The 16th staging of the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) Games will be held in Tortola on July 15-16, 2016. The games, which was started in 1986 with athletes ranging from ages nine to 15, features competition in Under-9, Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 categories.
The young athletes will be participating in 80m, 100m 150m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 800m and 1200m open, 4x100m, long jump, high jump, javelin and cricket ball throw, which is a prelude to javelin. Significantly, each country can only enter one person per event.
The CUT Track and Field Championships started as a result of the CUT’s recognition of the need to provide the young athletes aged 8-15 years with some regional competition.
There was also recognition by the CUT that sports play a significant role to play in the regional integration process. This particular championship would bring together the students and teachers of the Caribbean for a few days of friendly competition, camaraderie and co-operation.
It was first organised in Barbados in 1986 with Anguilla, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines participating in the inaugural meet for the Jean Perisco Trophy.
The CUT Games has been the breeding ground for some of the Caribbean’s most outstanding track and field athletes before they moved on to the CAC Age Group Championships, the CAC Juniors, the Carifta Games, the CAC Senior Championships, the CAC Games, the Pan American Games and, of course, the Olympic Games.