Athletes do hop, skip, jump to new schools
NEXT YEAR’S Barbados Secondary Schools Athletic Championship (BSSAC) will have a different look with dozens of athletes wearing colours of new schools.
The St Michael School is the biggest beneficiary with five CARIFTA Games’ athletes now enrolled at the Martindales Road institution after switching schools.
There are headed by quarter-miler Antoni Hoyte-Small, formerly of Queen’s College and the Combermere duo of sprinter Matthew Clarke and hurdler Nathan Fergusson.
Throws specialist Seth Edwards has also moved from QC to St Michael’s, who have also welcomed jumper Antonio Farrell from Lester Vaughan.
The St Michael School is the new destination of former Alexandra schoolboy Ranico Watson, who spent last year at Lester Vaughan.
Coleridge and Parry’s double CARIFTA gold medallist Jonathan Jones (left) has journeyed from the north, to The City where he is now a student at Harrison College.
Joining him there is fellow middle-distance runner Rio Williams from Christ Church Foundation and former CP throws specialist Triston Gibbons, both CARIFTA athletes.
Already there is speculation that “Kolij” will sweep the senior boys’ cross country relays with Under-17 middle distance runners Kai Alleyne and Nathan Thornhill also in their midst.
Two-time defending Boys’ champions Lester Vaughan have not only lost Farrell, but also fellow jumper Anderson Greaves to Foundation, who have also gained the services of The Lodge School’s Shem Forde.
The versatile Paul Doughty is also back at Foundation after a year at Combermere.
Sprinter Kentione Browne, who had been at Lester Vaughan for the past two years after leaving Deighton Griffith is now at The Lodge School.
On the women’s side, new queens Foundation have made some additions with CARIFTA high jumper Yuriko Harewood coming over from Ellerslie for sixth-form studies.
Also joining Foundation are Sarah Belle from Princess Margaret, Romancia Odwin from Coleridge and Parry and Jeal Williams from St George.
Young sprinter Ashley Lowe has transferred from Combermere to St Michael, while former Foundation student Tamika Inniss has also switched to St Michael after one year at Lodge. (EZS)