Minister Jacobs opens first Olympiad

POSTED: 02/20/13 12:39 PM

St. Maarten – Minister of Sports Silveria Jacobs opened the first ever National Primary & Secondary Interscholastic Olympiad on Monday organized by the Ministry of Sports.

The goal of the Olympiad is to increase the number of sports participants through the country and to use sports as a tool to promote social wellbeing and excellence.

From last Monday through today is the Olympiad for primary school Cycle 2 students. Next week Monday through Wednesday is the Olympiad for the Secondary schools.

The Olympiad is a pilot project geared towards structural annual scholastic sport exchanges. It is the intention that this Olympiad becomes a yearly program held at the end of February.

During this inaugural year the event presented seven sports; Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Track & Field and Soccer.

The Olympiad will utilize the various sports venues around the island, making it a true sporting experience.

Locations that will be utilized for the Olympiad and the sports that will be hosted are: 

Raoul Illidge Sports Complex – Soccer and Track & Field

Jose Lake Ball Park – Baseball

L.B. Scott Auditorium – Basketball

Melford Hazel Sport Facility – Volleyball

Little League Sports Complex – Softball

Belair Health & fitness Club – Swimming

Minister Jacobs commended the participants and the supporters for coming out in such great numbers. Participating schools are Methodist Agogic Center, Marie Genevieve de Weever School, Ruby Labega, CIA, Learning Unlimited, Leonard Conner School, St. Dominic Primary, Oranje School, Hillside Christian Schools, Sr. Regina Primary school, Sr. Magda Primary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School, Charles Leopold Bell School.

The Minister expressed her desire to see the children embrace and further develop their sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie. To further encourage that she invited the young athletes to recite the Sportsman’s Creed where after the Olympiad was officially opened.

The Minister briefly attended two sports events, Volleyball and Baseball, at their respective locations. Registration for secondary schools is still ongoing.


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