HONOR EARNED

With the recent passing of Peter Bain, Grenada has lost another citizen of outstanding character and unbridled patriotism with significant contributions to his Hometown and Parish.

Once again the question is how do we honor our heroes, those who give of themselves selflessly without seeking attention but whose only desire is to affect, in a positive way, the lives of those around them.

If anyone deserves to be honored it should have been Peter Bain and now that he has left us prematurely and suddenly we have an opportunity to do the right thing, to correct the wrongs of the past as we continuously ignore the contributors who have made Grenada a better place by their constant and unrelenting work to improve the lives of those they have touched in one way or the other.

The renaming of the Chapel Road and or the Panyard and Basketball on said street would not be too much accolades for Peter Bain and a fitting tribute that would allow his name to live on and for generations to come to know of his impact on Grenville and Grenada.

Too few Community Activists, Cultural Practitioners and Sporting Stars are recognized for their sterling work and contributions that usually come at great personal and professional sacrifice.

Kirani James, Roy St. John, Cuthbert Peters and Alston George are the only ones to have sporting facilities named after them. There is the third football field adjacent to the National Cricket Stadium that should be named after Nixon Modeste – Grenada’s most celebrated and accomplished footballer. The Victoria Park in Grenville should be named after the late Wesley Thomas, one of Grenada’s most talented athletes.

Institutions such as the Princess Alice Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital should be renamed after Grenadians who have made excellent contributions to and through health. ‘Her Majesty’s Prison’ and the ‘Royal Grenada Police Force’ carries names that make us appear as though we are afraid to completely and unequivocally disassociate ourselves with a history that was more burdensome than rewarding. Streets that carry colonial names that serve to remind us of a less than flattering time in our history should be renamed in honor of Grenadians who have and continue to us make us proud, not only at home but the world over.

Some street names I am sure Grenadians would be proud to list as addresses should be Kirani James Street in Gouyave and the Johnson Beharry Street in St. Mark. The Anderson Peters Playing Field (replacing La Sagesse) in St. David and the 3 T’s Cultural Centre in St. Andrew – the T’s representing Timpo, Tangler and Teller, calypsonians from the Big Parish who have all won National titles are some other honors whose time are well overdue.

The above are some suggestions to facilitate an ongoing discussion about changing our mindset as it relates to properly and correctly honoring stalwart Grenadians.

In recent times the title of Cultural Ambassador has been conferred on several of our Soca Artistes and a while back on a number of cultural figures including playwrights. The honor while on the surface appears to be a good way to recognize success seems encumbered with irregularities. For one the ambassadors do not seem to understand the great responsibility that has been placed on them and what their respective names and images represent in this regard.

At a time when the nation is experiencing hardships and the loss of over 130 of its senior citizens it is not too much to ask someone who has been designated an ambassador to show a modicum of empathy. As much as new songs and video clips of performances and backstage scenes form part of what the artiste has to do as a means of self-promotion and maintaining relevance the title of Cultural Ambassador should warrant a video clip or two expressing sympathy and concern for the havoc Covid is wrecking in Grenada. While time can be made to share one’s anti-vaccine view and other conspiracy theories one should make enough time using those same social media platforms to share a word of encouragement to fellow citizens who eventually are the biggest fans and supporters of these same ambassadors.

Maybe there isn’t a criteria or a code of conduct issued with the Official Passports, in that case Government should recall all the passports issued to Cultural Ambassadors and re-issue, where applicable, with very clear directions on expectations and behavior, with a review triennially.

The way out of the pandemic requires a collective effort and while some are sacrificing and we are losing a significant portion of our oral history, through the loss of our senior citizens, a privileged few who should be doing better should not be allowed to undermine the entire process that the rest of Grenada has to undergo and cope with.

‘No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave’.

Calvin Coolidge – 30th President of the United States

Dexter Mitchell

ALWAYS MAKING SOMETHING HAPPEN

Covid continues to wreak havoc in heart-wrenching, gut-vacuuming unbearable ways. Apart from the interruption to normal life as we know it, the sudden and monumental loss of life and subsequent unceremonious farewells are making this period of human existence almost unbearable.

One such loss is a giant in community development, culture and sports.

The death of Peter Bain hurts emotionally but also has taken away part of Grenville and by extension St. Andrew. It is no exaggeration to say that the Big Parish will never be the same without the presence of Peter Bain.

