Tiger Tyson who represented Antigua and Barbuda in China at the Youth Open Twin Tip Racing Kiteboard World Championship and emerged as the winner returned home yesterday to a VIP welcome at the VC Bird Int’l Airport.
Tyson who was accompanied by his mother was greeted by Hon. Chet Greene, Minister of Sports,Senator Colin James, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports.
Minister Green in his congratulatory remarks said the sport of Kite Boarding is an emerging sport and it will be one of the sports included in the Youth Olympics in Argentina in 2018 where Tiger hopes to represents Antigua & Barbuda.
Minister Green congratulated Tiger on his recent achievement on behalf of the government of Antigua & Barbuda and the Olympic Association. Minister Greene said the government is committed to supporting the young athlete in his development as he prepares to represent the country at the Youth Olympics next year.
Tiger said that he was happy he was responsible for good news coming out of the islands after all the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma & Maria. Tiger said he has been training tirelessly all year for the Youth Olympics, while he was in China he competed in two events one of which was the Twin Tip Racing Open World where he placed 1st, he said it was really competitive as he was racing against his main competitor form the USA and it felt great that he was able to nab the top spot.
Senator Colin James in his brief remarks congratulated Tiger on his marvelous achievement and congratulated the mother of Tiger Tyson who has been supporting her son all the way to china. Senator James said it is always good thing when athletes have the support of their parents as the mindset in Antigua is once there’s a coach or a manager the parental support ends.
Senator James he hops that the teenager’s achievement inspires other youths to get involved in sports at some level.
Tiger wishes to thank his parents and his coach who is based in the Dominican Republic, 40 knots Kite school where he first learned to kite surf at 7 years old, Antigua Kite Surfers and the people & government of Antigua & Barbuda for supporting him.