The 16th biennial Caribbean Union of Teachers games, 2016 edition are set for Tortola in the BVI –July 15th and 16th.
Coach of the Nevis team which has already been selected, Kurvin Wallace and Nevis Teachers Union representative Coordinator Ercia Blake, spoke to the media on Monday and gave an update on the team and fundraising efforts so far.
A team of twenty individuals has been selected as follows:
Julissa Mills; Joric Daniel; Amir Parris; Adrian Wilkin; Adrian Williams; Shadae Bridgeman; Kenroy Freeman; Sidondre Flemming; Tiana Liburd; Jules Scarborough; Jermaine Bartlette; Devonte Liburd; Trevaughn Dunrod; Joselle Weekes; Dyatryl Stanley; Dejal Myers; Malik Gumbs; Annique Jeffers; Hadassa Ross and Kurvella Wallace.
The CUT games which are held every two years, cater for athletes ranging from 8 to 14 years of age and involves track and field events.
Only the athletes who are under 9 years of age, will be excluded from the full range of events
In 2012 at the meet held in Jamaica, Nevis brought back home quite a number of medals, with Carlon Tuckett awarded the prestigious Victor Ludorum accolades.
Nevis represented creditably in the 2014 games in Trinidad as well.
Coach Wallace is expecting some outstanding performances from the Nevis team this year.
The team members, teachers and parents are actively involved in fundraising efforts to raise the required $30,000.00 which is required to get the 20 athletes and management team to Tortola, at an approximate cost of $1,500.00 per individual.
This will take care of tickets, accommodation, meals and registration.
There were a few negative incidents at a fund raising car wash held recently when there were incidences of adults swearing at the children and making derogatory remarks.
Wallace and Blake spoke out against such disgraceful behaviour by some members of the general public.
They however gave thanks to some of the sponsors who are already on board:
They also used the opportunity to ask for individuals and businesses to also throw their full support behind aiding the children in doing something really positive, knowing fully well that exceptional talents can eventually come out of such exposures.