BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 8TH 2014 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has congratulated two schools in the Federation that recently won competitive athletic meets.
Prime Minister Douglas was among hundreds at the Elquemedo Willet Park to witness Nevis’ Inter-Primary Sports Day last Wednesday.
In bidding the wonderful young children, their parents, and their friends with whom he spent such an enjoyable afternoon, Prime Minister Douglas described the event as “heartwarming to see the little ones displaying that special focus and determination that is so characteristic of athletes of all ages everywhere, as they marshalled all their strength, all their energy, and all their focus to give of their very best.”
In extending heartfelt congratulations to them all, the St. Kitts and Nevis leader said: “If all young people, everywhere – and indeed if mankind, generally – would apply that same focus, determination, and enthusiasm to all that we have to do in the various areas of our lives, this world would be a very different place indeed.”
“I must also commend the relatives and friends who turned out to support and cheer these young people on as well. They were there, as we say, “in their numbers” – and that, too, must have made a tremendous difference to our young athletes because in all areas of life, no matter what we may be doing, support and encouragement are important. And so there, too, there were lessons for us all,” said the Prime Minister.
“Congratulations, then, to everyone who worked so hard to organize the event. It was an exciting, joyous, and all-embracing occasion, and I was very pleased to be there. Indeed, we must make a special point of congratulating all of the athletes – whether they won first prize or they did not win at all on that occasion, and I stress “on that occasion” – because what matters is that you got in there and gave it your best. In all areas of life, that is what you must keep doing, because there is always another day,” said Dr. Douglas.
He also used the opportunity to congratulate the students of the Charles E Mills Secondary School for their great victory at last week’s Inter-School Sports.
“Their joy was palpable at a victory well won, and it was again very heartwarming to see students from Sandy Point, St. Paul’s, Newton Ground, and Dieppe Bay, all of whom attend Charles E. Mills, piled into cars for their joyous victory ride along the Island Main Road. Warmest congratulations to them as well. They practiced hard, and their moment of jubilation was well-deserved,” he said, adding:
“As I said in the case of the Nevis Inter-Primary Sports, however, the high schools which did not win this year’s Inter-School Sports should be neither discouraged nor deterred for they, too, will live to spar another day. Congratulations again from all of us, to all of them.”