The Minister of Youth, Families and Sports, the Hon. Glenn A. Blakeney, this morning held a Post-Budget Press Conference, Minister Blakeney said, “I am pleased to share with members of the media and the public highlights of the Ministry of Youth, Families and Sports’ Budget Estimate for Fiscal Year 2012-13.”
Lime Carifta Games
Bermuda will have the honour to host the 40th Lime Carifta Games at the National Sports Centre from April 6-9, 2012. This will be the fourth time that Bermuda will host these prestigious Games, having hosted them in 1975, 1980 and 2004. The Games will showcase some of the best youth track and field athletes from the Caribbean region in under-17 and under-20 categories. Many Bermudians who attended the 2004 Carifta Games will remember the superb performance displayed by Usain Bolt of Jamaica when he broke the under-20 record in the 200m sprint in a time of 19.93 sec, a record that still stands today. The Carifta Games promotes qualities of sportsmanship, fitness and friendship among youth from different Caribbean countries including Bermuda and helps to build strong character through friendly rivalry and competition. The Ministry has been allocated approximately $400,000 in FY 2012/13 to support the Lime Carifta Games. This has contributed to an increase in the budget estimate for the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation of around 5%, bringing its total budget to just over $12 million for FY 2012/13.
Youth, Sport and Recreation’s 2012-2013 Budget Estimate $12,053,000 a Change from 2011-12 Original Estimate by $536,000 which is up 5%.
$400,000 dollars has been allocated to the Lime Carifta Games, leaving the additional total of $136,000 in the Youth, Sport and Recreation’s budget to go towards other programmes within the Department.