It is my great pleasure to be here today to celebrate the upcoming 2022
CARIFTA Triathlon, Aquathlon and Mixed Team Relay Championships.
Next weekend we will welcome over 100 young athletes from Antigua, Aruba,
Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and
Tobago to our island in this important celebration of our young people.
Bermuda has a long and impressive history in triathlon and it is fitting that
our island will host these Championships just a year after Dame Flora Duffy
achieved Olympic success in the sport and bought home the island’s first
gold medal. Having met members of the Bermuda national team, I am
hugely impressed by their dedication, determination and drive and I amc confident that Flora’s achievements will be mirrored by these young people in the years to come.
However, the success of these games will not only be measured in terms of
the number of medals or trophies won but by the young people who are
inspired by their experiences here. The CARIFTA games are an occasion for
regional collaboration and friendship. Our athletes will meet and compete
against the best young triathletes and aquathletes from across the
Caribbean but it is my hope that they also forge bonds with young people
who share similar passions and goals. Through sport, our children can learn
teamwork, perseverance, responsibility, commitment and leadership.
These are valuable lessons as they enter the workforce and beyond.
We all know that an event of this scale requires months of planning and
organisation and I would like to extend my thanks to the all the stakeholders who have worked together to ensure that the CARIFTA Championships could go ahead in a safe and enjoyable manner. I would like to congratulate the Bermuda Triathlon Association once again for hosting this celebration of Caribbean youth and to all the parents, friends, sponsors and volunteers for their immense contribution.
Finally, I would like to extend the very best of luck to all of our athletes
competing in these Championships and l look forward to watching the
Bermuda team in action at Clearwater next weekend.
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