TelEm sponsors four Athletes for Carifta GamesPOSTED: 04/4/12 11:53 AM
St. Maarten – TelEm Group co-sponsors four St. Maarten athletes participation in the Carifta Games Track & Field meet in Bermuda this weekend. Athletes Sheldon Wilson, Javan Springett, Edwin Ruan and Chris George will be leaving St. Maarten today along with Sheldon’s coach Fagan Fontaine and delegation leader Les Brown, who is President of the St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association. The athletes are very excited about competing against other top athletes in the Caribbean region.
“The Carifta Games are the Caribbean’s regional equivalent to the Olympics so everyone tries to do their best so that they can be noticed on a wider stage,” Brown said.
The delegation leader is especially proud of the team of four athletes as they are the first delegation from country St. Maarten at the games.
“The facilities for our athletes to prepare has not been the most favourable because of the condition of our sports centres, but they have been dedicated to carrying out their training program on the beaches, the hillsides and anywhere they could so that they could get fit and ready to take on the best,” Brown said.
The delegation leader expects much attention will be on Milton Peters College student Sheldon Wilson, who will be competing in the 400m and 200m track and field events.
“Sheldon has run a best time of .48 sec. in the 400m so we are looking for him to be in the final race at this distance. We also think he will do well in the 200m because he has good endurance,” Brown said.
The other members of the travelling team are made up of three St. Maarten Academy students. Javan Springett, 17, and Chris George, 17, will both compete in the long jump and triple jump while Edwin Ruan, 18, will compete in the 100m and triple jump events.
While the coach and delegation leader are keen to test the level of development of the St. Maarten athletes against other athletes in the region, they are disappointed that they are not taking any female athletes to the tournament this year, especially as they have traditionally performed well at this level. The lack of suitable training and preparation facilities is the reason female competitors did not make the required qualifying times that would allow them to compete.
“We were hoping to take a team of eight but instead we will be travelling with four,” Brown said.
TelEm Group Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Eldert Louisa presented Brown with a sponsorship check and TelCell t-shirts for the young athletes to wear on their trip.
“We wish the athletes all the best as they represent St. Maarten overseas and we also congratulate the St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association and Lab Sports Academy for continuing to open up new sporting opportunities for our youth,” Louisa said.