Conrad Simon, a former national basketball player and executive member of the SVG Basketball Federation, is availing his skills and experience to advancing the sport of Road Tennis here.
Last Saturday at a meeting held at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex, Simon was elected President of a five-person Executive Committee, to serve the SVG Road Tennis Association for the next four years.
He has as his team: Sharon Peters (Vice President); Winston Snagg (Treasurer); Annette Joseph (Secretary) and Sean Stanley (Public Relations Officer).
Speaking to the VINCENTIAN after his election, Simon said he embraced the appointment with enthusiasm and is looking forward to serve.
“I have served in several positions on the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Basketball Federation and it will be a privilege and honour to share by experience with the Road Tennis Association for the 4-year term limit according to the constitution.
“As a relatively new sport, we’re hoping to work in collaboration with the Sports Department, the National Sports Council and the National Olympic Committee, to establish the sport in the communities and the schools. Already the sport is being played in the communities of Chester, Villa, Arnos Vale, Layou and Bequia.”
Simon went on to recognise the sport not only as another avenue for physical exercise, but as one that offers an opportunity to play for financial rewards locally and internationally.
He alluded to persons “who play for money in Barbados, where the sport was founded,” and those “who live by the sport not only in Barbados but also in the USA.”
The Executive used the occasion of last Saturday’s meeting to acknowledge the extensive work to date, that the Sports Department and especially Bevan Burgin have put in towards establishing Road Tennis in the state.