St. Kitts & Nevis team heads to World Relays, Kim Collins selected but not available

This year’s event is expected to attract even greater international attention as more elite athletes like Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will be amongst the line-up. His country won the inaugural competition in 2014 but it was the huge success of the St. Kitts and Nevis team that stole the spotlight when they copped the Silver Medal and again writing this small but powerful athletic nation into the history books.

The World Relay Championships are due to be held from Saturday 2nd-Sunday 3rd May in Nassau and the local team comprised of seven athletes is already fancying its chances for a another sterling performance.

On Tuesday, 28th April, the official team was announced by the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, SKNAAA, and is comprised of Antoine Adams, Jason Rogers, Brijesh Lawrence, Allistar Clarke, Lestrod Huggins, Hakeem Huggins and Warren Hazel.

The SKNAAA indicated that “sprint icon and World Masters Record Holder in the 100m and 60m, Kim Collins was also invited to be part of the National Representative Team, however he indicated in writing that he had a prior engagement.”

Collins who is a former World 100m Champion and former 100m Commonwealth Games Champion is currently managing a packed international schedule with prior obligations for events in Europe and was therefore not able to join his fellow countrymen in this week’s outing in the Bahamas. He was also invited to join the team in 2014 but was also unable to because of clashes with his previously arranged meets for which he was contracted elsewhere.

Fans in St. Kitts can however look forward to seeing Collins when he participates in the upcoming National trials of the SKNAAA in June. Collins recently said that though he is aware that some of the younger sprinters will be quietly trying to upstage him at Nationals, he cautioned that they will have to work hard to defeat him.

It was only recently that the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis honoured Collins by re-naming the Silver Jubilee Stadium, the Kim Collins Athletic Stadium. This was done on Sunday 5th April, 2015, during the 44th Carifta Games in Basseterre.

Though not able to join the team on this occasion Collins has expressed his appreciation for being considered by the Selection Committee of the SKNAAA and is wishing the best success to the St. Kitts and Nevis contingent.

The National Representative Team will be led by veteran Head Coach Lonzo Wilkinson and accompanied by Masseuse Therapist Allister James. The team leaves for the Bahamas on Wednesday, (29th April).

At the inaugural World Relay Championships in 2014, team SKN secured the silver medal and a new national record in the Men’s 4X200m.

Head Coach Wilkinson indicated that he is confident Team St. Kitts and Nevis will do very well as his expectation is for the men to improve on their 2014 4x100m performance and attain a qualifying mark for the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China – August 2015.


 

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