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A hero’s welcome: Demetrie Meyers touches down in Belize for National Championships appearance

Posted: Friday, April 14, 2023. 10:16 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: He may be just 14 years old, but double Carifta Games champion athlete Demetrie Meyers is already the toast of the town.

After dominant performances in the 1500-metre and 3000-meter final, Meyers touched down in Belize to be greeted by Minister of Youth and Sport Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of State Gilroy Usher and personnel from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and National Sports Council (NSC). He also got a motorcade into Belize City and to the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, where he collected a $3,000 prize and his own parcel of land.

Meyers is hoping to follow up his Carifta Games performance with national titles at this weekend’s National Track and Field Championships hosted by the Belize Athletic Association (BAA) at the Marion Jones.

Meyers revealed that the Carifta Games was his first outdoor meet after work in the cross country and indoor disciplines, but he expected success.

And that’s why he says there’s more to come: “I feel like I honoured Belize really well but I have more to come next year. I accomplished a lot, but I know I have more meets and next year it’s gonna be not only me medaling hopefully but a bunch of people medaling and Belize is gonna be here to stay for the Carifta Games.”

The youngster says he is motivated, not scared, by competition: “I’ve always been motivated to try and compete because I wouldn’t say I would be scared to compete against anybody. I just feel confident and up against a challenge to try and compete and do my best. I don’t want to say it’s too heavy for me to handle, because it’s not just for me, it’s for the country of Belize…”

 

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