When the CARIFTA Games open over
the Easter weekend one of Cayman’s favourites to grab a medal will be girl
field event specialists.
Alexandra ‘Nemo’ Terry throws the
discus like no other female in Cayman and at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex
from 3-5 April she will be in her element.
Terry is one of nine Caymanians who
have qualified for CARIFTA.
In 2006 she announced her arrival on
the international stage when she mined silver in the Under-17 Girls discus at
the CARIFTA Games in Guadeloupe, aged only 15.
Later that year in Trinidad she
captured gold in the U-17 discus at the CAC Junior Track & Field
In 2007 she repeated her silver
medal performance at the CARIFTAs in the Turks & Caicos Island of
Competing that year at the Island
Games in Rhodes the pencil slim youngster would out duel her more burly
competitors and take silver in discus.
Half the age and size of many of
her rivals, Terry showed that there is no substitute for excellent timing and
technique to maximise throwing distance.
At the 2008 CARIFTAs in St. Kitts
she struggled throwing out of the cage but she put that disappointment behind
her last year at the Island Games when she repeated her silver medal
performance in the women’s discus.
In 2008 she also represented the
Islands at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India.
The national record holder for the
women’s discus at junior and senior levels had another disappointing performance
at the 2009 CARIFTAs in St. Lucia where a late arrival into that country
coupled with only a few hours sleep and a long two hour drive to the stadium
combined to take the sharpness off her performance.
This year Terry, 18, is back to
fighting trim and is not only in the discus but also the U-20 women’s javelin,
an event that she has mastered over the last 18 months.
Gold for this intelligent young
woman in both events is not a far-fetched possibility, especially if she can
conquer her troubles with throwing from the cage.