Arrindell lauds efforts of the St Maarten Youth Beat Association

POSTED: 10/2/11 11:59 PM

St. Maarten – The organizers of the 2011 interscholastic basketball competition came in for high praise during the official opening ceremony, which was witnessed by an impressive crowd at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium Friday afternoon. The annual event, which affords young and aspiring basketball players from both sides of the island to take their game a stage further at the domestic level, will conclude in mid November at which time the champions and sub champions in the primary and secondary levels will be known.

Prior to the start of the ceremony, the champions and sub champions of the previous tournament was presented with their respective awards and medals. In the primary division the winners was the Ruby Labega School and the sub champions was the Seventh Day Adventist School. The MVP award went to Romario Richardson.

In the secondary division, the champions were the St Maarten Academy Academic and the sub champion was the University of St. Maarten. The MVP award went to Sanji Brice. This was a very pleasant site for Minister of Sports Rhoda Arrindell, and something she has been looking forward to.

“I know that this tournament involves players from both sides of the island and that’s shows the unity that exists between the French and the Dutch sides of the island,” Arrindell said.

Despite the level of the local tournaments Arrindell wants participants to take the games more seriously.

“Sports should be seen as something you can develop a career in and those of you who are serious about your game, you can feel free to come in and talk with us about opportunities. I know that Emmanuel York does his share with the brining in of scouts.  But we, as Government, want to do more than depend on scouts by putting in structures that will give an opportunity to be professional basketballers,” Arrindell said.

Much to the delight of those present, Minister Arrindell had three attempts to get the ball into the basket, but even her volleyball skills did not prepare her for that, not even after she decided to take her shoes off for the last attempt.


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