SKNOC Unveils Team For Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

The St. Kitts & Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) and Commonwealth Games Association (SKNCGA) has named the following nine (9) athletes to represent the Federation at the 6th Commonwealth Youth Games that will be held over the period July 19th to 23rd, 2017, in Nassau, Bahamas.

Namibia Clavier 400m
Aliah Vanterpool 400mH
Laquiana Daniel Shot Put
TaJarie Arthurton 100m
Dimetre Browne 200m
Jahnaza Francis 400mH
Leroy Chapman 800m
Drusan Henry 1500m
Travis Warner Shot Put

The SKNOC/SKNCGA Team will also compete in the Mixed 4x100m and 4x400m Relays.

The athletes will be accompanied by Coach Roatter Johnson and Athletics Team Manager, Mr Timothy Morton. The Chef de Mission is Mrs Jessica St. Luce-Warner.

In a meeting with athletes and their parents held on Monday July 3rd, SKNOC President Alphonso Bridgewater congratulated the athletes on their selection to the Team and highlighted the SKNOC/SKNCGA continued investment in the development of the Federation’s youth in keeping with the objectives outlined in its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. He noted that their performances primarily in 2017 have merited them the opportunity to showcase their talent internationally which should not be taken lightly. He encouraged them to continue to pursue their dreams. The president cautioned both parents and athletes about the need for the athletes to be very vigilant in what they ingest especially in light of the many banned substances that can be found on the World Anti-Doping Prohibited list. The parents were also urged to throw their support behind their children especially in light of all the negatives that are currently plaguing the youths in our society.

This will be the fourth time that St. Kitts and Nevis will be participating in the Commonwealth Youth Games having attended in 2008 in India, 2011 in Isles of Man and 2015 in Samoa.

It will be the largest international sporting event ever staged in The Bahamas and the biggest edition of the Games with up to 1,300 athletes aged between 14 and 18 set to participate.

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