Local Country Manager of leading regional telecommunications provider, LIME Caribbean Limited, Angus Steele, yesterday handed over a cheque to Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines, to assist with this country’s participation at the annual Cariifta Games scheduled for Cayman Islands 1 – 5 April 2010.
LIME has come on board as a sponsor of the regional Junior Track and Field Championships for 2010 with a package worth in excess of $250,000 USD. For the very first time a sponsor’s contribution will facilitate an arrangement with Caribbean Media Corportaion (CMC) to bring the Games to the sport loving peoples of the region.
Speaking at yesterday’s handing over ceremony at Olympic House, Steele highlighted that part of the sponsorship included support for teams in all territories in which the organisation operates.
President of Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines, Keith Joseph, thanked LIME for its timely intervention at the regional and local levels.
Joseph, who was instrumental is the procurement of regional sponsors, Guardian Holdings and National Gas Company, both of Trinidad and Tobago, in 2004, highlighted the significance of the addition of LIME to the event.
Technical Director of TASVG, Gideon Labban, explained the selection process and the rationale for the final team that comprises: Delohnni Samuel (based in Canada), Lyndon Samuel (based in the US), Jannille Da Silva and Shaquille Branker. He noted that due to the inadequacy and unavailable of facilities when needed the TASVG has refocused on field events for athletes at home and this is reflected in the selection process.
TASVG is currently in negotiations with the authorities at the school attended by Delohnni Samuel regarding his release for the event where he stands a good chance of improving on his silver medal performance of 2009 in St Lucia.
The members of the team were provided with cell phones highlighting the eco-friendly, technology that is now in vogue in the organisation.
Each athlete will also travel branded by LIME.
Given the fact that one ticket costs in excess of $3000.00 and the local governing body has a four-member team headed to the Cayman Islands the LIME contribution takes care of only part of the package. TASVG is still in search of additional funds to realise the nation’s participation in this year’s event.