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UWI Games return to Trinidad next month

For Release Upon Receipt - April 21, 2009

St. Augustine

It’s UWI Games time again! In just a few weeks, the St Augustine Campus will host the 2009 UWI Games. The University’s biennial student games, which are rotated among the three main UWI campuses, will return to Trinidad next month. This year’s UWI Games will be formally opened by Deputy Principal Professor Rhoda Reddock in an official ceremony on Thursday 21st May, 2009.

Over 400 athletes from the three main campuses at St Augustine, Mona (Jamaica) and Cave Hill (Barbados) are expected to take part in this year’s Games, which will include track and field, football, netball, cricket, volleyball, basketball, 6-a-side hockey, swimming, table tennis and lawn tennis, culminating in a festive Closing Ceremony on Thursday 28th May, 2009.

Most of the sporting activities will be held at the UWI St Augustine Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC). With 34,000-plus square feet of indoor space, seating capacity for 1360 people, and fully equipped outdoor facilities, UWI SPEC is widely recognised as a significant resource for regional sport development, training and research.  During the weeklong Games, the SPEC will be converted into a Recreational Village, where athletes and supporters can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, music and entertainment.

The UWI Games are part of the University’s ongoing preparations for the upcoming inaugural Caribbean Games, which are carded to take place in Trinidad from July 12th to 19th. Over 1300 athletes from across the Caribbean will gather for this significant regional event, which is the very first of its kind.

As the leading higher education institution in the English-speaking Caribbean, UWI provides premier sporting facilities and sport-related academic programmes in the region. The University’s offering of sport-related undergraduate degree programmes include Sport and Tourism Management, Sport Management, Coaching and Physical Education. The University’s newest sport programme is a postgraduate diploma programme in Sport Management, which will be hosted by an Institute for Sport Studies housed in UWI SPEC. This postgraduate programme emerged from a recently signed agreement between the University and The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), which is the academic arm of world football governing body FIFA.

For more information about UWI Games or UWI SPEC, please e-mail or, or call (868) 662-2002 Extension 2660, 3556 or 3571, or Fax (868) 662-2002 Ext. 2662.