CIBC FirstCaribbean supports outstanding sporting achievements
CIBC FirstCaribbean has contributed to the ongoing development of Barbados’ athletes through its support of two annual awards ceremonies celebrating their achievements.
The bank provided funding for the annual awards ceremonies of the National Sports Council (NSC) and the International Shotokan Karate Federation of Barbados (ISKF) which went towards acquiring plaques, trophies or other emblems for over 100 awards given to athletes and karatekas who excelled in 2014.
In recent presentations at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Rendezvous office, Peter Warren, Chief Instructor of the ISKF, Barbados; and Jerry Blenman, Executive Consultant and interim Chief Executive Officer, NSC and Gymnasium Ltd. were on hand to receive the contributions from Michelle Whitelaw, Director, Retail Banking Channels and Nicole Weekes, Senior Trust Officer.
Mr. Blenman explained that awarding the athletes was “paramount to setting them in a space which allows for their ongoing development.”
In thanking the bank he said: “Support from entities such as CIBC FirstCaribbean is important to the development of initiatives such as this. We are very grateful and believe that partnerships with the private sector and communities in the development of young people are necessary for the nation’s productive future.”
Mr. Warren said awards would be presented to the students who had accumulated the highest points in three karate tournaments held last year. Of the 17 who met the criteria, the majority were under 17 years of age (juniors). “The plaques serve as an incentive to the students to work and train harder,” he said.
Mr. Warren added that CIBC FirstCaribbean had contributed to the awards in the past and thanked the bank for its continued assistance. The holder of a 7th degree black belt said that members of the two clubs which the federation represents continue to train, having come off a successful showing at the Pan American Internationals in Mexico last August.
The bank has had a long history of supporting sporting endeavours especially those involving young people. In recent years it has donated hurdles for use by student athletes at Harrison College and presented over 100 travel and warm-up shirts for team members and officials participating in the 42nd annual Carifta Track and Field Championships. The bank had also sponsored the Carifta games at the regional level.
Michelle Whitelaw, Director, Retail Banking Channels said CIBC FirstCaribbean understood the importance of sporting development to communities and the nation. “We always seek to contribute to a sustainable future for Barbados by investing in the development of our young people, whether through sport, education or entrepreneurship,” she said.