Ms BVI feeling the ‘pressure’ ahead of Miss Caribbean World!
Some 11 contestants will be participating. The countries to be represented are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, [British[ Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, St. Croix, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and USA.
Virgin Islands News Online spoke to the VI beauty, Ms Sharie B. De Castro, recently when she admitted of feeling some nerves about competing at the event.
“I believe all former Miss British Virgin Islands have represented us well. Their work has paved the way for me. I would agree, however, that the expectations are great and therefore I do feel some degree of pressure to perform.”
Being a positive individual, however, Ms de Castro said she believes that with the continued support from the Virgin Islands community she would be “equipped to put my best foot forward. I encourage everyone to come out and support the Miss Caribbean World Organisation, myself and all the other delegates who have accepted this challenge.”
Always an honest person who is never afraid to say it like it is, Ms de Castro also revealed that here preparations for the upcoming pageant got off to a slow start but is being positive that the challenges would be overcome.
“Preparations got off to a slow start, largely due to circumstances beyond my control. However, I will do my utmost best to ensure that the Virgin Islands is represented at the highest possible standard. In everything, there are challenges that one has to overcome to achieve great success and because I am determined to succeed, I will approach the 2013 Miss Caribbean World Pageant with the innate desire to be the best possible ambassador as your 2012-2013 Miss British Virgin Islands.”
Meanwhile, Pageant coordinator Ms Alicia Hamm said the patrons of the pageant can expect a “great show as usual. We will do our utmost best to try to keep this show to the standard over the years and hopes that the public will enjoy it has they have done in the past.”
She also said the contestants this year will number 11 even though the committee wanted it to be just 10, adding that the overwhelming response prompted them to include an 11th contestant.
Ms Hamm noted, however, noted that many times lots of interest are expressed but countries often pull out because of funding. “We are seeing more and more interest from a lot of different countries. It is a good thing but sometimes persons run into difficulties with getting sponsorship, not just in the BVI but also in the entire Caribbean because of the economic downturn.”
Regarding sponsorship, Ms Hamm said the committee believes the element of corporate partnership is still missing but noted that there have been a few persons that help out each year and will definitely be on board again this year.