Regional sporting competition gets thumbs up (with photos)

Dominica's team at the opening of the event
Dominica’s team at the opening of the event

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.

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  1. Green Gold
    July 31, 2015

    Looks like a fun event. Best of luck to the DA athletes.

  2. Football Lover
    July 30, 2015

    I attended the football games of the Inter Island School’s Tournament held at the sports stadium last night, and was disturbed by something I saw. Firstly, the majority of persons attending the games last night were young persons, average age of under 18 years. Vendors allowed to sell at the grounds were selling alcohol, hard alcohol to be exact, plus other alcohol beverages. I don’t blame the vendors, I put the blame solely on the Organizer’s. It is their responsibility to ensure that the vendors are notified that no alcohol should be sold to young persons. As a matter of fact, in my view, alcohol should not have been displayed in the first place. A few of my friends noticed that and spoke about it. The Organizer’s should have been more alert regarding the availability of alcohol at student’s games and so do a better job.

  3. Vellie
    July 29, 2015

    Great stuff! Kudos to those visionaries.

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