Cricket Match in Barbados, West indies. (Shutterstock)
By Fabian Belgrave, GIS Barbados
Any effort by The Bahamas to learn more about Barbados’ sports programs will be supported.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Charles Griffith, gave this assurance to High Commissioner of The Bahamas to Barbados, Leslia Miller-Brice, when she paid a courtesy call to the Ministry at Haggatt Hall, St. Michael, recently.
Mrs. Miller-Brice, a former CARIFTA Athlete and basketball player, made note of Barbados’ various sporting programs, including Sport for Life, the National Summer Camps program, Baje Fit and the Elderly Swim program started by the National Sports Council. She commended Barbados on its programs and expressed interest in learning more about them.
The High Commissioner also stated: “With everything that is happening around the world with our young people just becoming disillusioned and not interested, and finding other ways to get themselves into trouble, the world has shown us that through sports, anything is possible to change the mindset of any human being.”
Minister Griffith indicated that his Ministry would be amenable to providing assistance to the Bahamas in any capacity it could, especially in the area of summer camps.
“One of our signature programs here is our summer camps. This is a time period where we provide a structured environment…maybe you would want to look at an exchange where 20-30 students come to Barbados. We can put on a program, catered specifically for you; it would be like a study tour for your officials and you can come and see what is happening. You will have a visual and a template to see how the camp works,” the Minister of Sports stated.
The two officials also discussed sports, specifically women’s cricket, road tennis, beach football and the Sports Development Policy. They also spoke about urban renewal program, safe spaces for youth and the Scholastic Assessment Test program.
Others in attendance were Director of Youth Affairs, Cleviston Hunte; Director of Sports, Stephen Rowe; Director of the National Sports Council, Neil Murrell; Honorary Consul of The Bahamas to Barbados, Selwyn Smith; Aide to the High Commissioner, Livingston Leonard Barr, and Foreign Service Officer, Antonio Butler Jr.