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The Bahamas ready to begin competition in Curacao

  • Shown are the members of this year’s CAC Age Group Team who will represent The Bahamas at the CAC Age Group Championships in Willemstad, Curaçao, this weekend. Nekeno Demeritte, front and second right, is the head coach of the team. TORRELL GLINTON TNG 2013

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jun 28, 2013

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The young athletes selected to represent The Bahamas at this year’s Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Age Group Championships are scheduled to have their final practice today, before the meet starts on Saturday.

The eight-member team is down in Curaçao for the two-day meet, which will feature athletes from 36 countries in the Caribbean. Some of the countries participating are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Athletes will compete in the pentathlon and heptathlon events – pentathlon for the 11-12 girls and boys and heptathlon for the 13-14 girls and boys. The Bahamas has two members in each division. Over the two days of competition, the athletes will compete in the long and high jumps, the 60 meters (m), 800m for girls/1,000m for boys, and the ball throw for the pentathlon, and the heptathlon events will consist of the long and high jumps, ball throw, shot put, 60m hurdles, 80m and 1,000m for girls/1,200m for boys.

The eight athletes who were ratified by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) were among a large number of competitors braving the weather the weekend of the trials that were held at the old Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

Representing The Bahamas in the 11-12 girls’ division are Tylar Lightbourn (Xtreme Athletics) and Kennedy Culmer (Golden Eagles). Blaize Darling (Fast Forward) and Tamasio Bullard (Golden Eagles) will compete in the 11-12 boys’ division; Doneisha Anderson (TWD Athletics) and Kristia Collie (Alliance Athletics) will compete in the 13-14 girls’ division, and finally, Branson Rolle (High Performance) and Kairon Bain (Neymour Athletics) will compete in the 13-14 boys’ division.

The biannual CAC Age Group Championships will open with the 60m in the 11-12 pentathlon, followed by the 80m in the 13-14 heptathlon. On the field, there will be high jump for girls in the pentathlon and the high jump in heptathlon. The 4x100m relays will also be ran on the opening day.

The Bahamas won the title twice before, in 2001 when the meet was held in Grand Bahama, and again in 2003.

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