Adrian Williams GOLD

PRESS RELEASE / NEWS ITEM BY LESTER BLACKETT (NAAA)

Adrian Williams of Butlers, Nevis accomplished a feat never before performed by an athlete of St. Kitts & Nevis, when he established a new Record at the Carifta Games. He also established another first for St. Kitts & Nevis at the 40th staging of the meet, winning back to back Gold medals (in 2010 & 2011) at the meet held in Montego Bay, Jamaica over the Easter weekend. The powerfully built 16 year old athlete, in his final year for Under-17, impressively set the first record of the meet on Saturday 24th April at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex. He eclipsed the 18 year old Javelin mark of 59.38m, established by Kerry Edwards of Trinidad & Tobago in 1993. Williams, who usually throws his best effort in the first round, launched the record breaking throw of 60.15m on his 3rd attempt and rejoiced with his teammate J’Anthon Sillidy. Sillidy went on to capture his first medal, a bronze with a personal best throw of 55.01m. Denzil St. Marthe of St. Lucia captured the silver medal with 58.91m.

Williams went into the Games as the odds-on favourite having won the 2010 event with a distance of 57.86m in the Cayman Islands, winning the first Carifta gold for St. Kitts – Nevis in seven years. He had a mammoth first throw of 62.54m at the National Junior Championships / Carifta Trials at the Jubilee Stadium, Bird Rock, St. Kitts in March 2011. At that meet, he shattered the National Junior Record and easily surpassed the 53.44m Carifta standard, also easily qualifying for the Under-17 event at this year’s Carifta Games. With that effort, he also qualified for the IAAF World Youth Championship to be held in France in July, the standard being 62.00m and likely qualified for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man, Ireland in September.

Adrian was in second place after the second round, with a first round throw of 52.27m, followed by 48.76m, well behind his teammate Sillidy. He then uncorked the massive effort that sailed on the Jamaican breeze to the record distance. His effort was appreciated by hundreds in the stands, at the end of the first session on Day 1 and thousands of viewers of the “live” LIME/Jamaica TV Internet broadcast.
With the World Junior record being 84.74m, set in 2011 by Zigismunds Sirmais of Latvia (LAT), he needs “only” 24.59m to break that record and he has three more years as a Junior athlete.

The Nevisian athlete won the 2010 Carifta Games event with a throw of 57.86m, defeating the Barbadian thrower, Janiel Craigg and Gerrio Rahming. Meet officials were forced to check the second distance thrown by both athletes to separate Williams at 57.42m and Craigg at 56.85m. Also in 2010, Williams won a silver medal at the Central American & Caribbean Junior Championships in Santo Domingo with a distance of 57.25m.

Adrian Williams of the Nevis Gladiators Track Club and the Gingerland Secondary School, Nevis stated in an interview with Clayton Clarke of Tobago .. ‘well I just go out there and try my best to win the gold and the record … it was a great achievement …  (due to) hard work and training … my goal (is) to reach further in Athletics … I just want to thank my coaches”.

Adrian began his Javelin experience on a lark, just throwing the Javelin during a training session at the end of 2009. His natural skill/prowess was noticed by his head coach, Wakely Daniel and the rest is history. He is coached by Denzil “Tucket” Parris, Kevon Charles and Colin Walters, the St. Kitts/Nevis National record holder in the Javelin and an outstanding field event specialist in his day.  Adrian is also a member of the Nevis Youth cricket team and has competed regionally for Nevis in cricket. Adrian is the son of Glennette Williams of Butlers.

On an interesting note, the President of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, Lester Blackett, stated at the 2011 Gulf Insurance Championships in April, in his “I have a dream” remarks … “I have a dream that one day soon; a son of the soil will set a new Carifta record in the Javelin, a feat never done before by any National of St. Kitts or Nevis (in any event). His name, Adrian Williams.” That dream has now been realised.

Adrian’s teammate from Nevis, Renika Daniel qualified with an “A” standard, for the World Youth Championships in France in July and also the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man, Ireland in September, with a superlative run in the 400m Under-17 Female event. She placed fourth in her semi-finals in a Personal Best of 57.15s, with the 5th best time overall, booking her place in the Finals where she placed eight with 59.30s. At the 2010 Caribbean Teachers Union Meet held in St. Kitts, Renika placed second in the Under-15 400m in a time of 60.31s.

St. Kitts – Nevis placed eighth overall with 1 Gold and 2 Bronze medals. The meet was won by Jamaica with 32 gold medals, followed by Bahamas with 9, then Barbados also with 9 and Trinidad & Tobago with 7 gold medals.

A number of activities are planned around the arrival of Adrian and Renika who are expected to arrive at the Charlestown pier, Nevis on Thursday morning, to a heroes welcome. Details will be provided shortly.

The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association congratulates Adrian on his excellent record breaking and back-to-back gold medal performance and also congratulates Renika Daniel on her outstanding personal and internationally qualifying effort.

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