Written by MyVueNews Staff Writer Posted On: Tuesday, 18 April 2017 Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 April 2017
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, 18th April, 2017 (MyVueNews.com) - The St. Kitts and Nevis Carifta Team returns to the federation Monday, 18th April, with a Gold Medal, but the St. Kitts & Nevis Amateur Athletics Association (SKNAAA) admits it was a costly undertaking.
Costing over EC$100,000 to send the team to Curacao, host of this year’s Carifta Games, the SKNAAA obtained financial help from the St. Kitts and Nevis National Olympic Committee (SKNOC) and from the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.
According to a release from the SKNAAA, the national team journeyed to Curacao via Virgin Islands Air Link Charter valued at US$32,600 or EC$88,570.94.
It indicated that the SKNOC was very instrumental by ensuring that the charter was possible by covering 50% of the cost.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government contributed EC$20,000 to the team’s participation.
Incidentally, it would have been the second time in weeks that that the Government contributed to the SKNAAA.
Weeks before, the Government provided SKNAAA with EC$40,500 to replace a high jump bed and other equipment destroyed in a fire at the Kim Collins Stadium.
Team expenses also included accommodation levies, uniforms and gear for the team, inter-island travel, stipends and emergency funds. This equates to a total of EC$112,399.81.
At the 2017 FLOW CARIFTA Games, St. Kitts and Nevis secured a Gold Medal for the third consecutive year, when Under-20 Male High Jump Athlete Jermaine Francis outclassed his competitors in grand style to secure the CARIFTA Games Record, the National Junior Record and National Senior Record.
SKNAAA reports Francis’ performance now ranks him at #2 in the World for an Under-20 Athlete and #19 overall.
Along with Francis’ historical achievement, there were a host of highlights which includes Jahnaza Francis’ double World Under-18 Qualifying Performances in the 400m and 400m Hurdles, Leroy Chapman’s personal best in the 800m Heats and Finals, the Under-18 Male 4X100m and 4X400m Teams being competitive and advancing to the Finals, Shanice Elliott being the first Female Junior Sprinter since 2009 to advance to the Final in an Under-20 100m and a cohesive effort by the team overall to excel.
The team of eleven (11) athletes and three (3) officials is scheduled to return to the Federation later today (Tuesday, 18th April, 2017).
The SKNAAA states, “The SKNOC and the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis remain the major financial contributors for the SKNAAA. Within the past two years, well over one million dollars was spent on preparation and competition, which was made available as a result of their generous contribution. For this, the SKNAAA remains grateful.”
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