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Proud of how we strutted our stuff against Caribbean elite

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Over the past week, our young Bermudian athletes competed with their Caribbean counterparts in a number of regional events.

• Carifta athletics and swimming — held in Jamaica and Barbados respectively

The Bermuda women’s hockey team topped qualifying for the CAC Games (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

• Central American and Caribbean Games field hockey — held in Bermuda

Sports minister Ernest Peets is in rich company with bronze medal-winner Caitlyn Bobb at the Carifta Games in Kingston, Jamaica

They all did very well with wins and medals.

At the 49th Carifta Games held in Kingston, Jamaica, Caitlyn Bobb won Bermuda’s first medal — a bronze medal in the under-20s 400 metres race with a season’s best of 53.12sec.

Pretty in pink: Bermuda's swimmers returned to the island last night with a 16-medal haul from the Carifta Swimming Championships in Wildey, Barbados. From left, they are Finn Moseley, Taylor White, Violet Smith, Imojen Judd, Marleigh Howes, Brandon Adkins, Arabella Newport-Derbyshire, Sam Williamson, Myeisha Sharrieff, Bella Howes.Not in shot are Elijah Daley and Flynn Watson-Brown, who returned directly to school in the United States and Canada (Photograph by Emma Williamson)

The young women’s relay teams won silver in the under-17 4 x 100 relay and bronze in the under-20 4 x 400.

In Barbados, our national swimming team racked up 19 Carifta medals.

Here at home at the Flora Duffy Stadium, our women’s field hockey team were highly successful, finishing on top of their Central American and Caribbean Games qualifying group.

They achieved this by defeating Guyana 1-0 and then drawing goalless with Puerto Rico.

Considering that we are one of the smallest populations in the region (pop.63,000), we actually have outranked most of the bigger countries. To come second to Jamaica (pop. 3 million) in an athletics meet is an accomplishment on its own.

We can hold our heads extremely high through them among our sister islands and Caribbean family.

Congratulations to the players, coaches and parents.

Christopher Famous is the government MP for Devonshire East (Constituency 11). You can reach him on WhatsApp at 599-0901 or e-mail at carib_pro@yahoo.com

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Published April 22, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated April 21, 2022 at 11:06 pm)

Proud of how we strutted our stuff against Caribbean elite

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