Heroes Welcome

Heroes Welcome for Nevisian Carifta Reps by Curtis Morton     Full set of photos on welcome ceremony

Nevisian representatives on the St.Kitts-Nevis 2010 Carifta team were treated to a heroes’ welcome on their return to Nevis yesterday.  Former bronze medalist, Tesril Nisbett who just missed out on another bronze in the women’s under 20 javelin throw, was warmly greeted at  the Charlestown pier by Minister responsible for sports on Nevis, Hon Hensley Daniel, as she stepped off the MV Sea Hustler just around 4 pm yesterday.  Gold medalist Adrian Williams had already returned on an earlier flight but returned to Charlestown to share in a brief but impressive ceremony held at the Charlestown dock.

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.

Mrs. Carla Liburd,  hard working member of the NAAA spoke in her capacity as a representative of the Education Department.  She thanked God for the achievements of the athletes and wished them every success in the future.

Minister responsible for Sports on Nevis, Hon. Hensley Daniel congratulated the athletes on behalf of the Premier and his other cabinet colleagues.  He utilized a famous quotation by Winston Churchill in reminding the athletes that ‘success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration’.

“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.

A shy Tesril Nisbett later declined the offer to speak but Adrian Williams who was accompanied by his proud Mom, Ms Glennette Williams, took time out to thank his Coaches, Wakely Daniel, Denzil Parris, and Colin Walters ‘for being behind me’.  He also expressed gratitude for assistance received from NAAA chief, Lester Blackett, his mom, Glennette Williams and his ‘other Coach’, Winston Smith.

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.