The athletes from the Parish of St. Andrew’s have proven once again to be the powerhouse of track and field among local primary schools.
The combined talent of all the primary schools in the Eastern came out on top after two-days in the Co-op Bank sponsored National Primary Schools Games at the newly named Kirani James Athletics Stadium.
It was the seventh consecutive year that the schools from St. Andrew’s came out of top at the end of the games.
St. Andrew’s has taken away the coveted challenge trophy on 18 previous occasions.
The athletes, sporting a navy blue colour, came into the second and final day of the sports which was dedicated to mainly track events on 210 points, and on conclusion came out on top with a massive 606 points, 119 points more than closest rival St. George’s which scored 486.5 points.
St. Patrick’s took the third position with 429 points, and in fourth position was St. David’s with 415 points.
Occupying the fifth position was St. John’s with 356, Carriacou and Petit Martinique took sixth position with 213, and in the seventh position was St. Mark’s, which ended with 171.5 points.
Individual winners of the sports were Sydney Jeffers from St. George’s as being the most outstanding girls’ under-7, the most outstanding under-9 boys was Christopher Calliste from St. Andrew’s, while Kianna Roberts was the under-9 girls.
The prize for the under-11 girls went to Tania Crompton from St. John’s, and Tauris McSween from St. David’s in the boys’ category.
In the under-13 female category, the top athlete was Maria Joseph from St. Andrew’s, while Elisha Williams from St. David’s won the male division.
Kenisha Phillip from St. George’s was named the most outstanding female in the under-15, and Delroy Stanisclaus from St. Patrick’s was the most outstanding male in the same age range.
The outstanding boys athlete was Jevon Castle from St. Andrew’s, and Shonika Phillip from St. John’s was the female outstanding athlete.
This is the tenth year of sponsorship coming from Co-op Bank.
In a brief interview at the end of the games, Manager of Co-op Bank, Richard Duncan expressed his satisfaction with the level at which the sports meet took place.
Duncan said the level of organisation was extremely good in addition to the level of competition, which he felt was top-notch although not many records were broken.
He believes athletics in Grenada is in very fine hands with the future looking very good.
Duncan gave a commitment of the bank’s continued sponsorship of the games.
During the opening ceremony, Anglican Priest Fr. Roland Mark who prayed for the success of the games asked for keen sportsmanship among the athletes.
Fr. Mark who is the Principal of St. Andrew’s Anglican Primary School in Grenville, thanked God for the “injection of funds” that were provided by the sponsor.
Co-op Bank’s Manager of Retail Banking at the St. George’s Branch, Roger Duncan said after ten years of continuous sponsorship, the Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited provides the students with the opportunity to display their talent on an avenue for continuous growth.
Duncan said last year the bank extended its sponsorship of track and field games to the Parish of St. John’s bringing the total to seven games under the Co-op Bank banner.
“We do hope that the games will provide primary schools athletes with the undertaking to demonstrate their athletics abilities,” he remarked.
Co-op’s Manager of retail banking, Roger Duncan encouraged all the athletes to continue pursuing excellence by learning from role models such as Grenadian Olympic Gold Medalist, Kirani James.
“With the team of parents, teachers and Co-op Bank supporting our young and promising athletes, we are told that future stars will continue to emerge,” he said.
President-elect of the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT), Lydon Lewis spoke of the union being proud of the relationship that has been formed with Co-op Bank over the years, and is proud to have found the local bank very good to doing business with.
Lewis pledged GUT’s continued support for the games.
Representative from the Ministry of Education, Maria Charles-Viechweg who also addressed the opening ceremony recognized the opportunity given to the students to showcase their talents on a big stage.
Charles-Viechweg who is the Deputy Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education believes that the athletes should be commended because it is this along with a high level of discipline, regular training and their God-given talent that they were able to reach thus far.
“Your involvement in sports allows you to develop sound character, good judgement, team work and self-worth, all necessary ingredients for the achievement of your goals,” she said.