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Athletes get send-off ahead of CARIFTA

Sports minister Myron Wawyn interacts with one of the Gumbs brothers who will be representing the BVI at this year’s CARIFTA Games. (Photo provided)

A 12-member athletic team has departed for The Bahamas to compete in this year’s CARIFTA Games, and Sports Minister Myron Walwyn was present for the send-off.

They departed the territory Thursday morning ahead of the four-day competition that starts tomorrow (March 30).

“I know that the entire Virgin Islands is supporting them all the way and I am certainly looking forward to each of them bringing home medals,” said Walwyn in a post on social media.

The national CARIFTA team comprises under-17 athletes Xiomara Malone, Akrisa Eristee, Zara Brown, Malik John and Jaleel Croal; as well as under-20 athletes Beyonce Defreitas, Arianna Hayde, Akira Phillip, Rikkoi Brathwaite, Joshua Hill, and Diamante and Djimon Gumbs.

They are expected to compete in various sporting disciplines, including the Discus and Javelin throw, the 200 and 400-metre events, as well as the Long, and High Jump events.

The 2018 BVI CARIFTA Games team. (Photo from Myron Walwyn’s Facebook page)


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  1. missing in action says:

    Where is BVIAIRWAYS?

  2. Want2Kno says:

    How much $$ the Sports Ministry contributed towards the trip?

  3. KB says:

    Good luck to all the athletes

  4. The wall says:

    He just loves to be in front and on top

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