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Inspirational Kyron A. McMaster visits alma maters

Inspirational Kyron A. McMaster visits alma maters

During his time at home in the [British] Virgin Islands, 2 times Commonwealth Games Champion Kyron A. McMaster visited his two alma maters on Tortola - the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School (ETPS) in Sea Cows Bay and the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) in Road Town.

On September 16, 2022, ETPS received McMaster with a line-up of students with placards bearing his name and chanting "welcome home".

Remarks were shared by Principal Sybil S. Hodge, Third District Representative Honourable Julian Fraser RA, President of the BVI Olympic Committee Mr Ephraim E. Penn, BVI Athletics Association President Steve Augustine and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Hon Sharie B. de Castro.

On September 16, 2022, Ebenezer Thomas Primary School (ETPS) received McMaster with a line-up of students with placards bearing his name and chanting 'welcome home'.

ETPS students challenge McMaster!

An interactive question and answer session with the kindergartners through 6th graders was rounded off with McMaster signing scores of autographs before being challenged to a couple of races in the playground.

McMaster secured his reputation with the school children by winning the impromptu events, leaving one young student to wonder whether the two races were the fastest times the champion had ever run.

Kyron A. McMaster speaking to students of Elmore Stoutt High School on September 20, 2022.

Motivational talk @ ESHS

Junior students at ESHS listened intently to McMaster as he spoke at the 8:00am assembly on September 20, 2022. Reflecting on his own experiences, he advised his audience that if they wanted to succeed in life, they should pay attention to their teachers and to work hard as a failure to do so now will lead to a tougher journey in the future.

He also admonished anyone listening to be true to themselves, set aside negative attitudes, find a passion, set a goal and execute in order to "earn their bread". His words hit home not just with the youngsters, but also the adults in attendance who thanked him for the inspiration to stop procrastinating and reset their focus on achieving their dreams.

Kyron A. McMaster, left, with 2 students of Elmore Stoutt High School.

Welcome home event

Within moments of stepping back on to home soil on September 15, 2022, returning hero, McMaster had his audience basking in his positive energy as he was welcomed back in the International Departure Lounge at the Road Town Ferry Terminal by family members, Government officials and media for his brief visit to the Virgin Islands.

During that event he was presented with a cheque of $38,000 by Government for his recent Commonwealth Games and NACAC titles in the 400m Hurdles.

McMaster's schedule of public engagements ended with a reception at Government House hosted on September 20, 2022, by the Acting Governor David D. Archer Jr.

The upcoming major Games McMaster plans to compete at include the San Salvador 2023 CAC Games in El Salvador (June 23 - July 8), the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary (August 19 - 27), the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games in Chile (October 20 - November 5) and the Paris 2024 Olympics in France (July 26 - August 11).


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