The Calvert Woods legacy

Calvert considered the children an integral part of the development of the sport and encouraged their participation. This is the reason while serving as the President of the St Vincent Union of Teachers he brought the Biennial Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) Athletics Meet to St Vincent and the Grenadines and fielded a very strong team to match strides with the best of the region.
Calvert’s love for athletics saw him choose this as his field of study while pursuing his Executive Masters in Sports Organisation Management under the Olympic Solidarity sponsored, MEMOS programme. His analysis was astute and stands as part of his sporting legacy to track and field athletics in St Vincent and the Grenadines and the small countries of the world.
The commitment to sport saw Calvert engaging himself in the work of the athletics governing body, the St Vincent and the Grenadines Amateur Athletics Association (now Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines – TASVG). He was elected interim President in 1998, a position he held until leaving to pursue studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, Trinidad. He attended his first and only Congress of the International Amateur Athletics Federation (now the International Association of Athletics Federations – IAAF) in the summer of 1999 in Seville, Spain. Following completion of his studies at the UWI Calvert returned to work with the TASVG, rising to the position of Secretary, a post he held at the time of his death.
Calvert’s general love for children and his strong desire to see them develop positive values through sport inevitably led him to membership of the National Olympic Academy, the educational arm of the National Olympic Committee. His eagerness manifested itself in the preparation of programmes to ensure the success of the annual Junior Olympians Camp and the Olympic Day Run. Of course, the Games Evening was an integral part of his Olympic Week work plan since it involved playing dominoes and cards that permitted his penchant for argumentative challenges.
He worked on enhancing the quality of the weekly radio programme of the NOA, Olympism, ensuring that it was more structured and appealing to listeners and particularly attractive to children.
Calvert was one of the lecturers in the sports leadership programmes of the NOC. He was one of the key organisers of the 1st OECS Women in Sports Seminar, organised by the NOA on behalf of the NOC and hosted at the then Camelot Inn, Kingstown Park.
Wherever he was posted as a teacher, Calvert found time to support those involved in sport even as he worked assiduously to ensure that the teachers constituted a social fraternity. Students and teachers at the CW Prescod School in Kingstown and the Campden Park Secondary School felt proud of having had an association with Calvert Woods. He was boisterous, full of fun yet possessive of a sort of charisma that was infectious. Students loved him and appreciated his devotion to education and their involvement in sport.
There was never a time during Calvert’s involvement in sport that he complained of having to do too much. He never seemed to grow tired of giving of himself and of his time in the interest of and pursuit of the sport development process.