Accolades have been extended and tributes paid with a major focus on Peter’s contribution through and to the Mas movement. However, Mr. Bain was much more than just the producer of a Mas band – the man was an Institution.

The most impressive quality one can associate with Peter Bain was his desire to always want to make things happen. Mas aside, there was the Mother’s Day Queen show, his 20/20 concept for football to provide competition and entertainment. His support of his daughter’s Janelle’s music career went beyond the perfunctory fatherly duties to more of a fan-like obsession.

A project that was spear-head by Peter in recent times was his idea of a tribute and fittingly so of the 3 T’s – namely Timpo, Tangler and Teller, three of St. Andrew most prominent Calypsonians and Cultural Luminaries. Mt Bain proffered the idea of naming the roundabout just off the Paradise Bridge after the 3 T’s with an annual cultural activity acknowledging their individuals contributions to the overall development of Culture in Grenville, St. Andrew and Grenada.

The legacy of Peter will be deservedly sealed with the completion of the afore-mentioned projects and a lasting, significant tribute to the man Himself.

Peter Bain’s greatest Mas achievements was not the many victories in St. Andrew and nationally but his selfless contribution to the development of Carnival in Carriacou by ensuring his band became an annual fixture at the Sister Isle’s pre-Lenten celebrations of Carnival. With no prize monies or titles at stake Peter made the sojourn to the north for love of culture and mas. Another major accomplishment of Peter Bain was the establishment of a year-round Carnival secretariat to look after the affairs of the celebrations in St. Andrew. This unprecedented achievement happened during his tenure as the Chairman of the St. Andrew Carnival Committee.

As a Disc Jockey in Grenada if you never played at Bain’s Upper Level alongside DJ Hawke (Peter Bain) your DJing CV will never be complete. On Saturday October 9th on his mid-morning show DJ Shortleg paid a fitting and well-executed tribute to DJ Hawke with many local DJs speaking of their experiences at Bain’s Upper Level and their professional and personal relation with Peter Bain (DJ Hawke).

To the Wife, Children and Family of Peter Bain your loss is our loss – his extended family will miss him forever and ever.

At the end of this pandemic or at least when there is some sense of normalcy there has to be a huge (encapsulating the entire Town of Grenville) celebration of the life of Peter Bain.

The Man’s desire was to always to make something happen – let’s keep things happening in his Honor!

Dexter Mitchell

TIME TO FULLY HONOR KING JAMES

TIME TO FULLY HONOR KING JAMES

It is now two weeks since Kirani James has created not just history for Grenada but the international recording-breaking achievement of being the most decorated 400m male athlete in the entire existence of the Olympics.

Kirani’s name is now fully entrenched in the conversation about the greatest 400m runners of all time. Not only his athletic prowess but his assuming courtesies on and off the track his knack for the avoidance of controversies and his overall ‘good-guy’ demeanor require that he is put on the highest pedestals possible to serve as a beacon of hope and motivation for generations to come.

In an article entitled St. James penned on August 06th, 2021 I offered five suggestions that can be actioned as ways of honoring the achievements and personality of Kirani James.

We revisit some those suggestions with more substantiated information to have them implemented by September 01st, 2021 – Kirani’s birthday.

  1. The renaming of a school after Kirani. He attended the St. John Anglican School and there has been no opposition to date for that school to re-named. The Government of Grenada foots the bills for most of the traditional ‘church schools’. The time for a complete handover is now beginning with this well-deserved name change.
  2. The renaming of the main thoroughfare in Gouyave after Kirani James. Depradine or de Pradines was prominent French family in Grenada for much of the 18th century, with one serving as the Governor under French rule – information from John Angus Martin author of A-Z of Grenada Heritage. As Grenada draws closer to its 50th anniversary of Independence we can express true independence by finally shedding some of these colonial yokes and reminders. We can utilize Kirani’s success to usher in a new sense of awareness, pride and independence in the truest sense of the word. The signage along the streets in Gouyave will be financed and maintained by the proud citizens and businesses of the Town.
  3. Contracting of Kirani by the Grenada Tourism Authority to a life-time ambassadorial contract. In October of 2015 during a meeting initiated by the author between Kirani James and the then CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority, Kirani expressed interest in such ambassadorial duties. Unfortunately there was no follow-up by the Authority, however this endeavor can now be revisited when Kirani’s stock on the global market is even higher and Grenada needs to benefit from his image and brand more than ever.

