Commonwealth Bank donates $30,000 to the staging of CARIFTA
The 2018 Flow CARIFTA Games is rapidly approaching, and Commonwealth Bank is one of the entities that has come on board. The bank has stepped up to the plate, donating $30,000 to defray the cost to the host country of the Flow CARIFTA Games Bahamas 2018. The three-day event is set for the Easter holiday weekend, March 30 to April 2, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
This will be the 8th time The Bahamas plays host to the premier junior track and field meet in the region. About 500 young athletes along with 100 team officials from 26 countries are expected to be in New Providence, with young track and field stars competing in 65 events in the under-17 and under-20 divisions.
“Commonwealth Bank is pleased to support this prestigious event which shines a spotlight on young people in keeping with our commitment to Bahamian youth and education,” said Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Commonwealth Bank Denise Turnquest.
“CARIFTA, which was started in 1972 as an adjunct to the formation of CARICOM, brings all the countries of the region together, helping to create bonds of commonality and friendship in the face of exciting competition. These games shine a light on our athletes, our country and our commitment to excel.”
The check presentation from the leading Bahamian bank with $1.6 billion in assets and more than 6,000 shareholders, took place at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
“We are grateful to Commonwealth Bank for their contribution to CARIFTA which will feature the best junior track and field athletes in the region,” said Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard. “Sports is an important vehicle that contributes to national development. Participants learn discipline, team work, determination and how to compete clean – all important lessons our people require to grow and succeed. Sports enables many Bahamians to gain employment and ownership. It facilitates scholarships, helps us stay fit, de-stress and travel the world as ambassadors of their country. Your contribution will make a difference.”
Commonwealth Bank operates 12 full service branches on four islands and employs more than 550 persons.
As for CARIFTA, there are now just 15 days remaining before the most prestigious junior track and field meet in this region comes to these shores.
The junior regional meet has been dominated by Jamaica since its inception, with that island nation winning 41 of the 46 titles, including 33 straight dating back to 1985. The Bahamas has won four CARIFTA titles – 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984, and Bermuda has won the other one, in 1975. The opening ceremony for this year’s meet is set for Friday March 30 at 6 p.m. Competition will get underway on Saturday March 31 and run through April 2.
The final opportunity for young Bahamians to qualify for the games will be at this weekend’s CARIFTA Trials.
For more information on the 2018 Flow CARIFTA Games and ticket availability, interested persons are asked to visit the website www.cariftabahamas2018.com.