By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
A Class 3 student at the Althea Scatliffe Primary School became the youngest athlete in BVI sporting history to win a medal at a regional championships event.
On the opening day of the 25th OECS Swimming Championships in Antigua and Barbuda last Thursday, Khadija Sampson, 8, placed third in the 100m Freestyle to earn the bronze medal with a time of one minute 30.77 seconds. She finished behind competitors from Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“I feel good about wining a medal,” Sampson said. “Freestyle is my best stroke.”
BVI Swimming Federation president and coach Elsworth Phillip described Sampson as being ‘eager to be a champion’ prior to leaving for Antigua.
“To be honest, that wasn’t the event I was expecting her to medal in,” Phillip said. “I was expecting her to medal in the 25m free. But, after medaling, she came down with a little bug and her body wasn’t at 100% for the duration of the meet, weighed in on her performance.”
Phillip said the top nine going into the 25m final, had all swam 18 seconds and the first two recorded times of 17.40 seconds and 17.79 to win the medals while Sampson placed sixth in 18.73. “Even though she was not 100%, she still swam 18 so I was happy with her performance and have no complaints at all with the way she handled herself as an eight year old. We have good things to develop and good things to look forward to in the near future.”
Sampson was fifth in the 200m Butterfly in 21.54 and fifth in 50m free in 41.18. She was seventh in the 50m backstroke, in 24.85; eight in the 100m individual medley in 1:55.40 and 10th in the 50m breaststroke in 27.26.
Overall, Phillip said except in one event, all the BVI swimmers recorded personal bests.
In the 9-10 Girls 200m freestyle, Arianna Angus, was 16th 3:33.85. She was 12th in the 50m Fly in 46.37; 16th in 50m Free in 39.82 and 14th in the 100m individual medley in 1:40.15. She swam 1:34.14 in 100m free for 16th place.
Giselle Archibald-Bowers, competing in the 11-12 Girls 200m free, was 10th in 3:08.66 and Kassia Nicholas, followed in 3:22.94. Bowers’ 50m Free saw her placing 6th in 32.39, while Nichols was 12th in 37.33. Bowers finished ninth in the 200m individual medley in 3:22.02 while Nichols was timed in 3:49.92 to finish 10th. Bowers was 6th in the 50m Back stroke in 39.90, with Nicholas 11th in 47.29. Bowers swam 1:49.93 to place 10th in the 100m Breast and Nichols was next in 1:53.28. Bowers finished 8th in 100m Free in 1:16.80, while Nichols’ 1:31.82 was the 13th position.
Bowers swam the 50m Breast in 48.38 for ninth place and Nichols was 10th in 48.51 and in the 50m Butterfly, Bowers finished seventh in 38.13 while Nichols’ 49.62 was good for 12th position.
Jayden Marshall, in the 11-12 Boys class swam his 50m Breast stroke in 47.61 to finish 11th while Kurt Sampson finished in 52.55 in 12th. Marshall in the 50m free was timed in 36.00 to place 11th Sampson followed in 41.76. Marshall’s 50m Backstroke was covered in 49.55 for 11th while Sampson was timed in 57.14 in 12th. Marshall had a 10th place showing in 100m breast in 1:50.47. Marshall turned in 43.99 in the 50m Butterfly for 11th place while Sampson’s 50.24 was 12th. Marshall’s 1:35.47 in 100m free was11th while Sampson’s 1:41.38 was the 12th mark. In the 200m Free, Marshall recorded a time of 3:23.46 for 11th and Sampson 3:41.57 in 12th.
Competing in the 9-10 Boys division, Kurt Salapare had performances of: 50m Back stroke 47.29 in 12th; 50m Free, 40.66 good for 16th he did 50.58 in 50m breast for 13th and 1:27.56 in the 100m free also in 13th place and 10th in 200m Free in 3:17.37.