25 countries confirmed for CARIFTA Games
CATHERINE HALL, St James — Next weekend's 40th LIME CARIFTA Games at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall could be one of the best attended championships in several years after 25 of the 26 eligible countries have confirmed their participation.
Carmen Clarke, a member of the organising committee, told the Observer yesterday that every eligible country with the exception of Belize had confirmed their participation in the event that will be held April 23-25 with two sessions each day. 
                         Ticket sales for Carifta Games at full blast (apr.15)
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Ticket sales for next weekend's 40th Carifta Games to be held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex from April 23-25 is said to be going "extremely well".
Patsy Thomas, who is in charge of ticket sales at the Kingston-based offices, told the Observer yesterday they had already received orders for 1'000 season tickets, including from overseas territories like the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and the Cayman Islands.
                     Progress Report by the Local Organizing Committee
                       On the staging of the 40th CARIFTA Games
With just ten days to go before the opening of the 40th CARIFTA Games, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is pleased to advise that plans for the hosting of this prestigious event are going very well in all aspects.  Being responsible for all activities leading up to, and during the event, the LOC has left no stones unturned in ensuring that the Games are held at the highest standard while utilizing the greatest level of expertise and professionalism that is available.  Through their actions the members of the LOC have expressed their commitment to ensuring that both local and overseas spectators, participants and sponsors will truly be satisfied and that Jamaica in general, and the city of Montego Bay in particular, remain in their minds as one of the top tourist destinations.

The Carifta Games 2011 ticket sales team Patsy Thomas (Ticket Sales Coordinator) Finance and Marketing LOC member and Nikki Miller (LOC Secretariat) discussing how to accommodate the dozens of persons wanting seats in the Montego Bay Sports Complex grandstand for the Games, scheduled for April 23-25.                          



View of the Grandstand and track of the Montego Bay Sports Complex, where the 40th Lime Carifta Games will be held.

March 03, 2011


Ms Grace Silvera, LIME’S Regional Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications hands over her company's sponsorship cheque for the Carifta Games to NACAC President Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook. Shearing in the moment are Hon. Olivia Grange.

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The 2011 CARIFTA Games is - scheduled for Catherine Hall Sporting Complex in Montego Bay, Jamaica from April 23-25 - recently received a major boost when LIME, the Caribbean’s leading full service telecommunications provider, recently announced a two year sponsorship of the prestigious CARIFTA Games.

At a signing reception held at Cuddy’z Restaurant in Kingston, Grace Silvera, LIME’s Regional Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications said: “We are extremely pleased to continue our investment with the North America Central America & Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) in sponsoring the annual CARIFTA Games, which is instrumental in talent discovery and the development of outstanding young athletes across the Caribbean.”

“Sport is dear to the hearts of the Caribbean and our athletic prowess greatly defines who we are as a people. LIME is therefore, very proud to be a major sponsor of the Games and to facilitate the regional broadcast of this exciting event to athletic fans and supporters across the region,” Ms. Silvera said.

Also speaking at the function, Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, the Hon Olivia “Babsy” Grange said, “Jamaica welcomes the opportunity to stage the prestigious Games as we continue to position the island as a premier location for major sporting events.”

In endorsing the sponsorship, Minister Grange lauded LIME for their commitment, noting that the contribution will assist in the execution of the meet being held in Jamaica for the first time in over a decade.

President of NACAC and IAAF Area Representative, the Hon. Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, also thanked LIME for their longstanding contribution to sport, “CARIFTA is a breeding ground for the world stage and from these Games many stars are born, and world recognition is given to Caribbean nations, so LIME’s investment will help to develop young athletic talent across the region,” he said.

Carifta 2011 will attract over 600 athletes, their families, coaches and supporters to the Jamaica. During the three-day event more than 150 events will be staged including sprints, distance races, relays and field events.