The British Virgin Islands will host the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT)` Biennial Track and Field Championships from 15 to 16 July, for the second time at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.
This unique Caribbean athletic event is expected to bring more than 500 persons to the Territory, and is aimed at getting the region’s students together for friendly competition, comradeship and the promotion of Caribbean unity.
President of the BVI Teachers Union, Mr. Cecil Hodge informed the media on 11 May that his organization is excited to be presenting the games a second time. He recalled the Union’s successful 2008 hosting of the championship and stated that the aim is to make the 2016 games greater.
It was noted that this would be the 30th staging of the CUT Games and as such the BVI organizing committee is hoping to capture the region’s attention, and bring awareness to this biennial championship.
“We want to take CUT Games to a higher standard. We want to bring out the bells and whistle,” Mr. Hodge told reporters.
The CUT Championship provides youths under the age of 15 with an opportunity to compete against each other in track and field. It has helped to produce some of the region`s most outstanding track and field athletes. Many participants have moved on to the Caribbean Athletic Confederation Age Group Championships, the CAC Juniors, the CAC Seniors Championships, the CAC Games, the CARIFTA Games, the Pan American Games and the Olympics.
Well-known veterans of the Students` Track and Field Championships include Odadele Thompson of Barbados, Najuma Fletcher of Guyana, Ayanna Hutchinson, Darrel Brown and Marc Burns of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Sancho Lyttle from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.