When we talk about development this is where a lot of people misunderstand, While it would be great to only send persons who can potentially get on the podium, it is essential that we understand that you don’t just get on a podium by wishing and wanting.The conversation always goes St. Lucia has so much raw talent, but the question the writer always pose is what are we doing to develop that raw talent?Are we not learning from our fellow Caribbean Islands that a long term development plan of 5 – 10 years is key to the development of any sporting discipline.
In our society we lose so much talent because of struggles imposed on young athletes.The writer is in no way saying that athletes are not responsible for themselves. But when we as a nation expect the highest level of performance, and all we see are podium finishes and nothing more, then where does the blame fall?The writer’s biggest development has been outside of St. Lucia as we do not have the means or facilities or even proper programming in place to even develop a world class athlete.
Mindoo Phillip Park where most track and field athletes train is in a horribly poor state and is also used for cricket. Added to that there is the hospidium which also is in a poor state with debris flying all over the place.Track meets now cannot be official, when it’s hand timed and starting guns are whistles.So tell me this in 2018 is it fair to say that only potential podium finishes will be sent to championships no matter if you hit the qualification or not. What then is even the point of the qualification standards.