Messages 2010







Message from the President of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association – N.A.A.A.

The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association in collaboration with the Department of Education and with the support of the Youth & Sports Division, welcomes all to this the “Leading Sporting event, our Mini Olympics” in Nevis, and indeed the Leeward Islands. The Association continues to remain committed to planning and organizing this premier event so that it is both successful and memorable.  We have upgraded our standards every year and have implemented initiative including live radio and TV coverage and real time streaming via the Internet with video, audio and results feeds and much more. We intend to continue to improve the standard of this event for 2010 and beyond.

The schools are indeed well prepared as we have witnessed the outstanding performances of the athletes at their Annual Sports Day, and we expect a very high level of competition as they participate for their schools, and for selection to the Nevis team for the Leeward Islands Track and Field Youth Championship and the Caribbean Union of Teachers meet to be held in St. Kitts in July.

We again welcome the combined Lynn Jeffers & Bellevue Private schools for only the second time in the Championship who will be competing with more than 350 athletes from the eight other schools.

Gulf Insurance Limited, in its continuing and upgraded sponsorship, has again assumed principal corporate responsibility of this significant event in the island’s calendar and we wish to express our sincerest appreciation of their effort, contribution and loyalty to the athletes and youths of Nevis. Our sincere and special thanks to Miss Irma Johnson and her staff; to the agent Mr. Arthur Evelyn, and to the Head Office and the Chairman, Mr. Lee Inniss, for their support and encouragement. 

Last year we were honoured with the distinguished presence of Mr. Teddy Mc Cook of Jamaica, representative of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and the President of the North American, Central American and Caribbean. Mr. John Barkley, Operations Manager from Gulf's head office in Trinidad also graced us with his presence for the first time. We expect a high level presence again in 2010.


Mr. Teddy Mc Cook in his address challenged the Nevis Island Administration to construct a Track & Field facility within five years (we hope in three), a challenge that was accepted by the Honorable Premier in his featured address. The Association welcomed that collaborative promise and looks forward to the commencement of detailed planning and designs for the much needed all weather facility and stadium.


In 2009, other businesses entities were for the first time in the history of the event, given the opportunity to share in the sponsorship and support opportunities by partnering with us in staging this “unique event”. We hope this year to expand that partnership with other major companies as we strive to develop new levels of achievement and development.  We also wish to acknowledge the tremendous support of the Premier, Hon. Joseph Parry who assisted us in a number of ways to enhance the meet.

We express sincere thanks to all persons and organizations that have contributed to this valuable and constructive meet. Special mention must be made of the Department of Education, the Education Officers, the Head Teachers, Sports Officers and Teachers of all the Primary Schools and the very supportive parents.

We trust that the spectators will fully appreciate the effort of all participating schools and athletes and, last but not least, as parting words of encouragement:  Let each Competitor Soar for Excellence and Purpose While Embracing Victory.  When we compete in unity there are no losers and as such may the best School win.


The Association continues to provide practical alternatives to violence, drugs and delinquency by providing avenues for self-expression, motivation and discipline.  More than twenty five athletes have benefited by pursuing Academic careers as a result of Athletics, in the U.S. Collegiate system and four athletes will be attending University in 2009/2010 with two already commencing classes. We expect that more student-athletes will be “seizing” these opportunities this year and in the future.


Details of the meet and other information including real time results are available on the meet's website at


Mr. Lester Blackett