April 20th, 2017 — Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations, to Under 20 High Jump athlete, Jermaine Francis, who captured the gold medal earlier this week at the 46th edition of the Carifta Games in Curacao. What is even more impressive is the fact that Jermaine is now a Carifta Games double gold medalist, having won his first gold medal in the 2016 games.
In the name of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC), I extend congratulations to Jermaine who outperformed the competition from Bahamas and Jamaica to present St. Kitts and Nevis with its first medal of the 2017 Carifta Games – and it is a medal from the very top shelve. Stepping on the very top rung of the medal podium is no mean accomplishment, especially in an event that is internationally acclaimed as among the most competitive and best organized.
It was just a few months ago that I had the privilege to be part of a welcoming party at The Robert L Bradshaw International Airport to receive the triumphant Jermaine who was returning from another podium performance overseas. What Jermaine has accomplished over the course of these 2017 Carifta Games speaks volumes of his characteristic consistency in athletic performance dating back to recent Interschool and National Championships, 2016 Carifta Games, and the World Youth Championship outings. The word is that he has already qualified for the next edition of the World Youth Championship.