Archers on target in T&T
The Barbados archery team returned home during the month after competing in the 2015 version of the Southern Caribbean Archery Championships in Trinidad and Tobago and winning sixteen medals.
The team comprising Dwight Hagley, Brandon Field, Pedro Thomas, Charlene Goddard, Nickeem Boyce and Paulette Klasicki, competing in the recurve division and Roger Gall in the compound division, performed creditably in all three shoots over the four-day event.
The “A” team was not successful in regaining the cup, but the “B” team of Pedro Thomas, Brandon Field and Nickeem Boyce came third in the “B” finals beating the Martinique “B” team and St. Kitts & Nevis archery team for that position.
There were four gold, seven silver and five bronze medals won by the team. Outstanding performances came from the two of the youngest archers who were competing overseas for the first time. Both of these archers competed in the cadet recurve division (archers ages 17 and under) and won medals.
The most successful was Paulette Klasciki who won three gold medals in the indoor event, the 60m FITA and the FITA finals. Her silver medal came in field event. Nickeem Boyce gained three bronze medals in a tight shoot against two seasoned archers from Martinique and Trinidad.
He came third in the indoor 18M, the 60m FITA and the finals. Other medal winners were Dwight Hagley who won the only other gold medal for Barbados in the field event. He won two silvers in the Indoor and the 70m FITA and the bronze in the 70m FITA final.
Charlene Goddard won a bronze in the indoor recurve women’s category. Roger Gall competing in the compound master class won four silvers in the indoor, field, 50m FITA and the FITA finals. Hagley, Klasciki and Boyce also received awards for their overall scores.
The team was managed by John Annel and sponsorship for the tour was made possible through the Barbados Olympic Association. Teams came from Martinique, St Kitts & Nevis, Guadeloupe and host nation Trinidad and Tobago. Guadeloupe was the repeat winners of the Southern Caribbean Cup. The next edition will be held in Barbados in Easter 2016 and will coincide with celebrations for the 20th anniversary of archery as an Olympic sport in Barbados.