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The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association wishes to extend its condolences to the family and friends of athlete Eldrin Richardson of Verchilds, St. Kitts. Eldrin represented the Federation at a number of regional competitions from his youth. This uprising and promising athlete will be missed. The funeral for Eldrin was held on Saturday 3rd January, 2004 at the Apostolic Faith Church, Basseterre, St Kitts. Elrin, 18 years of age, died as a result of a traffic accident. (Modified extract of SKAAA information)
Rey O'Neal, a founding member of the BVI Amateur Athletic Association that was established in 1970 and has been at the association's helm for all but five of its 33 year existence, stepped down as President on 18 Dec, after 23 years at the helm, ending the longest tenure as head of a sporting organization in the British Virgin Islands. "I'm not giving up track and field," O'Neal who stays on as the association's Vice President said. "For me to give up track and field is like giving-up breathing and I don't have any such plans right now." Ephraim Penn is the new President. Joe Roberts is the Treasurer, Stephanie Russ Penn is the Secretary General, a new post created to keep inline with the International Association of Athletic Federations. Rose Adams is the Assistant Secretary and Willis Todman the athletes' representative. (Modified Extract from www.oecsathlete.com)
Young and upcoming Nevisian athletes received early Christmas cheer from Premier Vance Amory yesterday, when he presented them with 14 pairs of brand-name track shoes. The pairs of shoes, adidas and Nike brands, were presented to the Vice President of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association Wakely Daniel at the Premier's office, Administration Building, Charlestown in the presence of Shavane Joseph, a teacher at the Charlestown Secondary who had initially requested the Premier to procure a quantity of track shoes. Amory said Joseph had approached him during one of the sports meets in Nevis where she made the request, and which he took seriously. When he visited New York two weeks ago to address the New York Cricket League at the celebration and awards dinners, he mentioned the matter to a Kittitian who lives in the USA, Jefroy Morrishaw. "I was very surprised to get a call on Friday from Mr Morrishaw," noted Premier Amory. He pointed out that Morrishaw had gratefully acceded to the request and went ahead and purchased the name brand shoes, some of which were similar to the type that Marion Jones of the USA uses, on behalf of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association.
The Premier said that he was extremely thankful for the generous gift and said: "I am very happy to hand over these track shoes to you for the use of our students and I am very happy that I have been able to access it through my contacts." On receiving the shoes, Daniel, who had been called from a practice session at Grove Park to receive the gift, thanked the Premier on behalf of the association and the athletes who he noted would be happy to make use of them. He also thanked Joseph, who although not an official of the association went out of her way to have the shoes procured. (Extract from St. Kitts/Nevis Sun)
Commonwealth and World champion Kim Collins remains the top-rated competitor in the men's 100m. The 27-year-old athlete from St. Kitts, has compiled a total of 1,347 points for the year, just four points ahead of American Justin Gatlin, but well ahead of such luminaries as Bernard Williams (USA), Dwain Chambers (Great Britain) and Maurice Greene (USA). The next highest rated Caribbean sprinter is Trinidad & Tobago teenager Darrel Brown, who is tenth. Overall, Kim is rated 36th in the world.
Collins, whose impressive year was climaxed by his exciting 100-metre win at the World Championship in Paris in August, is the only English-speaking Caribbean athlete to hold a number one ranking in the IAAF ratings released on January 1st 2004.
18/11/2003 IAAF Coaches Education Certificate System (CECS) Level 1 Lecturers Course Mr Lonzo Wilkinson , an IAAF Level 2 Qualified Coach attended a CECS Level 1 Lecturers Course in Kingston, Jamaica in June, 2003. Mr Wilkinson is the Federation's first CECS Level One Lecturer and is now eligible of conducting IAAF Courses locally, regionally and internationally. Olympic Solidarity Level 1 Coaching Course An IAAF Level 1 Coaching Course was conducted in St Kitts over the period 24th November to 7th December, 2003. The facilitator Mr Conrad Francis from Grenada was assisted by Mr Lonzo Wilkinson. All ten (10) participants passed, with Mr Craig Connor being eligible for the Level 2 Course.
IAAF Coaches Education Certificate System (CECS) Level 1 Lecturers Course
Mr Lonzo Wilkinson , an IAAF Level 2 Qualified Coach attended a CECS Level 1 Lecturers Course in Kingston, Jamaica in June, 2003. Mr Wilkinson is the Federation's first CECS Level One Lecturer and is now eligible of conducting IAAF Courses locally, regionally and internationally.
