By Lesroy W. Williams
(Basseterre, St. Kitts)—The St. Kitts and Nevis Social Security Sports and Social Club returned to the Federation on the evening of March 25 with glowing faces and beaming smiles.
While the 37th Carifta Games were in full gear in St. Kitts, they were in Barbados at the Kensington Oval displaying raw Kittitian talent in the 8th Annual Caricom Social Security Games. They may have missed the Carifta Games in St. Kitts but not the winning trophy in Barbados.
Eleven countries and their teams from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago,
St. Lucia, B.V.I. and St. Kitts and Nevis participated.
The games for the past eight years have been held over the Easter weekend. The games consist of light sporting events such as 100 m, 4×100 m relays, 50 m
Directors race, lime and spoon medley, three legged races, sack race relays and belly balloon race.
Although the St. Kitts and Nevis team has come close to winning in
the past, this was their first win. The B.V.I. placed second and the host country, Barbados, third.
President of the the St. Kitts and Nevis Social Security Sports and Social Club, Mr. Walwyn Chiverton, lauded the combined effort of the 25-member delegation. He said that the Caricom Social Security Games have as their raison d’etre: Caricom unity and integration between Social Security Boards.
According to him it provides the opportunity to move away from the desk and to socialize in a spirit of unity and team work.
Next year, the games will be held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the following year, 2010, in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Mr. Chiverton, in looking forward to the games next year made it abundantly clear that “we not gonna let the trophy go at all. We already let the islands know that emphatically.”