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Govt scholarships for athletes

It is a first for Barbados.

Outstanding track and field athletes of school age will soon be having access to at least four government scholarships to pursue their disciplines domestically, within the region or in metropolitan countries.

Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, made this announcement today while delivering the feature address at the Speech Day and Prize-Giving Ceremony at The Lodge School, Massiah Street, St John.

From left St John MP Mara Thompson, Principal of the Lodge School Vasco Drakes, Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Chairman of the Lodge School Patterson Cheltenham, QC at today’s awards ceremony.

From left St John MP Mara Thompson, Principal of the Lodge School Vasco Dash, Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Chairman of the Lodge School Patterson Cheltenham, QC at today’s awards ceremony.

Lauding the performance of the athletes who represented the twenty-one government schools in the recently concluded meeting, Jones said that they should be recognised for their prowess on the track and field as other students are recognised for their academic achievements.

Presenting an argument for the awarding of government scholarships to students who excel in track and field and other sporting disciplines, Jones said: “ Let it not be said that only those who exhibit great scholastic attitude, but also those who have been able to use psychomotor skills to represent this country will not be forgotten.”

The Christ Church East Central MP told his audience that in another three to four weeks he will be taking to Cabinet a paper to establish four scholarships to recognise outstanding performances in track and field.

Jones, who once held the position of President of the Barbados Football Association for an extended period said he would have liked to propose a greater number of scholarships to his fellow Cabinet members.

“I have to take into consideration that the country is just emerging out of the greatest economic recession this world has ever known so I am going to take it in small bites. However, rest assured that it is not going to rest at four, but it is going to go even higher. So those young people who now despair that they have performed well in track and field and other sports and are now unable pursue their discipline through lack of scholarships, this will be a thing of the past,” Jones said.

2 Responses to Govt scholarships for athletes

  1. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 31, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Y’all so slow so much talent wasted because government should have done this years ago,who u think got talents an skills the same person that gets over look everyday,this Nation is run by educated fools talents an skills are gifts from the most high its a intelligence from with in ..

  2. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder April 1, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I heard Barbados has no natural resources all my life I knew this,so common sense would say invest in people seeing thats the most natural resources on a little Island off out in the sea on its own,y’all didn’t read in Gods book of knowledge that God is no respector of persons,an that He can use a simple person too do the most unbelievable things well that’s the God I trust not no man,back n the day God use some unusual characters I think its go be the same way in these last days, He didn’t change humanity did…


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