Andrews challenges  athletes to lift their game
June 28, 2011

Andrews challenges athletes to lift their game

Communication and Customer Service Consultant, Trinidadian Peter Andrews, is urging national athletes to lift their game, both on and off the field.{{more}}

Andrews, made this request as he spoke to SEARCHLIGHT last Thursday afternoon, at the conclusion of a two day Communications workshop, put on by the National Olympic Committee (NOC), dubbed “Re-defining Communication”.

“St. Vincent and the Grenadines is now producing top sportsmen and sportswomen, who must begin to see themselves as world class, both on and off the field. Therefore, as competitors at the international level, athletes must see themselves as ambassadors for their country, and must begin to develop professional profiles and create new images for themselves,” said Andrews.

He added: “Athletes must begin to see themselves as comparable to the best in their discipline, and believe in their ability to be world beaters.”

The two day workshop, which was staged at the Xpert Computer Center Conference Room, at the top floor of the Music Center Building on Grenville Street, sought to enhance the way in which our top athletes engage the media or respond to the media.

The workshop was attended by 40 persons drawn from several national associations, athletes, media personnel and public relations officers of some national sporting bodies.

Andrews, who also holds a B.A. (Hons.) in History and Social Sciences and a Diploma in Mass Communication, and is a Certified Customer Service Trainer and Life Skills Facilitator, told SEARCHLIGHT:”The workshop sought to encourage this new kind of thinking among both athletes and administrators, by providing some useful tools that must be developed and nurtured by the participants as of now.”

Self-esteem, Personal Self-Inventory, Vales Clarification, Shaping Attitude, Personal and Professional image, Positive Communication, Etiquette and Protocol and Transformation and Change were some of the topics discussed at the workshop.

Andrews hailed the two days as successful, based on the attendance, participation and enthusiasm of those who were present.

“While no one expects miracles, I honestly believe that we were able to sow some important and valuable seeds which, if nurtured and allowed to flower, will produce positive results among the sporting fraternity in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the not-too-distant future,” said Andrews.

Andrews said that the further success of his stint can be measured when national associations also continue the efforts in-house, as this is vital for propagating his efforts and that of the NOC. (RT)