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.
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:
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