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CARIFTA Trials This Weekend

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Image of Kamillah Monroque
Kamillah Monroque

IT remains uncertain just how many athletes have registered for this weekend’s (April 1 and 2) National Junior Track and Field/CARIFTA Games trials scheduled for the George Odlum Stadium in Vieux Fort.

Local athletes representing clubs, and schools affiliated to the Saint Lucia Athletics Association will compete over the next two days as they seek selection on Saint Lucia’s team for this year’s Games in Curacao over the Easter weekend.

The two-day meet is scheduled to start at 9:45 a.m. on both days and will see participants compete in two divisions under – 18 and under – 20 boys and girls.

Highlighting this weekend’s championships are some of CARIFTA’s standout athletes who took part in the recently-held Inter-Schools track and field finals held on Monday at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground.

The 2016 junior track and field athlete of the year, Julien Alfred, has already qualified for the Games. Alfred has also qualified for World Youth slated for Nairobi, Kenya along with Kimani Alphonse of Pace Setters Athletic Club.

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Michael Joseph

Other CARIFTA Games hopefuls are Neema Leon, Ruben Nichols, Rochelle Etienne, Devon Moise, Nick Joseph, KamillahMonroque, Alana Paul, Kenneth Verneuil, Mechaela Hyacinth, Michael Joseph, Jeanmeachel Etienne, Jean Lux – Robert, Miguel Charlery and Aaliyah Estephor.

Image of Mechaela Hyacinth
Mechaela Hyacinth

The SLAA technical staff comprises Patrick Mathurin (chief), Wayne Bentie, Claude Charlemagne and Titus Elien.

Meanwhile, as is customary, all athletes and officials in the north and Castries and its environs, are asked to note that transportation to the GOS leaves the Derek Walcott Square from 7:00 a.m. on both days.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy…
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