Telecommunication giant, LIME, has stepped in to assist Dominican athletes as they make their way home from the just concluded CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas.
Reports indicate that the group and the coaches were worried that they had no accommodation for a stay in Panama on Wednesday night.
But president of the Dominica Athletics Amateur Association (DAAA), Cedric Harris, said LIME has put all fears to rest.
“LIME has come aboard big time for us and we will be accommodated in Panama, fully accommodated, in a hotel for the night,” he told Q95’s Matt Peltier on Wednesday.
He said the group will be picked up at the airport since ground transportation is also provided. “Our athletes will be treated with royalty,” he remarked.
Harris noted that when the manager of LIME Dominica, Jeffery Baptiste, heard of group’s plight in the Bahamas, he immediately called and offered assistance. “He (Baptiste) gave me a call and asked for our particulars, time we will be arriving and departure and that has been confirmed and he gave me all the necessary information that I need for when we get to Panama,” he said. “Everything is moving along smoothly.”
He further pointed out that an anonymous benefactor has given a financial donation which will assist the group as they return to Dominica.
Harris said the athletes are now breathing a sigh of relief. “When I gave the news that we are going to be in a hotel in Panama they acted with a big sigh of relief on their faces,” he stated.
The team is expected back in Dominica on Friday.
Dominica captured a total of four medals at the games. Shanee Angol, a student of the Pierre Charles Secondary school in Grand Bay, won gold in the U-17 Girl’s Javelin with a throw of 43.89 meters. Thea Lafond, a US-based athlete representing Dominica, secured bronze in the U-20 girl’s high jump with 1.80 meters.
Chelsey Linton took bronze in the Girls Outdoor Pentathlon Open with a total of 3,151 points while Lafond also captured bronze in the Girl’s Under 20 Triple Jump with a performance of 12.68 meters.
The team had encountered financial difficulties before leaving Dominica for the games. However, callers to Q95, led by attorney, David Bruney, pledged to assist and the Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC), donated $42,000.00.
CIBC First Caribbean also made a donation of uniforms worth over $4,000 to the team before they left Dominica.
The CARIFTA Games were held from March 29 to April 1.
A total of ten athletes represented Dominica.