2 MEDLAS-1 gold, 1 silver 2 national records, 1 age group, 1 open
4 MEDALS-2 silver; 1 relay gold & silver
1 BRONZE MEDAL
1 RELAY GOLD & BRONZE
1 RELAY GOLD & SILVER
It was one, two, three for Barbados in the 13-14 age group. Zabrina Holder received the high point trophy in the 13-14 girls’ age group with 75 points, Amara Gibbs placed 2nd in the age group with 61 points and Deandre Small placed 3rd in the age group with 54 points.
Christian Selby was placed 3rd in the 11-12 boys’ age group with 64 points.
Inayah Sherry was placed 3rd in the 11-12 girls’ age group with 48 points.
Christian Selby received the Landon Von Kenell trophy for having won both the 200 & 400 metre freestyle events
BARBADOS’ lone representative in swimming at the Inaugural 2010 Youth Olympics Olympics in Singapore Lee-Ann Rose poses with her Coach Darny Olalde Hernandez and team mate from Judo at the Grantley Adams International Airport before departing for the 21 hour journey to Singapore. Rose participated in the 100 & 200 M backstroke events.
According to The President of the international Olympic Committee, JACQUE ROGGE the youth Olympics was a concentration on Youth, Sport and Culture: He addressed them a strong message:
“You will learn the difference between winning and being a champion. To win, you merely have to cross the finish line first. To be a champion, you have to inspire admiration for your character, as well as for your physical talent. You have to compete in spirit of fair play, respecting your opponents and the rules – without doping or any other unfair advantage”
Front Row: L-R: Shannan Smith, Alex Sobers, Nathania Jules, Nicholas Hall, Luis Sebastian Weekes, Kendi Bynoe, Charise Mason, Destinay Harding, Kayla Smith 2nd Row: L-R: Regine Massiah, Brandon Thompson, Melanie Singh, Vanessa Keany, Tifany Titus, Chenise King, Damon St Prix, Kent Mullin, LeAundre Knight 3rd Row: L-R: Rebecca Bhone, Alexis Clarke, Gabriel Gunby, Rebecca Clarke, Lee-Ann Briggs, Zandel Holder, Rashonna Phillips, Rhea Babb, Christopher Smith, Andriy Stapleton. Back Row: L-R: Corey Cumberbatch (Coach), Samantha Clarke (Chaperone) Russell Walton (Coach) Shaquille Hippolite, Russell Oliver, Jason Cummins (Team Captain), Kyle Holder Callender, Joshua Coles, Antonio Martinez Petrolanda (Head Coach), Gale Hall (Chaperone) Enrico McConney (Coach)
When the final tally was made the Barbados 2010 Goodwill Team finished the meet with a hard fought 52 medals and 852.50 points which put Barbados in 3rd position. If the Barbados team expected ‘goodwill’ from the competition there was none as it was a fiercely fought battle to the finish.
The team took 2 of the top spots in the 10 age groups. TIFFANY TITUS was the top 9-10 girl with 48 points, 3 points ahead of Trinidad & Tobago’s Amira Pilgrim awarded 2nd place with 45 points. DAMON ST PRIX shook off his opponents from Suriname to upstage them with a final 49 points tally to win the 9-10 boys’ age group, 6 points ahead of his closest rival Surinamese-Irvin Hoost- who finished with 43 points. CHARISE MASON finished in 2nd position a mere 2 points behind the winner of the 8 & under age group -Shivani Singh of Suriname who was first with 38 points. GABRIEL GUNBY held on to the 3rd spot in the boys’ 13-14 age group with 30.50 points sneaking up on Guyana’s Ronaldo Rodrigues with .50 points over him. The remaining age groups were shared among Suriname 5, Trinidad & Tobago 2 and Guyana 1.
The performance highlight at the competition was Zabrina Holder who established a new record in Barbados’ gold medal haul by an individual at an international competition. Eclipsing the gold medal record haul of both Nicholas Neckles in 1995 and Shawn Clarke in 2002, Holder amassed 9 gold medals and 1 silver for a total of 10 medals overall. Three CISC meet and two age group records were also established by Holder. Improving over her Carifta performance in the 400 M IM, Holder posted 5:17.98 shaving 7 seconds off her last performance in this event to establish a new CISC meet record lowering the previous record from 5:18.81.
Holder next attacked the 800 M freestyle record and lowered team mate’s Lani Cabrera’s old CISC record established in 2008 from 9:29.64 to 9:28.09. The 200 M butterfly meet record also fell by the wayside. Puerto Rico’s Solimari Mojica’s record standing since 1998 for 12 years when CISC was last held in Barbados was lowered from 2:25.68 to 2:24.26. Two national age group records were also devoured by Holder.
In the 50 M freestyle her time of 28:01 registered an improvement over Alexis Jordan’s time of 28:10 done 8 years ago in 2002 and the 50 M butterfly time of 29:47 eclipsed Chelsea Gellineau’s time of 30:20 done at CISC 2008, with Holder going under 30 seconds for the first time in this event.
Inayah Sherry was 2nd on the gold medal achievement table with 4 individual gold medals, 2 silver and 1 bronze, Sherry ‘s 11-12 relay team of sister Sariyah, Alhea Williams and Kimberley Willoughby also achieved a gold medal in the 4×100 freestyle and a bronze medal in the 4×100 medley relays. Sherry also established a CISC meet record and 2 national age group records. Her swim in the 50 M backstroke clocked a time of 32:45 lowering Kendese Nangle’s time established in 2006 in Puerto Rico from 32:61 also registering a new 11-12 age group national record. Sherry went on to slash the 200 M backstroke time to 2:32.40 eclipsing her own record established at the Olympic Assocn’s Aquatic Centre International Invitational this year.
Both Lee-Ann Rose and Amara Gibbs achieved 2 gold medals and in the case of Gibbs her total medal haul was 9 with an additional 3 silver and 4 bronze. Both Rose and Gibbs established one national record each in the respective age groups and Rose set the lone open female national record. Rose in the 200 M freestyle lowered her own record from 2:10.86 established earlier this year to 2:10.35 while Gibbs in the 100 M backstroke launched into single figures and eclipsed Rose’s old record of 1:10.01 lowering it to 1:09.52. Rose also achieved bronze in the 100 M backstroke event.
Other gold medal performances came from Christian Selby who survived some tough competition from the Cuban and Trinidad & Tobago team, Sariyah Sherry and Raymond Edwards. Selby finished his performance with 6 medals:1 gold, 4 silver and one bronze. He achieved quality swims in the 200 M butterfly, 100 M and 400 M freestyle events. Selby established a new CISC meet record in the in the 400 M freestyle with his time of 4:27.67 rewriting Reynel Munoz’s 12 year old 1998 record. His 200 M butterfly time of 2:22.87 registered a new national 11-12 age group record shaving 5 records off his old time of 2:27.31. This performance also went under the CISC meet record time.
Sariyah Sherry’s performance registered 1 gold & 2 silver medals and Raymond Edwards eclipsed the field in the 200 M breaststroke to knock 5 seconds off his time posting in on 2:31.06 for the gold medal. Deandre Small’s 7 medals achieved were 4 silver and 3 bronze. She established a new age group record in the 50 M backstroke in 31:93 lowering her own record established at Carifta in March this year. Mathew Courtis also contributed three bronze medals to the medal pot through his performance in the 1500 M and the 400 M IM events. Kimberley Willoughby’s one silver and two bronze medals added to Barbados’ overall medal tally.