Speaking with the local media, shortly after the games closed, Huggins stated that the team performed “excellent”, because there was “no pressure” on the young athletes to execute.
“We didn’t put too much pressure on ourselves! We have said that we wanted to surpass our performance in 2008, which was the most medal sweep which was a total of five medals,” said Huggins. “I think it is a remarkable achievement…and St. Kitts and Nevis went out there and delivered,”
Huggins, who is also the SKNAAA public relations officer, indicated that they were surprised to have bagged medals in several events, which were not seen as the strong suit for the Federation’s team.
“There are certain events where we picked up surprise medals. There were also events that we were hoping for medals but due to the nature of Track and Field, one would pick up an injury or they may fall or some sort of obstacles that may come your way. So we urged the team to stay focus and stay together and they went out and performed well,” he explained.
The previous medal record stood at 5, but at the 2015 games the team pocketed some nine medals with one of those being gold.
The lone gold came from Kristal Liburd, who leaped above the entire field in the girls’ under-20 long jump.
Team St. Kitts and Nevis finished sixth in the medal table, with 1 gold, 2 silvers and 6 Bronze with a total of 9 medals.