Sport Minister lauds athletes: Advocates for sport as an economic driver

Minister of Sport, Samal Duggins, is advocating for sport to be used as an economic driver in St. Kitts and Nevis. He did so while celebrating several local sport personalities for their outstanding achievements, while making a brief presentation in Parliament, on 5th July.

The sport minister recognised the first two Kittitians to make the West Indies Test Team, Mikyle and Jeremiah Louis. The brothers are scheduled to make their debut against England next week.

Minister Duggins also applauded Jahzara Claxton, who is captaining the Leeward Islands Under 19  Female Cricket team, and the six other Kittitians and Nevisians on that squad. 

He also commended the St. Paul’s Primary School and the Cayon Primary School for clinching the Department of Sports’ Cricket Championship and the Department of Sports’ Netball Championship, respectively.

“We have to celebrate these achievements. Sport tournaments are back in our schools and taking centre stage,” Duggins said.

“As we work toward diversifying our economy, we have to recognise that sport is a major area that can contribute to our economic success,” Minister Duggins added. 

He noted that St. Kitts and Nevis needs to capitalise on the unlimited opportunities available for athletes to earn a living. 

As he culminated his presentation, Minister Duggins implored young athletes to pursue their dreams of sporting excellence and gave the assurance that the Ministry of Sport will continue to provide the necessary support.

The global sport sector is a multi-billion dollar industry and sport and recreation have been identified as catalysts for sustainable development. 

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