by Michael Bascombe
TORTOLA, BVI, July 4, 2016 – The Association of National Olympic Committees of the Eastern Caribbean States (ANOCES) is making good on its mandate to revive sporting championships within the sub-region.
Since the closure of the St Lucia-based Sports Desk of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), sporting competitions among the territories have been scaled down to netball and swimming.
ANOCES has adopted track and field and with the successful staging of the ANOCES OECS Track & Field Championships in Tortola, British Virgin Islands on the weekend, there is renewed enthusiasm to include more sporting events on the annual calendar.
Members of ANOCES agreed to include Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling, Netball and Swimming on the calendar of events, with the St Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee (SVGOC) engaging netball officials during the OECS Under-23 Tournament in St Vincent this month.
Inter-regional travel and sponsorship have been among the main challenges hindering the organising of sporting events in the sub-region. In considering some of these factors, the assembly also agreed to concentrate on branding, marketing and sponsorship of the sporting events under the auspices of ANOCES.
“We had extensive discussions on the work of ANOCES and members have pledged their commitment to continue working together,” said Veda Bruno-Victor, the General Secretary of the Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC).
“We’ve agreed to meet again in Rio (Olympic Games) where most NOCs will be represented at International Olympic Committee (IOC) meetings to further the discussions on our activities,” she said.
Bruno-Victor said that in addition to hosting the 2017 ANOCES OECS Track & Field Championships, Grenada will host the ANOCES Sports Academy in Pole Vault later this year. Grenada previously hosted the Sports Academy in Throws.
“We (Grenada) have also agreed to speak with our successful Throws coach Paul Phillip and how his camp could accommodate members of ANOCES who are interested in sending their athletes to his coaching programme,” said Bruno-Victor.
Bruno-Victor was one of two long-standing sports administrators in the OECS to be honoured at the OECS Track & Field Championships.
The Most Outstanding Athletes awards were given in honour of the Grenadian sports administrator and Joseph “Reds” Perreira, the first OECS Sports Co-ordinator.
Kenisha Pascal of Grenada won the female award while St Lucian Marbeq Edgar was named the top male competitor.
ANOCES also formalised its governance structure with the election of officers on the executive committee. Alphonso Bridgewater of St Kitts and Nevis has been elected President with Ephraim Penn of the BVI as Vice President. Keith Joseph of St Vincent and the Grenadines is the General Secretary, Glenn Jeffers of St Kitts and Nevis, as Treasurer and Cliff Williams of Antigua and Barbuda as a member.
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