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BAAA ratifies 65 for CARIFTA

Team officials looking to build on gold medal count from a year ago
  • Javan “50” Martin, left, and Sasha Wells, right, are two of the athletes expected to lead Team Bahamas at the 46th CARIFTA Games. The 2017 Flow CARIFTA Games is set for April 15–17 at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad, Curaçao.

SHELDON LONGLEY
Guardian Sports Editor
slongley@nasguard.com

Published: Apr 03, 2017

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Starting off what could be the busiest month for sports in Bahamian history, as far as national teams is concerned, the Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations (BAAA) ratified a 65-member team yesterday, to represent the country at the 46th CARIFTA Games.

The team is loaded with talent in all four divisions as the country looks to build on the third place finish from a year ago. Last year in St. George’s, Grenada, a 62-member Bahamian team won five gold medals and 33 medals in total to finish third behind Jamaica and Barbados. The year before, the country claimed eight gold and 31 in total to finish second behind Jamaica.

Team Manager Mildred Adderley, the assistant treasurer of the BAAA, said that they are going for gold this year, particularly since being edged out by Barbados on the placement chart last year. The order of finish in CARIFTA track and field is based on gold medal count, and The Bahamas finished one behind Barbados in the total number of golds. The 2017 Flow CARIFTA Games is set for April 15–17, at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad, Curaçao.

“The goal last year was to increase the medal count. This year, we are aiming to increase the gold, because even though we got more medals than the second place team last year, they

finished ahead of us because they had one more gold medal than us,” said Adderley. “So, the goal is to increase the gold medal count this year. We are ready to contend with the world. We have a strong team and we wil go there and represent ourselves well. Pride runs deep in the 242,” she added.

Adderley will be assisted by Clarita Hall in her managerial duties. Marvin Darville is the head coach and he will be assisted by Ricky Moxey who will also coach the sprinters. The assistant coaches are Nekeno Demeritte (jumps), Corrington Maycock and Dawn Johnson (throws), Kenny Moxey (pole vault), Tamar Bodie and Bernard Rolle (sprints), and Ali Rolle (distance). The chaperones are Fiona Tucker, Ann Bullard, Courtney Wallace and Kendrick Brown.

The team members are: Under-18 Girls — Devine Parker, Megan Moss, Doneisha Anderson, Gabrielle Gibson, Amelia Peterson, Lakelle Kinteh, Taylor Walters, Latia Saunders, Jaida Knowles, Kendesha Ingraham, Kennedy Culmer, Wendira Moss, Marissa White and Tyler Gray; Under-18 Boys — Adrian Curry, Joel Johnson, Denvaughn Whymns, Corey Sherrod, Tyrell Simms, Ryan Bethell, Shaun Miller, Benjamin Clarke, Jalon Dames, Sean Rolle, Michaelangelo Bullard, Jordan Lewis, Bryant Lowe, Trent Deveaux, Shaquiel Higgs, Edward Gayle, Garreth Lewis, Kendrick Major, Oscar Smith and Matthew Thompson; Under-20 Girls — Daejha Moss, Charisma Taylor, Laquell Harris, Tiffany Hanna, Renee Brown, Sasha Wells, Quanisha Marshall, Brianne Bethel, Gabriella Shannon, Kimona Wilson, Blayre Catalyn, Rashan Darling, Chelsea Smith and D’Ajon Jayawardana; Under-20 Boys — Javan Martin, Tavonte Mott, Holland Martin, Kyle Alcine, Jyles Etienne, Branson Rolle, Ramel Poitier, Douvankiylin Rolle, Tamar Greene, Karon Dean, Johnathan Smith, Bradley Dormeus, Michael Stuart, Lavardo Handfield, Alexander Storr, Philip Armbrister and Glenn Knowles. National record holder in the women’s discus Serena Brown has been named to the team but is yet to be released by her school Texas A&M University for the junior regional meet.

“We feel that we have a very strong contingent in both the under-18 male and female categories, and like some of the other countries in the Caribbean, we struggle with the under-20 categories,” said BAAA President Rosamunde Carey. “Most of the athletes in the under-20 age groups are off to school, so there is a lot of challenges to field a full team in those age groups. We are taking a team that we believe will be in contention. We believe that we will surpass the goals of last year. We are looking forward to a great showing.”

Going into the CARIFTA Trials at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium this past weekend, there were 34 qualifiers for the CARIFTA Games. Quite a few more athletes qualified at the trials. For the past two years, the BAAA decided to take just qualifiers to CARIFTA. The decision paid off as the medal count increased tremendously from 2014 when The Bahamas won just one gold medal. This year, the BAAA is sticking with that strategy. All of the athletes in the individual events for the CARIFTA Games have qualified. An additional 24 were added for the relays.

Despite the ratification yesterday, a trio of athletes still have to prove fitness after suffering minor injuries. They are Javan Martin, who is arguably the fastest junior in the country right now, Lavardo Henfield and Kennedy Culmer. All three have been cleared to run by physicians.

Also, during their time in Curaçao, Bahamian team officials will make a presentation at the CARIFTA Congress, reporting on the readiness of The Bahamas to host the 2018 CARIFTA Games. BAAA President Carey said that all of the necessary components are in place for The Bahamas to host a very successful CARIFTA Games in 2018.

 


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  • Lorain Sanchez:

    Hi,
    I want information about CARIFTA 2018, where it will be held,date,
    if it possible Hotels

    Thank you,

    Lorain Sanchez(Curacao )
 


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