Minister of Youth Development & Sports, The Honourable Mr. Shawn Edward presenting medals to Ms. Solange Pettie (Physical Education Teacher for the Ave Maria Girls’ Primary School)
The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports presented full sets of medals to each of the eight education districts on island, for use in their track and field championships and road races, during the course of a recent presentation ceremony.
Plans for the staging of volleyball, cricket and track and field competition were also revealed as the sporting action heats up in the second term.
Minister for Youth Development and Sports, Hon. Shawn Edward also revealed that over $250, 000 worth of sports equipment is soon to be distributed to schools, sporting and community organizations across the island.
Director of Youth Development and Sports, Jim Xavier noted the improvements in the organization of school sports during the last school term of 2015 and identified officiating, facility preparation and attire of athletes as areas requiring significant attention.
Gilroy Hall, President of the Saint Lucia Physical Education Teachers Association, praised the Ministry for its current collaborative and open door approach and pledged his Association’s support for greater coverage and improved athlete development strategies.
Inter-school cricket and volleyball will be held during the month of February, whilst the TRack and Field Championships will be held from 1-11 March, at the George Odlum Stadium in Vieux Fort, and the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet.
The Ministry also began its series of strategic planning meetings in preparation for the track and field competition. The gathering included Ministry officials, Meet Director, Wayne Benti, representatives from the Royal Saint Lucia Police, PE Teachers Association and others.
Matters receiving attention included the arrival of schools at the venue, the safety of patrons in and around the venue, the tendency of students to linger in the Rodney Bay and Gors Islet Area after the meet and other logistical and meet management issues. A concerted effort will be made to beef up security, officials will receive specialized training in an effort to increase their competence and professionalism and schools who arrive late will miss out on events since the plan is to start and end on time.
The planning committee is expected to meet every week from now until the hosting of the meet, and all efforts are being made to deliver a high quality event.