Barbados’ young athletes returned to the island yesterday evening from Jamaica having distinguished themselves there at the Caribbean Union of Teachers Games.
The youngsters toppled perennial powerhouses Jamaica on their way to 459 points with a number of outstanding performances paving the way for their achievement.
Barbados captured 41 medals with 17 gold, 17 silver and seven bronze. Jamaica tallied one more medal overall but had fewer gold and finished some distance behind Barbados in the points total.
There were a number of record-breaking performances on the first day of competition with Rivaldo Leacock clocking 3.24.73 in the boys’ 1 200m open run to eclipse the old mark of 3.33.78 set in 2010 by Shavanes Robinson. Rosette Hoyte ran 58.99 seconds in the Under- 13 400 metres to erase the old mark of 59.42 set in 2002 by Rhondell Alleyne. Hoyte would return on the following day to win the 200m in 20.42.
Barbados also struck gold in the Under-11 100m dash via Ajani Haddock with a time of 13.45 sec. The story was the same in the under-13 400m with Tramaine Smith copping gold in 56.48. Tristan Evelyn’s 12.29 earned her the win in the under-15 dash while the open 800 sprint medley was taken by both the male and female’s teams in the times of 1.35.88 and 1.47.70, respectively. Haddock would also later add the 200m sprint to his earlier success.
Among the others reaping success were silver medalists Brianne Waldron (U-9 cricket ball throw 31.36m); Sean Raphael (U-9 long jump 4.23m); Beyonce Alleyne (U-9 long jump 3.28m); Rishaunna Padmore (U-11 300m 46.75); Jahlarni Toney (U-11 300m 45.86) Tiana Bowen (U-15 400m 58.14); Shonita Brome (U-13 high jump 1.47m); Rivaldo Leacock (U-15 400m 50.89); Shem Forde (U-15 long jump 6.18m); Tristan Evelyn (U-15 200m); Tremaine Smith (U-15 200m); Antonio Farrell (U-13 long jump 5.45); .
Bronze medalists included shot putter Jevon Hunte with a throw of 13.50m among the Under-15s; Kentoine Browne with a time 11.88 in the Under-15 100m; Leilani Haddock in the Under-11 100m with a 14.16 clocking and Felicia Jarvis with a toss of 43m in the cricket ball throw.
The team was met by Minister of Education & Human Resource Development Ronald Jones on their return, as well as chairman of the National Sports Council Seibert Straughan and excited parents, guardians, families and well-wishers.