Athletes recognised

Individual athletes and their schools were this afternoon rewarded for their outstanding performances at the recent Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships (BSSAC).

The ceremony, which took place at the Queen’s College, saw several athletes receiving appreciation awards and among them was triple CARIFTA gold medallist Mary Fraser who won the under-17 girls division representing Daryll Jordan Secondary. Fraser was also named the most outstanding distance athlete among the females in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m open in which she set a new time of 10:36.54. She was also the joint victrix ludorum with 40 points this year along with Akayla Morris of The Lodge School.

CARIFTA gold medallist Mary Fraser (left) received several trophies during the BSSAC awards ceremony and among them was for the girls' 3000m record.
CARIFTA gold medallist Mary Fraser (left) received several trophies during the BSSAC awards ceremony and among them was for the girls’ 3000m record.

 Mario Burke, another CARIFTA double gold medallist in the 100m and 200m, was celebrated first by his school this morning with an award and then this afternoon he was again acknowledged for his record-breaking performances in the under-20 boys 100m in which he ran 10.35m.

Mario Burke received his trophy for breaking the under-20 boys 100m record.
Mario Burke received his trophy for breaking the under-20 boys 100m record.

Also receiving recognition was Dequan Lovell of St George Secondary who putted 17.40m to produce a new mark in the under-20 boys’ division. Under-17 boys’ division champion Jonathan Jones of Coleridge and Parry clocked 4:09.17 to claim the record in his division while Raheem Skinner of Combermere who was also the joint under-20 boys division champion also wrote his name in the history books in the under-20 boys 1500m when he ran 4:00.90. Skinner was also named most outstanding male in the under-20 division when he also won the 800m and 5000m. These all received awards today.

Antonio Weekes of Lester Vaughan (left) and Raheem Skinner of Combermere (right) were joint winners in the under-20 boys division. Randy Howard of ICBL is at centre.
Antonio Weekes of Lester Vaughan (left) and Raheem Skinner of Combermere (right) were joint winners in the under-20 boys division. Randy Howard of ICBL is at centre.

Other awardees included Antonio Weekes, Vivica Addison, Mario Linton, Rivaldo Leacock and Diamond Hollingsworth of the Lester Vaughan School; Akayla Morris of The Lodge School, Elizabeth Williams of the Christ Church Foundation; Enrique Babb of Coleridge and Parry.

Lester Vaughan  were the most outstanding school (boys) during BSSAC. At second left is coach Alwyn Babb.
Lester Vaughan were the most outstanding school (boys) during BSSAC. At second left is coach Alwyn Babb.

 Coleridge and Parry (females) and Christ Church Foundation (males) captured the most improved schools award. Meanwhile Springer Memorial was named the most outstanding school and Lester Vaughan the best among the males.

Banks category manager Shelly Phillips (left) made the presentation to the Springer Memorial School. At right is the school's coach Julie Phillips, Khadeja Straughan (second right) and Julisa Jones-Smith.
Banks category manager Shelly Phillips (left) made the presentation to the Springer Memorial School. At right is the school’s coach Julie Phillips, Khadeja Straughan (second right) and Julisa Jones-Smith.

(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)

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