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11 medals on day one

April 8, 2023

The 50th CARIFTA track and field games was officially opened Friday evening in Nassau Bahamas in the glitz and glamour expected of an opening ceremony.

Barbados joined the other 24 countries in the parade of teams at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium – the preamble to what will be three days of competition with some of the most talented junior athletes from the Caribbean.

In welcoming the teams to the Bahamas, the president of the Bahamas Athletic Association, Drumeco Archer, said celebrating the 50th anniversary is more than just what is to be expected on the track and in the field.

The competition will get going at 9 a.m. today and CBC TV8 will have live coverage.

Meanwhile, Barbados picked up 11 medals: 3 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze Thursday night, on the opening day of the swimming competition of the 36th CARIFTA Aquatic Championships in Curaçao.

Striking gold first for Barbados was Heidi Stoute in the girls 13-14 800-metre, this was then followed by Adara Stoddard hitting the wall first in the girls 15-17 200-metre breaststroke; then the relay team of Sarah Barlett, Toria Alleyne, Jaiya Simmons and Heidi Stoute won the girls 13-14 4×100 metre freestyle relay.

The three silver medals were won by Amiya Harrison in the 11-12 girls 200-metre breaststroke, while Zachary Burke in the boys 11-12 50-metre backstroke and also the 100-metre butterfly claimed the other two.

The bronze medallists were amelia baker in the 15-17 girls 800 meters; Amiya Harrison in the girls 50m backstroke; Jaiya Simmons in the girls 13-14 100 meter fly; Adara Stoddard in the girls 15-17 equivalent; and the 11-12 girls 4x100m freestyle relay team of Khalia Springer, Naomi Als, M’rya Maycock and Amiya Harrison picked up that fifth bronze.

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