Phillips, Bright, Caesar head 28-man IGG athletics team

first_imgAS predicted, Guyana Defence Force’s Kenisha Phillips and Linden’s Chantoba Bright and Compton Caesar head the list on the athletics team that will represent Guyana at this year’s Inter-Guiana ‘Goodwill’ Games set for October 20-24 in Guyana.The 28-member team of 14 boys and 14 girls was named by the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) yesterday, and follows the IGG selection trials held by the association last Sunday at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.Chantoba BrightChantoba BrightThe full boys team reads: Compton Caesar (100m, 200m), Tyrell Peters (100m, 200m), Laurindo Prince (400m, 800m), Stayon Wilson (400m) , Anfernee Headecker (800m, 1500m), Odwin Tudor (1500m, 5000m), Delroy Leitch (5000m), Alvin George (shot put, discus), Lloyd McCurdy (javelin, long jump, triple jump), Tramaine Beckles (javelin), Treamaine Brown (long jump, triple jump), Daniels Williams (high jump), Osafa Profitt (high jump).Meanwhile, on the distaff side, in addition to Phillips (100m, 200m) and Bright (long jump, triple jump) there are Onasha Rogers (100m) Deshanna Skeete (200m, 400m), Avon Samuels (400m), Joanna Archer (800m, 1500m), Kezra Murray (800m), Shaka Tyrell (1500m, 3000m), Tabitha Bowman (3000m), Jamacia Scott (shot put, javelin), Andriska Mickle (shot put, discus, javelin), Irie Cadogan (high jump), Tatyanna Blair (high jump).The team will be competing against a team from Suriname, with each team allowed to enter two athletes per event, of the 24 events at this year’s IGG.As previously reported, the tri-nation competition is going without the participation of a delegation from French Guiana, which resulted in this year’s event being labelled a ‘Goodwill’ event.Athletics is one of seven sport disciplines listed in the annual Games, the others being swimming, table tennis, basketball, volleyball and futsal.Speaking on the selection of the team, AAG president Aubrey Hutson reminded that the athletes essentially earned their place on the team, through their performance last Sunday, and, for the most part, it was not a case where a selection committee had to sit down and deliberate over past performances.“The team, across the board, we think it’s the best team we could have selected. The athletes would have selected themselves. We had trials and it was based on the results of the trials and not based on past performance that the team was selected. Every athlete, who, based on the results and merited selection, is on that team,” Hutson commented, in a telephone interview with Chronicle Sport yesterday.Nonetheless, while the team comprises almost all of the first-place winners at last Sunday’s event, due to size restrictions only some of the athletes who would have placed second were able to make the team.“We need to bear in mind that we have 12 male and 12 female events, but we have to come up with a 14 male, 14 female squad, yet having two persons in each event. If we look at it that’s 24 (in each category) from the 24 that we need for each (category).“We can only have 14 athletes, so it’s not necessarily because you may have gotten second in a particular event that would have made you qualify for the team, because we have to control the team size,“ Hutson explained.As they compete the athletes will be fighting to defend Guyana’s title at the Championships. The Guyana athletics team won the title when the competition was last held in 2014. No competition was held last year as all three countries were dealing with national elections.last_img

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