Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard spoke on behalf of Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd and the Government of The Bahamas at the Official Opening Ceremony of the 2018 National High School Track and Field Championships, on March 9, 2018, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Among those present were Member of Parliament Mark Humes, Senator the Hon. Jamal Moss, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education Donella Bodie, Director of Sports Timothy Munnings, and other sports and education stakeholders. More than 900 athletes from about 67 school teams — including some 30 Family Island schools and a number from home schools — are competing in the event, which is free to the public and will serve as a CARIFTA qualifier.