ABOUT THE SPORTS PROGRAMME
In October 1990, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme was established with the following mission statement:
“To develop a unique body of highly trained athletes in various sports, capable of representing the nation at the highest levels of competition, and also rounded in their social, educational and moral development.”
In 1990, forty-four athletes commenced training on a full-time basis in four main sporting disciplines; soccer, track and field, boxing and table tennis. Cycling and cricket were subsequently included in 1991 and 1994 respectively.
Since its inception members of the BDF SP have performed creditably in their respective disciplines. The BDF SP football team has won a number of local competitions and team members have successful secured attachments and contracts in countries such as the Cayman Islands, Argentina, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
The track and field athletes have also dominated local track and field events and have been successful in obtaining university scholarships in Cuba and the United States.
The Sports Programme has had equal success in other disciplines such as cricket, cycling, table tennis and boxing, with athletes participating in sporting events as far as the Mexico, India and Russia.
Some of the more notable athletes developed through the Sports Programme include:
- Christopher Henry – Boxing
- Marcus Thomas – Boxing
- Shawn Terry Cox – Boxing
- Junior Greenidge – Boxing
- Tino Best – Cricket
- Miguel Cummins – Cricket
- Mario Hart – Football
- Robert Roberts – Table Tennis
- Trevor Farley – Table Tennis
- Melissa Straker – Track & Field
- Joy-Anne Eli – Track & Field