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GREAT BAY, St. MartinThe United Volleyball Club (UVC) is gearing up for its annual “summer camp,” said club coordinator Dr. Rhoda Arrindell. 

UVC members will be among those attending the camp and at least one will serve as a camp leader for the participants, ages eight to 18. “This year UVC member Yadiska van Putten will get her first chance to work as a volleyball camp leader for younger participants,” said Arrindell, herself a former volleyball player. The sports camp takes place in August just before the new school year.

Volleyball players and parents and guardians of children interested in playing volleyball can start registering for the camp at Tel. 520-1136, said Arrindell. 

Yadiska, 17, is an example of the teenagers coached by the UVC over the years. “Yadiska trains with UVC three times a week. Once a month she receives intense training with UVC chief trainer Patricio Bridgewater. On top of that, she has recently started training with the youth volleyball selection,” said Arrindell.

“Without compromising any of her trainings, Yadiska took part in the teen queen pageant of St. Maarten Carnival 2016, and won the Miss Amity, Miss Community Spirit, Best Cultural Wear, Best Interview/Debate, and the Crystal Pineapple Award for best speech,” said Arrindell.

When asked about her other interests, Yadiska said, “I would like to work with educating toddlers because they’re at the stage of beginning to speak and understand.”

One of the highlights of the UVC training camp in August is that the club will host the visiting Colorado College women’s volleyball team. “For Yadiska, this will be a great opportunity because she intends to go to college in Denver and play volleyball for a college team,” said Arrindell. 

Do sports and education make a winning combination for young people? “Yadiska managed her accomplishments this year while maintaining her grades as a HAVO 4 student at MPC high school,” said Dr. Arrindell, who is also an author and a leading St. Martin educator and linguist.

“Generally speaking the students and UVC, and if I may add, students in other sports organizations that are really trying hard to make a difference, are confirming the view that participation in sports helps students to become better representatives of their community both on and off the court or field,” said the UVC coordinator.

“Over the two years as a member of UVC, Yadiska has exhibited all the values of UVC and the UVC motto that volleyball and education are a winning combination,” said Dr. Arrindell. 

Photo caption:Yadiska van Putten, volleyball player, Crystal Pineapple Award speech competition winner, MPC student. (photo courtesy UVC)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association in Collaboration with Lab Sports Academy:

Date: Monday April 25, 2016

NOTICE: To whom it concerns.

The St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association will be hosting on Saturday

May 28th 2016.

The SECOND Annual Interscholastic SUB WAY - Track & Field Competition for Elementary schools.

DATE: MAY 28th2016.

Time : 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.


Invitation goes out to all Elementary schools.

Sister Borgia. Sister Magda. Sister Regina. Sister Marie Laurance. St. Jozeph. Learning Unlimited. Leonard Connor. Seven day Adventist. St. Dominique. Orange School. Martin Luther King School. Methodist agogic Center 1 & 2.. Montessori. C,I.A. Genevieve de wever. Ruby Labega School. Ace Foundation. Hillside Christian school 1 & 2,          C. Leopold Bell School and Learning unlimited.  

For signing up please contact the St. Maarten Amateur Athletics Association.

Mr. Les Brown Coordinator.

PROGRAM: May 28th 2016:

Rules & Regulations.

All schools can sign up 16 Students:

  • 4under 13 Boys & 4 under 13 Girls team. (Ages 11/12). 4 under 11 Boys & 4 Under 11Girls ages (9/10) total of 16 students.
  • All athletes will compete on an individual basis and also as school team.
  • All athletes will compete in a total of five events & one team relay.
  • All participants will receive a result card of all events one competes in.
  • All Students will receive at the end of the competition a certificate with individual results.
  • Overall individual winners Male & Female of both categories will receive trophies.
  • Winning school will also receive a trophy.
  • Events of competition:

Group Under 13:   80 meters sprint – Long jump – Ball throw – Shot put – 1000meters. & Group relay.

