Excitement builds ahead of the 2011 LIME Carifta Games
One can already feel the excitement starting to build across the Caribbean as sports enthusiasts look forward to the 2011 LIME CARIFTA games, which will be held from April 23rd-25th at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
CARIFTA is celebrating its 40th anniversary and we are sure that the organizers are hoping for some bright new medal hopefuls from the 600 or more young athletes who will be competing, in the games.
The LIME CARIFTA games has long been the breeding ground for many world class athletes such as Usain Bolt and Darrel Brown to name a few, and with the 2012 Olympics just around round the corner there is absolutely no doubt that many will be pushing hard to beat their personal bests.
It is anticipated that the games will provide the much needed boost to the economy in Montego Bay as coaches as well as several family members and friends will also be travelling with the 600+ athletes to show their support.
LIME became the presenting sponsor for the CARIFTA Games in 2010 when they partnered with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) to televise the games for the very first time and to provide streaming via the internet.
This delighted Caribbean athletic fans who were able to watch the games on TV or via the internet and of course elevated the Games right across the Caribbean region as well as the rest of the world. A popular feature of the streaming was an online blog where viewers could comment on the events as they were taking place.
According to the General Manager of Lime Dominica Mr. Jeffrey Baptiste, again this year, the games will be aired but this time in partnership withTVJ, in Jamaica who will be providing live satellite feeds for the rest of the region. He says in addition family and friends who live in the Diaspora will also be able to experience all the fun, excitement and exhilaration right as it happens via the Internet, as it will also be streamed via their website at www.time4lime.com.
The telecommunications company also launched texting competition across the region. In each country one lucky winner will win a state of the art Galaxy Tab, a super fast tablet that’s the ultimate entertainment hub which features two cameras both front and back with a seamless HD video and Flash playback for a rich entertainment experience.
The company is also providing an opportunity for customers to win US$5,000 for a school of their choice. To qualify for this competition, customers are asked to text the word “GOLD” to LIME (5463).
In other to facilitate Dominica’s participation in the competition, Lime Dominica also match the Government of Dominica offer by presenting a checque of $15,000.00 to the Dominica Amateur Athletics Association during a short ceremony at the conference room, this morning.
They also presented a blackberry to Miss Luan Gabriel for her recent achievement in the just concluded Falcon Games in Trinidad.
President of the Dominica Amateur Athletics Association (DAAA) Mr. Godwin Dorsette says Luan is one of the (9) athletes will be representing Dominica at the 2011 Lime Carifta Games.
Sports Coordinator at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Mr. Trevor Shillingford appealed to corporate entities to provide the necessary support to the athletes as he pledge government’s continued assistance to them.
The nine (9) players who will be representing Dominica at the 2011 Carifta Games are Dillon Simmon, Simon Lawrence, Noah Bethelmie, Shanica Yankey, Tabique Lockhart, Luan Gabriel, Chelsea Linton and Michael Hector as well as one Dominican who is residing abroad in the person of Thea Lafond.