The Pan American Sports Organization (Panam Sports) has indicated that it would assist to fund the construction of a pool for the BVI Swimming Federation. President of the BVI Olympic Committee, Ep…
President of the BVI Olympic Committee, Ephraim Penn, made that announcement on Monday.
Swimming is the only sport that has not returned to the territory since the September 2017 hurricanes because of extensive damage to Prospect Reef Resort which housed the swimming pool.
Penn said he has had discussions with the local swimming federation but they are frustrated because they have lost their staple and must fight twice as hard to get anything done.
“It is very difficult for them, and it is very difficult for us. But we have a little ray of hope. At our last meeting in Miami with Panam Sports, they are interested in building a pool and giving us funding for a pool, once we find the area,” Penn said.
“Panam sports, they see it as a safety more so than just a sport. We are surrounded by water and the moor persons we have that can swim; it is better for us. So, they see it, especially in the islands, as investments they want to make. They see it as vital to the community and they have really embraced that,” the Olympic Committee President said.
Meanwhile, Minister for Sports Sharie de Castro was asked for an update regarding the swimming pool that was expected to be built on Virgin Gorda. During parliament’s Standing Finance Committee deliberations last year, the Director for the Virgin Islands
Recreation Trust said they were planning to construct a pool on Virgin Gorda by 2023.
“I have a meeting coming up with the recreation trust. Over the past month, the focus has been on education, given we have graduation and the end-of-year examination and promotions, but we have some meetings scheduled for the statutory boards and committees for the rest of the month. So, I will be able to give you an update on that on whether they are on track or not and what additional opportunities exist,” de Castro said.