First Olympiad set for Monday – Deadline for school entries is today-

POSTED: 02/14/13 12:39 PM

St. Maarten – The island’s first National Primary and Secondary School Olympiad will be held on February 18 to February 20 and February 25 to February 27. The inaugural event will focus on 7 sporting disciplines which would have been part of the 2013 Kingdom games; baseball, softball, soccer, track and field, volleyball, basketball and swimming. The first half of Olympiad next week will be held at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex (RISC), ahead of planned repairs at the facility in March.

“This endeavor is to increase the number of sports undertakers and participants throughout the country and to use sports as a tool to increase and promote social wellbeing and excellence,” Minister of Education, Culture Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs said during yesterday’s Council of Ministers press conference.

She added that while the RISC will be utilized next week for the competition, there should be no concerns about the safety of students since the facility is still adequate for the hosting of certain segments of the Olympiad and is also used on a daily basis by various associations. Recognizing that RISC, is still in need of urgent repairs, Jacobs said that only older children of secondary schools, under the watchful eye of officials, teachers and volunteers, will be competing at that venue.

It is a pilot project and should structurally become annual competition between schools. The plan is to have this event organized at the end of February every year.

The minister said that upgrading of facilities and garnering the support of sporting professionals and the private sector will all enhance the hosting of the Olympiad.

Both females and males will be able to take part in each sport equally since the Department of Sports does not have the capacity to execute all female and all male contests for each sport. The minister however said that her future goal is to have more gender equality.

“Though it is not possible to have each gender participate in each event, our goal in the coming years is to have more gender equality so that there will be the opportunity for the girls as well as boy to participate fully.”

RISC will host the swimming, soccer and track field for both genders while the Jose Lake Ballpark will host the softball contest and the Little League Stadium; the baseball competition.

L.B Scott will host the basketball (male), Melford Hazel Sports Complex will host volleyball and the Emilio Wilson cricket field will host the baseball contest if there is a second round. The pool at the Belair Fitness Club will be used for male and female secondary school students.

“It is a huge undertaking, the biggest resource that we will need is human,” Minister Jacobs added.

School buses have already regulated and all athletes will be picked up at their schools and transported to RISC for the opening ceremony on Monday.

All schools have until today to submit their teams in writing for the Olympiad to the Department of Sports.

For cycle 1 students a sports festival will be held on March 1 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Festival Village. The students will be exposed to ponnum dances, lime and spoon races, skipping and other activities.

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