The St. Kitts Nevis Amateur Athletics Association (SKNAAA) met on Monday evening to ratify the team, which would represent the Federation at the April 3 to 6 event.
Association President Glen Jeffers announced the team on the popular television programme ‘Round Table’, where he disclosed that the strong team would consist of 11 females and 27 males.
Jeffers noted that the team was in training since 2014, and credible performances have been laid during the past several weeks ahead of the games.
“They have been working with a squad since last year of over 55, for two, sometimes three times a week, depending on what type of training the coaches want to do,” Jeffers said.
To this end, the SKNAAA is positive that several athletes on this year’s team can be true medal contenders, with the president pointing to several athletes who he believes are more likely to bring glory to the federation.
“We have a youngster called Tahj Liburd from Nevis, an 800 meters runner. This guy here is very coachable; so we are looking for some good thing from him to put us in the medal hunt.
“I could go on past history. We have Krystal Liburd, a long jumper and triple Jumper who attends the Charles E Mills Secondary School. She was also a finalist in the Youth Olympics. She was also a silver medalist at the last CARIFTA Games. So we are hoping she can bring us another medal and turn that silver into gold,” said the SKNAAA president.
These athletes had bagged medals in the sprint events in the past and similarly in the field events as well, and they are hoping that this year’s event would be no different than previous events in the medal count.
“We all know Wayne Matthew the sprinter… He has qualified for the World Youth Championships this year. So, he too, we are also looking to put us in the medal hunt. Jermaine Francis, that is the high jumper…he has the national record in the Under-20 Boys, and he is only under 18.
“We have not had a sprinter medaling in the Under-20 since Jason Rogers, and we think we should do well with Hakeem Huggins, a short powerful fellow in the 100 meters. Another finalist from last year’s CARIFTA is Oniel Thomas, a 400 meters hurdler. He was fourth in the Under-20 Boys last year.”
This is the second time that the CARIFTA games would be held at the Silver Jubilee Stadium.