Whitsuntide games return to Gouyave under the lights

Friday, June 10, 2011 3:26 PM

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 – After an absence of more than a decade, Grenada will witness the return of inter-regional track and field sports in Gouyave, St. John.

The meet, which in many respects replaces the Donald Pierre games, will be held from 6 pm, Sunday, June 12, at Cuthbert Peters Park. Pierre, a St. John native, is regarded as one of Grenada’s greatest athletes.

Sunday’s meet will be the first full athletic track meet to be held under the recently installed flood lights at the Cuthbert Peters Park.

It is organized by the Western Jets Sports Club, with endorsement from the St. John’s Sports Council, Grenada Athletic Association and the Ministry of Sports, which spearheaded the lighting of the playing field in April.

One of the organizers of the event, Timothy Britton, described Sunday’s games as the dawn of a new era in the development of sports in St. John, in particular, and Grenada, as a whole.

Nighttime sporting events are usually held at the National Stadium in St. George’s. With lights at Gouyave’s Cuthbert Peters Park and Alston George Park in

St. Mark, clubs in the rural parishes now have an opportunity to host sporting activities at night, said Britton, who is a former national 400 meter sprinter.

 “The lights,’’ he said, “compliment sporting activities at the main sporting complex at the stadium, and the games will have positive economic spinoffs for the entire community as they lend themselves to income generation for vendors.’’

At the start of 2010, the Grenada Government announced the commencement of preparations for the lighting of at least one major playing field in every parish.

By April of the following year, dozens of floodlights were installed and switched on, at a cost of over EC$300,000, at the Alston George Park and Cuthbert Peters Park.

Britton confirmed participation in Sunday’s track meet in Gouyave from clubs from Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Lucia.

Patrons to Sunday’s activity can expect a highly competitive sports meet mixed with entertainment in a peaceful, welcoming environment, he added.





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