This past weekend, Turks and Caicos Islands recorded historic achievements at the CARIFTA 2018 Games in Nassau, Bahamas by securing 4 medals.
The former Minister for Sports, Hon. Karen Malcolm, who held the portfolio for Sports until February 1, 2018 when it was transferred to Minister Hon. Edwin Astwood, attended the Games which commenced on Friday March 30th 2018. Also, in attendance at the Games was Speaker of the House, Hon. Dwayne Taylor.
Hon. Malcolm sent congratulations to the entire Team TCI for their outstanding performance; stating, “I want to congratulate the young people who have represented our country so well at CARIFTA. I was so proud to watch the performance of our young athletes from the sidelines. They all did an excellent job, however, I must applaud the admirable performance of those who obtained medals and achieved their personal best at the Games. I would be remiss if I did not offer congratulations to the coaches and the persons who accompanied the athletes to the Bahamas. Team TCI has made its mark. This is the first time a team has won four medals at a CARFITA Games.”
The results of the medal placement are as follows:
GOLD Medalist, Wikenson Fenelon, won the Octathlon;
SILVER Medalist, Ken Reyes, who came second in the Under 20 Boys 800m;
BRONZE Medalists, 4 x 100m Boys Under 17, Joshua Meghoo, Wooslyn Harvey, Daveon Durham and Darren Pierret; and
BRONZE Medalist, Javelin throw from Katrell Pierre.
The Minister, Hon. Malcolm added; “We, as a nation must be extremely proud of the medalists. Their performance was superb and we have a great caliber of athletes. Watching them compete on an international stage was a lifetime experience. I am very impressed. Every member of Team TCI gave their best. This was demonstrated in their performance this year. It illustrates that discipline along with hard work and determination are definitely the keys to success. Again, I am so proud of their performance.”
The Minister also stated that she was very pleased with the group of athletes who travelled to Jamaica to compete in CARIFTA Swimming Championships. Their performances were also excellent and although they did not achieve a medal, most of them achieved their personal best and gained exposure to the world of swim competition.
Minister Malcolm encourages all youth to get involved in competition; be it athletics or otherwise. She emphasized that her government will continue to invest in Sports. She further added; “It is the intention of my government to improve the conditions offered to athletes, improve facilities available for them, and strengthen the country’s sport programmes in order to produce more world class athletes. I can assure everyone that Sports is a priority for My Government; we will be strengthening our investment in sports to allow our children to develop their individual abilities from an early age.”