Despite the clearly adverse conditions these two athletes have established themselves as the best in their respective events and possess immense talent enough to justify having them don national colours for this year’s Carifta Games.
The door is not yet shut and other athletes can still attract the attention of the TASVG’s Selection Commission enough to make the team.
They have a few weeks of preparation left before the Games and the Technical Director will have his hands filled as he tries to facilitate their final preparations for what will be their greatest challenge in athletics yet.
The TASVG must find the necessary funds to facilitate their participation as well as ensure that they compete at other Meets in countries with a synthetic surface. They have been sent to St Lucia’s National Junior Championships. They have also been to the National Junior Championships in Barbados.
Given the suddenly inflated costs in air travel the expenses are growing and that does not yet include the heavy cost to get to Providenciales.
This year’s Carifta Games promises to be every bit as exciting as has been the case previously.
Jamaica will be seeking to extend their dominance while Trinidad and Tobago will strive to establish their place in the region as an athletics power.
The smaller countries of the Caribbean have gradually improved enough to impact the overall medal count. The performance of the athletes from these small countries must always be measured against the population size and their numbers at the Games.
Overall the Turks and Caicos must be congratulated for the tremendous challenges undertaken and we all do hope that the region will appreciate the show that the athletes will provide as exciting sporting entertainment.