The Sports Minister made the comment while at the Charlestown Pier, to see the track and field team off to St Lucia. The team will participate in the Caribbean Union of Teachers track and field competition to be held on 21-23 July 2006.
“The Nevis Island Administration will double its efforts in so far as sports and development where young people are concerned. Sports are all part of the central process of social development and we look forward to working with the sports association,” said Minister Daniel.
Mr. Daniel ensured that sports in Nevis would be taken seriously and the Nevis Island Administration would do everything they could to help encourage more young people to get involved in sports. He wished the Nevis athletic team success at the Caribbean Union of Teachers track and field competition.
A coach for Nevis’ track and field team, Mr. Emmanuel Richards, expressed his happiness and noted that the children would be competing in the one, two, four, and eight hundred meter races, long jump and the cricket ball throw.
The Nevis Teachers Union in collaboration with the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association and the Department of Education sent a team of 14 athletes and 5 officials (accompanied by eight parents and four supporters). The meet would include hundreds of athletes from around the Caribbean in the Under 9, 11, 13 and 15 age categories.
A Caribbean Union of Teachers publication said the track and field competition was a result of the organisation’s recognition to provide young athletes aged 8-15 years with some regional competition bringing them together for a few days of friendly competition, camaraderie, and co-operation.