|Congratulations to our
Today, we celebrate Kirani James' return from his golden
performance at the just concluded 2012 London Olympics.
We seize this historic moment to congratulate every one
of the athletes who represented our dear Country at the
Games: we celebrate and pay homage to their
single-minded focus, their personal sacrifices and their
Our thanks are also heaped upon the deserving heads of
the members of the Grenada Olympic Committee under the
dedicated leadership of Mr Royston La Hee.
Kirani's Gold Medal in the 400 meters gave Grenada its
first gold medal since first participating in 1984, and
the first even for the eastern Caribbean sub-region.
Kirani's quintessential sportsmanship, as highlighted in
his exchange of tags with Oscar Pistorius - the
inspiring double amputee - is recognized by many around
the world as one of the highlights of the 2012 Olympiad.
Of course the winning of medals is not the only
measurement of success: The personal and family
sacrifices of many of our Olympians are deserving of
gold medals in their own rights: some placed their
careers on hold, incurred tremendous expenses, went
through rigorous routines, conditioning their minds and
bodies for many years to perform at peak levels; and
this they did just to put Grenada first!
We should be inspired by the accomplishments of all our
athletes who represented our Nation at the London
Olympics: Rondell Bartholomew (400m), Kurt Felix
(Decathlon), Esau Simpson, (Swimming 50 Meters & 100
Meter Freestyle) , Andrea St. Bernard (Taekwondo), Joel
Redhead (Athletics 200 M), Neisha Bernard-Thomas
(Athletics 800 M), Paul Williams (Athletics 100M),
Kanika Beckles (Athletics 400M), Janelle Redhead
Let the success of our humble and proud athletes serve
as a metaphor for Grenadian grit. Like the Olympics, the
task of nation- building is about overcoming obstacles
and barriers, be they physical or mental, or simply the
goal of getting from the starting line to the finish
line by the best use of your finite resources.
Let Kirani's success remind us that winning begins in a
certain psychological disposition, and beyond the
psychological we must commit to disciplined hard work.
Let us be inspired by Kirani et al to develop the
Olympian state of mind with planning, mutual respect
within and without the team, preparation and performance
on the big stage.
Sue Patrice, Martin Felix, Caldwell Taylor