[Updated] Bermuda’s Carifta athletics team has been selected for the 2016 Games, the Bermuda National Athletics Association [BNAA] announced today.
“The BNAA Board has ratified the team and are very happy with our selection,” BNAA President Donna Raynor said.
“We were surprised to find that we had an athlete overseas in school and had met the standard in the long jump. We were contacted and advised about it by Bill Euler. Troy contacted her coach who was quite pleased to hear of this, and fully supported her competing at the 2016 Carifta Games [Alexis Trott in the Long Jump].
“As you are aware the Games will be held in Grenada and the team will be leaving Bermuda on Wednesday, March 23rd, and returning on Tuesday, March 29th, with the events taking place from Saturday March 26th to March 28th.
The team is listed below:
- Sakari Famous – HJ [previous Carifta medalist]
- Lynsey Palmer – 3000m [first time]
- Jahkera Tucker – 100m [first time]
- Tiara DeRosa – Discus [previous Carifta athlete]
- Alexis Trott – Long Jump [first time]
- Aaron Jacobs – 800m [previous Carifta athlete]
- Elisha Darrell – HJ [previous Carifta athlete]
- Dyjmon Reid – 100m [first time]
- Stephan Dill – 100m [first time]
- Quincy Kuzyk – 3000m [first time]
- Ethan Philip – LJ [previous Carifta athlete]
- Kevin Miller – HJ [first time]
- Tyler Smith – 5000m [first time]
- Team Manager – Mia Black
- Coach – Devon Bean
Update 3.32pm: BNAA President Donna Raynor has clarified why one local athlete is not a part of the team, saying, “Selah Tuzo met the Carifta qualifying standard and we are very excited about it but due to her age she does not meet the age eligibility for Carifta. We are very excited about the possibility in the next few years that she will be eligible and we can foresee a great future ahead in athletics for her.
“It was voted on in our last Carifta congress 2015 that athletes have to be in their 14th year to be eligible to compete in the Games. One of the main reasons is because in the U20 division especially the young ladies are numbers across the Caribbean are dwindling and we are trying to come up with different strategies to see if we can improve the numbers.”