Minister Smith said: “We, at the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs are athlete-driven and we stand committed to the attainment of holistic sport development, whilst supporting our athletes’ pursuit of excellence at the highest levels of competition.”
The NPS 2017-2027 employs a collaborative approach towards objective achievement, by highlighting partnerships with counterpart Ministries, such as Health, Education, National Security, Community Development, Social Development and Local Government.
The policy also employs a supportive framework, not only to facilitate implementation, but also to ensure the achievement of the desired outputs and outcomes. This framework includes: 2017-2022 Sport Development Plan (NPS Implementation & Action plans); 2017-2027 NPS Monitoring and Evaluation Framework; and 2017-2020 National Framework for the Development of Sport and Sport for Development.
Minister Smith reiterated that the monitoring and evaluation framework is critical to the successful implementation of the NPS and applauded the Ministry’s continuing efforts in this regard. He also noted that a Maintenance Policy will also be tabled as an adjunct document to the NPS, to provide guidelines for the maintenance of the country’s TT$4billion sporting asset base.
Additionally, the financing of sport is to be addressed in a comprehensive Sport Funding Policy which speaks to several funding streams, including for elite athlete support and athlete development.
The incentives framework also identifies rewards for junior athletes as well as para-athletes who medal at these high-level competitions.
Cabinet also agreed to the application of the Framework to recompense individual athletes who medalled at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Cup and/or World Championships from 2015 to 2017, and considered the special case made for the rewarding of national teams which medalled at these competitions over the same period.
More recently, approval was granted to reward senior national teams for first-time qualifications only for the Olympics, World Cup and/or World Championships. The first beneficiaries of this will be the national senior men’s hockey and national senior women’s volleyball teams which qualified for their respective 2018 World Championship tournaments.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES TO BE REWARDED
4 x 400 metres Men’s Silver Medal, 2015 IAAF World Championships
4 x 100 metres Women’s Bronze Medal, 2015 IAAF World Championships
Athletics Gold, World Youth Championships 2015
Athletics Bronze, Olympics 2016
Athletics Gold, Silver, Bronze, Paralympics 2016
4 X 400 metres Men’s Gold Medal, 2017 IAAF World Championships
ICC Women’s World T20 2017
ICC Under 19 World Cup
Athletics Gold, Paralympics 2017
Athletics Bronze, World Championships 2017