The Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited (GCBL) has given support to the Grenada Olympic team for accommodation in Brazil for Olympic 2016.
A total of $25,000 was handed over by the bank to the Grenada Olympic Committee in a ceremony held last week.
The money will be used to facilitate the smooth transition and participation of the Grenada Olympic swimming team in Rio.
Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Olympic Committee was President, Royston LaHee who emphasised the importance to athletes on a whole to be supported by members of corporate society.
“I want to say that support for athletes is a very important thing and I am pleased to say that the Co-operative Bank is doing so much for sports in Grenada…and it’s important because the support of athletes is a very vital wheel of a nation. We have Olympians here, Mr Ollivierre and Ms Cherubin and I am sure we have future Olympians here and so we have to encourage them and nurture them because it takes a lot to reach the top”, he said.
“…It doesn’t come easy, it doesn’t come even if you have talent. You have to nurture that talent, you have to work hard. It takes a lot of sacrifice and to do that you need support. We are constantly being bombarded (for) financial support – you have to help them and it’s something that we do within limitations because we feel that it’s necessary to support the athletes but in supporting the athletes you must realise …that the athletes are the focus or the central point in the whole thing”, he added.
According to LaHee most of the athletes come from very poor backgrounds and are in dire need of assistance.
“Ninety percent of them come from under-privileged and poor homes and you would be surprise of some of the challenges that they face to attend school, to be fed the nutrition that they need…we see athletes come along and we figure that they just come along but it is not easy and we need to look at how best we could continue to support our athletes, nurture them and to make stronger and better contributions,” he said.
The Olympic team is currently in Rio participating in the games which started just over a week ago.