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NBVI Steps up to support McMaster

Kyron McMaster with Joy Francis of CEO of NBVI and Coach Dag Samuels. Photo: Provided
The National Bank of the Virgin Islands has stepped in to sponsor the Virgin Islands' athlete on a three-year deal. Photo: Facebook
The National Bank of the Virgin Islands has stepped in to sponsor the Virgin Islands' athlete on a three-year deal. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The National Bank of the Virgin Islands (NBVI) has stepped in to sponsor Kyron A. McMaster with a three-year deal, which comes ahead of the athlete’s appearance at the IAAF World Championships which commenced on Friday August 4, 2017 in London.

McMaster, who has the current world’s fastest 400M time, has put the Virgin Islands(VI) on the map by winning its first medal at the IAFF World Junior Championships, which remains a historical triumph for the Territory.

The VI athlete is trained by one of the Territory’s longest serving coaches, Coach Xavier “Dag” Samuels, and challenged the world record (46.69 seconds) this past May in Kingston, Jamaica in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 47.80 seconds.

 “The National Bank of the Virgin Islands is committed to supporting young professionals and recognising their achievements in the community,” says Joy Francis, Chief Executive Officer of NBVI. “We admire those who strive to work hard, set goals and persevere to achieve great success, for themselves and for our Territory. As an ambassador for the Virgin Islands, Kyron McMaster is a fine example and inspiration to us all. The Board, Management and Staff of National Bank, couldn’t be more proud of this young Virgin Islander.”

A long-time client of National Bank, accepting the sponsorship McMaster humbly said, “This really means a lot to me to know that National Bank believes this much in me and it really encourages me to train even harder to make my community proud.”

Steve Augustine, President of the British Virgin Islands Athletics Association (BVIAA) commented on the importance of the sponsorship. “I’m really pleased that National Bank has answered the call to support Kyron in this way. There is a lot that is involved when competing in this challenging arena that Kyron has been placed in, for him as an athlete and for this community. I’m proud that our National Bank recognises this and is truly investing in ensuring Kyron comfortably trains as an elite athlete representing this Territory.”

The sponsorship, in the initial amount of $2,500 for Q3-Q4 of 2017, with continued contributions over the next three years, will support McMaster, particularly as he prepares for the Men’s 400m Hurdles at the London IAFF World Championships this weekend, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Territory can show their support for McMaster during the live broadcast of the Men’s 400m Hurdles. The schedule of events can be found on the IAAF website at:

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