: Express : Sports Desk : 14.02.2023
Scotiabank has signed on as a sponsor for the 50th staging of the NACAC Carifta Games, with the infusion of US$100,000 towards the execution of the championships.
The regional bank was announced as a Gold Elite sponsor at the launch last week in the Bahamas for the 2023 Golden Jubilee Games, scheduled for April 8 - 10 at the Thomas A Robinson National and Track and Field Stadium.
Speaking locally, Gayle Pazos, Senior Vice-president and Managing Director, Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago indicated: "The Carifta Games are instrumental in the development of our athletes throughout the region. We're proud that as a regional institution we can support the creation of opportunities for youth to develop through sport, which instills values such as leadership, respect, integrity, teamwork, discipline, and responsibility."
In its 50 years of existence, the Carifta Games has nurtured the talents of several athletes who went on to represent the region internationally. At last year's Games, the Trinidad and Tobago team brought home 23 medals.
The Games have also produced world-record holders, Usain Bolt, of Jamaica, Darrel Brown of Trinidad and Tobago, and World champions like, Vernonica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, Kirani James of Grenada, Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis and Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas.
"Track and field is a segment of sports we continue to see so many of our Caribbean youth excel in. Recognising this, in Trinidad and Tobago in 2022, we forged a relationship with the National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago (NAATT) through the Scotiabank/NAAATT Deon Lendore Bursary Programme, which seeks to provide support to ten junior athletes from the country to continue their education, helping to bolster their employment prospects, financial success, and life opportunities" Pazos concluded.