Minister Pierre congratulates Grenada’s Youth Olympic Team

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 2:46 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, 02 September, 2014: After two weeks of competition, Grenada’s Youth Olympic team returned home after winning the nation’s first ever Youth Olympic medal, at the recently concluded 2014 Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing, China.

The team returned on Saturday, 30th August, and was greeted by the Minister of Youth, Sports, and Religious Affairs Hon. Emmalin Pierre, along with Chinese Ambassador, Her Excellency Ms. Ou Boqian, and Officials of the Grenada Olympic Committee, Grenada Athletic Association, and family members of the athletes.

On behalf of the Government of Grenada, Minister Pierre congratulated the team on a job well done and for making the country proud. “Success is not only about winning,” she said, but “… that representing Grenada is an achievement in itself.”

The Minister quoted the Chinese proverb, which states that ‘a man of determination will always succeed’, to remind the athletes who did not medal to not be discouraged because there is an opportunity for them to do better in the future.

Minister Pierre specially recognized Meleni Rodney for not only making Grenada proud on winning the bronze medal in the women’s 400m but for making women of Grenada proud. Meleni is Grenada’s first female athlete to win a Youth Olympic medal. The Minister added that with this success, Grenadian women can finally stand at the side of Kirani James at the world sporting stage.

The Minister went on to thank all those who volunteer in sports and encouraged them to continue making their contribution because they are “laying a solid foundation for young people to understand that it is possible for them to reach their true potential.”

In her presentation, Chinese Ambassador, Her Excellency Ms. Ou Boqian announced that the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Grenada Badminton Association are in discussion to promote the sport of Badminton in Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique.

The Ambassador also announced that in the near future Grenada will have the opportunity to experience the sport of basketball on a world standard basketball court, at the National Youth Centre. This is among many of the infrastructure projects being done and completed by the People’s Republic of China, including the National Football and Athletic Stadium currently under construction.

Meleni Rodney thanked all persons who have given their support to the team and to the Grenada Olympic Association for granting them the opportunity to represent Grenada at the Youth Olympic Games.

“Winning this bronze medal [has made me] elated and proud knowing that all the hard-work and dedication I have put into training has paid off,” said the Youth Olympian who won the bronze medal in the women’s 400m, in a personal best of 53.33 seconds. She thanked her coach, Mr. Conrad Francis, for his encouragement and guidance and her parents for their continued support.

She emphasized that in sports it is not all about competition that is also about having fun, learning about other cultures, and creating friendships with other persons from different countries.

The Ministry reminds all persons of its continued commitment and partnership shared with sporting organizations to the development of sports in Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique.




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