Additionally, since the August 6th article, several Past Students and present Teachers of GBSS have reached out to me with suggestions. The renaming of Kirani’s old house – Hughes (green house) and the renaming of the school’s auditorium are suggestions that the GBSS fraternity believes can be undertaken in time to coincide with the re-opening of school in September.

How we treat the success of Kirani after Tokyo, how we honor him, the messages we send by the silence or noise associated with arguably the greatest 400m athlete in history will say a lot about us as a people. It will send a strong signal to young people, it can pave the way for grandeur (on and off the fields of sporting competition) it can allow us to challenge post-colonial norms and customs.

How we have treated Kirani has left a lot to be desired. We can begin a new era of post-Independence Grenada by celebrating one of Us not celebrating what was handed down to us.

The accolades, the honors, the tributes and the salutations will never be too much. The young athlete didn’t just do what no other Grenadian has done he has done what no one in the history of the storied Olympics has done – let that sink in!

Dexter Mitchell

Kirani James and Dexter Mitchell at the conference room of the Grenada Tourism Authority – October 2015

THE GAMES WE NEEDED

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics which took place in 2021 will be remembered for many oddities, least of which will be its official title that contravenes the year it actually took place.

The Games however, will be live on in our collective memories because it was the Games we needed. There is no need to re-hash what the world has had to endure over the past 18 months or so and the uncertainty of the Games even materializing under the constant cloud of a major Covi-19 outbreak. Instead we can focus on the indomitable human spirit that was on display, the reminder of human decency and the hope that in spite of all the challenges, all is not lost.

The story of Jamaican 110m hurdle Gold Medalist, Hansle Parchment, encapsulates all of the above. From both sides of the divide humility, kindness and decency were fully engaged. After taking the wrong bus to the track and field stadium Parchment got monetary assistance from volunteer Tijana Stojkovic which enabled him to get back to the Track venue in time and eventually cop the Gold Medal. It did not end there. Parchment returned to the venue where Stojkovic was stationed, returned the money, gifted her a Jamaica shirt and expressed his gratitude to her for going above and beyond her call of duty.

Then there is Kirani James. At the end of the men’s 400m finals as athletes were catching their breaths and making themselves available for photo ops, Kirani noticed the Bahamian flag on the ground next the man who just defeated him – Steven Gardiner. Kirani gracefully and unassumingly not only retrieved the flag but proceeded to drape said flag around the shoulders of the Olympic champ. That gesture alone one can argue is equivalent to the feat of capturing an Olympic medal.

At the men’s high jump Italian Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Barshim of Qatar agreed to share the Gold Medal after an intense battle for jumping supremacy. The ensuing embraces, and celebrations were certainly one of the most heart-warming moments of Tokyo 2020.

The City of Tokyo and Japan by extension must be highly commended for delivery of an event that the world needed more than ever. The athletes must be heralded for their collective fortitude, strength and toughness (physically and mentally).

Sports have always been a convenient distraction, something we gravitate to you for entertainment, to take us away from the everyday grind of living.

The Tokyo Olympics provided all of that and more. It can serve to restore our faith in us as humans as event after event in discipline after discipline over 11,000 athletes representing over 200 Countries left it all in Tokyo in the over 30 sports contested.

Participation was celebrated like never before as appreciation has now increased for the efforts it take to make it to an Olympic games and more so one that was postponed by a year.

The wave and momentum created over the past two weeks or so can and should serve as a catalyst as we continue to grapple with Covid-19 and the associated challenges – economic, psychological and otherwise.

The lasting legacy of Tokyo 2020 will be utilizing that momentum to navigate out of the present pandemic and creating for all mankind a better planet that will be able to host more spectacular Olympic games.

Dexter Mitchell

ST. JAMES

‘The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal’…French Poet, Victor Hugo

Valiant, courageous, inspiring and the list of adjectives can go on ad infinitum. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find the superlatives to describe the character and the performances of Kirani James.

Maybe it’s time to go beyond searching for the right words and ensure the right things are done.

The burning question now is how a Country gives back to someone who has and continues to meet and exceed the expectations of everyone from the casual fan to the expert analyst.

Kirani’s third Olympic medal – a historic and groundbreaking global achievement – warrants a meeting of the minds to secure for the young man the acknowledgement, recognition and compensation associated with his achievements.

