Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Youth Minister impressed with athletics

Minister with responsibility for Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs Hon. Emmalin Pierre is encouraged by the level of participation from clubs and schools at the 2014 KFC Relay Meet, which was held last weekend at the Grenada National Stadium.

Minister Pierre highlighted how happy she is that months of training and hard work have paid off for the athletes. She stressed that her Ministry has placed sports development on its front burner, and will proceed to ensure that athletes are capable of competing locally, regionally and even on the international level.

She commended her team at the Ministry for working daily with the schools and coaches to ensure that the athletes are prepared to display their talents.

Minister Pierre says her ministry is looking at ways in which its community sports programme can be incorporated into other sporting disciplines, so that good comradeship and enthusiasm in sports will be spread throughout, making the Ministry more capable of setting standards for athletes, that puts them on par with International and other regional competitors.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Sports Mrs. Veda Bruno-Victor is adamant that there is a bright future ahead for track and field in Grenada. As a former Teacher at the Anglican High School, Mrs. Bruno-Victor was pleased to see the students of her alma mater run with much energy, as they captured many first positions during the weekend’s event.

She too commended the coaches for an excellent job in preparing the various teams for the local sporting events.

The Permanent Secretary is optimistic that athletics will continue to blossom and pledged continued support to the athletes.

KFC’s CEO Joseph Ross says his partnership with the Grenada Athletics Association and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to sponsor the National Relay meet is not financially driven however he looks at it as an opportunity for young talent to be showcased and supported.

The 2014 Sporting Season continues as various schools stage their sports meet. The next big athletics event on the calendar for the Ministry is the Inter-Secondary School Championships (INTERCOL) carded for next month.

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