Saint Lucia’s youth learn the art of Woodball – Taiwan’s indigenous game

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Saint Lucia’s youth learn the art of Woodball – Taiwan’s indigenous game

This summer the sport of wood ball has been introduced by the Taiwanese university students who are in Saint Lucia for the Embassy’s Summer School programme.

Woodball which is indigenous to Taiwan is a sport where a mallet is used to pass a ball through gates. This game can be played in grass, sand or indoors.

Recently the summer school participants were taken to the Vigie or Sab Playing Field for the new experience of learning the game of woodball. They were joined by Minister for Youth and Sports Honourable Shawn Edward, along with Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia His Excellency James Chang.

Minister Shawn Edward says he is supportive of the opportunity for young persons to be productively engaged in learning a new sport which has the same benefits as other more traditional sporting activities on island.

“I am hearing of the sport of woodball for the very first time. I have tried my hand at it and I am not doing to badly as far as the Ambassador is concerned. I think it’s another opportunity for young Saint Lucians to basically enjoy their summer vacation and at the same time engage in activities that are meaningful to their development, so it is an initiative that I have welcomed . I am hoping that as the camp continues not only will they be exposed to the rudiments of sporting activities and other things that are unique to Taiwan but more importantly that they are going to use that to aid their development and growth.”

Ambassador James Chang described woodball as a very player – friendly game suited for both grown ups and children.

“We hope after this afternoon’s practice more students can learn how to play the game woodball and we are going to donate  the equipment for woodball to the Saint Lucia government as well.”

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