The SVG Rowing Association is making strides in ensuring that its athletes are motivated to perform at the highest level. The Nicha Branker led organisation received two training camps and a boat building technical session.
Then early in March, Coach Jonte James, and rowers Jaheed Thomas and Markell Holder went to Uruguay to train at The Club Mercedes, under the care and guidance of FISA expert Osvaldo Borchi and other Uruguayan coaches. This high level training is in preparation for the youth Olympic games.
They travelled to Brasilia for the South American Rowing Championships April 27-30 and return home May 02. Jaheed has been earmarked to participate in the Youth Olympic Games 2018 to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-12th,2018.
Also during the month of March, para-rower Devin Richards from Victoria Village went to the USA also receiving training ahead of an international para-rowing competition.
While on camp, Richards was fortunate to be selected as a tester of a new para-rowing seat developed by RESOLUTE RACING. Reports indicate that his enthusiasm and demeanor inspired the coach to offer Devin further assistance in fitting him with new prosthesis. This resulted in him staying on until mid-April in Florida in this regard.
More athletes are expected to be recruited in the sport here, as Rowing St.Vincent at its base in Layou in March also received technical assistance to build six news boats for beginners. The venture was sponsored by FISA (World Rowing Federation- from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) and executed by their development officer over a one week period.
Rowing St.Vincent is looking forward to raising the level of competition and increasing rowing’s scope and creating camaraderie within the sport.
Article contributed by Justin Douglas. Photographs from SVG Rowing Association Facebook Page.
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SVG’s sporting talents were honoured for their performances in 2016 at an award ceremony on Saturday 11th March, 2017, held at the Community college in villa. It was held under the theme “Self Belief : A Key Ingredient To Success.” Fifteen athletes from seven associations made the shortlist on the night.
In the Junior male category, Gidron Pope was nominated by the cricket association, Jason Doyle from the squash association, and Nicolas Sylvester from the swimming association.
Gidron Pope from the Mt. Grenan community on the windward side of St. Vincent, earned the judges nod for Junior Sportsman 2016. He was outstanding in his performance as a member of the winning West Indies Under-19 Cricket team that emerged as champions of the Under-19 World Cup of 2016, played in Bangladesh.
The Junior female of 2016 was chosen from Shafiqua Maloney from the Athletics Association, Bri-Anna Nash from the Tennis Association, and Shne Joachim of the Swimming Association.
Shne, a member of our National Olympic Team to the Rio Olympic games, was elected Junior Female Sports person for 2016.
In the adult male category, West Indies A-Team cricketer and Jamaica Tallawahs speedster, Keswick Williams bowled over the two other nominees, SVG’s US based footballer Oalex Anderson, and Road Tennis star Sean Stanley, to win the senior sportsman of 2016.
SVG’s current leading female distance runner, Linda McDowall ran away with the senior female award. She outdistanced Road Tennis’s Samantha Lynch and cricketer Juliana Nero.
The coaches category saw athletics’ Michael Ollivierre, swimming’s Kyle Dougan, and cricket’s Roxell John competing for the top prize. Dougan won it on the night and the swimming association was adjudged the 2016’s top sporting association .
The judging panel was comprised of veteran athlete Genita Lewis, Olympian Dr Lennox Adams, and Journalists William Anthony and Rohan Thomas. Thomas was also a winner, capturing the award of best sports journalist 2016.
Special Olympics veteran and teacher Terrence Davis was the featured speaker; while Prime Minister Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves addressed the audience, and spoke of the government’s policy framework for the development of sports in SVG.
The Prime Minister spoke about plans to light up the Arnos Vale playing field, which is estimated to cost approximately one million dollars. He ended with the declaration of veteran cricketer Michael Findlay as this country’s latest sporting ambassador.
Summary of award winners 2016
|Junior Athlete||Gidron Pope (cricket)||Shne Joachim(swimming)|
|Senior Athlete||Keswick Williams (cricket)||Linda McDowall(Athletics)|
|Coach of the year||Kyle Dougan (swimming)|
|Association of the year||Swimming Association.|
|Journalist of the year||Rohan Thomas.|
Article by Justin Douglas. Photos from the internet.
