Jonathan Miller of Barbados for Carifta Games 2019
Jonathan Miller of Barbados for Carifta Games 2019

Guyana and Barbados, each armed with a reigning champion, are confident going into the 48th annual CARIFTA Games, scheduled for Easter weekend (20 to 22 April) at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. This will be Cayman’s third time hosting the event, which will attract over 500 athletes from 27 countries.

In 2018 Guyana won one gold, one silver and seven bronze medals.  This year the team is depending heavily on its overseas athletes to bring them glory, specifically Claudrice McKoy and Joanna Archer, both attending Munro College, and long jumper Chantoba Bright, who is studying at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Bright, who is the defending U20 long jump champion, will be among the favourites to win long and triple jump medals.  This will be her final year participating in the Games and the seven-time CARIFTA medallist said she is excited because she’s in great shape and is ready to defend her long jump title.

“My training is also preparing me to take the triple crown this year. I expect to go out there and execute and bring home the double gold in the long and triple jump girls U20,” said Bright who also won bronze in the triple jump in 2018.  “CARIFTA is a big deal for me as well as my country. We take pride and joy in participating, and look forward to competing annually, so our athletes and coaches work hard to prepare for the Games.  For me, CARIFTA this year is all about executing and achieving the goals I’ve been working on for the last two years which is winning the long and triple jump event, having fun and ending my final year with a bang.”

South American Youth gold medallist Deshana Skeete and sprinter Loneil Marks are also expected to add to Guyana’s medal tally.  Meanwhile, 17 Guyana-based athletes have secured qualifying marks and are expected to accompany McKoy, Archer and Bright to Cayman.

Guyana CARIFTA Team – Girls

  • Brianna Charles (100m)
  • Deshana Skeete (200m)
  • Keliza Smith (400m)
  • Adriel Austin (800m)
  • Shaquka Tyrell (800, 1500m)
  • Princess Browne (triple jump)
  • Jahaziah Copeland (shot put)
  • Anisha Gibbons (javelin)

Guyana CARIFTA Team – Boys

  • Osrick Pellew – Ruralite (100m)
  • Loneil Marks (100, 200m)
  • Osa Blair (100m)
  • Daniel Williams (200m)
  • Cordell Charles (1500m)
  • Daniel Melville (800m)
  • Matthew Gordon (3000m)
  • Melon Lowenfield (high jump)
  • Tremaine Browne (long jump)

Jonathan Miller is expected to lead from the front for Team Barbados at this year’s CARIFTA. Miller, who recorded a personal best of 15.62m in 2018 to win the U20 boys’ triple jump title, is expected to repeat. Barbados won three gold, five silver and five bronze medals in 2018 and a squad of 33 athletes have been selected by the Athletics Association of Barbados (AAB) to travel to the Games.

Barbados CARIFTA Team – Girls

  • Vivica Addison
  • Anika Blackman
  • Lagina Colucci
  • Vanessa Greaves
  • Zariah Greaves
  • Layla Haynes
  • Sarah Belle
  • Asia Foster
  • Rhea Hoyte
  • Shanice Hutson
  • Ashlee Lowe
  • Chloe Lucas
  • Shemia Odaine

Barbados CARIFTA Team – Boys

  • Kevon Hinds
  • Savion Hoyte
  • Caleb Massiah
  • Aren Spencer
  • Haile-Emmanuel Turney
  • Tafari Bishop
  • Kyle Gale
  • Miguel Nicholas
  • Jadon Brome
  • Rasheeme Griffith
  • Roneldo Rock
  • Matthew Clarke
  • Antonio Hoyte-Small
  • Tramaine Smith
  • Antonio Farrell
  • Ahijah Hill
  • Jameel Walkes-Miller
  • Julian Forde
  • Jonathan Miller
  • Dalano Wickham


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