The Kirani James Athletics Stadium is already in place and rightfully so, the Kirani James Boulevard needs to be revisited. When these acknowledgements are done they must be done for the right reasons and must be easily recognizable by even the most casual observer. Lack of signage and the fact that the former Lagoon Road does not fit the description of a boulevard begs the question – what was the intent then and can we use the occasion to fix what amounts to a disservice to the name of Kirani?

Kirani’s third Olympic medal provides the opportunity for recognition in his home Parish of St. John. Would it be possible for a study to be done to determine who and what role the Depradines played in the history of Gouyave before giving full consideration to renaming the main thoroughfare in Gouyave after Kirani?

Would it be too much to ask to have the Parish of St. John renamed after Kirani – St. James has a certain ring to it. And when one considers the class, grace and humility of the young man, Sainthood might be the ultimate accolade.

To paraphrase Victor Hugo, the future is ideal for the valiant and Kirani has more than exemplified those sentiments. Challenged over the past two years or so he did not give up or feel sorry for himself and he obviously was not fearful of the future. And he now gives Grenada another opportunity to secure our collective futures by embracing him and all that his stands for, by creating a legacy that will inspire young Grenadians from all walks of life to excel in whatever their choice or calling of vocation might be.

The following is a suggested list of immediate considerations – let us strike while the Bronze is still hot:

  1. The renaming of a school after Kirani
  2. The renaming of the Intercol to the Kirani James Secondary School Meet.
  3. The establishment of a foundation in Kirani’s name to secure training, facilities and support for elite and promising local Athletes.
  4. Contracting of Kirani by the Grenada Tourism Authority to a life-time ambassadorial post
  5. Declaration of September 01st Kirani James Day and a NATIONAL HOLIDAY.

Grenada continues to excel internationally in sports and other areas. The Olympics were another example of the true spirit and grit embodied in the Grenadian Nationality. Lindon Victor must be recognized for his accomplishments in Tokyo and he too must receive his full accolades consummate with his herculean efforts.

To the rest of the Team hearty congrats you now belong to a very select group of citizens – Olympians!

Dexter Mitchell

LEST WE FORGET

After the delays and the severe challenges of Covid-19 the 2020 Olympics are about to officially begin.

This time around Grenada has six athletes who will represent us – in track and field and swimming.

In a recent conversation someone commented about the achievement it would be if the track and field athletes brought back medals from Tokyo and oh how we would celebrate. I proffered that we should begin plans for those celebrations because medals or not what all six athletes have accomplished in making it to these Olympics are nothing short of miraculous.

The reigning World Champion in javelin, Anderson Peters is making his first Olympic appearance and while normally there should be a natural ascension from one major world title to the next the challenges of Covid-19 has had its effects on Anderson as it has on many athletes , including some of the major names who did not qualify for Tokyo. Anderson has already proven that he is a Championship caliber athlete and getting to Tokyo cements his pedigree.

Grenada’s swimming program continues to make impressive strides and being able to send two athletes to the Olympics, again under strenuous conditions is highly commendable. Interestingly, with the appearance of Delron Felix at this Olympics Grenada will have its first father-son Olympians. Delon Felix, the father of Delron represented Grenada at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics competing in the 400m. There-in lies a reason for celebrations.

The team also includes Meloni Rodney, in the 400m, making her first Olympic and Lindon Victor who has always represented Grenada admirably in the decathlon.

Then there is Kirani James. Achieving the Olympic standard this year qualifies Kirani for his 3rd Olympics before age 30. Let that sink in. Then when one considers what his has been through over the past three years or so – medal or no medal we should be already planning the welcome home ceremony and parade, to the extent that the Covid-19 regulations would allow.

But lest we forget – here we go:

Kirani James at Major Championships

CARIFTA GAMES (under 17&20)Gold (5) Silver (1) Bronze(1)
COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMESGold (1)
WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPSGold (2) Silver (1)
PAN AMERICAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPSGold (2)
WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPSGold (1) Silver (1)
COMMONWEALTH GAMESGold (1)
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSGold (1) Bronze (1)
OLYMPICSGold (1) Silver (1)

In addition to the above accomplishments and much more Kirani James has been an exemplary citizen and the ideal role model. He has fashioned for himself a career devoid of controversies while overcoming one hurdle after the next. Moving on from one level of competition to the next and meeting and exceeding expectations every step of the way.

