Bahamian athletes urged to do their best at CARIFTA 49

The Bahamas team competing at the CARIFTA 49 Games in Kingston, Jamaica has been urged to stay focused on their goals.

The message was delivered to the athletes last night as they relaxed after a day of training.

There are 55 athletes representing the Bahamas this year at CARIFTA.

Olympian Anthonique Strachan, who won the CARFITA U-20 100 meters and 200 meters in Montego Bay and Hamilton, urged athletes to enjoy the experience and remember they put in years of work .

“These are your games; it’s your day. You are already the best of the best. Go ahead, have fun, enjoy things and just remember [that] you’ve worked and trained for all of this, so don’t overthink it…enjoy it and live in the moment,” she said.

Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Mario Bowleg has called on the athletes to believe in themselves and he is confident Team 242 can break Jamaica’s grip on the CARIFTA overall title . The last time a Bahamas team won the overall title was in 1984.

“I have no doubt in my mind, once you believe in yourself and go out and do your best, you’ll be good enough to have a medal around your neck. At the end of the day, give we just do your best and we’re proud of you that you can wear the Bahamas on your chest,” Bowleg said.

Prime Minister Philip Davis said he was happy to see that Bahamian athletes were determined to make their country proud.

Davis urged the athletes to stay focused on their future and not let the advancing Jamaican pitch scare them off.

The Prime Minister revealed that he had asked officials from the Ministry of Sports to bid to host CARIFTA 50 to coincide with the country’s golden independence anniversary.

The full Under-17 and Under-20 squads are:

Girls under 17: Shatayla Dorsett, Kianna Henchell, Nya Wright, Erin Barr, Koi Adderley, Jamiah Nabbie, Zoe Adderley, Terell McCoy, Annae Mackey, Cailyn Johnson, Daniel Nixon, Kamera Strachan, Dior-Rae Scott and Lanashia Lubin .

Boys under 17: Andrew Brown, Turmani Skinner, Ishmael Rolle, Philip Gray, Zion Miller, Berkley Munnings, Raywind Winder, Quinton Rolle, Jalani Morrison, Jonathon Rodgers, Jason Woodside, D’Angelo Collie, Robert Stuart and Nathaniel McHardy .

Girls under 20 – Paige Archer, Javonya Valcourt, Shaunece Miller, Anthaya Charlton, Sabriya Farquharson, Calea Jackson, Bernisha Knowles and Vanessa Sawyer.

Boys Under 20 – Antoine Andrews, Zachary Evans, Carlos Brown, Zion Campbell, Shamar Smith, Lynden Johnson, Keano Ferguson, Curtis Mitchell, Stephen Farquharson, Jethro Baptiste, Mateo Smith, Brandon Hutchinson, Keyshawn Strachan, Nathaniel Zervos, Kenny Moxey Jr, Taejun Spence. Shamir Bain, Michael Styles and Brandon Vanderpool.

Naomi C. Amerson