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Jamaica’s junior athletes yet again dominated their regional counterparts at the recently-concluded Carifta Games, held over the Easter holidays in Nassau, The Bahamas.
The country’s 69-medal haul has evoked praises from Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Natalie Neita-Headley, and Opposition Spokesperson on Youth, Sports, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange.
Simpson Miller said the success of Jamaica’s athletes underscores the excellence of its sporting programme.
“The sheer brilliance, depth and dominance of Team Jamaica once again demonstrate to the world that we are indeed a sporting nation with talent across a range of sporting disciplines,” Prime Minister Simpson Miller said.
Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for sport, reserved special praise for the backup staff. – “I am most elated at the performance of the athletes who have just completed one of our record medal hauls,” Neita-Headley said. “It is not the best we have ever had at Carifta, but certainly one of the better years that we have had. I want to just extend my commendations to the coaches, the administrators and all the supporting personnel who continue to ensure that our youngsters are provided with the right grooming and support, which continue to make them such a success.”
Grange said the medal count shows that Jamaica’s position as the dominant force in regional track and field remains solid and in safe hands. Nevertheless, she warned the Jamaican officials and the athletes not to become complacent, as it is obvious that our Caribbean neighbors have been inspired by the success of our athletes and are determined to break the dominance.
“I would prefer to think that it is more of an inspiration to our neighbours to seek, at least, some level of international recognition and to guarantee that the region is recognised as an important source of world-class athletic talent,” Grange said.
Neita-Headley was not surprised by the team’s performance, given the record-breaking form the athletes had shown at Champs last month, but was heartened by the fact that the youngsters also demonstrated their prowess in the field events.
“I am also very mindful of the fact that some of our school facilities still remain in conditions that do not assist in allowing our youngsters to do better, and we are going to be focusing as we go forward on how it is that we can assist our high schools to develop their facilities to encourage the type of performance that is going to allow Jamaica to remain on top of the scale,” Neita-Headley said.
CONGRATULATIONS JAMAICA !
Easter bun and cheese are an absolute must for Jamaicans during the Easter season.There have been busy days when I’ve had bun and cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I’m not advocating that for anybody unless you have a problem with being underweight!
Many Easter traditions have evolved in Jamaica. While church-going is a must for many christians, the wider population are very fond of going to the beach. It is often a family affair as well as opportunities for outings by clubs and organizations of every kind. Every public beach is swamped with busloads of Jamaicans over these holidays. The better-off in society will rent holiday apartments and villas by the sea for a four-day mini-vacation. Other popular pastimes include kite-flying and, more recently, joining street parades for carnival.
Food traditions have developed in tandem, and escovitched fish is the dish of choice on Good Friday. The British colonizers introduced the hot cross bun to Jamaica. The Jamaican spiced bun is sweet, shaped like a loaf of bread and dark brown in color. It is made with raisins, currants and sometimes topped with red cherries. Our Easter Bun can be eaten with cheese or butter and a tall glass of milk. YUMMY!
I would recommend that you try it 😉