The inaugural 2013 Pine Hill Dairy sponsored National Summer Camp draughts tournament was a success, despite being plagued by significant challenges.
However, its coordinator has promised that next year when it returns it will be much improved as camps would be better prepared to facilitate it.
The vow came this morning from summer camp draughts coordinator, Hillary Austin as he spoke to Barbados TODAY.
At that time he was at the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture’s office in Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall in St. Michael for presentations of prizes to participants of the summer camps athletics and draughts tournaments. He said that though on the opening day of the 12 scheduled games only two were played and “roughly” 60 per cent of all scheduled games were played they would press on because of its benefits.
Austin, who is also the Senior Youth Commissioner in the ministry, identified the major problem the tournament faced as transportation. He explained that camp directors only used Transport Board buses to shuttle the campers around because of safety issues and since on many occasions they were unable to access buses this hindered campers from participating.
“It was a success because we introduced draughts to about 11,000 campers and they did enjoy it. It won’t be everybody’s cup of tea but the majority of people that we saw there were fully gravitating to it. The thing about draughts is that it carries … identifiers that can be taken off the board and into life — patience, analytical skills, taking advantage of situations when they arise and it helps strengthens the mind,” he said.
“Stake holders are already meeting to deal with improving it. We may have to look at changes in reference to how we allow the campers to travel because that was the key so we will develop a plan which every body would be a part of.”
The tournament’s first winners were Camp St. James, who defeated Camp St. Bernard’s in the final. Camp Ellerton was third while Camp Luther settled for fourth spot. (KC)