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The Carifta Games 2016

We’re slowly recovering from an exciting CARIFTA Games experience here at the Grenada Athletics and Cricket Stadium.

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Over 500 athletes and 40 media personnel from 26 countries throughout the region filled the Stadium over the 3 day event, making it the largest contingent in history.  We were also pleased to be in the presence of Lord Sebastien Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and Mr. Victor Lopez, the President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), as well as many other senior officials of NACAC and Olympic associations.

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The CARIFTA Games gave us a great opportunity to showcase the grounds and facilities of our newly build National Athletics Stadium. Our team at the Stadium certainly enjoyed seeing it put to full use by some of the most talented young athletes.

Throughout the games and across the OECS, all eyes were on one thing, who will be the next big thing coming out of the Caribbean. The Games have produced World Record holders such as Usain Bolt, Darrel Brown, World and Olympic Champions such as Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, Kim Collins of St Kitts-Nevis and our country’s pride Alleyne Francine and more recently Kirani James.

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Having hosted the CARIFTA Games back in 2000, where Grenada ranked 4th, with 18 medals, we knew this year’s event would be nothing short of amazing, and that it was. We witnessed our very own Anderson Peters perform a record breaking throw of 78.28m, which upped the bar of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States record and earned him the Austin Sealy Award as the best performer at the CARIFTA Games.

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Overall, our enthusiastic and ambitious Grenadian team made us proud by achieving 13 medals this year.

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It was a great honor to be the host country of the CARIFTA Games 2016, as was it a pleasure to hand over the CARIFTA flag to the 2017 hosts Curacao. The National Stadium Authority watched in glee as over 500 athletes from 26 nations danced in unified joy to the sounds of soca music and the rhythm of Junkanoo drums courtesy of the Bahamian delegation. The was a great event, worthy of a show-stopping fireworks display.

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