Members of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) converged on the Cayman islands in the latter part of October 2012 for the organisation’s 10th annual General Assembly.
It seems such a long time since the organisation was officially launched at its first general Assembly during the period of the Pan American games held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2003.
The Assembly received and approved the Report of the CANOC Executive headed by Barbadian, Steve Stoute.
The Education and Training Commission, the most functional unit within CANOC, gave an extensive report and outlined some of its plans for the period through to 2014, with emphasis being place don facilitating the successful hosting of all of the projects agreed with the Organising Committee of the Pan American Games 2015 scheduled for Toronto, Canada (TO2015).
The 10th General Assembly focused on a number of important issues confronting the organisation not the least of which is ensuring that NOCs in the region make full use of all available funding from Olympic Solidarity. This matter was the subject of the presentation by CANOC’s Olympic Solidarity Commission headed by Keith Joseph and including IOC member, Richard Peterkin of St Lucia and President of the Haitian NOC, Jean Edouard Baker.
The Assembly also received a Report from the Women In Sport Commission headed by Grenada’s Veda Bruno-Victor.
Carla Thachuk and Chantelle Grant of Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) made a joint presentation on what their organisation has on offer to the Caribbean region and urged members to take full advantage of these.
The members were also informed that the Canadian International development Agency (CIDA) which had funded much of CGC’s work in the past, will be conducting an analysis of the work for which its funds were used in the Caribbean. The projects include Healthy Lifestyles, Kicking Out Aids and the Caribbean Coaches Certification Programme (CCCP).
The Assembly also received an update from TO2015 CEO, Bob Doherty that included the following:
World Sports and Hospitality Inc and Cartan Tours each made presentations to the General Assembly. The former in terms of what it is prepared to offer members who sign on with them and the latter an update on the outcomes from London 2012.
Generally the Assembly was well attended and the discussions on issues raised quite vibrant.