It is a pleasure for me to open the 2017 Scotiabank INTERCOL Games, the premier athletic meet in our country - and my second as Governor General of Grenada.
We cannot overemphasize the role that Sports play in building character, developing discipline and commitment in young people, and fostering the overall growth of well rounded, successful adults.
INTERCOL games began in the early 1950s with what was the annual rivalry between GBSS and PBC. At the end of the 1950s, SAASS became a part of the games and eventually INTERCOL was expanded to include secondary schools throughout our tri island state. Today, INTERCOL games are being dominated by schools other than GBSS and PBC, with stellar performances from several other schools; namely Mac Donald College, St. David’s Secondary and SAASS.
I am particularly pleased that INTERCOL evolved to embrace the inclusion of female athletes, which has only added to the success and attraction of the meet. Grenada has seen the emergence of many star athletes who have burnished the image of our country internationally; all getting their start from our local INTERCOL games. Alleyne Francique, Rondel Bartholomew, Hazel-Ann Regis and Kirani James have left their mark on the world stage, and are excellent role models for all young athletes. The hallmark of their success was rooted in hard work, discipline and humility. These qualities should be pursued and embraced, in whatever interest or activity in which one may be involved.
I wish all participants and schools success, as they compete in the true spirit of sportsmanship. It is my hope that the high standards achieved over the years will continue, and indeed be surpassed in 2017.
Let the games begin!
Dame Cecile La Grenada, GCMG, OBE, PhD