The Inter-Primary School Track and Field Divisional Championships got underway with participants from 12 schools proudly carrying their school flags and symbols during an opening ceremony at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds today, March 14.
Division B schools competing today are Agape Total Life Academy, Alexandrina Maduro Primary, Assembly of God Cornerstone, Cedar International, Claudia Creque Educational Centre, First Impressions Primary, Isabella Morris Primary, Ivan Dawson Primary, Jost Van Dyke Primary, Joyce Samuel Primary, Leonora Primary and Pelican Gate Academy.
Joyce Samuel Primary during the parade of teams.
Photo Credit: Gordon French/BVI Platinum News
Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn declared the event open by encouraging athletes to win if they can and ensure that they display good sportsmanship on the field.
"It is indeed good to win, but staying there and losing sometimes have lessons in life that are important building blocks for you....That you celebrate your success, but at the same time you have to embrace your failures and find out why you didn't win and make sure that next year that you make whatever corrective measures that you need to make to make sure that you're victorious," Minister Walwyn encouraged.
The Minister stated that sports is part of the overall total development of the person. He said that academics are important, but sports certainly help to encourage good health and create very good friendships.
Minister Walwyn praised the work done by physical education teachers who are responsible for getting the students ready for today's meet.
The affirmation athletes' oath was done by Maliki Barry of Joyce Samuel Primary, while the affirmation of the officials' oath was done by Delva Thomas.
The ceremony was hosted by Ms. Kimberly Thompson, Miss BVI Teachers Union 2012.
Today's event will feature a number of activities, including long jump, shot put, baseball throw and several sprint and relay races.
The Inter-Primary Championships conclude tomorrow with Division A schools competing.