The Tokyo Olympics will be unusual and historic, just getting there are like major wins for the participants.

Let us not await podium appearances by our athletes to revel, let us not take for granted the journey to Tokyo, but let us be grateful for their perseverance and commitment for their loyalty and patriotism.

I am hopeful that the powers that be are already putting things in place for the usual fanfare associated with winning of Gold Medals and World Championships.

These six athletes deserve all the accolades we can bestow on them, they have not failed us in 2021, let us not fail them. Not this time.

Dexter Mitchell

The Mighty Hurricane

 THE MIGHTY HURRICANE – Calypso Monarch 1968

This one is a bit personal for me because the 1968 Calypso Monarch of Grenada is from the same village, Clozier, as me and I didn’t realize I grew up in the midst of royalty, a local cultural icon.

Carlton Mitchell (no relation) still resides in Clozier with his Wife, two of his three Children and a Grandchild. Although his calypso days are long past him, the Mighty Hurricane was eagerly awaiting my arrival, guitar in hand anxious to tell the story of a short, but very interesting calypso career. In the early 1960’s as a Villager by the name of Mr. Sonny was preparing to migrate to England, Carlton’s father promised him he would purchase the guitar owned by Mr. Sonny. Hurricane’s self tutoring began minutes after the going away party for Mr. Sonny was over and the guitar that was used to entertain the guests was handed over to the young aspiring musician.

 After about 2 years learning to perfect his skills on the guitar Carlton joined a band from Paraclete in St. Andrew named the Bees. He also got valuable exposure to music by hanging around the Rhythm Riders of Birchgrove. By that time Carlton felt motivated enough to begin his own band in Clozier and that thought process gave birth to Tropical 7. The band played at the opening of the Florida Government School and frequented the Cocoa Grove Community Center. It was during that time, Carlton was encouraged to write calypso and compete on a national level.

 In his first year of competition, 1966, he placed second behind Mighty Splinto, and as he tells it he should have won the title on that first attempt. In 1967 he placed third, with Melody being the Calypso Monarch that year. In his third year of competition the Mighty Hurricane finally prevailed, bringing calypso supremacy to the agricultural village of Clozier. The Mighty Hurricane lost his mother in that same year and so did not defend his title in 1969, but returned to competition in 1970, where he again placed second, this time to Scaramouche. That was to be the last of the Mighty Hurricane as a calypsonian, having believed he had proven his point that a man can be anything he wants to be and that includes being the Calypso King of Grenada. Interestingly, the prize money for winning the Calypso title in 1968 was $500 but the Mighty Hurricane also collected a further $250 from the Lion’s Club and $250 from the then Premier, Eric Gairy. 

Today the Mighty Hurricane is a building contractor, farmer and prominent member of the Clozier Seventh-Day Adventist Church. His advice to the younger generation of Artistes is simple- ‘Let your love and passion drive you, not be motivated by money and greed’.

Dexter Mitchell

This was first penned in October 2012

Dear Carnival

JULY 13TH, 2021

Dear Carnival,

I write to you this note of regret having come to the realization that the carnival we once knew, reveled in and identified with is no more.

The evolution of you Carnival to Spicemas was supposedly meant to transform you as a festival, strengthen you administratively and increase your economic benefits. What prevailed in the early onset of the Spicemas Corporation seemed more a battle of egos with the Corporation using its new found ‘powers’ to do court battles with private promoters while decreasing the emphasis on building on the strengths that were Grenada’s carnival.

The Spicemas legislation gave the powers that be the necessary ‘legal teeth’ to ‘control’ the season but the mandate of the Corporation did not seem to focus on growth and development of the overall carnival product.

Indeed Carnival you had a great run. After Hurricane Janet in 1955, you returned to action in 1958 and slowly and steadily progressed with great calypso and calypsonians, fancy and traditional mas and steel band competitions. The steel band movements evolved from so-called ‘bad-john’ enterprises to community-based organizations that attracted all and sundry and developed an unrivaled sense of pride and belonging. Just ask the people of St. Paul’s and ‘the Wharf’.

This was all your doing Carnival. And you did not stop there. When then Premier Eric Gairy over-stepped his political bounds it was you Carnival who reminded him of ‘people power’ in 1973.

