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50 for 50 in Billfish Tournament

Clinton Bailey – a major player in the Billfish tournament

Fifty boats from throughout the Caribbean and the diaspora is the target for the 2024 Spice Island Billfish Tournament, according to long standing committee member Clinton Bailey.

Speaking to THE NEW TODAY, Bailey said that with the island commemorating its 50th anniversary of Independence, the committee members hope to represent 50 in their activities.

He recalled that in 2022, there was a combination of various anglers participating in the tournament.

“We had at least ten junior anglers, we had at least five women, we had over 300 anglers last year total. This being our 50th anniversary, we (are) hoping to have fifty boats, another 300 anglers together with women and juniors – that is our aim,” he said.

Bailey disclosed that the Dickon Mitchell-led Congress administration will be partnering with the Spice Island Billfish Tournament committee to ensure that the tournament is a success.

“We want to see how we can incorporate that celebration of our 50th. So we want to incorporate that 50 into our 54th year of Billfish and have a wonderful celebration,” he said.

Newly elected Chairperson of the tournament Natalie Bruce indicates that the docks will be decorated with the national colors of Grenada during the event.

When it came to including more junior participants, the committee member stated that the inclusion of the youngsters will depend on their parents getting them involved in the activity.

“We depend on the elders to bring their kids… to get them involved in fishing. We are trying to see if we could give them some incentives, give them rods, reels so they don’t just have it in their house as an ornament, they (can) come and use it.”

Bruce was high in praise for one of the junior anglers who went on an overseas assignment.

“Loki travelled with us as a junior angler to Martinique and he was top junior angler and he got some prizes. The Martiniquians were so overwhelmed by his performance and he’s encouraged by that. What he got has pushed him in the incentive bracket and he’s just there all glory and he wants to get involved.”

The new Chairperson told THE NEW TODAY that she was amazed and thrilled when she received her new position.

“At first, I was a bit shocked that my committee members thought so highly of me. I’m very excited. I know the reason they chose me is because I’m a person I like to get things done, make sure it gets done.”

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