Sports Coordinator, Trevor Shillingford, has said that the Windward Islands Schools Games (WISG) is responsible for shaping individuals who are contributing to regional development.
Shillingford made that remark while delivering an address at the official opening ceremony of the 2015 CBN/WINLOTT WISG held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on Sunday.
“It has been responsible for shaping other individuals who are today contributing to the development of our region,” he said. “We are also mindful that the games have impacted on our island in other ways.”
According to him the WISG is the breeding ground for a number of future Olympians.
“In each island we can point to individuals who have made it to the international sporting fields and have had the Windward Islands Schools Games as their foundation,” he noted.
Shillingford stated that as Dominica host this year’s games, sports organizers will do its best to ensure that a high degree of efficiency is executed.
However, he said, the support of all is needed.
“As organizer, we have taken a number of steps to ensure that the games are entertaining and that the public will be involved and our students are motivated to perform,” Shillingford noted. “It is our hope that the Dominican public will come out and give support to the best talents in the Windward Islands.”
He told participants that they all have a legacy to maintain during the seven days of competition.
“And also endeavour to live your own legacy,” he remarked.
The games began on July 26 and will end on August 3.
Athletes from the four Windward Islands are participating in five sporting disciplines, namely football, basketball, netball, volleyball and track and field.
Photos below are from the opening ceremony.