A name that has history in athletics in Belize is the Carr family. The discipline has been taken up by the next generation of track athletes, Ashanti and Ashontie Carr, who have represented Belize well at home and across the region. The Carr twins are now setting their aim higher, in an effort to further their education while at the same time honing their skills on the track. The sisters have been accepted to the University of Technology in Jamaica, UTEC. They are hoping to receive assistance from the public to make their dream come through. The girls stopped by our studio along with President of the Belize Athletics Association Deon Sutherland.
Deon Sutherland, Belize Athletics Association: “We are just excited for two of our prominent athletes, Ashontie and Ashanti Carr they have been accepted to UTECH which is a university in Jamaica and luckily for them we are sourcing some funds to get them there and get them all settled. The Ministry of Education has agreed to pay the tuition and we want them to go, they have already missed two weeks of school and so we want to get them out the country as quickly as possible. The BAA after hearing this news last week has agreed to sponsor their flight to Jamaica and so for their accommodation which costs $2,500 each US we are coming to the general public to assist us. I know it’s very quick but we need to get these girls off to school and so we are coming to the general public to please show them the love that they have shown to this country- they have made us proud on a number of occasions in athletics and as you will hear from them they are very excited about the endeavor and we hope that this can come through for them.”
Ashanti and Ashontie also shared with Love News their reasoning behind wanting to study at the University.
Ashantie Carr, Athlete:“Jamaica is well known for track and field and basically we just wanted a different field of education and to develop ourselves in track and field so we thought it was a good idea to apply to UTECH.
Ashontie Carr, Athlete:We are most excited about the athletics because we can develop our skills and education as well because it will be better for us there.
Ashantie Carr, Athlete:First I would like to thank Honorable Patrick Faber for helping us with the tuition and we would like to ask the public if they can assist us with any donation that will help us to pay our accommodation.”
The Carr sisters have been actively participating in track and field for over seven years.