  • Group Under 11:   50 Meters sprint – Long jump – Ball Throw – Shot put – 600 meters. & Group Relay.

All Groups must compete in school colors.

All groups should be accompanied by Parents and or school representative.

All groups and representative will receive free sandwiches and drinks.

All teams must confirm their participation by May 25th 2016.

Winning school will represent Country St, Maarten in 2016 regional school Championship.

All groups must be on time: 30 Min before start of event.

  • Ball throw base ball to be used.
  • Shot put 9/10 - 1kg.
  • Shot put 11/12 – 3Kg.

Listing: School: ----------------------------------------------------------------

Names Students:   Group – 9/10 - 11/12.




Sign: Representative, ………………………………………….. .

CONTACT Persons:

St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association.

Mountain Dove Raod 27 Pointblanch

E Mail Les8brown@Yahoo,com.

Tel: 721 5879089 – 721 5279089.


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Local martial arts instructor, Melissa Bardfield just returned from Boston where she taught two women's only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes as fundraisers for Rosie’s Place.

Over $900 cash and a large amount of clothing and food were donated to Rosie's Place. Rosie’s Place is a shelter for women, founded in 1974. Their mission is to provide a safe environment for poor and homeless women in the Boston area.

Bardfield received her black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Renzo Gracie in New York City and is the head instructor at Renzo Gracie St. Maarten in Cole Bay.

Women’s only martial arts classes are growing rapidly in popularity across the USA. What was formally seen as a male dominated sport is changing. The celebrity status of female martial artists like Ronda Rousey has inspired many women to take up martial arts. Bardfield encourages women to take up martial arts and feel empowered.
SXM BJJ is pleased to offer a women’s only kickboxing class on Saturdays from 8-9AM. The class will cover the proper techniques of Muay Thai Kickboxing but without the aggressive and often intimidating sparring. It is excellent not only for coordination and skill it is also a fat burning cardio workout. The class is taught by Akeem Lewis, a Muay Thai specialist and long time student of Sensei Marco London.
The first class will be held Saturday May 7thfrom 8-9AM and SXM BJJ is offering a special promotion price of $5 to those who pre-register by emailingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on martial arts classes for women, contact 721 580 3894.

SIMPSON BAY – On May 2nd Co-Director of National institute of Arts Arlene Halley and dancers Dashaun Prince, Jeremiah David, Keona Inguenaud, Kiara Vanterpool, and Naomi Warsop left for France to join NIA teacher Peggy Oulerich and Team mates Lian Borsje and Zoe van Zadelhoff for the National Confederation de Danse, in Dijon France.

“I would like to congratulate the Directors, Teachers, parents and especially the students on this accomplishment,” said Minister of Culture Silveria Jacobs. Minister Jacobs also encouraged the dance team to strive for gold in France.

The trip was made possible through generous donations from the private sector and the Government of Sint Maarten, Department of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. NIA would like to extend profound gratitude to GEBE, Sint Maarten Development Fund, Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), Dow Musical Foundation, Henderson Insurance, Marlene Mingo, Seven Seas Water Corp., Meredith Boekhoudt, Norman and Sue Wathey, Island Gems, Ministry of Education, Culture Youth and Sports Affairs and Travel planners for lending their financial support. Getting to this point was not an easy task. Beginning with St. Barths, the dancers and their parents worked diligently to raise donations close to $10,000. 00 of the total $28,000.00 dollars needed to compete in both the Regionals in St. Barths and at the National level in France.

The Minister of Culture also expressed that, ”Sint Maarten is proud of you as Ambassadors of dance representing our Country in Europe and The Government of Sint Maarten is very happy that its contribution was key in making the trip possible.”

In total 7 students qualified to compete in the National Competition In France. The competition will take place on May 4th to 7th in Dijon France. NIA students will be competing in the 4-day event that features over 2500 entries from French Federation. Judged by international Dance professionals, Carl Portal in modern contemporary, Oliver Coste in Classical Ballet and Bruno Vandelli in Jazz.

NIA students were awarded to following prizes in March during the competition in St. Barths.

