†The smiles on the faces of the parents and the athletes of Jump Start Athletics Club at the arrival lounge said it all.
†The youngsters of the Jump Start club, all dressed in blue and yellow, arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport this afternoon from an invitational meet in Canada, having brought back 37 medals overall with 21 of those being gold, after competing against seven countries including Jamaica, United States of America, Britain, Czech Republic and Cayman Islands.††
The team which was led by coaches William Layne and Herbert Reifer and manager Sharon Nelson consisted of 27 athletes and out of those 25 brought home medals.
†Layne told Barbados TODAY it was an outstanding performance from the team overall and represented a much better showing from them than last year.
†”The guys did well this year, despite the humid conditions and we had a more balanced team this year, with age categories ranging from six to fourteen,” he said.
†He said it was expensive to fund the team but gave thanks to the National Sports Council, the parents who assisted, and those who participated in the many fund-raising events to make the trip successful.†
The coach also said that some of the athletes would be heading back to Canada for specialised training to improve on their performances. They are scheduled to leave in August.
†According to one of the coaches, Herbert Reifer, the long jump team which included Misha Nelson, Yuriko Harewood, Lezron Robinson, Nico Reifer and Kenyah Thompson did exceptionally well capturing four golds and one silver in that event.
†Raheem Tait Best was also mentioned as one of the outstanding athletes who ran in the under-13 division and captured six medals overall. Best said this was his second year and he was looking forward to next year and defending his medals.
†The talented athlete participated in the 100, 200, 400, medley, 4×100 and the 4×400 metres. He thanked his parents and coach who he said inspired him to give of his best. (ML)†