PSC 2010 launch

Launch of 2010 Gulf Insurance Primary Schools Championship
 
By Clayton Clarke
of Trinidad & Tobago
17th March 2010
 
The Gulf Insurance Inter-Primary School Championships are held annually in the island of Nevis. The event is dubbed 'the Mini Olympics' and has been sponsored by Gulf Insurance Limited for the past eighteen (18) years. The event involves track events from amongst the eight (8) Primary Schools on the island and in addition to being competitive it has grown to be the initial production stage of many of St. Kitts and Nevis athletic stars. This event takes place at Grove Park in Charleston, Nevis.

The 2010 Games take place on Wednesday 24th March.

This 'Mini Olympics' has grown into a family event and therefore, on the day in question, the Government actually gives a half day holiday to facilitate the Gulf Insurance Primary Schools Championships. In 2009 IAAF Area representative and NACAC president Neville “Teddy” Mc Cook attended.

The event is broadcast live on three radio stations and a delayed telecast is shown on the island's local Television Station. Several persons journey from St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Maarten, Tortola and other neigbouring islands to witness the event.

 The Nevis Amateur Athletics Association (NAAA) held what has become its annual pre Inter Primary meet press conference March 17.  The event which was streamed live via the internet and also carried live on Choice Radio 105.3 FM was held at the Red Cross Headquarters at Chapel Street, down town Charlestown.

 NAAA chief Lester Blackett pointed out some brand new initiatives that will feature at the 2010 meet:

 

  • The athletes’ area will be located on the Eastern side or the hillside at the Elquemedo Willet Park, close to the cricket nets.
  • The warm up area for the athletes will also be located close to the athletes’ area; instead of the Villa grounds as has been the custom.
  • Additional seats will be provided for athletes and spectators alike at the Eastern end of the ground.

 

He also explained that the meet will be carried live via internet and television due to linkages with Caribbean Cable Communications.  The website to be utilized is www.nevispsc.com.

 

Each school is being encouraged to bring along a lap top to the meet and they would be provided with real time access to results and general updates as the meet progresses.  Spectators who have lap tops will also receive the same privilege.

 

Mr. Arthur Evelyn in representing chief sponsors Gulf Insurance expressed his joy at been associated with the event over the last 18 years—he himself being associated with his company for 32 years.

 

He was happy to report that the sponsorship deal for this year will be to the tune of $35,000.00 as was the case last year, having made a two year arrangement.  He was unable to project what the new deal would be for next year but indicated that his company is so enthused with the event that no less a person than the Chairman of his company, based in Trinidad, Mr. Gerard Inniss will be an honoured guest at the event this year.

 

Director of Sports, Mr. Lincoln Barry expressed his dream of Nevis eventually having a 400 meter track and wished the meet every success and pledged his continued support, along with his staff.

 

Mr. Lester Blackett then took the audience through the paces with the new website and the new facebook page "Nevis Athletics" and the press conference concluded with the panel fielding questions from the numerous journalists present.

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