2001 Report

 
NEVIS AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

HOSTS SUCCESSFUL

LEEWARD ISLANDS TRACK & FIELD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP

Grove Park, Nevis was filled with excitement on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May, as the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association hosted the rejuvenated "Leeward Islands Track and Field Youth Championship". Athletes from eight countries battled for the coveted Championship trophy, with St. Kitts emerging as champions with 454 points, recapturing the Trophy for the fourth successive time. In the process, the Kittitian athletes won 20 gold, 21 silver and 11 bronze medals. Runners-up Nevis performed admirably, accumulating 386 points, winning 17 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze medals.

The meet, held under the patronage of the Honourable Premier, Mr. Vance Amory and Mrs. Amory, featured athletes from eight countries, Anguilla, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Dutch St. Maarten, French St. Martin, St. Kitts, U.S. Virgin Islands and hosts Nevis. The competition held on the weekend, is one of a series of Championships meet held for various age groups in the region. The Youth athletes compete in three categories, namely; Under 11 years, Under 13 years and Under 15 years.

The opening ceremony was held on Friday 11th May and was preceded by a colourful march of Teams, from the Charlestown Waterfront, through Charlestown to Grove Park, accompanied by a Police escort and the Olympic Theme music. Welcoming remarks were made by the President of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, Mr. Lester Blackett, followed by the special guest, 1st Vice President of the Barbados Amateur Athletic Association, Mrs. Esther Maynard. Remarks were also made by the Junior Minister, responsible for Sports, the Honourable Laughton Brandy, with the feature remarks made by the Honourable Premier, Mr. Vance Amory.

A reception for the Teams and Officials was held at Government House, following the opening ceremony. It was hosted by the Deputy Governor-General, His Honour Mr. Eustace John and Mrs. John and was attended by Ministers of Government, other distinguished guests, Association officials and other persons.

St. Kitts won the competition with 271 points and 183 points from the male and female categories respectively, for a total of 454 points. Nevis won the female category with 242 points and placed second in the male category with 144 points, for a total of 386 points. The British Virgin Islands placed third with 164 points, Antigua fourth with 150 points and Anguilla fifth with 122 points. Dutch St. Maarten, U.S. Virgin Islands and French St. Martin totaled 46, 26 and 0 points respectively.

TOTAL / MALE / FEMALE POINT DISTRIBUTION

COUNTRY

MALE

FEMALE

TOTAL

ST. KITTS

271

183

454

NEVIS

144

242

386

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

118

46

164

ANTIGUA

71

79

150

ANGUILLA

38

84

122

DUTCH ST. MAARTEN

31

15

46

US VIRGIN ISLANDS

1

25

26

FRENCH ST. MARTIN

0

0

0

The most outstanding female athlete with a total of 40 points, was Curlee Gumbs, an Under 13 year old athlete from Anguilla, placing 1st in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metre events. The most outstanding male athlete, with a total of 35 points, was Kevin Thomas, an Under 15 year old athlete from B.V.I. placing 1st in the 100m, 200m, Long Jump and 3rd in the 400 metre event.

The Class Champions for the various age categories were as follows:

CLASS CHAMPIONS

CATEGORY

NAME

COUNTRY

POINTS

POSITION AND EVENTS

UNDER 11 FEMALE

NICOLA FRASER

NEVIS

28

1st - 200/400, 3rd - 100m, 4th – Cricket Ball

UNDER 11 MALE

DAMIEN BAILEY

ANGUILLA

35

1st – Cricket Ball, Long Jump, 2nd – 200m, 3rd 400m, 4th – 100m

UNDER 13 FEMALE

CURLEE GUMBS

ANGUILLA

40

1st - 100/200/400/800m

UNDER 13 MALE

NEAL ALPHONSE

ANTIGUA

24

1st – 400/800m, 4th – 1500m, 5th – Cricket Ball

UNDER 15 FEMALE

KASHEBA/ HUGGINS

NEVIS

27

1st – 200m/Long Jump, 2nd – 100m

UNDER 15 MALE

KEVIN THOMAS

BVI

35

1st – 100m, 200m, Long Jump, 3rd – 400m

The final points and medal tally were as follows:

MEDAL TABLE

COUNTRY

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

TOTAL

ST. KITTS

20

21

11

52

NEVIS

17

14

15

46

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

5

3

11

19

ANTIGUA

3

4

10

17

ANGUILLA

6

5

2

13

DUTCH ST. MAARTEN

0

4

2

6

US VIRGIN ISLANDS

1

1

1

3

FRENCH ST. MARTIN

0

0

0

0

Trophies and medals were presented by the Honourable Laughton Brandy and Corporate sponsors during and after the Games on Saturday and Sunday.

Special exhibition events were held featuring athletes from High schools and Club from Nevis and St. Kitts. Kurvin Wallace, Olympian athlete, Dwayne Warner, senior athlete and Kevon Pierre, Interschool 100 & 200 champion and Carifta finalist in the 200 m, brought the massive Grove Park crowd collectively to its feet in a scintillating exhibition 100 metres finish, won by Pierre. Tonito Willett, Dwayne Warner, Kevon Pierre and Kurvin Wallace later teamed up to win the 4x100m Exhibition relay.