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As the anniversary of our nation’s 37 year of independence approaches, Vincentians are more and more putting themselves in the patriotic spirit, and involving themselves in everything Vincentian.
One event that is quickly becoming a national pastime during our month of celebrations is the increasing motor sports activities that take place around this time, involving local, regional and international motor sports activists, and enthusiasts.
Riders and drivers from all over have been converging on the mainland over the years, to get involved in motor events of varying degrees; whether it’s on two or four wheels.
Just last week, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Automobile Association hosted the King of the Dirt competition; the first of its kind here, which saw Brendon Williams being crowned at the inaugural event with the fastest time of the day.
Williams shared the spotlight with other local drivers, who put on quite a show at the Diamond Race track, despite intermittent rainfall and the usual breakdowns of vehicles, which all added to the excitement of the day.
The newly crowned king will travel to Miami, Florida next year where he will participate in the ROCO 4X4 dirt event in the United States.
Although not a competitor, ROCO 4X4 representative Rebeca Olavarrieta wowed the crowd as she performed tricks and handled the course just as well as any other driver, in the OT Tyre and Auto Diagnostic Clinic provided Range Rover and Wrangler vehicles, which she used to showcase her skills much to the delight of the highly entertained audience.
Motor sports fans will get more action during the independence weekend, when drivers and bikers from all corners of the region are expected to gather here, as they join locals in what has become a yearly tradition.
This year, the Vincy Motorsports Club holds its first Independence fiesta, an event that is expected to merge motor sports, culture, and heritage, into what is expected to be a hit, and an annual event.
The Independence Fiesta, which is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture, will kick off on independence Day, October 27, with participants patriotically attending the independence day parade at the Victoria Park in Kingstown, followed by an island bike ride to Sandy Bay, then a motor, Music & Merchandising Drag Event at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex featuring motorsport 1/8 drag, kart klash and motorbike display, local craft and food fair, and an Inde-Fest Music Concert.
Other events during the weekend will include an off-road 4×4 adventure, Kingstown street festival, SVG motorbike and family fair, a five-a- side Pan Clash, 3 on 3 basketball and rugby competition, Diamond rally and motocross race, and an awards ceremony.
There will also be a pre-independence event of Sunday October 23, which includes an Inde-drag and wind Go-kart street challenge and dexterity at Richmond Hill road, in Kingstown.
Motor sports lovers are surely in for a treat.
Express Vinci® wishes everyone a Happy and Safe 37th Independence Anniversary!
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Kesrick Williams, Jomel Warrican and Delorn Johnson, these are three talented Vincentian bowlers you should definitely be on the lookout for. These guys are currently working for the West Indies Cricket Board and show a lot of promise. Williams has just completed the T20 series against Pakistan on Tuesday 27th September 2016, Warrican made his test debut against Pakistan on Friday 30th September 2016 in a One Day International match, and Johnson will be on assignment with the West Indies ‘A’ team Tour of Sri Lanka from October 4th to 30th.
Kesrick Omari Williams (pictured above) is a fast-medium right arm bowler who replaced Andre Russel in the West Indies T20 squad against Pakistan in Dubai. He introduced himself to the world with two quick wickets in the third and final T20 match, on Tuesday 27th September . He removed openers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif in a spell of four overs, costing just 15 runs. He earned himself a well deserved Haier Achievement Award with his performance.
Jomel Warrican is a left arm slower bowler. He does not currently live in St. Vincent although he was born here and his father is Vincentian; Dr Joel Warrican, Director of The Division of Academic Programming and Delivery (APAD) at the Open Campus University of The West Indies. He has played for The Barbados National Cricket Team, Combine Campuses and Colleges and The West Indies Under 19. He has been awarded several honourable awards for his continually impressive performance throughout the years.
Delorn Johnson is the third man being added to the list of illustrious Vincentian bowlers receiving WICB call-up. He is also a left hander, but in the fast lane. Some of his cricketing past includes The St. Vincent national Cricket team, The St Lucia Zoukes, The Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, The West Indies ‘A’ Team and The West Indies Under 19.
