$150,000 for 32nd annual MILO Games
The annual Kelvin Nancoo Primary School Games, also known as the MILO Games, is set for March 19 and 20 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Sponsored by the NESTLÉ brand for the past 31 years, the MILO Games were renamed the Kelvin Nancoo MILO® West Games in honour of Kelvin Nancoo, lead organiser of the track and field meet since its inception.
In 2018, MILO increased its support of the Games, extending sponsorship to include Primary Schools in both the North West and North East Districts of Port of Spain. This change ushered in another rename; this time to the Kelvin Nancoo Primary School Games.
In 2019, NESTLÉ will contribute TTD$150,000 to the Games and to the development of the track and field prowess of hundreds of youngsters, as a result.
At the Games’ media launch on Tuesday, Denise d’Abadie, Head of Corporate Communications at NESTLÉ Trinidad and Tobago Limited, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to helping families live healthier lifestyles. d’Abadie highlighted that the Games are “perfectly aligned” with NESTLÉ’s global commitment to help 50 million children live healthier lifestyles by 2030. She went on to explain that, in Trinidad and Tobago, the company contributes to this global goal in numerous ways – through the Kelvin Nancoo Games and various other initiatives like the “NESTLÉ for Healthier Kids” programme; a programme which seeks to teach children, ages 6 to 12, the basics of leading a healthy lifestyle.
“Healthier Kids” operates in 10 schools across Trinidad, and was recently introduced in Tobago in four primary schools with a goal of impacting 25,000 children across the region by the end of 2019. d’Abadie lamented about the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, but assured those present that with NESTLÉ’s purpose to ‘enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future’ always at the forefront of its operations, customers will be afforded the best choices in both taste and nutrition profiles.
“We have reduced salt, sugar and saturated fats in all of our products across the globe and right here in Trinidad and Tobago - our MILO, ORCHARD Juices, and NESTLE flavoured milks are all well suited to the dietary needs of our consumers,” she stated. According to Denise, the company’s mission, through the Kelvin Nancoo Games, is to mold the nation’s youngsters into healthy adults, reducing the incidence of obesity and non-communicable diseases.
MILO Games 2019
Also speaking at Tuesday’s launch, Raymond Wallace, Business Executive Officer - NESTLÉ Anglo Dutch Caribbean Region, echoed d’Abadie’s sentiments. He reiterated the company’s commitment to contribute to healthier living and to enhance quality of life, indicating that “the MILO® brand’s decision to support these Games and other activities like it, year after year, is a testament to our desire to nourish our children’s bodies through proper nutrition.” He went on to say that the company’s support of the Games “also professes our commitment to nurture ambitions and passions through sport, while teaching values and lessons for the future, along the way.”
More than 8,000 North-East and North-West students will be positively impacted by MILO’s sponsorship of the Kelvin Nancoo Primary School Games. Over its 32 years of support, 30,000+ children have participated in the Games. MILO’s expanded sponsorship represents, in part, its contribution to NESTLÉ’s global commitment of helping 50 million kids; but more than a contribution, the company sees its involvement as an investment in the nation’s future which lies in the hands of our youth.
Brian Lewis, President of the Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee and Ephraim Serrette, President of the National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago both offered remarks at the launch. Mr. Lewis declared that “Sport is life” explaining that the values sport instills in youngsters “remains with them for their entire life.” Mr. Serrette agreed and added that the Kelvin Nancoo Games were the “training grounds” for many athletes who go on to compete at National Championships. He attributed the success of schools in the Northern District at the Championships to participation by its students in the Kelvin Nancoo Games.
Mr. Nancoo, Chair of the Games’ Organising Committee and Lead since the Games’ inception 32 years ago, lauded NESTLÉ for its commitment to Nutrition, Health, Wellness and the wellbeing of the nation’s youth at the launch. He extended immense gratitude to MILO® for its 32-year commitment to the Games and expressed, on behalf of all East Port of Spain Schools, the great service the company has done by expanding its sponsorship to these schools.
Also at the launch, Mr. Nancoo, Raymond Wallace, Business Executive Officer - NESTLÉ Anglo Dutch Caribbean Region and Geysha Thomas-Davis, Senior Consumer Marketing Manager at NESTLÉ T&T distributed trophies and prizes to 3 winners of the MILO® Quiz – a competition held in the lead up to the Kelvin Nancoo Primary School Games to test children’s knowledge of MILO® and the Games themselves. After more than 15 grueling rounds and over 95 questions, Emily John of Diego Martin Government Primary took 3rd place, Anicah Weekes took 2nd and Khalid Dowden emerged the overall winner. Anicah and Khalid both hail from Diamond Vale Government Primary School.
The West Games has produced a slew of athletes responsible for winning medals at national, regional and international athletic events.
National Athletes who debuted at these Games include:
- Alena Brooks
- Ato Boldon
- Cleavon Dillon
- Fana Ashby
- Hasely Crawford
- Honore Mcdonald
- Jehue Gordon
- Jonathan Holder
- Kervin Morgan
- Michelle Lee Ahye
- Richard Thompson
- Renee Clarke and
- Simon Pierre
In 2018, Diamond Vale Government made history, winning the Championship 31 times in its 31-year tenure, while Success RC continued their winning streak at the East District schools’ meet. The 2019 edition of the Kelvin Nancoo Primary School Games takes place on March 12 with the East District Schools and March 13, with the West, both at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.