Women in Sports
St Vincent and the Grenadines can readily boast of always having had women involved in sports. It is a tradition of which we can be very proud.
Many of our national sports associations, clubs and teams can boast of women among their membership, often rising to positions on the Executive. We recognize that this is not the case in several other countries around the world, including some of our Caribbean neighbours.
The St Vincent and the Grenadines National Olympic Committee, faithful to the fundamental ideals of the International Olympic Movement captures in the concept of Olympism, has a Women In Sport Commission, headed by Gloria Ballantyne OBE. The Commission has a mandate to promote the fullest participation of women in sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines and ensure that there is no discrimination against girls and women at any level .
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The Women In Sport Commission ‘s Women in Sport 2007/08 programme's main objective is to empower Vincentian girls and women in respect to participation in sport for healthy living.
This campaign includes:
1. Survey to ascertain the status of women in sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines
2. Focus Group Discussion involving leading sports personalities and media personnel in St Vincent and the Grenadines
3. Panel Discussions on radio and television utilizing women who have been and some who are currently involved in sport
4. Target Group: Students aged 8 – 20 years; members of groups affiliated to the National Youth Council; affiliates of the NOC;
Seminar Topics: Women in the Olympic Movement; Women at the Olympic Games; Women in Sport in St Vincent and the Grenadines; Challenges to women's participation in sport; Exploitation of girls/women in sport; Women and leadership; Conflict Resolution; Formation and sustainability of clubs
Vincentian Women sport leaders
Gloria Ballantyne is the Vice President of the National Olympic Committee. She is the current Treasurer of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations and Convenor of the Regional Umpires Committee. She is also serving as Deputy Chairperson of the National Sports Council. Gloria Ballantyne, the longest serving president of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Netball Association, has been dubbed by the National Olympic Academy, "The Nation's First Lady of Sport". She has been the recipient of an OBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Nicha Da Silva served as the first woman president of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Basketball Federation.
Sophia Young and Sancho Lyttle have made history by being the first Vincentian women to make it to the WNBA in the USA following successful stints in Colleges there.
Claire Thomas has served as player and later, President of Volleyball Association and Treasurer of the National Olympic Committee.
Sabrina Mitchell served as Secretary of the Basketball Federation and is the current Secretary of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC)
Hermina Cambridge served as player and later, President of the Netball Association and was the Physical Education and Netball coordinator for schools for many years.
Lynnette Glasgow served as the first Director of Sports and Physical Education in St Vincent and the Grenadines and also the first Secretary of the Organisation of Caribbean Sport Administrators and Physical Education (OCASPE).
Mavis Findlay, a former participant at the International Olympic Academy (IOA), is the founder of the Junior Olympians and a founding member of the National Olympic Academy.
Jacqueline Ross is the nation's first female gold medalist at the Carifta Games. She won gold in 1987 when the Games were held in Trinidad and Tobago. She was the first Vincentian female recipient of an athletics scholarship. She attended the University of Idaho, USA.
Kineke Alexander, the first female medalist at the Central American and Caribbean Games and also the first to win an NCAA event.
Cinda Bobb, established Women's hard ball cricket in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and became Treasurer of the West Indies Women's Cricket Federation.
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