A team of Antiguan athletes lead by Janelle Williams, multiple Carifta gold medallist and one of the best middle distance athletes in the Caribbean, also competed in the exhibition events held on Saturday and Sunday.

The meet was organized by the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports. The Association expresses its gratitude to its major contributor the Nevis Island Administration and its Platinum sponsor Delta Petroleum Nevis Ltd., sponsors of the Nevis Team uniforms. The organizers also wish to thank all other sponsors and contributors who assisted in producing a memorable championship. These included the following sponsors and contributors:

Diamond Sponsor  -   Nevis Island Administration

Platinum   -  Delta Petroleum Nevis Ltd.

Gold  -  Cable & Wireless, Social Security, TDC (Nevis), Development Bank, Island Tyres & Hardware, VON Radio, S. L. Horsford's, Rams Supermarket Ltd. (Nevis), Old Manor Hotel, Rawlins Photo Studio

Silver  -  Remax, Four Seasons Hotel, Bank of Nevis, Barclay's Bank, Scotia Bank, Carib Breweries, Nevis Spring Water, Noel's Car Rental

Bronze  -  Bargain House, Golden Rock Hotel, Hermitage Plantation Inn, Mount Nevis, Nevlec, Swannies, Glen's Wholesale (Antigua), and Antigua Jeweler’s

Other  -  Beaumont Corporation, Delisle Walwyn

The Association also wishes to thank the following persons and Organizations and all others who assisted and supported the Championship.

Headmaster, Teachers and Sports officers of the Primary and High Schools, Parents, Officials, Public Works Department, Officers and Staff of the Ministry of Sports and the Education Department, School and Private Bus Drivers, Nevis Police Department, Nevis Red Cross, Nevis Cricket Association, Ministry of Communication, Works, Public Utilities, Nevis Girl Guides, ACE Security, Newman Limited, Carib Craft & Graphics, Food City Cash and Carry, Olde Dawg Sound System, Observer, Democrat, Labour Spokesman, Leeward Times, Nevis Team officials, Committee members, Meet Officials, Overseas Teams.

Special Thanks to Management and Staff of Pinney’s Beach Hotel, Sea Spawn and Debbie’s’ Guest House and the Flying Grasshopper’s Guest House who provided the accommodation for the 200 plus athletes.
 

 
Leeward Islands Track and Field Youth Championship launched in Nevis

Coach Carl Claxton introduces some of the Nevisian athletes


  Hon. Laughton Brandy addresses sponsors & others

Charlestown Nevis (April 25, 2001) The Nevis Island Administration, Wednesday officially gave commitment to the hosting of the 2001 edition of the Leeward Islands Track and Field Youth Championship that will be held at Grove Park, Charlestown, May 11-13.

Junior Minister for` sports, the Hon Mr. Laughton Brandy, at a ceremony held at the Red Cross Conference Room in Charlestown to launch the championship, said that, with Nevis having been the alternative host his government stepped in to save the games after the original hosts, St. Maarten pulled out because of technical difficulties.

 "We did not have the championship last year," said the Junior Minister, "and we thought that we ought to be one of the leaders in athletic development in the Caribbean so we decided that since St. Maarten dropped out, that we were not going to let the tournament go. We decided to have it staged on Nevis."

He confirmed that the Nevis Island Administration had committed its help to the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association for hosting the championship in Nevis. He recalled that in recent times Nevis had hosted the Caribbean Netball Championships, a Red Stripe Cricket match, and a sub regional cycling champions and said that the Leeward Islands Youth Track and Field Championship will go a long way in the development of sports on Nevis.

Attending the meeting were the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Dr. Telbert Glasgow, the President of the St. Kitts Amateur Athletic Association Mr. Raphael Jenkin, chairman of the championship’s technical committee, Mr. Alstead Perberton, who was the master of ceremonies, representatives from various sporting organisations and sponsoring companies.

President of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, Mr. Lester Blackett told the meeting that the championships will be held in three categories, Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 for sprints - 100, 200 and 400 meters; middle distance races, 800 and 1500 meters and field events like high and long jumps and shot putt.

About 240 athletes are expected on Nevis from Antigua, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and host Nevis. Mr. Blackett announced that due to problems encountered by athletes in past meets in the Caribbean when they would have been accommodated in schools, his association has made arrangements to have them hosted in hotels and guest houses while in Nevis.

The meeting is expected to cost the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association EC$100,00.00 to host, and apart from the Nevis Island Administration, a number of sponsors had come forward, and more were expected. Junior Minister, Mr. Laughton Brandy while thanking the sponsors, said: "We as a government can not carry the burden of sports alone; we can not really develop sports to the potential that exists without the partnership of the private sector."

(Taken from the website for the Antigua Government Information Service)  www.antiguagov.com/gis-c-news-upd.htm

 

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