Olympic Solidarity Level 1 Coaching Course
An IAAF Level 1 Coaching Course was conducted in St Kitts over the period 24th November to 7th December, 2003. The facilitator Mr Conrad Francis from Grenada was assisted by Mr Lonzo Wilkinson. All ten (10) participants passed, with Mr Craig Connor being eligible for the Level 2 Course.
Olympic Scholarship for Athlete
Kevin Arthurton, the 2003 Pan American Games 200m finalist and 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games bronze medal winner in the Long Jump, left St Kitts in November for the High Performance Training Centre in Kingston, Jamaica on a nine months athletic scholarship. Kevin is the first athlete from the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis to be awarded an athlete's scholarship from Olympic Solidarity. While in Jamaica, he will be under the supervision of Coach Fitzalbert Coleman of the University of Technology, where will undergo high levels of training and competition in his quest to qualify for the 2004 Olympics.
Modified Extracts from "SKAAA 2003 Year in Review"
Assistant Coach Leroy Carter entered his first season on the Bengals’ coaching staff. He has eight years of coaching experience ranging from High school to the National level. After he earned his IAAF Level One certification in 1995, he headed the Basseterre High School team for three seasons. He qualified to attend the Level Two course in sprints and hurdles and also attended a specialist course in distance running in 2000. Leroy also spent three years on the St. Kitts & Nevis National Team coaching staff. A native of Basseterre, St. Kitts, he currently resides in Buffalo and is pursuing a degree in computer information systems. (Extract from Buffalo State University website)
Tiandra Ponteen won the female 300 meter run at Clemson Indoor Track & Field Opener in a new School record time of 37.65s. Tiandra, a freshman at the University of Florida and a recent Carifta Games medallist, is already excelling in her first season there. Valma Bass of St. Kitts-Nevis, who now competes for the U.S. Virgin Islands, placed 9th overall in 40.23s, 2nd in the 60m preliminaries in 7.59s, and 4th in the finals in 7.62s.
Virgil Hodge (left) at Championship event
Virgil Hodge of St. Kitts will be competing at the Kim Collins Alma-mater, Texas Christian University (TCU) from January 2004. An extract from the school's website states "On the women's side, TCU added four prep standouts, two sprinters and two distance runners. Virgil Hodge, one of the top prep sprinters in the nation last spring, highlights the quartet. Hodge, originally from St. Kitts, graduated from Washington Irving High in the Bronx, New York. She represented St. Kitts at the World Track & Field Championships last summer. Hodge, who is expected to join the squad in the spring of 2004, owns a personal best time of 23.85 in the 200 meters."
Diane Dunrod Francis, former Track star for St. Kitts - Nevis (400m National record holder) and currently employed at the Department of Sports in St. Kitts, attended a IAAF RDC San Juan's Women in Coaching & Leadership Seminar on the week-end of October 3 - 5, 2003. Thirty (30) women participated, representing 22 National Athletic Federations affiliated to the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Area Association.
Dr. Amadeo Francis (PUR); President of NACAC and IAAF Vice President, in his keynote address, elaborated on the important role that women have played and continue to play on the world stage in Politics, Business, Sports and Education and made reference to the caliber of women leaders in athletics, especially in our area. Contributors included Dr. Linda Blade (CAN), Margaret Maloney (AUS) and Diane Wholey (USA). The Regional Development Centre (RDC) will act on a number of the recommendations arrived at during the seminar and strive to develop specific objectives relative to the same to be incorporated into its Strategic Plan.
Physical Education and Sports
A CXC syllabus for Physical Education and Sport will be in schools in September 2003. The first examinations in Physical Education and Sport for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) will be offered in May/June 2005. For many persons this syllabus is a welcome addition. It is generally accepted that Physical Education and Sport play an essential part in the overall development of our young people. The need for Physical Education was discussed as a separate subject by CARICOM Ministers responsible for Sports (many of whom are also responsible for Education). A mandate was then given to CXC to develop a syllabus for examination for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate”.
In developing the syllabus, Council consulted ministries of education and institutions for the names of resource persons who can work with CXC to develop the syllabus. Mr Edwin Murray explained, “the syllabus will include areas such as dealing with sports injuries, organising and managing teams, and the roles of managers, officials and players in sports”. The syllabus provides opportunity for creativity and teamwork; options and students can select from a wide range of sports that include football, netball, track and field, tennis and volleyball.
The CXC examination of the subject will contribute to enhancing the status of this subject. A Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate in this area will help persons who wish to continue their education in this field. This is a subject that many students may also wish to take for their personal development, given that physical well-being undoubtedly contributes to general well being and improvement in academic performance. (Extracts from the CXC website)