CARIFTA ATHLETES RECOGNISED IN GRAND STYLE

The BVI CARIFTA athletes were well celebrated at the Recognition Ceremony which was held by the Government of the Virgin Islands to highlight their overall outstanding performance at the just concluded 49th CARIFTA Games in Jamaica.

The British Virgin Islands CARIFTA team finished the 49th Edition of the CARIFTA Games ranking third, after copping a total of 7 medals, including 4 gold, 2 silver, and one bronze.

The team was escorted via a motorcade from the vicinity of Port Purcell, along the James Walter Francis Highway and throughout the Road Town area.

The motorcade included the BVI’s first gold medalist of the Games Savianna Joseph for the shotput event as well as star athlete Adaejah Hodge who picked the remaining three gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and the long jump event.

Also present was silver medalist Akeela McMaster won her first silver medal in the Heptathlon, before returning with colleagues Kaelyaah Liburd, Kenyata Grate and Akrisa Eristee to collect a second silver medal in the 4×400 meter relays.

The Girl’s Under 17 High Jump bronze medalist Jah’kyla Morton was also present at the event.

The motorcade ended at the Multipurpose Sport Complex where the athletes disembarked and made their inside the building.

284News caught with Adaejah who also created CARIFTA Games history for the territory, to become the first-ever athlete from the BVI to receive the Austin Sealy Award.

We also caught up with coach Ericca Fredrick who spoke about the performance of the athletes as well as the acknowledgment received from the BVI public.

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