for the SPORTS AWARD CEREMONY held on 16 Feb 2012
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 11 year old Javelin mark of 59.38m, established by Kerry Edwards of Trinidad & Tobago in 2000. 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, the eventual Bronze medallist.
Adrian captured the 2010 Carifta Gold medal in Cayman Island with a distance of 57.86m. He also won a silver medal at the Central American & Caribbean Junior Championships in Santo Domingo in July 2010 with a distance of 57.25m. He currently holds the Under-17 Interschool Record of 56.48m set last year. The Senior Boys record is 47.58m held by Jerome Liddie of Verchilds High School, which will be surely shattered this year.
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 in March 2010 and he also qualified for the IAAF World Youth Championship that was held in France in July and the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man, Ireland in September, where he captured a bronze medal, competing against athletes from all over the Commonwealth.
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 Gladiators head coach, Wakely Daniel and the rest is history. He is coached by Denzil “Tucket” Parris with other coaching support from Kevon Charles and Colin Walters, who still remains the St. Kitts/Nevis National record holder in the Javelin. Adrian was a member of the Nevis Youth cricket team and competed regionally for Nevis in cricket. Adrian is the son of Glennette Williams of Butlers.
At the 2011 Gulf Insurance Championships in April, I stated “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 was realised. My new dream version goes like this … “I have a dream, that the Carifta Games Javelin U-20 Gold medallist, the World Junior Championships medallist and the beneficiary of a full collegiate scholarship award, all goes to the same person being honoured here today”.
Just last weekend, at the Extreme Velocity Meet at the Silver Jubilee stadium in St. Kitts, Adrian continued his sterling performances with a new National Under-20 record throw of 57.99m (with a new weigh javelin), easily surpassing the Javelin “B-Standard” of 53.90m for selection for the 2012 Carifta Games to be held in Bahamas in April. The “A-Standard” distance of 58.46m is expected this weekend.
Adrian has been supported by his family including his sister, Shaniqua Williams (an InterPrimary Class Champion) & proud mother Glennette Williams. The St. James Primary School, the Gingerland Secondary School and others, have also helped to develop the finest athlete ever in the Federation, in terms of Carifta performance and the 2011 Sportsman of the Year, Adrian Williams of Butlers Village, St. James Parish, Nevis.
Adrian achievement of the 1st gold in 7 years, the 1st ever double gold and the 1st ever Carifta record by any athlete of St. Kitts or Nevis, may never be equaled, except maybe by himself. Let us loudly applaud and congratulate this son of the soil – Adrian Williams.
Renika Daniel, the smooth striding and focused athlete, 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 impressively placed fourth in her Carifta Games 400m semi-finals in a Personal Best time of 57.15s, with the 5th best time overall, booking her place in the Finals where she placed eight with 59.30s. Renika is the only athlete in the world who can run a 400m including 2 curves with her eyes closed, or so it seems. A previous highlight was at the 2010 Caribbean Teachers Union Meet held in St. Kitts, where Renika placed second in the Under-15 400m in a time of 60.31s.
Just last weekend, at the Extreme Velocity Meet at the Silver Jubilee stadium in St. Kitts, Renika continued her sterling performances with a time of 58.07s, a very good time for her first competitive run for 2012 and coming close to the “B-Standard” of 56.32s for selection for the 2012 Carifta Games to be held in Bahamas in April. I am certain that the “B Standard” will be achieved very soon and may even be at this weekend’s meet at the Silver Jubilee stadium in St. Kitts.
Let us loudly applaud this daughter of the soil, Renika Daniel on her outstanding personal and internationally qualifying effort and being selected as the 2011 Sportswoman of the Year.
Due to the support and efforts of coaches, her mom, Rovena Daniel, and her siblings, the Charlestown Primary School, the Charlestown Secondary School and others, one of the finest female athletes in the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis and hopefully for years to come, the 2011 Sportswoman of the Year, Renika Daniel of Bath Village, Nevis.
In conclusion, it is hoped that these two athletes and the hundreds more at the Primary, High & Club levels will soon realise the dream of training and competing on a 400m, IAAF certified, all weather track and field stadium to be completed by 2014/15. This still realizable goal, as promised by the Honourable Premier, Mr. Joseph Parry, with the prompting and support of the IAAF Regional representative, Mr. Teddy McCook, Gulf Insurance and hopefully other future partners, would be allow Nevis to host a major Regional and/or International Meet of the status of the Carifta Games.
As we stand on the threshold of an explosion of athletic talent here in Nevis, sports in Nevis must be given an equitable footing and representation. The NAAA & its partners and sponsors have continued t o stage the biggest & most exciting meet in the World (per capita), and with the 2012 Gulf Insurance Primary School Champs just a few weeks away, you are encouraged to see a special and spectacular 20th Gulf anniversary event, where we will take the opportunity to recognize and honour the achievements of past athletes and officials.’
The achievement of two athletes in the same club being honoured as the Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year is indeed unique and one should in the same breath recognise the Athletic Club, the Gladiators. However, it is expected that athletes from the Clubs Titans & Over the Top will soon be challenging for this singular honour.