Approximately 300 athletes and officials from the four Windward Islands will converge on the Grenadian capital St. George’s from Fridau July 22, 2016 for the 2016 Windward Islands SWchool Games scheduled to be held July 23 – 31, 2016.
The total investment fr the Games is EC$383,000.00, with the principal sponsors being the Canadian Bank Note Company and WINLOTT.
Grenada who is the defending champion, will be seeking to retain the title that they won for four consecutive years, from 2012 – 2015.
This year according to an official from the Ministry of Education in St. George’s, “There is a new element to the Games. That the Games Village will be at a hotel called the Sogecoa International Hotel.”
This the official added means better accommodation for all participating athletes and officials, and the athletics competition on Saturday will be at the recently refurbished Grenada National Stadium from 4:00 p.m.
The inaugural Inter-School Tournament among the Windward Islands took place in 1922 through the instrumentality of J.F Blackman of St. Mary’s College, in Saint Lucia, and later through the involvement ofthe then headmaster of St. Vincent Grammar School- Mr. F.W Reeves.
The first three tournaments (1922, 1923, and 1924) involved only St. Lucia and St. Vincent, with Grenada’s entry to the circuit being in 1925.
Dominica qualified moving from the Leewards grouping to the Windward Islands in 1940. However owing to a suspension of the competition during the war years, it was not until 1947 when the tournament was held in Grenada, that all four islands participated for the first time.
Following the end of hostilities, the tournaments continued annually, until rising costs forced organisers to host it biennially.
Then for two decades the annual Windward Islands inter-school Games continued, until an astronomical costs of hosting the cmpetition, forced the governments to shelved it.
After a fifteen year lapse, having realised the critical role that the Games played in fostering long-lasting relationships, the Canadian Bank Note Company along with the National Lotteries, came together with contributions from the four governments, began investing considerable sums into the annual hosting fo the tournament.