News Items on Nevis

27/05/10: Renika and Kezron star in Leeward Islands meet by Curtis Morton  (Other articles below)
Kishawna Brookes & Kimbel Ward
In an interview conducted yesterday, Coach at the Ivor Walters Primary School and recent Manager of the Nevis contingent which participated in the Leeward Islands Youth Track and Field meet Kimbel Ward, indicated that his team performed creditably under the circumstances.  According to Ward, the team was peaking at about 95% up to the mini Olympics – The Inter Primary sports meet, but then the students had to break for exams and the training period leading up to the meet was less than adequate. He also referred to some trying circumstances on the first day of the event—a day that his team did not manage any significant rewards.
 
The athletes however remained upbeat and on the second day, there was a definite turn around and his team pulled in some four gold medals:  Star performer Renika Daniel secured gold in the 400 meters for under 15 girls and gold in the long jump event, while Nevis’ under 13 cricketing all rounder Kezron ‘Kezzie’ Archibald blew the competition away in the under 15 boys shot put event to not only secure the gold medal but to establish a brand new record in the competition.  The previous record was 11.4 meters and Kezron’s throw went to 11.9 meters. Nevis also secured another gold medal in the 4X400 meter open (female) relay event.
 
Ward was high in praise for all of the athletes who he indicated were generally well behaved and gave it their all.  He however had special praise for Renika, Kezron and the 4X400 relay team for their tremendous achievements.
 
One of the recent inter primary stars, Kishawna Brookes spoke eloquently of her experience and explained that although she extended herself, she could have done better.  She secured a bronze medal in the 400 meters.
 
A shy Renika was happy for the experience and explained that she faced stiff competition in the 400 meter event but remained determined right to the end.  She felt that the level of competition in the long jump event was not as challenging.  She also joined team mate Vernine Williams who was a part of the winning relay team, in expressing that the first day experience was not very encouraging as they received meals late and apparently a few of the athletes were physically discomfited on that first morning.
 
All of the athletes interviewed were however happy for the experience of representing Nevis at this level and one thing they all shared in common, is that they had developed new friendships around the region.
 
Meanwhile, Sports Coordinator at the Charlestown Secondary School, Mr. Merrill Carbon, yesterday presented Renika Daniel with trophies and medals previously won at the 2010 CSS Annual Sports meet.  Renika received her rewards for placing first in the 100, 200 and 400 meter events, with a new record set in the 200 meters of 26.64 seconds and adjudged Class Champion in Class C, Junior female Champion and Victrix Ludorum for the meet.
 

 
24/05/10: Nevis Places 5th in Leeward Island Meet by Curtis Morton

The Nevis representative team to the Leeward Islands youth Track and field championships, returned home on Monday 24th May 2010.

The team participated in the meet which was held in Anguilla and from all reports, performed creditably by securing the overall 5th spot, based on medal count, of the seven competing teams.

Neighbours St.Kitts however totally dominated the event  and pulled off their 12th straight victory.  As an indication of their dominance, the 35 member strong team St.Kitts secured no fewer than 24 gold medals and 22 silver. Those securing gold medals included: Namibia Clavier, Samuel Oyebefun, Shenella Mitchum, Ke’Jon Parris, Demitre Browne, Clairvon Kelly, Israel Liburd, Shanice Elliot,  Jahnazza Francis, Xiaoyu Harris, Jermaine Francis, Shenella Mitchum, Ke’Jon Parris, Oksanna Isaac, Demitre Browne, Shanice Elliot and Josiah Oyebefun.
Gold medals were also won on in the Boys and Girls U-13 and U-15 (4 X 100m) relay teams.

The overall placements based on medal count saw:
 
MEDAL COUNT    
    
TEAM      GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL

ST. KITTS          24   22  13   59
BVI                    10    7  11   28
ANTIGUA             7    5    8   20
ANGUILLA           6    8    9   23
NEVIS                 4    9    8   21
ST. MAARTEN     1    0    0     1
USVI                   0    1    3     4


21/05/10: Nevisian Athletes off to Anguilla

Twenty eight youthful Nevisian athletes were scheduled to leave for Anguilla via an 8am flight, earlier today, Friday 21st May, from the Vance Amory International Airport.

The athletes will be participating in the Leeward Islands Youth championships which cater for athletes in three categories:  Under-11; Under-13 and Under-15. Shefton Daniel who is travelling as Head Coach of the team, indicated yesterday that he was confident that his team of athletes will do exceptionally well.

Manager Kimbell Ward was also confident that the team would perform creditably and indicated that they would be participating in several events including the usual track events and field events which will include: Javelin throw, Cricket ball throw, Long jump and High jump (as well as sprint and middle distance events).

Nevis Amateur Athletics Association (NAAA) Vice President & Owner/Manager of the Gladiators Track and Field club, Mr. Wakely Daniel, indicated that he was not travelling with the team but guarantees that from the hard work and training they have put in, they would do well.  He was on hand with NAAA chief Lester Blackett to supervise the handing out of uniforms to the athletes.

ATHLETES

Jeneisy Dore, Cileen Hendrickson, Thyseen O'Flaherty, Bawvel Challenger, Corencia Hamilton, Leroy Chapman, Geval Wallace, Tajarie Arthurton, Shamar Stapleton, Keshorna Brooks, Keshauna Stapleton, Dequilla Maynard, Ayfia Caines, Rashiem Frazer, Ian Liburd, Oreon Browne, Tah-j Liburd, Jovarnee Somersall, Renika Daniel, Chloe Williams, Jesse Browne, Verneen Williams, Shyan Stanley, Collin Archibald, Tyler Martin, Robert Browne, Sadiki Tyson, Khaden Rawlins

OFFICIALS

Lester Blackett (Association rep), Shefton Daniel (Head coach), Kimbel Ward (Manager), Jeffrey Nisbett (Coach), Collete Weekes (Chaperone)

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