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BTC rewards CARIFTA team with super-fast phones

  • Members of the BTC CARIFTA Team Bahamas are all smiles after receiving their Samsung Galaxy Y cellular phones from event platinum sponsors BTC upon their return from the CARIFTA Track and Field Championships in Bermuda. BTC Team Bahamas placed second overall. Photos courtesy of FARRENO FERGUSON

  • Members of the BTC CARIFTA Team Bahamas are pictured after receiving their Samsung Galaxy Y cell phones by Marlon Johnson (front right), BTC vice president of Brand & Communications. Pictured along with athletes are Mike Sands (front left), BAAA president and Diane Woodside (second row, middle), CARIFTA Head Coach. BTC was the platinum sponsor of Team Bahamas during the 41st LIME CARIFTA Track and Field Championships in Devonshire, Bermuda.

Published: Apr 25, 2012

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The Bahamas Telecomunications Company (BTC) presented the country's super-charged athletes who placed second out of 27 countries at the recent 41st LIME CARIFTA Track and Field Championships in Bermuda, with 70 Samsung Galaxy Y cell phones upon their return.

It was another big win for a successful performance. The BTC CARIFTA team placed second overall behind Jamaica with a total of 40 medals, including 14 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze. Athletes from 27 countries competed in the track and field championships that drew about 600 officials, dignitaries and team members to Devonshire, Bermuda over the Easter holiday weekend. It was the first time in a long time that The Bahamas put in such a strong showing at the annual CARIFTA championships.

"CARIFTA is the place where young Caribbean athletic stars are born and it is an opportunity for them to perform on a world stage," said David Shaw, BTC chairman.

Upon the team’s return home and as a show of support for the outstanding performances at the games, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham hosted the team to lunch at Atlantis. The day before on the team’s arrival from Bermuda, Marlon Johnson, BTC vice president of Brand & Communications, announced that BTC, CARIFTA platinum sponsor, would "up the ante" by providing Android phones to all 70 members of the team. The blazing fast 4G phones were presented to the athletes on April 19 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in New Providence.

"BTC is committed to the development of our young people through sports," said Johnson. “Our sponsorship of the track team and the

presentation of the phones here today speaks to the level of our commitment.

"While we are happy to reward our junior athletes for their hard work and achievements, we are also pleased to equip them with the very latest technology in cell phones, the android operating systems.

“These smart phones are being featured as a part of a BTC promotion called ‘Android Nation’. We are hoping that these young people are able to fully utilize the technology built into these phones, as BTC looks to engage a new generation of customers."

Also on hand to thank BTC for its donation was Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ (BAAA) President Mike Sands. "BTC continues to do a tremendous job in sponsoring our athletes and the BAAA,” Sands said. "We are extremely grateful to Marlon Johnson and BTC for all that they have done and continue to do for the development of sports in The Bahamas."

BTC has committed $100,000 to the BAAA in sponsorship to assist with four major sporting events. The CARIFTA Track and Field Championships was the first, as it benefitted from a $25,000 donation.

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