Following their impressive performances at the Carifta Games, Shadow Minister of Community, Youth & Sports Development Michael Weeks congratulated the athletes, saying “you represented yourselves and Bermuda well.”
Mr Weeks said, “The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party congratulates our Carifta athletes on their impressive performances at the Carifta Games. With gold, silver and bronze medals all captured by the island’s participants this past weekend, first class athletes clearly exist among our young people and we are very proud of their accomplishments.
“The PLP is heartened by the international sporting accomplishments of our young men and women and we believe it is important that we invest in the hopes and dreams of the next generation by providing sufficient resources to advance their skills.
“In the track and field events hosted in Curacao, Bermuda’s athletic stars brought home 2 Bronze medals. We greatly admire High jumper Sakari Famous, who continued her remarkable streak of medaling at every Carifta Games she has participated in. Tiara Derosa is to be congratulated for not only taking home the Bronze medal in the under-20 Discus, but breaking her own Bermuda Record of 45.02m she set in January 2016.
“The record-breaking continued with personal bests recorded by Bermudian participants, Johndell Cumberbatch, Ryan Outerbridge, Deneo Brangman, Lejuan Matthews and Aaron Jacobs. Their commitment to their goals and achievement of them provides much cause for admiration.
“We are also incredibly proud of the performance by the Bermuda Carifta Swimming Team, who hauled an astonishing 19 medals this weekend in the Bahamas. Gold medal performances by Payton Zelkin [along with a new Carifta swimming record], Sam Williamson, Jesse Washington, Elan Daley and the 11-12 girls relay team prove Bermuda to be quite the force in the Carifta Swimming Championships.
“Silver and Bronze medals were also earned by Logan Watson Brown, Taylor White Jessica Bruton and Madelyn Moore and we anticipate great things from these swimmers in future years as they continue their training and development.
“We congratulate all our participating athletes in the Bermuda contingent. You represented yourselves and Bermuda well.
“The PLP believes that athletics can unlock the doors to many opportunities and our message to our athletes is to keep striving. To encourage young athletes along the way, the next PLP government will implement our Vision 2025 plan to create a local lottery to benefit sports development on the island.
“This lottery dedicated to sports funding will be implemented within the first two years of a Progressive Labour Party government term to provide greater opportunities for advancement for both current and potential competitors.“