10 gold medals, 1 silver, 1 bronze, 7 students qualified for the National competition In France

Please find under the results of all the categories:

Contemporary solo category 3:   Lian Borsje, Gold Medal-1st Prize National Level

Contemporary duet category 2:   Lian Borsje & Zoe van Zadelhoff, Gold medal-1st Prize National Level

Mandatory Jazz solo category 2:   Zoe van Zadelhoff, Gold medal-1st Prize National Level

Contemporary Group Category 2: Gold Medal-1st Prize National Level

Naomi Janelle Warsop, Dashaun Prince, Jeremiah David, Kiara Vanterpool, Lian Borsje

Ballet mandatory solo category 1:   Zoe van Zadelhoff, Gold Medal, 1st Prize National Level

Jazz mandatory category 2:   Jeremiah David, Gold Medal-1st Prize National Level

Other style category preparatory:   Keona Inguenaud, Gold Medal-1st Prize National Level

Ballet mandatory on pointe category Moyen 2: Lian Borsje, Gold Medal

Other style Group category 2: Gold Medal

Naomi Warsop, Ray- Angel Boasman, Dashaun Prince, Kiara Vanterpool

Contemporary duet category preparatory: Lia - Sofyiah Lake and Keona Inguenaud, Gold Medal

Other style solo category 2:   Jeremiah David, Silver Medal

Ballet mandatory solo category preparatory:   Jasentha James, Bronze Medal

NIA extends hearty congratulations to the Team of Teachers Peggy Oulerich, Eolia Ada, Arlene Halley and Clara Reyes for preparing the dancers for the competitions.


SXMNBA Single Elimination Knockout
Date: Sunday May 15th- 26th 2016
Location: L. B. Scott Sports Auditorium
Deadline for registration Thursday May 12th 2016
3 Divisions: 21 and under - 21 and over - Veteran’s 38 and over
Minimum 8 players per team Maximum 12
S10 Signup fee per player
Mini SXMNBA Season
Date Monday July 4th- Oct 30th 2016
Location: L. B. Scott Sports Auditorium
Deadline for registration Monday June 27th 2016
3 Divisions: 21 and under - 21 and over - Veteran’s 38 and over
Minimum 8 players per team Maximum 12
$250 Signup fee per team
For more information and to register a team you can call or WhatsApp: +1(721)520-2151 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or FACEBOOK


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The LAB SPORTS ACADEMY will be hosting the 11th Annual LIEVENSE Interscholastic Youth Tennis Tournament on May 27th – 28th & 29TH 2016.

It will be staged at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex Tennis Pavilion.

See format below.

  • Round Robin Format Boys / Girls.
  • Categories: Beginners - Under 10 – Under 13 – Under 15 and Open Class.

  • Invited Guest: Anguilla – Frenchside – American Tennis Club. Poort d’ Plaisance – Simpsonbay tennis school and St. Maarten Tennis Club.

For additional Info: Call Mr. Les Brown @ Phone 5879089 - 5279089


ST. PETERS, St. Maarten - Island Hoops and the Soualiga Social Movement Foundations continue their joint project, Shoot Hoops not Guns in the St. Peters community.

The campaign was formally welcomed to be hosted in the neighborhood by the St. Peters Community Council and will be executed throughout the month of May.

The campaign for the district of St. Peters will consists of two consecutive weekends of community service starting on the 14th of May and ending with a grand 3 vs 3 basketball tournament for ages 12-17 and 18-26 on the 28th of May.

On this day, there will be activities for the entire community; where talents of the community will be showcased and also a t-shirt drive. All residents of the St. Peters community are encouraged to come out and support.

The following organizations have shown interest and commitment to making this a success in St. Peters: P.A.V.E, Department of Youth Affairs, G.I.F.T.E.D Foundation, St. Maarten Youth Council Association, Youth too Extreme (Y2X; Victorious Living's youth wing).

