THE UNIVERSITY OF the West Indies (UWI) is planning to establish a Faculty of Sport, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles announced.
He was speaking on April 27 at the inaugural UWI Vice-Chancellor’s Sports Awards ceremony held at the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad.
Beckles told the gathering that all four campuses currently offered training ranging from certificate to masters’ programmes in the pedagogy of sport. He further noted that no other civilisation has produced as many sportsmen and sportswomen per capita as has the Caribbean. The University, he said, has therefore taken on the responsibility to ensure the retention of excellence and will establish this new faculty. The last faculty, the Faculty of Law, was established in 1970.
Meanwhile, Katherine Wynter, a student at The UWI, Mona Campus and Chadwick Walton of The UWI, Cave Hill Campus won The UWI Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year awards.
Wynter is at the Faculty of Social Sciences pursuing a degree in International Relations. She represented Jamaica in her first international tournament at the age of 13. She continued to participate in international matches during her time at secondary school and at The UWI. Most recently she competed in the Jamaica International Badminton Tournament where she took home both gold and bronze medals. Walton, for his part, is pursuing an MSc in Sports Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences. He is captain of The UWI Blackbirds cricket team which, in 2015, captured all three titles in the Barbados Cricket Association’s elite division. He has also played on the West Indies A team, the West Indies Senior team and the Jamaica Tallawahs.
Beckles also presented special awards to UWI Alumni Jason Holder, current captain of the West Indies Test and One-Day International (cricket) team, and Jehue Gordon, track and field athlete and Rio 2016 Olympic hopeful. Cricketers Deandra Dottin and Carlos Brathwaite who represented the West Indies during the recent Women's and Men’s World Cup T20 matches also received awards on behalf of their respective teams.
These inaugural awards honour top student athletes for outstanding performances in academics, athletics, service and leadership from each of The UWI four campuses. Nominees also had to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. After a screening by campus selection committees, two nominees from each campus went forward for further evaluation at The University level.
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