We had expected a truly sterling performance from both Bishop’s College and Hillsborough Secondary School at the intercollegiate games but little did we know that the athletes themselves had a greater surprise in store when they delivered a phenomenal super human performance at the meet’s golden jubilee event last week.
Bishop’s College secured the third position in the male and tenth in the female while Hillsborough Secondary School captured fourth place in the female and seventh in the male division.
It was a bolt of energy, which shook the field events at the St Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) grounds and Progress Park on the opening day. But the fire came blazing when the athletes of both schools scorched the track at Progress Park on Wednesday and Thursday. The potency of the athletes quickly arrested the attention of all present on both days and immediately commanded the respect of their competitors. Although fielding a smaller contingent to most of the their rivals, the athletes of the sister isles showed no level of intimidation and remained focused on aspiring to what it took for them to step onto the medal podium.
As the athletes contested event after event they continued building on their fan base as scores of mainlanders themselves found pleasure in roaring for the performance of the sister isles athletes so awesomely energetic were their displays on the track. The final day saw several stoppages for rain, however this didn’t dampen the athletes’ spirits nor did it cause them to mentally stray from the task at hand.
The athletes of both schools secured several gold, silver and bronze medals through a series of breath taking performances. Among the gold medallists from Bishop’s College were, Adrian Thomas in the Junior Boys, Javelin, Short Putt and Discus, Reanna Joseph in the Junior Girls Shot-Putt and Discus, Keston Quashie in the Senior Boys high jump and Jesse Bedeau in the 800 meter sub Junior Boys.
Gold medals for the Hillsborough Secondary School came through the efforts of, Ria Benjamin who set a new record in the Sub Junior girls Javelin. Cora Peters through the 1500-meter sub junior girls, Kaneque Stewart in the sub junior girls Discus and the team of Aria Wilson, Antonia McIntosh, Shamia Cudjoe and Kelisha Sammerson in the 4x100 junior girls relay.
Coach of Bishop’s College Indra Scott, said that they were extremely elated at the performance of the athletes. She added that the recent selection of four students from Bishop’s College on the National Carifta team also helped to motive the students for the games. Coach of Hillsborough Secondary School Imron George, said that the athletes must be commended for having done their best. He further stated that they came to the games with a mission to deliver and that they did. Both coaches disclosed that they would begin immediately with preparations for the 2016 games with visions of improving on the 2015 performance.
On arrival on Saturday with the MV Amelia Senior Coach in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs Sebastian Stiell met the athletes and coaching staff. He congratulated the athletes and assured that they are great plans in the pipeline, which are soon to be rolled out for the further enhancing of track and field on the sister isles.