Bahamas not taking prisoners at 2019 Carifta Games

By April 19, 2019

Four-time Carifta Games champions the Bahamas will be sending a 50-plus member team to the Games this year stacked with quality, a departure from what has obtained in previous years.

And they are expecting positive results. Athletes like Shaun Miller, the brother of Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo; Megan Moss, Jaida Knowles, Adrian Curry, Rhema Otabor and Annmarie Oriahki will lead the charge for the Bahamians, who, this year, have focussed more on quality than quantity.

Kermit Taylor, the BAAA’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, revealed that the new focus has come about from a shift in policy instituted when Drumeco Archer became president last November.

“For the past six years or so we have always had a challenge of the athletes meeting the qualifying standards, and they had to give and take sometimes; but this year we made the hard-fast decision that we’re taking the qualifiers only,” Taylor said.

The hard line taken by the federation has reaped the desired results.

“Going into the Carifta trials we had close to 30 athletes who were qualifiers. Coming out of the trials, we had 50 or 51 qualifiers,” Taylor said.

“We have also had a number of athletes who have qualified in multiple events. Case in point, Anthea Charlton will be representing the Bahamas in the long jump and the 100m U17 girls and she will definitely be part of the relay pool.”

The Bahamas, known for their prowess in the sprints, have also seen improvements in other disciplines as well.

One of the assistant coaches, Corrington Maycock, Taylor said, always speaks about the improvements Team Bahamas has seen with respect to the field events. He mentioned Otabor, the 2018 gold medal winner in the javelin who returns to the team this year.

He described Knowles as a ‘rock star’ in the sprint events. “We are looking for great results from her,” Taylor said of the sprinter who ran 11.68s at her Carifta trials in early April.

There will also be a lot of expectation from Moss in the 400m.

Taylor highlighted the younger siblings of Miller-Uibo, Shaunece and Shaun Miller, both high jumpers who are expected to perform well at the Games that get underway in the Cayman Islands on Saturday.

He had a warning for the rest of the Caribbean. “We are not giving anything away. The Bahamas is going to take all it can get. If you beat us you would have deserved it,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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