By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
The BVI Athletics Association has named 21 athletes including five individual medalists among its squad for the 43rd Carifta Games in Fort de France, Martinique, April 19-21. The announcement came during a press briefing at the Central Administration Complex Breeze Way on Monday morning.
Of the 21 participants 16 are in the U18 Division, which is comprised of 11 girls. There will be six debutants and the territory has entered its first 400m male hurdler in its history. Additionally, 16 athletes have been scheduled to double at the event.
The BVI has been participating in the Carifta Games since 1976. Last year’s team won a record eight medals—four silver and four bronze—surpassing the 2012 haul of five in Bermuda.
The delegation departs on April 17 and returns on April 22.
2014 Carifta Games team; U18 Girls: Nelda Hugins, 100/200m; L’Tisha “Bella” Fahie, 100/200m; Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses, 400/800m; Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner, 800/1500m; Deya Erickson, 100/400m Hurdles; Kala Penn, Long Jump/Triple Jump; Dekoya Hodge, Shot Put; Ashley Penn, Long Jump; Arianna Hayde, Heptathlon; Beyonce DeFreitas, 400m; Zacharia “Zakie” Frett, 4x400m Relay;
Boys: Kyron McMaster, 400m/400m Hurdles; Ronique Todman, 200/400m; Kadeon Potter, Shot Put; Tahj Malone, High Jump.
U20 Girls: Taylor Hill, 100/200m; Trevia Gumbs, Shot Put/Discus Throw; Tynelle Gumbs, Discus Throw, Javelin Throw and Shot Put.
Boys: Khari Herbert, 400m; Tarique Moses, 400/800m.