AN eight member track and field team left St. Lucia yesterday afternoon for Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the Central America and Caribbean Age Group Championship taking place today and tomorrow.
According to the SLAA, the Championship is an international athletics event for young athletes between the ages of 11 and 14 years old, and is held biannually. Its sole intention is to allow athletes to have experience with a variety of events at that very young age.
Leading St. Lucia’s team to the championship is national record holder in the ladies 200 metres Julien Alfred, a student at the Leon Hess Comprehensive School and a member of the Speed Printing Survivors Track and Field Club coach by Cuthbert Modeste.
The full squad is: In the 11 – 12 age category Joy Edward and ZoyaJn Marie from Speed Printing Survivors, Omega James – District One Athletics Club and Miguel Charlery – Rockets Athletic Club.
They will compete in the Boys 60 metre dash, 1000 metres, long jump, high jump, baseball throw. Girls – 60 metre dash, 800 metres, long jump, high jump, baseball throw and mixed 4×100 metre relay.
Competing: in the 13 – 14 years old category, will be Julien Alfred, DesrayDesir, Antonio Maynard, Tyler Toussaint all from Speed Printing Survivors. The boys will battle it out in the 80 metre dash, 1200 metres, 80 metre hurdles, long jump, high jump, baseball throw and shot putt, while the girls will compete in 80 metre dash, 1200 metres, 80 meter hurdles, long jump, high jump, baseball throw and shot putt.
While in Trinidad and Tobago the team will be under the watchful eyes of coaches Cuthbert Modesteand Phillisia Joseph-Estava.
The Bahamas won the championship in 2013.