Officials from the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports are expressing satisfaction with the conduct of a two-week female basketball camp which ended at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Sports Complex Friday afternoon, August 28 2020.
Director of Sports Patrick Mathurin was present for the closing of the camp and he suggests that it will go a long way in maintaining interest in female basketball and provide future national teams with a wide pool of talent to choose from.
” I must admit that we are very pleased with what has happened during the last two weeks of the camp. In fact, it was not only about basketball, but it ensured that the young female basketballers were able to get an appreciation of the sport in general and gave them exposure to things like team play and togetherness. It is great to know they are going to form their own club and continue playing Basketball. It will also impact the quality of representation we will have when it comes to participation in future Windward Islands Schools Games, ” Mathurin said.
The camp emerged from an initiative proposed by National female basketballer and female Basketballer of the year 2018 and 2019 Mia George. To have seen it completed was very pleasing to her in addition to giving her peers the opportunity to learn the rudiments of the sport.
” I realised although there are a lot of interested persons there are not sufficient programs in place for the girls. I decided to start a camp to allow them the opportunity to learn and play the sport of Basketball,” George declared.
One of the participants Chrizan Duncan had her first exposure to Basketball at the camp. The outspoken Duncan was full of praise for the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports for allowing her colleagues to have such an opportunity during the summer vacation.
” This was my first ever Basketball experience and it was a very good one. The coaches were very patient, we went through many drills. They helped us a lot and brought a measure of discipline which was good. I would really like to thank the Ministry for approving this initiative and allowing us to come here and teaching us the sport,” said Duncan.