The 2014 CARIFTA Games will be held in Martinique on April 18 thru 21. The following persons were appointed as the Administrative personnel to Team Cayman (athletes still to be announced - qualifying standards available for download below).
For more on 2014 CARIFTA, visit the official site at www.carifta2014.fr/en/
The CARIFTA 2013 games were held in Bahamas from March 29th to April 1st. Team Cayman came away with two medals; Alexander Pascal won Gold in the under 20 boys Javelin and Daneliz Thomas won Bronze in the Under 17 Girls Javelin.
Official site & Full Results: www.carifta2013.info
The full Cayman team was as follows:
5 track and field athletes were selected to represent Cayman at the 2012 CARIFTA Games in Bermuda:
Jorel Bellafonte won Silver in the Boys U-17 1500m and was the only medallist for team Cayman. Other team members also made the finals and set personal records.
8 athletes represented the Cayman Islands at the CARIFTA Games 2011 in Montego Bay, Jamaica April 23-25.
GIRLS U20 - Ashleigh Nalty (High Jump)
GIRLS U17 - Tiffany Cole (800m and 1500m) and Amelia Gillispie (Long Jump)
BOYS U20 - Travis Webb (High Jump) and Alex Pascal (Javelin)
BOYS U17 - Gerome Bodden (100m and 200m), Jorel Belafonte (800m and 1500m) and Jonathan Frederick (Shot Put and Discus)
The Cayman Islands were host to the XXXIX CARIFTA Games - one of the leading Junior track and field Championships in the world - from April 3rd to April 5th 2010.
About The CARIFTA Games
In 1972, Austin Sealy inaugurated the CARIFTA Games to mark the transition from the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARIFTA was meant to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean after the dissolution of the West Indies Federation, but the CARIFTA Games took that idea a step further, including the French and Dutch Antilles in an annual junior track and field championship meet.
The meet which normally conducted over three days during the Easter period, consists of two age categories for boys and girls: under-17 and under-20, the latter in line with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) guidelines for junior athletes. The meet is run entirely under IAAF rules.
The Games have produced Olympians like, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Darrel Brown of Trinidad, Kim Collins of St Kitts-Nevis, Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas, Alleyne Francique of Grenada and Obadele Thompson of Barbados and our very own, Kareem Streete-Thompson, Cydonie Mothersill and Ronald Forbes.
The Cayman Islands first competed in the CARIFTA Games in 1979 in Jamaica.