The 2018 Scotia Bank Secondary School Athletic Games scheduled for the Kirani James Athletic Stadium March 20th to the 22nd has been officially launched and organisors are predicting three days of keenly contested track and field action among the twenty-three participating schools.
Chairman of the Grenada Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (organising committee for the games)Mr. Dominic Jeremiah, addressing members of the media on Wednesday thanked title sponsor Scotia Bank for recommitting themselves to the development of youths through the intense competition the games provide. Scotia has being sponsoring the games for the past thirty-eight years and Jeremiah said this is testimony of their commitment to overall youth development.
The Chairman also gave kudos to all the other stakeholders who have and continue to contribute toward the success of the games. Inter-col he said is first and foremost about education, hard work discipline; being gracious losers and modest winners.
For the first time 2017, Inter-col was held over a period of three days under the theme “Caring for our athletes to improve performances” and Jeremiah said his committee is satisfied that the innovation was a success and therefore the focus in 2018 is to further build on that theme by carefully managing the number of events athletes would be allowed to participate in to ensure sufficient rest and recovery.
Inter-Col 2018 would be held on March 20th through to 22nd and Jeremiah has issued a clarion call to the Grenadian public to come out on day one to support track and Field. Like 2017, Jeremiah said there would be no day set aside for field events, all events he said would be distributed evenly over the three days. Students are reminded, however, that all three days are school days and therefore they must dress in school uniform.
The Games Chairman said as was the case in 2017, Scotia Bank is once again keeping the doors open to non-financial partners to get on board and be a part of the development of the games. He commended all who have heeded that call to-date and hopes more would get involved.
Manager of Scotia Bank Grand Anse Branch Pamela Wilson also addressed last Wednesday’s launch and according to her, the Bank is delighted to part of Inter-Col and embraces that partnership with both hands. Wilson noted that the marriage has enabled the Bank to expand its philanthropic reach and highlight Scotia’s commitment to supporting the communities in which it operates around the world.
Wilson said from its inception, Inter-Col fitted right into the Bank’s projected focus, providing the platform for supporting aspiring athletics at the earliest possible opportunity as they develop themselves while at the same time elevating the profile of the country in which they live.
The manager added, that there is something about sports that brings together peoples of all walks of life, however, she noted that outside of the competitiveness, it also engenders and builds the spirit of a nation.
In recommitting the bank’s commitment to the sponsorship of Inter-Col Wilson said the Bank would continue to focus on building a thriving community through sports, teamwork comradery with the hope of cultivating young minds that are focused, positive and ready to make a further worthwhile contribution to Grenada’s development.
Wilson also added that for the first time Grenada will witness the Inter-Col Road Show and Torch Passing, the brain child of one of the bank’s employee that would see the passing of the Inter-Col torch to all participating schools one week prior to Inter-Col 2018.
According to Bank representative Kishona Palmer, the idea behind the Inter-Col Torch is to create that hype among the participating schools ahead of the games.
Palmer said similar to what is done in the Olympics Games where the torch is passed from country to country; the Inter-Col torch is geared toward adding that added flavor to the games. Schools she said would be responsible for creating their own hype when the torch reaches them. The final hand over would be done on day one of inter-col 2018 when the final recipient, Carriacou will receive the torch.
Games Director and acting Coordinator in the Ministry of Sports, Curlan Peters was also present and assured all that inter-Col 2018 would be a most exciting event. According to him some one hundred and five events would take place over three days in four categories namely under 14, under 16, under 18 and under 21 and patrons he said can be assured that they would not be disappointed.
Also addressing the media launch was Inspector of Police Randy Cannaught and according to him the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) already has a fully revised security plan that would be put into effect for Inter-Col 2018.
Cannaught said based on their success in 2017 they are anticipating a smooth execution of the plans that would take into account traffic arrangement on all three days and the safety of patrons and athletes during and after the games.