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Education Ministry Prepares For Island Champ Games


by Neval Auguste

In a groundbreaking move, the traditional Inter-Secondary School Sports competition is set to evolve into an exciting new event called “Island Champ”.

The rebranding promises to bring a fresh perspective to the highly anticipated sporting spectacle, making it more accessible and engaging for participants, spectators, and stakeholders alike, so says Acting Deputy Chief Education Officer, Cyrus Cepal.

“Island Champ is what we have rebranded the Inter-Secondary School Sports competition and now, instead of it being held on a school day, we will host a weekend of sports. The idea also is to be able to give the opportunity for even parents or spectators to watch the games live, either in person or on their screens at home.”

While the decision to move the secondary schools’ games to the weekend may be met with questions, Mr. Cepal emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to ensure a seamless transition.

“We are here to serve the children to give them the best opportunity to perform at the highest levels. The decision to host the games on the weekend is something new, however, we are collaborating with Ministry of Sports and other bodies to plan an effective 21st century model for the Island Champ games,” he said.

The Island Champ’s transition to the weekend promises a new era in school sports in Saint Lucia. It is anticipated that the change will serve the best interests of students, offering them a platform to excel and make the school sports experience more inclusive and engaging.

SOURCE: Government Information Service

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  1. Excellent…I want to see this nurture talented sports persons who would go on represent us on the global stage. We need more athletes from various disciplines…and make this event more professional in its presentation. Get the media to televise the event so citizens can get in on the action and support the athletes…I remember back then there were Saint Lucians who were capable of running 100m in under 10 seconds but due to no governmental support, these men’s talent just went down the drain..I witnessed amazing feats of speed on the tracks…I know a man in his prime who was also a great marathon runner…and I had no doubt if this man had support he would easily be Saint Lucia’s first gold medal at the Olympics in the long distance marathons…this guy used to go running in farmer’s boots just to get a proper work out….but alas I hope this new initiative will develop world class and world beating athletes..


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