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The ceremony was chaired by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of sports, Mr. Alsted Pemberton. He was high in praise of the two athletes and indicated that the gold medal won by Adrian Williams was a first for Nevis at the prestigious event and the first for St. Kitts-Nevis since 2003.
President of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (NAAA), Lester Blackett, was overjoyed at the performance of the athletes. He indicated that Tesril Nisbett just missed out on a second bronze medal by a few centimeters but lauded her for her fourth spot placement. He referred to Adrian Williams’ achievement as historic and expressed confidence that the young athlete who has at least one more year in the under 17’s and three more in the under 20 category, will break all of the relevant records in the javelin throw in the future events. He also referred to Williams’ fairy tale beginning in the javelin throw, when one afternoon while training at the Elquemedo Willet park, he made a throw, more as a lark but was spotted by Owner/Manager/Coach Wakely Daniel of the Gladiators Track and field club who said “wow’ and ‘the story has not ended yet’, stated Blackett.
“Your motto should always be: We come from small but we tall”, he told the athletes. He also assured them that the entire Nevisian public would always be behind them even if they were not physically present in the stands wherever they are competing. He further challenged both athletes to be role models to their peers so that they could learn to utilize their energies in a positive manner and away from anti social behaviour.
At the close of the ceremony, Permanent Secretary Pemberton noted that a special luncheon will be held in honour of the two athletes this coming Friday, 9th April. Further details on the event will be released later today.
Having won a gold and silver medal, the Federation finished in seventh place out of 25 participating countries at the games and was one of the top Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States at the event.
Jason Rogers of St. Kitts got silver in the men’s under 20 100 meter event and Adrian Williams secured gold in the under 17 male javelin throw.