200m victory at the Carifta Games that was fairly close to the then world junior record for the event.
The emergence of Kim Collins with his fantastic second place run in the 100m at the Central American and Caribbean, CAC, Senior Championships in Barbados in 1999 heralded a new phase in athletics in St Kitts and Nevis.
Collins’ athletics potential led to his ascendancy in the 100m and 200m in two successive days at the CAC Senior Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in 2001, a feat that many modern athletes in the region sought to avoid by consideri
ng the Meet below their status in the sport globally.
Of course the story of Collins is well known as he moved on to win gold at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, in 2002, and again at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Paris, France, in 2003.
The SKNAAA’s commitment to Kim Collins and the successful trail that he blazed around the world seems adequate justification for the provision of a national stadium by the governmental authorities.
The developmental programme of the SKNAAA has already provided the nation with a number of outstanding young athletes all of whom are eager to make their own contributions to the sport that continues to rise in prominence in the Federation.
The proposed eight lane synthetic track will certainly do much for the quality of the competition at the 37th Carifta Games but it will certainly prove a good breeding ground for the future stars of Track and Field Athletics in St Kitts/Nevis.
The National Stadium