Bermuda’s CARIFTA team athletes are scheduled to return later tonight, and Sports Minister Michael Weeks,  is calling on residents to welcome them home when they touch down at the LF Wade International Airport.

Minister Weeks, who also holds the portfolio for Social Development today congratulated athlete Sakari Francis for her bronze medal win in the Under 20 Girls High Jump this week at the CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas.

“Sakari did an excellent job; her performance was simply outstanding. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to cheer her on from the side-lines as she completed her top leap of 1.79m,” he said.

“I also want to congratulate several athletes who achieved their personal best at the Games including Deneo Brangman, Clevonte Lodge, Ashley Irby and Amelia Othman. It takes a great deal of training, dedication and determination to get to where all these athletes are today and I want to offer them a heartfelt congratulations for all of their efforts; they do us proud.” 

The Minister added: “I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the hard work and gallant effort of all athletes – Taylor Hines, Robert Edwards Jr, Elisha Darrell, Jessie Marshall, Tilda Norman, Ryan Outerbridge, Johndell Cumberbatch and Isabelle Dutranoit.”

Mr Weeks attended the stadium every day and said he was proud to watch Bermuda’s young athletes compete and represent the island at the CARIFTA 2018 Games.

On Easter Sunday, Minister Weeks had the opportunity to meet with Bahamian Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis MP and the Bahamian Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Michael Pintard MP at the stadium. He also had the honour of presenting medals to the winners of the Under 17 Girls 300m competition.

He also said that he was very pleased at the superb performances by Bermuda’s swimmers who won several medals while competing in the CARIFTA Swimming Championships which were held at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston, Jamaica.

And he encourages Bermudians to show the support by welcoming our young swimmers at the LF Wade International Airport when they return home on Wednesday night (April 4th, AA Miami flight).