As we stage another Inter Collegiate Games, it is my pleasure to congratulate all the schools, especially the athletes and the coaches, for the hard work that has gone into the preparations, to ensure yet another successful meet. Through the years, these games have grown into the premiere national sporting event that has captured our attention and earned our admiration. It has successfully served as the launching pad for many careers; the first arena that gives expression to the talent that will emerge in the next generation. But the importance of the games has grown beyond just individual success and triumph. It is an event that affords us the opportunity to celebrate the Grenadian sense of fair play and brotherliness.
Indeed 'INTERCOL' is not just about helping to launch careers, but building long lasting characters. That's why we believe that with each year, and with each staging - we are effectively celebrating winners at every turn. INTERCOL continues to evolve, and to help meet the challenge of the modern athlete. It is good that the organisers have been bold enough to embrace change.
This year we are housed in our National Athletics Stadium. This facility has already become the envy of the region, and befitting of the talents that are emerging from every community of the nation. The Ministry of Sports, and by extension the Government of Grenada, sees this as an important investment not just in sports, but the development of our young people, and indeed the wider community. We see it as important for our social and even our economic advancement. Even against the many challenges of the modern era, our young people have a lot they can look forward to. They can be bold; and they can be daring -- and indeed they can be confident about chasing their own dreams.
And so, I congratulate all involved in this year's event. I want to specially recognize Scotiabank for its longstanding sponsorship. You have undoubtedly proven your commitment to sports, to young people and to nation building. On behalf of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs, I extend our heartfelt appreciation. To the organizers and officials, I applaud you for your continued commitment and dedication to service, which is what has really kept these games alive.
To all athletes, I challenge you to give of your best always seeking to be the best that you can be. Many who have gone before you such as our first Olympic gold medalist, Kirani James understood too well that only their best was good enough. Let today be a day to display your talent and to catapult yourself to the next level, but as you do so please be reminded that as you compete you should respect and abide by all the rules, doing so in the true spirit of sportsmanship, bring honour to your school, your family and your country.
Hon. Emmalin Pierre
Minister for Youth & Sports