Third Grenada Invitational at Stadium

I attended the third Grenada Invitational on Saturday 13th April 2019, and my reaction was similar to that of the first two competitions staged.

I enjoyed the meet thoroughly. The organisation of the event was spot on. The track and field officials carried out their duties in a most competent and efficient manner. There were no delays. The scoreboard worked. The Ushers were polite, and the services – bathroom facilities and food catering were conveniently placed for patrons usage.

I was delighted to see for the first time my favourite female athlete –Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce perform live. She won her event, the 100 metre A for women without breaking a sweat. It was also good to witness two young up and coming talented overseas sprinters perform. Canadian Andre DeGrasse who placed second in the 200 metres, and Adam Gemilli of Great Britain who won the 100 metre A event.

Our top Grenadian Competitor BralonTaplin did not disappoint the home crowd, as he won the 400 metre A event in fine style for the second year in succession.

Another major International athletic star competing in Grenada for the third time, Justin Gatlin, unfortunately pulled up close to the finish line in the 200 metres A, seemingly suffering from a hamstring problem.

The off field entertainment provided by a troupe of young Grenadian dancers, and the local singer Boysie, was measured, appropriate, and well produced so that their contributions did not overshadow the athletics competition, but complimented it.

Congratulations and thanks must go out to the athletes, both local and foreign, the entertainers, the field officials and the games organisers for producing an enjoyable evening that was well spent.

The value and the positive exposure realised for Grenada, an Internationally advertised tourist destination, due to the worldwide recognised sporting network ESPN’s live television coverage of the meet that was beamed to appx 120 million viewers for a three hour period cannot be underestimated.

Roger Byer
Morne Jaloux
St. George’s

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