• Today
    July 19

  • 05:13 AM

Long road ahead for hockey

MIKE KING, mikeking@nationnews.com

Added 16 August 2018


BHF president Mark St Hill says it will take time to rebuild Barbados as a hockey destination. (FILE)

Hockey is far from down for the count, but Barbados Hockey Federation (BHF) president Mark St Hill has acknowledged it is going to take some time to rebuild this country as a viable destination for the sport.

Considering that hockey had been set back by the absence of the AstroTurf for eight years, St Hill said he was not disappointed that it was taking a little while for the sport to rise again.

His comments come against the background of the news that fewer than ten overseas teams have entered the 2018 Barbados International Hockey Festival, which starts on Sunday.

“I am not disappointed at the pace at which hockey is at. What it is, is a dose of reality, in that people need to realise that when you have a franchise and that franchise has been impacted, getting back the turf is critical but everyone is not going to change their plans overnight and swarm back to Barbados.

“Overseas teams when they are planning, they plan two or three years ahead, so there is a rebuilding process. Obviously we would want to have 20 or 30 overseas teams, but it is not only about rebuilding hockey, but rebuilding the place as a destination for the sport,” he said. (MK)

Please read the full story in the Weekend Nation, or in the eNATION edition.


Dos and Donts

Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus


Do you think the schools starting earlier in the new school term will help with traffic management?