Sports and Community Development Minister Shamfa Cudjoe congratulated several national athletes who have recently delivered outstanding performances on the regional and international circuit.
Cudjoe praised seasoned cricketer Dwayne Bravo for reaching a 500th T20 game in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League, which ended on September 15. Bravo also captained the Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots to their first CPLT20 title in his first season.
The Minister also praised Olympic cyclist Nicholas Paul for his recent rise to first place in the Union Cycliste Internationale’s individual sprint ranking.
Paul cycled to the top after placing sixth in the men’s sprint event at the Tokyo Games, followed by three gold medals (sprint, keirin and kilometer time trial) at the UCI track cycling nations.
She also highlighted national swimmer Dylan Carter’s new national record in the men’s 50m butterfly event. In the International Swimming League in Italy on Friday, Carter reached bronze in 22.36 seconds while representing London Roar.
In the process, the Olympic swimmer erased his previous national record of 22.38 seconds. At the same competition, he also clinched silver in the 4x100m freestyle with teammates Katsumi Nakamura, Zac Incerti and Duncan Scott in three minutes and seven seconds and bronze (22.62s) in the 50m freestyle.
Professional female cyclist Teniel Campbell also made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games, then claimed her first stage victory on the sixth stage of the 2021 Tour de l’ArdÃ¨che.
Additionally, Cudjoe credited netballer Samantha Wallace’s outstanding performance in the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball Final.
In the title match, Wallace scored 51 goals with 92 percent accuracy to lead his New South Wales Swifts side to a 63-59 victory over the Giants Netball at Brisbane Nissan Arena in Australia.
A statement released on Wednesday by the Cudjoe Ministry said: “The Minister of Sports congratulates all of our athletes on their achievements and congratulates them on their tenacity, drive and perseverance amid the challenges and uncertainty that you (the athlete) stayed focused and not only presented your best performance but also made history in the world of sport.
âI salute the achievements of all of our athletes, thank you for being beacons of hope and beacons for our nation. The MSCD salutes the hard work and dedication of all of our athletes over the past month as they continually showcase our athletic talent on the world stage. “
Cudjoe reaffirmed the government’s commitment to strongly support the country’s athletes and encouraged all future athletes to persevere, continue training and conquer their respective disciplines.