An impressive contingent of athletes returned to Nevis on Monday 25th March via the MV SEA HUSTLER. This comprised of students representing the Gingerland Secondary School and the Charlestown Secondary School at the annual Inter High Schools’ championships, held in St.Kitts.
One of the officials who journeyed across with the athletes, Mr. Garfield Virgo noted that the athletes were extremely tired after the hectic weekend but stated that he was exceptionally pleased with their overall performances.
Over 70 athletes represented his school, the Charlestown Secondary School and they competed strongly to come away with 10 gold medals; 9 silver and 8 bronze. Cejae Farrell was outstanding in the under 15 boys’ events He was the under 15 class champion and the overall champion athlete of the meet.
Izaun Ward established a new record in the 800 meters event and is now the national junior record holder in that event. Ta’j Liburd also established a new record in his 800 meters event as well.
The Charlestown Secondary school placed a credible 4th overall, based on the medal count and the Gingerland Secondary School placed sixth overall, securing 4 golds; 2 silver and 1 bronze medal. Included in the medals was the fact that ace Javelin thrower, Adrian Williams easily snatched gold in his event and Sadiki Tyson established himself as class champion in the under 17 boys.
Headmaster at the Charlestown Secondary School, Mr. Edson Elliot, warmly congratulated all of the athletes for their outstanding efforts. He noted that the two Secondary Schools basically worked as a unit and it therefore involved the officials taking care of a huge contingent of athletes. This involved all of the necessary logistics such as providing breakfast, lunch and dinner. He also thanked the Teachers, parents and all of the persons who assisted in helping to make the trip a success, including the many sponsors.
In looking to the future, he urged the athletes to get into training well ahead of the next meet and he is confident that the day is coming when they will bring back championship honours to Nevis in the near future.
Cejae Farrell; Ta’j Liburd and Sadiki Tyson all indicated that they intend to continue to train hard, with the intention of one day representing Nevis at the Olympics.
The overall results from the championships were:
WAHS—20 gold; 17 silver and 15 bronze
BHS—16 gold; 11 silver and 8 bronze
CEMS—11 gold; 15 silver and 11 silver
CSS-10 gold; 9 silver and 8 bronze
VHS—9 gold; 16 silver; 21 bronze
CFBC –6 gold; 5 silver and 4 bronze
CHS—5 gold; 1 silver and 8 bronze
GSS-4 gold; 2 silver and 1 bronze
AVEC—2 gold; 1 silver and 1 bronze
SSS—1 gold; 5 silver and 6 bronze
CCS—0 gold; 2 salve and 0 bronze
Under 15 winner and overall champion athlete—Cejae Farrell
Under 17 winner—Sadiki Tyson
Under 20 winner—J’Anthon Sillidy