The finals of the 2014 Milo West Games will take place on March 11 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, following the preliminary round of competition which takes place from 9.15 a.m. today at Diego Martin Central Primary School.
The Milo West Games is the showpiece of primary school athletics in the North West district of Trinidad and Tobago. Yesterday, the 27th edition of the event was launched at Harvard Sports Club, St James, where several new innovations were promised by Kelvin Nancoo, chairman of both the Milo Games and the Port of Spain and Environs Sports Council.
Among those present at yesterday’s launch were Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (T&TOC) president Brian Lewis and Stacey Ann Charles, representative of sponsors Nestle Trinidad & Tobago Limited, the manufacturers of MILO.
Nancoo said Games organisers will be working to ensure that the West Zone remains the best in primary school athletics.
Only the best six-year-olds in the West Zone will compete against each other this year, and an overall Most Outstanding performer will be chosen by Nancoo.
“This year’s games will see twenty-three teams competing. It will again be very competitive,” Nancoo declared.
Nancoo credited Milo Games for showcasing national talent, including 400 metres hurdles world champion Jehue Gordon, Simon Pierre, Fana Ashby, Honory Mc Donald and Michelle-Lee Ahye, who last weekend won the women’s 60m sprint at the Millrose Games in New York, USA.
“Michelle-Lee Ahye and Jehue Gordon were both champions in 2004. Now, suddenly, Michelle-Lee has begun to shine,” Nancoo said, while predicting further international success for the 21-year-old sprinter from Carenage.
Lewis said children having the opportunity to play and enjoy life was a big part of human development, and he commended the sponsors for contributing significantly to the development of many nationals over the years.
“Nestle, by sponsoring this event for the last twenty-seven years, would have created an environment and situation in which they would have produced more champions in life than in sport,” said Lewis.
Finally, Charles gave the sponsor’s commitment to continue its contribution to primary school athletics.
“Nestle will continue to invest and support this programme and others, as it plays a holistic part in the development of our children.”