|(L-R) Sports Minister Hon. Hensley Daniel, a contingent of the defending champs sporting their team color orange, with the Hon. Premier Joseph Parry during moments of the Parade of teams.|
CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (April 10, 2008) -- Premier of Nevis the Hon. Joseph Parry and Minister of Sports the Hon. Hensley Daniel jointly gave brief remarks at Nevis' premier sporting event which took place Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at Grove park. This was the Gulf Insurance Primary Schools Championship, dubbed the Nevis Mini Olympics.
The colourful opening ceremony was held under the patronage of former Maude Crosse Preparatory athlete Ms. Kimoy Pemberton. Premier Parry said the competition had become an important event on Nevis evident by the excitement demonstrated in the community and the huge crowd of spectators the event attracted each year.
Premier Parry encouraged the athletes to showcase their talent beyond Primary School level.
"Nevis can point with some pride at the performance of athletes who has graduated out of this competition. I want to say that those of you who are moving on to high school we want you to continue to perform and not fall into idle ways and beginning to think that you are in control and move away from competition"
|Colourful Parade of Athletes sporting their school team colours captured at the opening ceremony |
He made reference to a former athlete of the competition, Mr. Linton Liburd Jr., a student now studying at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, who won four gold medals at the institution's games. Mr. Liburd would travel with the institution's contingent at the 2008 United States (US) Penn Relays, which featured some of the best and most famous track athletes in the world, where Olympic careers began.
Premier Parry also reflected on Ms. Meritza Williams who first showcased her talent at the competition, was currently pursue training in track and field. The star athlete won silver medal at the CARIFTA games held on St Kitts in March 2008.
He implored spectators to celebrate all of the athletes irrespective of which School accumulated the highest points and think in terms of the athletes advancing on to International Track and Field Competitions.
"Athletes who would perform at regional standards and athletes who would be recognized later in the world beyond. Let us use the
|Carnival type atmosphere depicting some of the 4,000 sporting fans showed up at Grove Park.|
competition to bring parents together, let us use the games to makes friends between the children, let us use the games to bring the people of Nevis together," he said.
Minister of Sports Hon. Hensley Daniel in his brief remarks commended the sponsors, parents and teachers for making the event possible. He said the competition mirrored the Nevis Island Administrations (NIA) focus on sports at all levels.
Charlestown Primary dominated the competition. In light of this, Mr. Daniel said, "in this our 25th anniversary of Independence there could be an upset this afternoon and so ladies and gentlemen, I wish the competition well. As we say all the time, sports is a celebration of excellence and we have come to witness that celebration and may the best team."
Deputy Governor General, His Honor Mr. Eustace John declared Wednesday April 9, a public half-holiday that attracted an excess of 4,000 spectators at the venue. The event continues to generate the public's growth and enthusiasm and displayed discipline and dedication among the young athletes. Gulf Insurance sponsored the Primary Schools Championship for the fourteenth year.
|Golf Insurance InterPrimary Schools Champions 2008, Charlestown Primary School athletic team.|
The Hon. Robelto Hector also attended the opening ceremony along with Principal Education Officer Mrs. Jennifer Hodge and other distinguished guest included were Ms. Anna Linner from Sweden. Mrs. Wanda Pinney-Bowrin, Chief Financial Officer and Mr. Leon Williams, Corporate Secretary from Golf Insurance Corporate Office of Trinidad witnessed the competition.
The events included the Sprints: 60, 100, 200, and 400 Meters. The Middle distance events were: 800 and 1500 meters and the exciting relays: 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meters.
The defending Champs Charlestown Primary School won the competition for the fourth consecutive time.
All 52 events were captured live on Channel 13 TV station. Results were also photo finished with photographic images. The event was alos broadcast live on Choice 105.3 FM radio and VON 895 AM radio, with Internet broadcasting on the respective radio stations. There were also wireless Internet access at the venue.