LIME GIVES $50,000
Well over one thousand track athletes representing 26 secondary schools on the island will converge on the Beausejour Cricket Ground in Gros Islet next Monday to Wednesday for days 3, 4, and 5 of the 2015 Inter Secondary School Sports meet.
According to Youth and Sport Director Jim Xavier, all is logistics is place for what is expected to be the best ever in the history of the championship. Xavier made the announcement Thursday at a $50, 000 sponsorship cheque presentation held at the ministry of Youth Development and Sports.
He added; “We have covered all bases; we have been meeting every Wednesday for the last two months to ensure that we deliver an excellent product and we have no doubt we will do so. It is all left for me to appeal to members of the public to come out and support St.Lucia talent”.
Minister for Sports Shawn Edward thanked the business sector for their support provided to the Ministry and most specifically towards this year’s interschool’s championship. The Minister said: “My expression of gratitude is not coming solely from the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, but from the entire government of St.Lucia including the Honourable Prime Minister”.
He continued, “Ever since I assumed the role as Minister in the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, I must admit the support we have received from the corporate community has been very encouraging. I have made the point before that the government alone will never have enough resources to champion its development agenda be it in one area of national development or a holistic body of development initiatives we want to accomplish”.
The Minister took the opportunity to make a special appeal to all schools and parents in particular, to ensure they briefed their children before they left home on competition day.
“We have had too many instances where after the meet has come to an end, children are loitering the streets of Gros Islet and the streets of Castries engaging in less than desirable activities”.
The Minister said, “The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports will not accept responsibility for children who are engaged in deviant behaviour after hours. Every child comes from a home and if parents are doing what they ought to do, you instruct your child and you ensure your child is home by a certain time. I see no reason why that responsibility has to be passed onto someone else.
Leading the social responsibility charge, in supporting the event are:St.Lucia National Lottery, LIME, ECFH, LUCELEC, Windward and Leeward Brewery (Piton Malta), Brydens and Partners Limited (Lucozade), Paradise Springs and the Gros Islet Mini Bus Association.
Meanwhile, on Monday there will be a series preliminary and finals. Girls / boys 80m 14 -16 years, 100m girls / boys 16 to 18 years and 18 and over, girls / boys 1500m 16 – 18 years and 18 and over, girls / boys 400m 16 – 18 years and 18 and over, girls / boys 600m finals 14 years, girls / boys 80 metres 14 years, girls / boys 100m semi finals, girls / boys 4x400m relays races preliminary under – 16, under – 18 and 18 and over.