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Team BVI heads to Curacao for CAC Age Group C/ships!

June 27th, 2013 | Tags: Arianna Hayde J’Nae Wong CAC IAAF
Stanley Goodridge leads the team that includes Ericca Frederick, Kisheba Sprauve, Ashley Warner. The athletes are Hayde, Wong, Beyoncé Defreitas, Gia Malone, Rakeel Jack, J'Quaan and Chaz Fahie (jelani Norman makes up the team). Photo: bviaa public relations commission
Karene King qualified for the World Championships with a personal best time of 23.24 to become the Territory's third athlete making the trip to Moscow in August. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Karene King qualified for the World Championships with a personal best time of 23.24 to become the Territory's third athlete making the trip to Moscow in August. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Arianna Hayde and J’Nae Wong will lead eight British Virgin Islands athletes to the 15th CAC Age Group Championships in Willemstad Curacao on June 29 and 30.

The championships, probably the most prestigious Meet for Youths in the immediate Region, were first held in Curacao in 1985 and took place in the Virgin Islands back in 2011. Only the CAC’s, the Pan Am’s, the Worlds, the Commonwealth and then the Olympics would feature higher on the IAAF calendar.

Strange then that the team is not afforded a press conference and a more suitable send off, as in the case of the Carifta Games, which is viewed by many as  a Development style Meet. Perhaps the BVIAA has plans for a Welcome Home celebration. Only time will tell.

The competition targets 11-12 and 13-14 boys and girls. The 11-12 athletes contest five disciplines, 60m, Long Jump, High Jump Ball Throw and 800m for Girls and 1000m for Boys. Athletes in the 13-14 division tackle the 80m dash, 80m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, Ball Throw and 1000m for Girls and 1200m for Boys.

Athletes accumulate points based on their performance in each event with the athlete with the highest cumulative scores in each division winning the competition. There are also team awards doled out to the top teams. 

Hayde and Wong, now in the 13-14 Division, won the 11-12 Girls Division bronze in 2011 and joining them in Curacao will be Jelani Norman and Rakeel Jack, who will compete in the 13-14 Boys segment.

Xiomara “Gia” Malone and Beyonce DeFreitas are the 11-12 Girls and Chaz Fahie and J’Quaan Smith the 11-12 Boys.

The CAC Age Group Championships kick off regional and international competitions for BVI athletes. BVI athletes will compete in the CAC Sr. Championships in Mexico, July 5-7; the IAAF World Youth Championships in the Ukraine, July 10-14; IAAF World Championships in Russia, August 10-18 and the August 23-25, Pan Am Jr. Championships in Colombia.

Sprinter Karene King became the third British Virgin Islands athlete to qualify for the Aug 10-18, 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow Russia, when she hit the mark in the prelims of the 200m on Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2013 during the Trinidad and Tobago National Championships.

King ran a personal best of 23.24 seconds into a -0.5 wind to place second with teammate Ashley Kelly running 23.95 in third. King was also second in the B final, 0.1 off the winner in 23.44 with Kelly, who ran 55.48 in the 400m and advanced to the final, which she did not contest, third in 24.30.

“I saw the time but I didn’t find out till a while after that it was legal,” King noted with her first utterance being God is good. “I was just thankful that all the work paid off and now I can just focus on technical mistakes and just getting better.”

King said she felt the pressure trying to qualify as opportunities dwindled and tried to be patient because everything was in God’s hands. “It was becoming very hectic and I know the time was coming close and I was pressing with the hard work and everything else.”

King is among six athletes set to represent the BVI at the CAC Sr. Championships in Morella, Mexico from July 5-7, 2013.  She said while she has now qualified for Worlds, she has worked so hard and come so far but she’s not satisfied. “I’m happy that I’ve qualified for Worlds, but at the same time, I want to see how far I can go. I’ve been to the CAC Games and CAC Championships, but I’ve never done what I wanted,” she noted. “I want to improve on my times. Improve on my technical aspects and see what more I can do this season.” 

King joins Tahesia Harrigan-Scott who has qualified in the 100m and Long Jumper Chantel Malone as the athletes punching their tickets to Moscow.

Malone is coming off a winning leap of 6.57m in the Jamaica National Championships on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

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