Volunteers should register before May 18th with the St. Peters Community Councils or members of the Shoot hoops not Guns committee to ensure an organized service weekend.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The prestigious TKPT Caribbean Poker Tournament will be opened by Tourism Minister Ingrid Arrindell on Friday in Sonesta Maho Beach Resort’s Casino Royale which started on April 22 and will run through April 30. St. Maarten is the first stop of the Tournament organized by well-known tournament director Thomas Kremser, CEO of TK Poker Events.

The Maho Group is excited to be the host of this world-class tournament, and to announce the hosting of the World Series of Poker Circuit event (WSOPC) to be held here in St. Maarten in the fall, the first time ever in the Caribbean.

WSOP is owned by Caesar’s interactive entertainment, Inc., the world’s largest online, mobile and social gaming company, and it is the longest-running, largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having paid more than $1.6 billion in total prize money to date.

SAINT LUCIA – In the run up to Saint Lucia’s hosting of the third of four  test matches in the summer of 2016 (specific dates to be confirmed by the WICB shortly), the island’s lead promotions and marketing agency, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board has again partnered with Sports Consultant and veteran cricket commentator, Joseph “Reds” Perreira.

Ahead of the third test match to be held mostly likely within the first week of August 2016, involving West Indies versus India, the acclaimed sports enthusiast will spearhead a major promotional and sensitization campaign that will target a multiplicity of audiences, encompassing not only on-island spectators, but critically the diaspora community in the US, UK and wider Europe.  

Tourism Director Louis Lewis says, “The collaboration between the celebrated sports consultant/commentator and the SLTB is in an effort to further strengthen linkages between the vital tourism industry and the sports sector.  Sports has been a unifying force in the world and indeed in our part of the hemisphere, for generations. There is also a strong and logical nexus between sports and tourism and this latest initiative helps us to further cement that partnership.”

The test matches will be the first to be played at the newly renamed Darren Sammy National Cricket Grounds, following the West Indies victory in the ICC 20/20 World Cup series in April.

According to Perreira, “This initiative will seek to drum up support not only for a national hero in the person of Darren Sammy, but is expected to excite and build enthusiasm among sports fans and lovers of the game of cricket. The Indian team will be a quality test team with some world class players, however the West Indies team will want to prove their metal at the longer format of the game, after having done so well in the shorter formats namely, 20/20 and One Day Internationals (ODI’s) in recent times.”

Perreira, who says he’s thrilled about the SLTB collaboration, urges the public to look out for an exhilarating rollout of various marketing/promotional activities leading up to the August matches. This is the 5th set of Cricket Test Matches to be played here on Saint Lucia.

As part of the four-test series, test matches will also be played in neighboring Antigua, Jamaica and Trinidad.

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten - A new board has been appointed by the St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA).

The new board consist of Alex Ferdinand (President), Shawn Green (Vice President), Duncan Van Heyningen (Secretary), Everonique Levenstone (Treasurer), Herbert Martina (Public Relations Officer) and Alphonso Missoudan (Tournament Coordinator).

With this new board, the St. Maarten National Basketball Association continues to realize their vision, which is to provide an environment for the development of our young athletes into elite performers. This can be done via accomplishment of the SXMNBA goals, these are:

To promote & manage the sport of basketball on St. Maarten;

Supervise, improve & expand on basketball in accordance with al FIBA rules and regulations;

To participate in the Dutch Caribbean Games, Kingdom Games and CBC Games with further aims to the World Championship Games.

The SXMNBA will be hosting a single elimination knockout tournaments from May 15th, 2016 to May 26th, 2016. This knockout will be in preparation for the SXMNBA Mini Season, which will run from July 4th, 2016 till October 30th, 2016.

The SXMNBA believes that basketball on St. Maarten contributes greatly to the wellbeing of the youths and thus is a responsibility of all. Therefore, the SXMNBA is asking the general public to support their efforts in keeping basketball alive.

The board is counting on businesses and parents to be involved, if you'd like to assist on any level, please contact the board via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling +1(721)5202151 or +1(721)5204664.

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