CHARLESTOWN Nevis, March 23rd 2011 - Akeem Bailey, former outstanding athlete at the VOJN Primary school has been allowed the honour of being the Patron for the 2011 Inter Primary sports meet—dubbed ‘The Mini Olympics’ of Nevis.
This revelation was made yesterday as President of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, Lester Blackette and his Deputy, Halstead ‘Sooty’ Byron, faced the media just about two weeks away from the major event.
It was explained that the Patron is selected annually by the participating schools, on a rotating basis. This year is the turn of the VOJN Primary School.
The two organizers further explained that plans are flowing smoothly and a training session for officials will be conducted shortly. The Villa grounds will be utilized as the major parking area and absolutely no vehicles will be allowed inside the ETW Park except for the VIP parking allowed on the hillside.
The hillside –in the area of the cricket nets will be utilized as the athletes’ area. Security will be absolutely heightened and spectators will be subject to scans prior to entering the Park.
The meet is scheduled for a 12.00 sharp start –commencing with the march past and every attempt will be made to ensure this. As has been the case in previous years, the meet will be streamed live via the internet; brought live by at least three radio stations and brought live via Cable TV channel 8.
Both men spoke in glowing terms of the work ethics and achievements of ailing Sports Coordinator on the island, Lydia Claxton and urged all of the spectators to bring along a sizeable contribution towards the Lydia Claxton fund which will be officially launched at the meet by her co workers at the Education Department.
President Blackette indicated that plans are being formalized towards making an internationally recognized track a reality by 2013. Another aim of the NAAA is to hopefully introduce field events as part of the mega affair by next year.
Both men lauded the recent achievements of javelin thrower Adrian Williams who has qualified for Carifta 2011 and the world junior championships to be held in France.
The spectators are kindly asked to come out in their numbers and to be on their best behaviour on what both men anticipate will be the now accustomed half holiday.
Minister Carlylse Powell yesterday also implored the general public to come out in their numbers and indicated that he will be ‘neutral—dressed in purple!’