A number of Grenada’s top sporting personalities have been recognised by government for their outstanding feats on the field of play.
The ace athletes including Commonwealth gold medalist in the Decathlon, Lindon Victor were awarded by way of cash, official passports and a parcel of land for their contribution to sports.
According to Minister of Youth, Sports, Culture and Arts, Senator Norland Cox it is government’s intention to show appreciation to the athletes for putting Grenada on par with Caribbean countries more renowned in Athletics and Cricket.
The 25-year old Victor was on hand to receive his gifts, which included one parcel of land, $25,000 and an official Grenadian passport; while his brother, Curt Felix, is the receiver of $10,000 and an official passport.
The handing over ceremony took place at a media briefing held at the Ministry of Infrastructural Development Conference Room last week Tuesday.
Apart from Victor and Felix, female cricketer Afi Fletcher was the recipient of $20,000 and an official passport for her outstanding contributions towards cricket at the 2016 Women’s ICC World Cup Championship and a member of the Women’s International Cricket Team.
Female West Indies fast bowler Akira Peters of St. Andrew and Javelin thrower, Anderson Peters also received official passports.
The Captain of Grenada under-19 Cricket team, Emmanuel Stuart received an official passport and is currently receiving support towards his education in Barbados.
Speaking at the ceremony, Cox said that the gifts are just government’s way of saying thank you to the athletes.
“We believe that these awards and recognitions are fitting and we believe that it is an important message to our young sporting personnel that you are going to be rewarded for your achievements and we believe that this will help motivate them and to perform better going forward,” he added.
Victor expressed gratitude on behalf of himself and the other athletes.
He said: “I just want to say thank you to everybody that has come together…thanks to everybody who have assisted in giving all of us a contribution. My brother, Anderson, Afi, we’ve been working hard over the years. It is very humbling – no matter whom it is recognise your hard work.
“Every athlete just wants to be recognised. Not everybody is going to win a gold medal but just a little recognition goes a long way and (I) just want to say thank you on behalf of all the athletes who received something today and I can personally say that this is just the beginning, I think that Grenada has a lot of talent and we’re going to win a lot of gold medals.
About a year ago, the Keith Mitchell-led government renamed the National stadium at Queen’s Park after 2012 Olympic 400 metre champion, Kirani James.