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McMaster steers Puma to assist BVI athletes

“Being signed by Puma is a great deal … [but] me being on top is not just about being me alone” — McMaster. (Photos by Esther Durand/BVI News)

Esther Durand, BVI News Staff

More up-and-coming local track and field athletes will now be repping sponsored sportswear from German brand – Puma, largely because of the work of BVI’s star 400-metre hurdles athlete, Kyron McMaster.

Puma this year signed major sponsorship deals with McMaster and local long-jumper, Chantel Malone.

But, while addressing members of the media at the TB Lettsome International Airport on Thursday, McMaster said he has solicited Puma’s assistance for other local athletes.

He said this assistance will ease the financial burden on local government.

“With the contract with Puma, I am trying to get them to help out the BVI as much as it can so that when the BVI competes, it competes in Puma. We don’t have to run to the government to ask them for funding, for clothing, or shoes.”

“So, Puma is not only looking out for us (Malone and I) but they are interested in the BVI as well,” he added.

According to the 400-metre hurdles sensation, he knows all too well the ‘struggle’ of not having ‘the better stuff’ in a small island territory.

“Being signed by Puma is a great deal especially coming from a small nation. It is very few athletes who have actually reached the level that I have reached but … me being on top is not just about being me alone,” McMaster explained.

He said Puma has already begun its ‘assist BVI’ campaign and has given him sportswear to pass on to local athletes.

Malone

Kyron helped me

Meanwhile, Malone also described landing a sponsorship deal with Puma as ‘a big move’.

She said McMaster played a major role in her receiving the deal.

“I want to thank Kyron because he basically opened the door for me to be able to be seen more. Back in the day, we use to find something to put on our backs but now we are in uniform.”

The two athletes have been making major international milestones in their athletic careers in recent times.

McMaster made the British Virgin Islands proud when he won a historic gold medal in the Men’s 400-metre hurdles event at the Commonwealth Games in April.

Malone also made history in 2017 by becoming the first BVI athlete to make it to the finals of a Long Jump event at the IAAF World Championships.

A hero’s welcome

In the meantime, scores of supporters turned out at the Beef Island airport on Thursday to welcome the star athletes, inclusive of the BVI’s queen of sprint, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott.

They received warm greetings and cheers from the crowd that had gathered outside the airport.

Following the meet and greet, authorities put on a motorcade for the athletes.

A prize giving ceremony will be held today in their honour.

Harrigan-Scott

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  1. Global says:

    Good for you. You are doing a lovely job. Shows you are not a selfish individual. I’m proud of you.

  2. Gumption.Official says:

    Your on a run for a positive purpose, you’ve understand it’s not about (self) but about others. Your mind and heart is in the right place. Your the perfect timing for our youngsters. Once you and Ms Malone And others keep God first anything positive is possible….. I wish you’ll the best and congratulations on the huge deal with Puma. Good people should be endorse by good strong brands.

  3. role model says:

    an amazing achievement and giving back straight away. this man is a proper role model.

  4. and lady! says:

    not forgetting Chantel!

  5. LoveMyBVI says:

    Very Very Proud of our athletes. Kyron you put us on the the WORLD STAGE!!! GOD BLESS YOU.
    We Love you!!

  6. LoveMyBVI says:

    Very Very Proud of our athletes. Kyron you put us on the the WORLD STAGE as a #1 Athlete!!! I am also very impressed with your love and consideration for your fellow athletes. God Bless you. We Love you!! Love you BVI athletes You all are our positive ambassadors.

  7. Eagle eye says:

    What time is his training incase people want to see a joy run live.

  8. thank you says:

    national hero

  9. bubun says:

    so what happened to daryl christopher with cycling??? or this for just track runners

  10. TurtleDove says:

    Nice!

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