Barbados’ Carifta team got a boost on the eve of its departure when CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank presented team members and officials with travel and warm-up shirts for the 42nd annual Track and Field Championships which begin this weekend in Nassau, the Bahamas.
During a final group session for the athletes on Tuesday at the Combermere School, the bank officially presented more 100 shirts comprising travel polo shirts and warm-up T-shirts to president of the Athletics Association of Barbados Catherine Jordan in front of a group of enthusiastic athletes. CIBC FirstCaribbean underwrote the cost of the shirts in order to support the local team and defray some of its expenses.
In expressing its thanks the AAB president acknowledged that the year had been a challenging one and that, as a result, the bank’s sponsorship was especially appreciated.
“We’re extremely grateful. This year has been challenging; we’ve had no gate receipts from events, for example, so for a corporate entity to step forward and assist us, that’s great. The participation of the athletes in the Carifta Games is a national effort and we’re thankful that CIBC FirstCaribbean has contributed in this way.”
CIBC FirstCaribbean Country Head for Barbados, Mark St. Hill, himself a former national field hockey player, said the bank’s support of the local team was a natural fit for its corporate social responsibility initiatives which focus, among other things, on the development of young people.
“We have always sought to contribute to a sustainable future for Barbados by investing in the development of our young people, whether through sport, education or entrepreneurship,” he explained after the presentation.
St. Hill also took some time to chat with the athletes about their sporting disciplines and wish them well.
The 35-strong Barbados contingent comprising 29 athletes and six officials left for the Bahamas yesterday and today. The games take place this weekend, March 29 to April 1 under the theme: A Celebration of Caribbean Unity.
CIBC has also sponsored the Carifta Games at the regional level.