This trio has pushed the number of bowlers for West Indies from St.Vincent into the double figures. Those before them were:
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The St.Vincent and the Grenadines Amateur Swimming Association’s next major event after the Rio Olympics will be the hosting of the OECS swimming championships. The competition starts November 10th 2016, and runs until the 13th, at the Shrewsbury Aquatic Centre.
Swimmers from the rest of the sub-region will be wary of their Vincentian opponents, namely Shne Joachim and Nikolas Sylvester. These two youngsters are fresh from representing our country at the Rio Olympics. However, they are not the only ones likely to strike fear in the visitors, as swimmers from the Blacksand Swim Club recently had a huge medal haul at an invitational in St.Lucia. So the talent pool is huge.
Leading up to November, the Association has been staging warm-up events. They have so far staged the Flow invitational meet and an open water event at Buccament Bay Resort.
The 2016 OECS swimming championships will be the 26th edition of the competition; stay tuned to Express Vinci® for more details.
Article and photos provided by Justin Douglas.
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JESSE LINGARD IS A VINCY FOOTBALLER WHO PLAYS FOR MANCHESTER UNITED
Express Vinci® is extending sincere congratulations to a Manchester United footballer, whose goal was voted to be the best at the club for the month of August 2016.
Jesse Lingard, who struck in the 2-1 win over Leicester is Vincentian by descent, via his grandparents, Isolyn and Cyril George. They originated from the south-eastern village of Stubbs, on mainland St. Vincent; their son Roy George was born in England, he is Jesse’s father.
See him in action in this YouTube video:
With this news, Vincentian fans of Man-U will have more to shout for when the team, under new manager Jose Mourinho, takes to the field in the Premier League competition this season.
Jesse’s recognition came for his memorable individual goal in the Community Shield against Leicester City on August 8th,2016. He gained 5081 of the votes which was 56 percent of votes cast in deciding the best goal for the month of August. The 24-year old’s performance beat Zlatan Ibrahimović into second place with 1194 votes, or 11 percent of votes cast.
This is his profile as posted from the Manchester United website:
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ seventh attempt to be in the top thirty-two nations in world soccer ended miserably at Arnos Vale, on Friday 2nd September 2016.
Hosting The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) in the 4th round of matches in CONCACAF semifinals, Vincy Heat went searching for their first win in four matches, but the home team could not find the back of the net (except for two off-side attempts) after 90 minutes and failed for a second time against the USMNT; this time at home in front of an extremely enthusiastic crowd.
Last year in the USA, the score was 6-1 in favour of the USMNT. On Friday at Arnos Vale, USMNT (6): Vincy Heat (0).
As the disappointed fans left the Arnos Vale Playing Field, they had little concern for the status of our game or what it takes to be in the big league of soccer. The feeling of failure was visible on the face of many; the sudden burst of a torrential shower seemed to bring welcomed relieve from the stupor that had fallen over the crowd.
“Ah feel it,” lamented a respected veteran of the acclaimed 1970’s National team.
SVG’s quest to be in the world cup finals is still a work in progress. A Wikipedia account states that St. Vincent and the Grenadines started world cup campaigning for the first time in 1994.
During that time, the CONCACAF format was split into a Caribbean Zone and a Central Zone, with top qualifiers making the CONCACAF semi-final. St. Vincent breezed through the Caribbean zone moving onto the CONCACAF semi-final round one but got no further.
The next world cup saw CONCACAF moving to an open group format with first round qualification based on the FIFA rankings. As a result, St. Vincent had been making the entry every season at the second round stage, but consistently making an exit at the third round of CONCACAF qualifying.
For this, the 2018 campaign, elimination came in the fourth round. Therefore, in spite of the trashing by the USMNT, this signals an overall improvement in Vincy Heat’s performance.
So with another World Cup campaign behind them, and the next one around the corner, optimistic fans can remain hopeful. Among our small population are many fans of English Football, where last year (2015) underdogs Leicester City won the English Premier League title for the first time; 132 years after the club was founded!
Vincy Heat can certainly look forward to the 2022 campaign, as they are still “a work in progress”.
Photo and Tables courtesy Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia. Article by Justin Douglas
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