CAY HILL-- As from April 21, the National Sports Institute (NSI) merged with the Foundation Upkeep Sports Facilities (FUSF). After a process of about three years the NSI has finally taken over all tasks and responsibilities of FUSF, that after almost 17 years ceased to exist. The signing took place at Notary Boekhoudt’s Office on April 20, 2017.

St. Maarten was represented by four athletes from the St. Maarten Bodybuilding & Fitness Association at the 5th Annual La Severine Fitness Bodybuilding & Fitness Invitational held on Anguilla on Saturday.  Ramy Quettant competed in the Male Physique Tall Class. This was his third competition.  New to the association is Dylan aka Angus Daniel who also competed in the Male Physique Tall Class. Touching the stage for the very first time was Jeanrony Virgile in the Male Physique but in the short class. The lone female in the group was Anais Pieters Kwiers. In her previous competitions Kwiers competed in the Body Fitness Category. Saturday she made her debut in the Bikini Wellness Category.

WILLEMSTAD--The host country’s four medal winners during the recent Carifta Games 2017 were honoured in Curaçao.

Glenn Kunst (centre) won gold in the pole vault

WILLEMSTAD--Athletes of the host country earned a total of four medals during the Carifta Games over the long Easter weekend at Curaçao's National Sports Centre SDK.

  Glenn Kunst won gold in the pole vault. He jumped up to 4.65 metres, which is a record for the regional youth games.

  High jumper Jaden Bernabela got silver. Among the women there was bronze for Qyone Antersijn in the 1,500 metres and Shuriantly Mathilda in the 800 metres.

He also set a new record for the games

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  Curaçao finished seventh in the overall medal count. Jamaica was first with 86 medals in total, including 39 gold.

  Curaçao will be hosting Carifta in 2020 again. According to organisers it was a great success.

  Kunst also received the Sir Austin Sealy Award for the most outstanding athlete during the games.

CASTRIES-  A small but powerful  delegation of the St. Maarten Sharks Swim Team competed in the 18th annual St. Lucia Invitational at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre in Castries.

Curaçao hosted the regional track and field meet.

 WILLEMSTAD--More than 600 athletes converged on Curaçao for the 46th Flow CARIFTA Games April 15 to 17, the region’s largest athletics competition for U18 and U20 athletes that took place at the National Sports Centre SDK.   Athletes from more than 25 countries competed in and around the Ergilio Hato Stadium in the latest edition of a competition deeply steeped in the region’s sporting history and tradition.

Many of the Caribbean’s biggest stars, past and present, made their international debuts at the event, including Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kim Collins, Pauline Davis-Thompson, Kirani James, Keshorn Walcott and Shaunae Miller-Uibo, among many others.

ST. BARTHS-- After three days of tight competition on the waters off the French West Indies island of St. Barths, many of the teams racing in Les Voiles headed into the final day with the hopes of either dismounting class leaders or fending off competitors that were climbing up in the rankings. However, due to lack of wind the Race Committee was forced to make the difficult decision to cancel the final day of racing.   

CAY HILL--The Pineapple Pete 2017 Open Singles Tennis Tournament at the tennis courts of the              Raoul Illidge Sports Complex is reaching the final rounds.

Team Island Water World won the first two races in the Melges 24 class at the St. Barths annual La Voile Regatta. Racing started Tuesday with strong winds in the morning of 18 knots.

St. Maarten is bidding to host a pool in the Under 20 Female CONCACAF football competition in July.  Latoya Dacosta was on Island yesterday to inspect sites with St. Maarten Soccer Association president Sudesh ‘Johnny’ Singh.

Learning Unlimited Girls defeated Milton Peters College in three sets to advance to the St. Maarten Volleyball Association Interscholastic final against Academy. 

CAYHILL- Reggae Lions Football Club won the St. Maarten Soccer Association senior football league April 3.
  Reggae Lions faced Hotspurs in their final game of the 2016-2017 seaon. Lions won  3-0 with two goals scored by the captain of the Lions, Parker Loxley, and another goal by Stewart Ryan.
  Earlier in the day Funmakers  faced FC Soualiga. The game ended up with a tie, with goals scored by Richard Kael (Funmakers) and Jason Lindo (Soualiga).
    In the second game of the day, Flames United took on  C&D. Mark Reid, Petrovic Milan and White Natal scored twice to give C & D the win.
  “We are very happy with how the competition turned out this season,” said Sudesh ‘Johnny’ Singh, president of the soccer association. “After many years of senior league competition being absent in St Maarten, the new board of SMSA (since 2015) has been able to provide the community of St. Maarten and the participating clubs with a very well organized league.”
  He continued, “We are forever grateful for the many hours that all the players, coaches, SMSA board and all the volunteers have invested in football to make this competition a success.’

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