An avenue has been provided for athletes who are no longer within the school system to be grouped in a sports club.
Southern Pros Sports Club which would encompass athletes in the St. George’s Parish was officially launched last week at the Grenada National Stadium.
Southern Pros Track and Field Club which now has 18 members was conceptualized in September 2010.
It is governed by an interim four-member committee. They are Conrad Francis who serves as President, Vice-President Jennifer Walters, Secretary/Treasurer Gennel Gill, and Ray Mitchell as Marketing Manager.
Walters said the club has accepted the challenge to guide the young athletes on a successful path in track and field.
Walters said Southern Pros is committed to providing an avenue for young athletes to train and develop to their fullest potential.
President of the Track and Field Coaches Denise Williams who graced the ceremony with her presence welcomed Southern Pros into the grouping of local athletic clubs.
Williams said it is nice to finally see coming from St. George’s an athletic club has emerged.
The athletic coach encouraged the parents to be the main support base of the athletes.
She indicated that the fact that a high level of performance is seen coming from the St. David’s Catholic Secondary School where she is the coach and a teacher, and also from the St. David’s Track Blazers Club is due to the involvement and support of the parents.
Williams also spoke of the need for the athletes to engage in their spiritual development as a means of developing the whole person.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Veda Bruno-Victor reiterated the call for the parental support.
Bruno-Victor said the role of the parent in a club is fundamental and extremely important.
She urged the parents to ensure that their children use some of the time for study purpose.
She said athletes must combine their academic performance with how they develop as an athlete.
“The parents role is to support the athletes in school and their club,” she said.
Beacon Insurance has embraced the club by providing sponsorship to the tune of $16,000.00.