Success: Many spectators and athletes will take happy memories from what has been a very successful and well-run Carifta Games. <em>*Photos by Ras Mykkal, montage by Gary Foster Skelton</em>
Success: Many spectators and athletes will take happy memories from what has been a very successful and well-run Carifta Games. *Photos by Ras Mykkal, montage by Gary Foster Skelton

WEDNESDAY, APR. 11: Former Olympian Mike Sharpe has hailed this year’s Carifta Games as a resounding success.

Sharpe, who ran for Bermuda in the Montreal Games of 1976, said the country should feel very proud of hosting such a well organized and tremendously exciting event.

Thousands of talented young athletes from across the Caribbean descended on the island to take part in three memorable days of intense competition.

Sharpe told the Sun: “The athletes and hosts conducted themselves very well.

“And overall we did extremely well as a country. I would have liked to have seen more medals but we can be very proud of the spectacle that we put on.

“As Bermudians we truly excelled.”

Sharpe took part in the 100 metres dash as well as the 4x100 metres relay in the 1976 Olympics.

And in the 1975  Carifta Games he notched up four gold medals in the 100 metres, the long jump, the triple jump and the 4x100 metres relay.

Sharpe added: “As a country we have a young group of athletes coming through the ranks at the moment. We need to stick with them, be patient and feed them the information they need to succeed. There is a lot to be proud of and a lot to be excited about in Bermuda athletics.”