BASSETERRE St. Kitts, January 13 2011 – “A lot of people look at track and field in school as a recreational activity and don’t look at it as an opportunity for a career. Because of the level of competition we have seen in 2010, we are now in a better place and we expect a lot more competitiveness amongst the athletes for 2011 and beyond.”
So said the St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletics Association Public Relations Officer, Evris Huggins, during a recent interview with SKNVibes.
Higgins said there has been an increase in the commitment and participation at the senior level which always appear to be a major “drop off”.
He also said the SKNAAA 2011 Athletics Calendar “bears the fruits of everyone’s labour” and noted some of the highlights in 2010.
Huggins said last year’s level of competition was very high, noting three national records were eclipsed and Marcia Pemberton was ranked the fastest woman in St. Kitts, while Adolphus Jones was the highest ranked Caribbean Decathlon athlete in the Commonwealth Games after placing seventh overall and eclipsing the national record during the process.
He added that the 4X100m male relay team twice eclipsed the national record in one day while in Puerto Rico for the Caribbean and Central American Games with the absence of Kim Collins.
“It’s a very young team that we will continue investing in,” Huggins declared.
He also stated that Tannika Liburd of Nevis broke her own national record in the Long Jump event in Houston in May.
“We have strong overseas-based athletes and we’re expecting top class performances this year,” Huggins said.
St. Kitts had hosted the 13th Annual Caribbean Union Teachers Games in which 21 territories participated and was a success.
“In that meet”, Huggins said, “St. Kitts placed fifth overall and received 18 medals. We were two gold medals short of placing third.”
He mentioned that the under-15 athletes of the participating countries were also a part of the event and that the under-nine champion girl Olujede Bridgewater who hails from St. Kitts was Victrix Ludorum.
Huggins said that the SKNAAA now has a women’s representative in the form of Mauritza Dias and that the athlete’s representative is Kim Collins who was chosen by the athletes.
Another highlight for 2010 was the 17 persons that qualified as a level II coach in December.
“That speaks volumes to the potential we have here,” he said.