 Calypso also evolved and in the mid-70s the success of the Flying Turkey removed the stigma that Calypso was a ‘saga-boy’ undertaking. Additionally new innovations and techniques led to better quality recordings, more entertaining shows and an explosion of calypso between 1981 and 1995 that may never be duplicated.

It was you Carnival who had Grenadians and visitors dancing through the streets of St. George’s after leaving the Queen’s Park on jouvert morning. It was you who had steel bands on the road and masqueraders making the spectacular chip down Market Hill.

It was you Carnival who reiterated that August was the Time and had us jumping in the August rain.

Then came 2011 and you were unceremoniously dumped for what was supposed to be a hybrid, enhanced version of you.

Unfortunately what we have gotten so far are court battles, an extended Monday night Mas route that ensures the bands do get to the Carenage not earlier than 1am, and several island-wide jouverts.

Carnival, the new version of you has not delivered. Administratively it appears a Committee of Volunteers are more effective than a Board of Directors who collect board fees.

Structurally, Carnival you were way better. There was a symmetry between the National Committees and the village and Parish organizations, to the extent that Carnival in Grenada and Carriacou were marketed as one State – two Carnivals.

Dear Carnival, if we needed clear indicators that you were no more those indicators manifested themselves during the recent 10th anniversary celebrations of Spicemas. It was refreshing to see and hear from the likes of Jennifer Woodroffe, Pointy Archibald and Hugh Dolland. Their collective knowledge base and historic context is incredibly invaluable and hopefully those interviews will be used as points of reference for future planning.

But while these luminaries pontificated on the efficacy of you Carnival and your various elements – while Mr. Dolland bemoaned the utterings of the Spicemas CEO and Chairperson that the strength of the Spicemas brand was jouvert and Monday Night Mas – the ensuing ‘celebrations’ was in effect a soca show-down taking place in collaboration with one local radio station to the exclusion of all the others. There was the token representation of one steelband and the reigning calypso monarch but an overwhelming showcase of young soca stars and something called a jab house. It is still befuddling the significance of the historical context of a jab house to you Carnival.

Export St. Lucia has recently developed a document namely – the branding and commercialization of Carnival in St. Lucia, Dominica and Grenada – the information is useful but there is a natural inclination to ignore documentation and allow these activities to be personality-driven.

So for example one of the opportunities identified in the documents is as follows;

Engagement of Children /schools to help generate interest among the younger population. 

One can submit that over the past 18 months or so of none activity, the Spicemas Corporation lost significance grounds in that regard.

The document also identified one of the weaknesses of Spicemas as;

Decreasing awareness of cultural aspects.

Indeed Carnival the cultural aspects that  made you glorious are rapidly evaporating but then again maybe just maybe it might be so to make way for more jouvert and Monday Night Mas.

Carnival it was indeed a great run 1958-2011with one or two cancellations and the move from February to August. While we watch the shenanigans of your hybrid cousin we will always have the memories of you Carnival.

Appreciatively yours,

Dexter Mitchell

Mas on Market Hill – source unknown

St John Table Tennis Championship

ST. JOHN JUNIOR TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP – 2021

The annual St. John Table Tennis Championship served off on Saturday July 10th at the Old RC School, Gouyave.

The championship which is a result of the dedicated and selfless efforts of Junior Table Tennis Coach in the Ministry of Sport, Rosemarie Dinnah was facilitated by Made In Grenada.

From 10 am to just after 7pm some of Grenada’s top Junior Table Tennis players engaged in keen competition as their battled for trophies, prizes and bragging rights.

The results are as follows:

Girls under-15

1st place – Anique Bonaparte

2nd place – Donnay Henry

3rd place – Sarvani Frederick

Boys under-12  

1st place – Kniequan Sam

2nd place – Jonnique Mark

3rd place – Zidane Gibbs

Boys under-15

1st place – DeWayne Newland

2nd place – Qwanell Walker

3rd place- Clifton Romain

Boys under-18

1st place – Cedric Marquez

2nd place – Jade Patrick

3rd place – Quincy George

The MVPS

Cedric Marquez

Dwayne Newland

Kniequan Sam

Anique Bonaparte

Made In Grenada on behalf of Coach Rose and all the Competitors express gratitude to the following Businesses and Individuals for making the Championships the resounding success it was.

Geo. F. Huggins & Co. Ltd.

The Grenada Breweries Ltd.

