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St. Kitts Nevis Olympic Committee Hosts Empowering “Women in Sports” Summit

Published 2 March 2024

Buckie Got It, St. Kitts and Nevis News Source

St. Kitts Nevis Olympic Committee Hosts Empowering “Women in Sports” Summit

L-R (Seated) Dr Hazel Laws, Chief Medical Officer; Honourable Senator Isalean Phillip, Minister of Social Development & Gender Affairs et. Al; Her Excellency Dame Marcella Liburd, GCMG, JP, Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis,; Mr. Dennis Knight, President of the SKNOC (Ag.);Honourable Samal Duggins, Minister of Sports et. Al; Mr. Glenn Quinlan, Chairman of the National Sports Council; Mrs. Jennifer Nero, Chairperson of the Women in Sports Commission.

Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, 2nd March, 2024 [SKNOC]– The St. Kitts Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) held a seminal “Women in Sports” event at the SKNOC Headquarters, Taylor’s Range, Basseterre, which saw a considerable turnout, signaling a collective drive
towards fostering gender inclusivity and empowerment through member federation across the country.

The event was graced by distinguished speakers, including the Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dame Marcella Liburd; Minister of Sports, Honourable Samal Duggins; Minister of Social Development & Gender Affairs, Honourable Senator Isalean Phillip; Chief Officer Dr. Hazel Laws; Acting President of the SKNOC Mr. Dennis Knight; and Chairman of the National Sports Council Mr. Glenn Quinlan. Apologies were tendered on behalf of SKNOC President Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater, who was scheduled to deliver remarks at this morning’s event but was unable to do so. The Master of Ceremonies was Mrs. Jennifer Nero, Chairperson for SKNOC Women in Sport Commission.

Each presenter delivered insightful remarks centered on the theme “#inspireinclusion,” advocating for a more inclusive sports environment that transcends gender and other barriers.

Dame Marcella Liburd, leveraging her experience as a former executive member of the SKNOC and Caribbean netball Champion, challenged attendees to advance the conversation on women’s
inclusion in leadership roles within sports demanding of them to push further, and ensure that women’s voices are not only heard but are influential in shaping the future of sports.

Minister of Social Development & Gender Affairs, Honourable Senator Isalean Phillip, reinforced this sentiment, stating, “There is more work to be done in inclusivity, beyond the context of sex. Our efforts in unified sports, bringing together students with intellectual disabilities and athletes with mainstream abilities, and pave a path to friendship and understanding.”

Minister Phillip also shared a poignant anecdote emphasizing the transformative power of encouragement from female figures in sports, highlighting its importance in fostering an inclusive environment for individuals of varying skills and learning levels.

Dr. Hazel Laws, CMO for the Federation, underscored the health benefits of sports participation, especially for women. She highlighted the World Health Organization’s recommendations on
physical activity and its impact on reducing noncommunicable diseases, improving cognitive function, academic achievement, and overall well-being.

Echoing the call to action, Minister of Sports Honourable Samal Duggins’ inspired remarks encouraged participants to evolve from “worker bees” to “queen bees,” imploring them to lead and create more leaders within their communities.

“The time is now for us to lead by example, to inspire and cultivate a generation of queen bees in sports and beyond,” Minister Duggins encouraged.

The event exemplified a collective commitment to promoting gender inclusivity in sports, with representatives from every member federation leaving the seminar feeling empowered and represented.

About St. Kitts Nevis Olympic Committee
The St. Kitts Nevis Olympic Committee is dedicated to supporting and promoting Olympic sports across the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Through advocacy, education, and development programs, the SKNOC strives to foster a culture of excellence, inclusivity, and health in the sporting community. Our mission is to empower athletes and contribute to the global Olympic movement, ensuring that sports continue to be a powerful platform for unity, development, and peace.

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