Twenty-six senior athletes left Barbados today for Utah to compete at the Huntsman World Senior Games.
Barbados’ participation in the games was made possible through the sponsorship of the Ministry of Social Care and it represents the 14th time the country is involved in the prestigious annual games.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY prior to their departure at the Grantley Adams International Airport, desk officer for the Huntsman World Senior Games, Shirlanne Turton, stated selecting the team was quite difficult given the very high standard set in the local leg. As a matter of fact, over 25 records were toppled when the National Senior Games were staged in May of this year.
“There is a system in place which has a set criteria used to determine the athletes that would travel to the Huntsman Senior Games. However since so many met the criteria, we had to select those who were able to qualify in more than one discipline or event,” explained Turton.
It was for this reason that she expressed high hopes for the Barbados contingent maintaining its stellar record at the games.
“We expect them to do great this time as usual. We are always well prepared. This is the first time I am going with them but from my understanding, Barbados’ participation is highly anticipated. We always perform well and persons often marvel at their abilities given their ages, I think one of the persons performing is 80 years old,” added Turton. She was referring to Barney Braithwaite who toppled the National Senior Games records in the Men’s 80-plus, 50-meters dash, 100-meters dash and 400 meters.
Turton also revealed that Minister of Social Care, Steve Blackett, would be joining the team in Utah tomorrow to lend moral support to the athletes.