NAAA’s chief Lester Blackett outlined his dream for athletics on Nevis in a stirring address at the ET Willet Park yesterday. This he did as he spoke at the annual Gulf Insurance sponsored Primary Schools championships-dubbed ‘the mini Olympics’.
Introduced by Chairman of the opening ceremony, Halstead ‘Sooty’ Byron as ‘Mr. Athletics’, Blackett ended his address in passionate style:
“I have a dream that one day, we in Nevis, in athletics, will be treated equally in matters related to track and field in the Federation and not treated with disdain and disrespect.
I have a dream that one day soon; a son of the soil will set a new Carifta record in the javelin-a feat never done before by any National of St.Kitts or Nevis. His name—Adrian Williams.
I have a dream, that one day soon, Nevis will be grace with an all weather, 400 meter, IAAF certified track and stadium—a fitting tribute to the sons and daughters who for 29 years have strived and succeeded in this mini Olympics.
I have a dream that one day, the world’s biggest and most exciting meet-this one –in small letters- per capita, will expand to include the world in its reach by drawing hundreds-indeed thousands, from near and far, next year for the 20th anniversary of this championship—give a round of applause for Gulf and the upcoming 20th anniversary.
Finally, I have a dream that one day, the international Association of Athletics Federation will honour its principles that states: ‘To strive to ensure that no race, gender, religion, political or other type of unfair discrimination exists, continues to exist or is allowed to develop in athletics in any form and that all may participate in athletics in any form regardless of your gender, race, political views or other irrelevant factor’ “.
His Martin Luther styled expressions were greeted with tremendous applause.