Minister Evelyn Welcomes Home CARIFTA Contingent

By Curtis Morton

The Nevisian contingent of the St. Kitts-Nevis 2018 CARIFTA track team, returned to Nevis last evening, via the MV Caribe Queen.

Present at the dock to welcome them warmly, was Minister of Sports in the Nevis Island Administration, Hon. Eric Evelyn and Director of Sports, Jamir Claxton.

In a brief ceremony chaired by Mr. Claxton, Minister Evelyn lauded the efforts of the St. Kitts –Nevis team in securing some four medals at the prestigious event and saluted the Nevisian contingent in their role in securing the medals.

He urged the athletes to continue to work hard and noted that with hard work, they can make it to the international stage eventually and again pledged the fullest support of his Ministry to the progress of all athletes on the island.

He also asked them to continue to be on top of their game.

Assistant coach of the team, and first Nevisian Olympian, Kurvin Wallace, stated that he was happy to be a part of the team and stated that he was extremely happy that five athletes from Nevis, were a part of the team this year.

He opined that the numbers could improve next year but stated that the athletes would have to perform and produce.

He indicated that Timothy Caines and Leroy Chapman, both got ill during the meet, but still gave of their best and along with their team mates certainly represented the federation well.

He asked the general public to continue to support and encourage the athletes.

The athletes also took some time to state the races in which they were involved:

Leroy Chapman-400 and 800 meters

D’atryl Stanley-4X400 meters relay

Marcus Dubberry- 100, 4X100 and 4X400 meters

Timothy Caines-800; 1500 and 4X400 meters

The St. Kitts –Nevis team secured one gold medal and three bronze medals:

Trishanni Warner-gold in the under 17 girls 800 meters; Reandra Richards bronze in the 400 meters; bronze medal in the 4X400 meters under 17 boys- Junior Rouse, Sharim Hamilton, Timothy Caines and D’atryl Stanley and bronze in the under 20 girls 4X400 meters – Reandra Richards, Jerencia Jeffers, Aliah Vanterpool and Nickeisha Howe

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