NEVIS AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
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.
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:
The final points and medal tally were as follows:
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.
(Taken from the website for the Antigua Government Information Service) www.antiguagov.com/gis-c-news-upd.htm