|CARIFTA Spotlight: Stephen Newbold|
Published: Apr 05, 2012
A 70-member strong CARIFTA team will leave for Hamilton, Bermuda this evening, to represent The Bahamas at the 41st CARIFTA Games. Today, The Nassau Guardian features under-20 boys athlete Stephen ‘Dirty’ Newbold. The Carifta Games will get underway on Saturday in Bermuda, and will wrap up on Easter Monday. Colina Insurance Limited was title sponsor of the 2012 Bahamas CARIFTA Trials.
This former St. John’s athlete is another one of those versatile members on Team Bahamas which is headed to the 41st CARIFTA Games. Newbold excelled as a long hurdler early in his athletic career, branched off into a quarter-miler, but it was in the half-lapper last year that he really made a name for himself. Newbold has experienced success in all three events. He is the current CARIFTA record holder in the under-17 boys 400-meter (m) hurdles, won a CARIFTA bronze medal in the under-20 boys 400m last year, and really broke through with a gold medal in the 200m at the 2011 IAAF World Championships.
Newbold has personal best times of 20.89 seconds in the 200m and 47.12 seconds in the 400m. At just 17 years of age, the future looks extremely bright for this lanky star. Coach David Charlton shocked everyone when he opted to run Newbold in the 200m as opposed to the 400m at the World Youth Championships last year, but Newbold proved his worth by powering through for the coveted gold medal. It was in the final when he recorded his personal best time of 20.89 seconds.
This season, Newbold hasn’t seen much action outdoors as a result of running on the collegiate circuit. He is in his first year at Florida State University (FSU). Newbold ran a season’s best time of 21.36 seconds in the 200m at the FSU Relays last month. That time would have only been good enough for third at The Bahamas’ CARIFTA Trials, but there is no doubt that Newbold will be a force to reckon with, in whatever capacity he is used in at the CARIFTA Games.