By: Curtis Morton
The Nevis Teachers Union is busily preparing for the upcoming Caribbean Union of Teachers’ Games (CUT), scheduled for Trinidad from 25th to 26th July.
Chairperson of the fund raising committee, Ms Ercia Blake and Head coach for this year’s team, Ms Tricia Williams, on Wednesday 14th May gave an update in terms of the squad and fund raising efforts thus far.
According to Ms Blake, a similar figure of $100,000.00 dollars needs to be raised in order to take the team and officials to Trinidad. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the committee, the wonderful people of Nevis and some sponsors, they were able to raise the money in 2012 and Nevis performed creditably with Carlon Tuckett coming away with the coveted victor ludorum trophy.
Head Coach Ms Tricia Williams noted that a squad has already been selected and training is already underway on select days at the ET Willet Park. She thanked the athletes, parents and other coaches for their positive response thus far and named the squad as follows:
Under 9 girls
Shade Bridgeman; Tekeisha Sutton; Tyra Phillip, Tianna Griffin; Zhaysha Mills; Ny’Ailah Jeffers; Dequada Moving
Under 9 boys
Tray Hamilton; Malchiel Dore; T’Najae Lawrence; Kenron Freeman; Cjhante Griffin; Jaden Fahie
Under 11 girls
T’Anna Liburd; Shelliqua Carmichael; Leandra Webbe; Devery Lewis; Riancia Maynard; Jahyda Farrell; Keshawna Smithen; Siondre Flemming; La –Mya Pollard
Under 11 boys
Carlon Tuckett; Akadianto Willet; Trevon Dunrod; Jule Scarborough; Kymani Browne; Shakem Pemberton; Roberto Chapman
Under 13 girls
Kurvella Wallace; Kevinee Browne; Aniah Fyfield; Tashaya Taylor; Zwena Jones; Jashelle Weeks; Jenalee Browne; Dahlia Slack; Dequanja Williams; Annique Jeffers; Hadassah Ross; Azellah Percival
Under 13 boys
Alex Browne; Ammani Williams; Dejal Myers; Quawnba Hendrickson; Kejahno Williams; D’Atryel Stanley; Trevon Walters
Under 15 girls
Cileen Hendrickson; Tineisha Perkins; Kishonia Jacobs; Shadona Liburd; Tiana Nisbett; Tangela Dunrod; Keondre Matthew; Brithany Lucius; Thyssen O’Flaherty; Aliyah Sampson; Alexandre Richards
Under 15 boys
Leroy Chapman; Zario Chumney; Geval Wallace; Steffon Collison; Tajahrie Arthurton; Jahmarrie Clarke; Shamar Stapleton; Austin Bart; Shamar Wallace; Keju Pemberton; Andre Arthurton; Raheim Arthurton
She pointed out that the squad will be reduced significantly overtime and the children will be judged on performances in upcoming meets which includes a trial meet, along with their general attitude and behaviour, before the final selection is made.
Ms Blake noted that fund raising efforts have already started in earnest and this is being coordinated by the Sports committee of which she is the chair person and includes: Tricia Williams; Claire Carey; Adelvin Phillip; Shirmon Caines; Jermaine Bartlette and Don Perkins.
Currently, there are tags on sale and other fund raisers planned are:
• A car wash and bake sale at the Valu Mart parking lot on Saturday 24th May
• A dance at Caribbean Cove on the 30th –admission-$20.00 and starts at 10pm
• Talent Explosion—5th July
• Hot dog day in schools—TBA
Interested persons can also make donations and there is an account at the Bank of Nevis under the name of the Teachers’ Union Sports committee.
All in all, the Teachers are optimistic that they will be able to send even more athletes to the games this year and expect an even better performance from the children.