It gives me great pleasure to join with our valued partners, NACAC and the Bermuda Local Organizing Committee (LOC), to welcome you to the LIME CARIFTA Games 2012.
These games are happening in an Olympic year, in the homeland of Olympian and former triple jump record holder, Brian Wellman. So it’s a very special time for Bermuda and privilege for LIME to be here.
CARIFTA is the place where young Caribbean athletic stars are born, and it is an opportunity for them to perform on a world stage.
Showcasing this talent to has been a driving ambition for LIME and one of the main reasons behind our sponsorship of these games for the past three years.
In 2010 in the Cayman Islands, more than 54,000 viewers from 32 countries watched the games live for the first time via www.lime.com. Last year in Jamaica, we expanded to 110,000 viewers from 70 countries.
This year, our desire is to bring the games to even more screens than ever around the world.
The Caribbean has much to showcase. LIME ambassadors Kirani James of Grenada and Yohan Blake of Jamaica are two shining examples of CARIFTA champions who have made it big on the world stage.
We join their families and their countries in congratulating them and thanking them for making us all proud to be Caribbean — whether by birth or by spirit.
From April 7-9, we will see many other stars in a brilliant display of Caribbean ambition and athleticism.
We’ll also get a glimpse into the future of global track and field competition. LIME is privileged to bring such moments to the rest of the world.
Congratulations to the Bermuda LOC for the outstanding job they have done in getting these games ready for the world stage.
To those who have come to participate, it’s your time so give it all that you’ve got, compete with true sportsmanship and be proud to be part of these wonderful games.