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Exclusive: Kyron A. McMaster speaks ‘I am grateful for BVI support’

-first time gold medalist @ the Commonwealth Games for the VI
Kyron A. McMaster, 400m hurdler, expressed that he is 'grateful' for the love and support that he has received from the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) and glad that he could take home the gold for his territory. Photo: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Kyron A. Mcmaster won the men’s 400m hurdles final in a time of 48.25 seconds during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 12, 2018. Photo: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Kyron A. Mcmaster won the men’s 400m hurdles final in a time of 48.25 seconds during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 12, 2018. Photo: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - He is being called by every media organisation in the world seeking interviews, and comments. However, the 21-year-old Virgin Islander Kyron A. McMaster who won the first Commonwealth Games gold medal for the tiny British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands (VI) with less than 30,000 people spoke briefly exclusively to his hometown newspaper Virgin Islands News Online.

The Territory’s superstar athlete who stormed to the gold medal in the 400m hurdle final at the Commonwealth Games in Australia on April 12, 2018, is back in the United States of America (USA) and did not indicate when he will be home.

VI support has been solid

When asked how it has been so far after his gold medal Mr McMaster said, "It’s a big deal for me. It’s great to have a title under your belt, it makes life easier in the track and field world."

When asked what message he has for the Virgin Islands (VI) the humble and sometimes shy track and field star who many has already compared to being the new Usain St. Leo Bolt stated, "I am grateful for the support I have received before and after the races. It's tremendous, BVI residents have called, text and email me with so much kind words it feels great, I am so thankful for the support from home, knowing that we are a small nation it’s been moving…"

The gold medalist expressed his appreciation for the love and support they have shown him. He said, "Thank you to the people... you have been there for me, the outpouring is helpful..."

Coach’s death still emotional

McMaster's historic victory was no doubt an emotional one, having to pick himself up and relocate to the United States of America (USA) following the death of his coach Xavier ‘Dag’ Samuels tragically in Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017.

He told our newsroom it was too emotional to comment at this time on his late coach.

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