Over 200 young athletes from across the region are anticipated to converge in St. Vincent for the Annual Canadian Bank Note/Windward Islands Secondary School Games which is expected to be held from July 25th to August 1st, 2009.
Preparations are being held here in Grenada and in many of the other islands to get the athletes ready for the 7 day event which will see competition in track & field, football, netball, basketball and volleyball.
Grenada is the defending champions of the competition are will no doubt be looking to retain it.
There were a number of issues raised by many team coaches in terms of the officiation of the various sporting disciplines with volleyball being the main area of concern.
It is my hope and the hope of many of the coaches from the region that this issue has been addressed and that officials are now better able to officiate.
Throughout the caribbean, we hear governments speak about locating and harnessing the young talents that we have in the islands however, nothing is really done.
Where is the interest shown in our young people? There needs to be greater publicity given to these secondary school games and other youth sporting activities throughout the region.
At the opening ceremony of last years’ games, the Minister of Sports in St. Vincent & the Grenadines Hon Michael Brown highlighted a number ways to help develop sports within the region, which include private sector involvement.
But where is the private sector involvement? Despite the many pleas to private businesses for sponsorship of sporting teams, there still is reluctancy to do so which places a heavy burden on government resources.
It is about time that these businesses realize the significant role that our young people play in the overall development of sports of togetherness within the entire region.
I personally hope that more businesses and governments will give this and many other youth games the publicity that they so richly deserve.