GBSSAA boss hopes to see more athletes compete in all sports
By Buster Laing
Special to The FN
Kenton Rolle will serve as the President of the Grand Bahama Secondary School Athletic Association for the next two terms after last week's Annual General Meeting with the Athletic Heads of Department last week at the St. Georges gymnasium.
"Our ultimate goal is the development of our kids. Everybody wants to win from every school, but we try to de-emphasize this," said Rolle, who is the Athletic Head of Department at St. Georges.
"Even though I am from St. Georges, I represent the entire Physical Education Association and would like to see all our kids do well, as well as every school doing well."
Rolle said he would like to see more emphasis and interest placed on the other sports.
"Personally I would like to see kids express more interest in track and field.... we are still not getting that type of participation we want in track and field from the student athletes," said Rolle.
"Most of the boys are interested in basketball, but track and field could also benefit the country as a whole.
"Most of the stellar athletes play basketball. A couple of years ago we had a kid from our school name Shavez Hart and all he wanted to do was play basketball," said Rolle, remembering Hart.
"So one day I told him you are not going back into the gym unless I see you on a track and field team and that was a classic example of a kid who has now excelled in track on the collegiate level at South Plains."
Rolle encourages the coaches to make their students better rounded and versatile.
"Even if they continue playing basketball, just try out for track and field also, because we are losing a lot of our track and field athletes to basketball," said Rolle.
"If a coach does not see a kid excelling in basketball and if we see he has a potential in another sport, we have to guide him towards that end."
Rolle confirmed that the season will start with softball in September and will conclude with under 20 boys and girls national championships to be held in Nassau.
"We are planning the high school national championship in soccer and volleyball to be held in Grand Bahama and the national championships in softball in New Providence."
Emmitt Higgs-Vice President
Wayne Smith Treasurer
Oswald Simmons- Schedule coordinator
Derek Wells- Assistant coordinator
Charlene Hamilton -Secretary
Stephanie Higgs -Assistant Secretary
Notes: Auldrick Lightbourne is no longer at Bishop Michael Eldon.
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