blink I bmobile Foundation cheers on primary school athletes from Victoria Education District

Caption: Title holders for Victor and Victrix Ludorum for the various age categories pose with Aaron Ramrattan, School Supervisor I (far left),  Lindsay Gopaul, Chairman – VEDSA (far right) and Claire Telemaque, School Supervisor III (Centre, back row)

Great athletes are not created overnight. They evolve through the nurturing they receive from opportunities that allow them to build upon their physical strength, mental agility and spirit of camaraderie. In an effort to provide these opportunities to future T&T Olympic contenders, the blink I bmobile Foundation collaborated with Ministry of Education and the Victoria Education District Association (VEDSA) to host the VEDSA 2013 Primary Schools Track and Field Championships.

The event took place at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva and it showcased over five hundred athletes from over eighty primary schools. The objective of this event was to facilitate the selection of athletes to represent the District in the National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships scheduled to take place on May 22, 2013 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and to train and equip them for other possible competitions.

blink I bmobile has supported this initiative for over three years and 2013 was no exception. In her welcome address Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, Manager – Corporate and Community Affairs, blink I bmobile explained: “This event plays a major role in moulding the youngsters to be confident and to strive for future success. The level of personal development gained by the participants will prove to be invaluable as they pursue their endeavors. The blink I bmobile Foundation is proud to be associated with projects that foster this type of positive advancement of the nation’s youth and we are committed to doing our part in helping to achieve this.”

The athletes competing at the championships displayed determination, talent and team spirit and organizers were confident that they were on the right track in their preparations for the national championships. Supporters were out in their numbers and their cheers egged on the students who offered non-stop excitement.

Hailing from the Williamsville Zone, Eckel Village A.C Primary School did their zone proud by winning the march past category of the competition. Star athlete, Obediah Hall added to the accolades for Williamsville by being named the U9 Victor Ludorum.

The Gasparillo Zone went home as the celebrated 2013 VEDSA Primary Schools Track and Field Champions.Athletes from this zone showed that they were a force to be reckoned with; Kairah Manpaul was U9 Victrix Ludorum, while Empress Peters and Lejae Baptiste received the U11 and U15 Victrix Ludorum titles respectively.

The San Fernando North Zone, the second place winners of the event, was also well represented by their athletes as Zuriel Edwards and Dale Joseph were awarded the U13 and U15 Victores Ludorum in that order. Other outstanding athletes for the championships included Joshua Butler of the San Fernando East Zone and Dinesha Clarke from the La Romaine/Debe Zone, the U13 Victor and Victrix Ludorum respectively.

At the event Lindsay Gopaul, Chairman of VEDSA remarked that: “The aspiring athletes competing here learn the agony of defeat and the glory of victory which are both pillars that support their all rounded character development and we believe that this is the foundation for good citizenry. The ongoing assistance provided by blink I bmobile has allowed us to achieve our goal of discovering and nurturing the talents of our students. The company shares our vision and we commend their loyalty to helping us succeed.”  

blink I bmobile congratulates all of the schools and students who took part in the 2013 Victoria Education District Association Primary Schools Track and Field Championships.The dedication and hardwork of the young athletes, parents, teachers and supporters will pay off with the youngsters’ continuing to excel. Praise must also be given to the Ministry of Education and the Victoria Education District Association for their untiring commitment over the years to ensuring that this event achieves its vision.