Principals want more Inter-schools traction

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A group of principals will be “demanding” a greater share of the pie regarding the organising and running of the Coca Cola National Inter-schools Track & Field Championships.
This is according to the principal of Princess Margaret School (PMS), Dr Colin Greene, who said that following last weekend’s championships some of his colleagues are even more determined to play a role in organising the annual event.
“I had a conversation with a number of principals and we are determined to meet because we are going to demand a greater share in the organising of the inter-schools competition, because we just feel that this can rise to something tremendous like a nice family outing that everybody can come and enjoy the atmosphere. We just feel that if we get the facilities that it is going to be real,” he said.
PMS retained their girls’ title over the weekend while Clare Hall Secondary School (CHSS) captured their first ever boys’ championship.
Greene, who has managed to successfully combine the academic and sporting abilities of his students, said widening the skills pool of the organising committee would only serve to improve the quality of the competition.
“What I also think they need to do is to understand that there needs to be a wider net of talent in organising and to build that into their structure. If they could focus primarily on the technical elements of the meet while others work on marketing and so on, we’re going to have a better product going forward,” he said.
The principal also added his voice to the many calls for the immediate upgrading of the YASCO Sports Complex.
“To see all the schools and the teachers out in their various colours, the mechanism behind making the thing successful was an absolutely good atmosphere in spite of the hiccups we would have had leading up to that situation,” Greene said.
“This country needs to do what it needs to do to support the rich vein of talent that we have because if these young athletes merge with the emerging young senior ones that we have — who are an average age of about 21 — then what a tremendous future track & field is going to have in this country,” he added.
To date, 11 of the country’s young athletes have qualified for this year’s Carifta Games to be held from April 15-18 in Curacao.

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