Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, Owen Darrell, presented 11 Elite Athletes cheques at the National Sports Center.
Minister Darrell said, “As the Minister responsible for Sport, I have made it a priority to expand our investment and incentives, recognizing that it is essential for the continuous growth of sports in Bermuda. Today, the awards being presented will contribute to supporting our athletes in their ongoing development as high-performing individuals.
Beyond the financial support, this ceremony is also a symbol of gratitude from the Government to these athletes for representing Bermuda with pride and excellence on the global stage.
Our motto at the Ministry is "Sport Matters" – and indeed, it truly does. There is no greater testament to this than publicly recognizing with sponsorship the athletes who are making a difference and doing so, inspiring an entire country.
Congratulations to each and every one of you. We hope this financial sponsorship can serve as another catalyst in your sporting journey and we wish you well in your future endeavors. I can’t wait to see more of you on the world stage.
Government Elite Athletes Awards
Dage Minors ($12, 000) - For continued training and competing overseas in preparation for international competitions.
Erica Hawley ($10, 000) - For competing in more international races and events and increased access to a sports psychologist and massage sessions.
Tyler Smith ($10, 000) - For attendance of training camps prior to international competition.
Liam Flannery ($8, 000) - For bike equipment, racing fees and nutrition associated with racing (energy bars, recovery drinks, etc.)
Jessica Lewis ($8, 500) - For racing modifications, equipment and expenses associated with training camp in Victoria, BC.
Jyire Mitchell ($8, 000) - To purchase spare parts for race bike
David Maycock ($6, 338) - To attend an international bowling camp prior to international competition
Lamar Richardson ($6,338) – To attend an International Training and Research Centre camp prior to international competition.
Yushae DeSilva-Andrade ($6, 000) - For participation in the Fortazela World Boccia Cup in Brazil.
Jediah Cumbermack ($5, 000) - To attend a JP43 training camp
Nicholas Pilgrim ($2, 000) – Funding for High Performance camp in Portugal