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Bajan CUT glory


Kenmore Bynoe

Bajan CUT glory

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In spite of giving up the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) title to regional powerhouse Jamaica over the weekend in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados can boast of two of the more dominant young athletes in the Caribbean.
The darling of Alexandra School, Shonita Brome, captured three gold and added the under-15 victrix ludorum title to the one which she gained at BSSAC, while ten-year-old Deacons Primary “giant” Malachi Harris proved to be a messenger of future dominance as he garnered two gold, one silver and two bronze to also take a victor ludorum title.
The shy Harris spoke of his joy at his success in his first outing at CUT while indicating that he hoped to go as far as possible in throwing events as well as the sprints. “I feel good to have won my medals and I hope that when I go on to secondary school to continue in the throwing and sprints,” said Harris.
Brome was more expressive as she spoke of her dream of one day representing Barbados at the Olympics in hopefully the 400 metres. “I really feel good about my success in Trinidad although I did not perform at the level that I wanted to.  In addition, I wanted to help Barbados to win the title again,” said Brome.
“We had a very bad first day where we did not get any breakfast and the bus came for us late, so we arrived at the stadium late for the opening ceremony, which affected all of us in that first day.  However, my teammates and I still managed to give of our best to place second overall,” said the smiling Brome.
Manager Vaman Harbin also spoke to the challenges which affected Barbados on the first day where most of the athletes did not eat as breakfast was not available. “We had to leave for the opening ceremony without eating and with competition running throughout the day our athletes could not eat that day until after the events were concluded,” said Harbin.
However, Harbin stated that Barbados’ athletes performed as expected with many exceeding expectations but Jamaica were the better team to score 587 points to Barbados’ 454. “We won seven gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze and in addition to the outstanding performances from Shonita and Malachi all of the athletes gave their best.  
“Jamaica were by far the better unit. They went into camp numerous weekends leading up to the games and before coming to the games Jamaica had spent an entire week in camp. They were better prepared and they performed better than everyone else,” said Harbin.
A large contingent of parents and well-wishesr had travelled with the team as well as those who turned up at the airport to welcome home the athletes. However, a number of delays in the original 11:30 flight saw some of those supporters who had returned from T&T on the early flight home having to wait at the airport from 7:30 in the morning until three in the afternoon when the excited team exited the arrival hall.

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