It is with great excitement and expectancy that The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus prepares to host UWI Games 2011 from May 18 – 27.
On behalf of the Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles, and the Local Organising Committee, I extend a very warm welcome to all athletes and supporters from Mona, St Augustine and the Open Campus who will be participating in the 26th biennial games. Since 1965, this event has been one of the most keenly anticipated and contested among UWI’s 45,000 students.
Over nine days, some 400 of the region’s most talented male and female student athletes will compete in ten sporting disciplines:
· Track and field
Our athletes will compete to the cheers of hundreds of student supporters from every territory in our region. National loyalties will be set aside and Campus loyalties will dominate as athletes compete for the championship trophy which will go the Campus with the best performance across the ten disciplines.
The Mona Campus has won the Games 15 times in 25 years of competition, and in 2011 the Cave Hill and St Augustine teams will again make a determined bid to dethrone the Mona champions. This will make for nine days of excitement, drama and spectacle across Barbados’ finest sports venues - the Aquatic Centre, Ocean View Tennis Centre and the UWI’s 3Ws Oval. Cave Hill’s sports profile has been elevated with the addition ofa new mini sand-based hockey astroturf, and a FIFA regulation size football field at Paradise Park. Cave Hill now holds the distinction of being the only Campus in the English-speaking Caribbean where football can be played on an artificial turf.
This will be a Games of several firsts. For the first time, the event will be open to all members of the regional public, especially to the Barbadian community, which we anticipate will come out in their thousands to witness fierce competition among some of the Caribbean’s finest athletes.
For the first time, the UWI Games will be broadcast live via the internet to an international audience. I encourage you to spread the word to family, friends and graduates and partners of UWI.
We are excited at the promise of UWI Games 2011, and the potential they hold for the greater unity of the Caribbean through the synergies of the young women and young men from the region’s premier educational institution.
I invite you, come out, participate and celebrate with us!
4 Become 1: 1 UWI, 1 Caribbean, 1 Champion!
V Eudine Barriteau
Chair of the Local Organising Committee
UWI Games 2011