Eight Named For Commonwealth Youth Games

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 1 Opinions
Published: June 20, 2017 6:31 am AST
2017 Commonwealth youth games team from the BVI
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Eight young athletes from the British Virgin Islands, have been named as part of this year’s team, who will represent the Territory at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, from July 19 through to the 23.

The team members and coaches were officially revealed in a press briefing yesterday, June 19, at the headquarters of the BVI Olympic Committee, Prospect Reef.

The BVI team is made up of Arianna Hayde, who will compete in the Long Jump and Javelin events; Rackeel Jack, 400m; Joshua Hill, 400m; Mikkel Bassue, 100m and 200m; Beyonce Defreitas, 200m; Djimon Gumbs, Shot Put and Discus; Diamante Gumbs, Shot Put and Discus; and Adrian Baijnauth, Tennis.

The team, led by Sabinah Clement, will also be accompanied by Willis Todman, Track Coach; Malcolm Dabreo, Tennis Coach; and Omar Jones, Field Coach.

In brief advice to the athletes, team leader, Ms. Clement said, “This is not just about the competition, it’s an excellent opportunity for you to network with other athletes and build lasting friendships.”

This year’s Commonwealth Youth Games is expected to be the largest ever, with over 1300 athletes from 70 different countries throughout the Commonwealth set to participate.

The event will see the athletes compete in a range of disciplines, including Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Rugby 7, Judo, Tennis, Road Cycling, Boxing, Aquatic Sports and Track and Field events.

At the event, the local team is also expected to participate in various cultural exchanges and exhibitions.

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