Kalico Shopping Centre, Gouyave

Glenelg Natural Spring Water

The Ministry of Sport

Wayne Nimrod

Steve Duncan

Wayne ‘Waggy T’ Redhead

Nydanu Joseph

Kenson Phillip

Ken Joseph

Alfred John

Junior Benjamin

Anthony George

Collin Greenidge

Made In Grenada is also partnering with the Clozier Sports Committee for the first-ever Clozier 5-a-Side Futsal completion which kicks off on Sunday July 18th, 2021 at 2pm. All games will be played at the Belvedere Playing Field.

A Made In Grenada Publication

Coach Rose with a cross-section of the winners
Girls Champ Annique Bonaparte with Dexter Mitchell of Made In Grenada
Boys Under-12 Champ Kniequan Sam with Jason Stanisclaus of the Ministry of Sport

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

It is an almost irrefutable truth that there is a Calypso that addresses every topic especially those related to social ills and concerns.

A 1985 rendition by Trinidadian Gypsy comes to mind as one ponders on Grenada’s present social, political and economic state while still coping with the Covid-19 pandemic. Maybe, the ill-effects of the pandemic is leading to pandemonium, but I digress. The song it self is prophetic and extremely relevant.

There seems to be much to deliberate on and the present day trend appears to circle around a constant barrage of bacchanal and ‘ole talk’ as one ‘critic / activist’ after another seek to garner more likes and more general attention than the other.

Many things will change once the world finally escapes the clutches of the horrendousness that is the virus. One of the changes already germinating is the need for more action and less talk/bs.

Where do we go from here?

After all the talk after, pointing out all that is wrong the obvious question will be what are the solutions, what can YOU do or what have YOU done differently?

Grenada suffers from a lack of a general development plan, a guide as it were, that establishes where we would like to go and the most effective and efficient ways to get there.

But with no plan, with no collective direction we are left to scream over each other in sometimes vulgar ways to score very cheap political points and accumulate likes and views across the wide spectrum that is social media. And as bacchanalia reigns supreme we either miss opportunities or relent to opportunists.

Where do we go from here?

No discernible way forward seems to be under consideration; just a bunch of noise that eventually passes as crude entertainment. No new ideas are proffered, no new leaders are emerging, no sacrifices made. No new direction. The strength and determination of past leaderships should be admired but not expected to drive any new movement. The world is a much different place, the mindset of Grenadians are much different and their expectations most certainly unlike that of yesteryear.

While debates rage on about our airport, 4%, infrastructure and the plethora of  political and social issues that seem fodder for social media content – our two World Champions gave very good account of themselves over the past weekend at separate meets in the US, congratulatory messages are pending…we await…

As we scream over each other in feeble attempts to secure new ‘fans’ we ignore the degradation of our society as young people are challenged more and more. Sadly, the wounding of a young child by a stray bullet does not garner as much outrage and anger as social media shenanigans: Where do we go from here? Do the shooting and woundings have to happen on a ‘live’ to get our attention and to warrant concern?

Collectively, we must be careful what we give our attention to, what we choose to highlight, what we make important.

Grenada’s 50th anniversary of Independence is just over two years away, we have to rebound economically and otherwise. Once the pandemic is cleared we have to practically rebuild our education system (including reviving track and field and other sports after 4 years of no Intercol). There has to be a more encompassing Tourism plan that seeks to take advantage of the uniqueness of the product. Touting marketing expertise is all well and good but Covid-19 has shown us that we have so much more to offer, a more diverse product to be enjoyed not only by Visitors but by Grenadians who now have a heightened interest in and appreciation of beautiful Grenada. These Grenadians more and more are becoming the most expert ‘marketers’ of Grenada.

We have to highlight and effectively use our successful International personalities, not just celebrate individual accomplishments once in a while then forget they exist. Andre Fletcher is one of the most popular cricketers on the international professional circuit – he is an asset to Grenada. Kirani will forever be recognized, all over the world for his achievements. Anderson Peters is not too far behind in that regard. Timothy Antoine and others who have succeeded so gracefully can all serve, not only to sell destination Grenada, but to also inspire young Grenadians, who now more than ever may need that extra boost, that additional word of encouragement. Let us not change the definition of heroes, let us not bestow accolades on underperformers and reward antics, let us not allow ourselves to be dazzled by those with selfish agendas…so that instead of asking where do we go from here we can vociferously proclaim our intended destinations and map out the routes that will take us there. 

Dexter Mitchell