Schools from Micoud to Mabouya Valley on the East Coast of St Lucia were the recipients of medals for their 2016 Track and Field Championships in keeping with Government’s efforts to promote and develop sports at the school level.
Hosted at the Richfond Combined School, the event brought together officials of the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, Principals, staff and students of the 10 Primary and 4 Secondary Schools which form District 5.
The programme included a special blessing by Principal Cyrus Cepal, the National Anthem and a welcome rendition by students of the host school and a brief welcome to all by school Principal Mrs Sanjane Marcelle-Etienne. District Education Officer, Mrs Gabriella St Paul, thanked the Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Hon Shawn Edward, for his Ministry’s much needed assistance and challenged schools in the District to be innovative and creative in using the limited resources to make a difference in the community.
President of the PE Teachers Association, Mr Gilroy “Ezi” Hall, thanked the Minister for his invitation to the special ceremony and highlighted the significance of medals as instruments of inspiration, motivation and satisfaction.
In his address the Honourable Minister for Youth Development and Sports, Shawn Edward, described District 5 as his home but reminded all that his sporting assistance initiatives are characterized by equity and transparency.
The Minister praised the Principals of the District for their acceptance of and commitment to school sports underscoring the important philosophical mindset that education must cater to much more than success in academia.
The ceremony was coordinated by Youth and Sports Officer, Mr Clivus Jules, who encouraged the recipients to make District 5 the best in all endeavours.