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Belize at The Business of Sport International Conference Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Minister Herman Longsworth receiving a copy of the Jamaican Sport Policy from Minister Natalie Neita- HeadleyThe Hon. Herman Longsworth, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports with direct responsibilities for youth and sports along with Patrick Henry Acting. National Sports Director attended the 3rd Annual The Business of Sports International Conference held under the theme “Change the Game” at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica, from April 30th – May 3rd, 2013.

The three days working conference brought together key presenters from Canada, United Kingdom, USA and Jamaica who all presented on the role of sports as a business including the issue of Branding, which includes both athletes and merchandises (Rule 40) of the International Olympic Committee and how it is applied to Caribbean countries; as well as a lunch presentation on the topic “Sports for All” that was presented by the Hon. Michael Fennel, Immediate Past President of the Commonwealth Games Federation and the current President of the Jamaican Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association. The conference organizers also took the advantage of having three Caricom Ministers of Sports at the conference and were able to include onto the official programme a ministerial presentation segment.

The Ministers of Sports that were in attendance at the conference and whom participated in the ministerial segment included the Hon. Herman Longsworth, the Hon. Stephen Lashley (Barbados) and the Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley (Jamaica). The ministers also responded to questions that were posted to them by the audience.

On the last day of the conference, Marion Jones presented on the topic “Paradise gained, lost and redeemed.” She walked the audience through a very emotional presentation and also responded to questions from the audience that included students, parents, sporting officials and the general public.

The highlight of Belize’s participation at the conference was Minister Longsworth’s meeting with the Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley at Devon’s House on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013, in which both countries have agreed in principle to a MOU that will be beneficial to both. During the meeting, both ministers of sports discussed a wide range of issues including Belizeans doing first degrees in Physical Education at the G.C. Foster College (School of Physical Education), athletes making maximum use of the High Performance Centre at Mona, and the introduction of Swimming to Belize as a formal discipline.

The Concept paper and framework for the latter was received by the Hon. Herman Longsworth on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley presented a copy of the Jamaican Sport Policy that was tabled in Parliament on March 25th, 2013, to the Hon. Herman Longsworth.