High school kids now get their chance to shine following the recent inter-primary championships.
The third Inter-secondary Schools Track and Field Championships are staged on Monday and Tuesday and youngsters are wrapping up their preparations to be in peak condition.
The Islands’ premier high school track and field event expect over 300 athletes from eight high schools competing at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
This year, the Ministry of Sports has joined with the Ministry of Education, the Cayman Islands Athletic Association and event sponsors Dart and Maples to make it another sporting highlight.
Trenvick Coleman, 14, is in the 100 metres and high jump. He is in the CARIFTA team going to Bermuda for the Games over the Easter weekend. “I will try to do my best so that I can bring back a medal,” the optimistic youngster said of his CARIFTA chances. He has been in the track programme for two years, giving up football in the process to concentrate on his favourite sport. For someone so young he has an outside chance in the high jump as his personal best of 1 metre 90 centimetres is 10cm over the qualifying mark.
Olivier Samuels is a 15-year-old sprinter representing John Gray High School. Last year she won the 100 metres and 200m and was in the relay. This time she is in the 100m, 200m, relay and long jump. “I train hard and believe I can win them all,” a confident Samuels said.
Admission is free and event times are Monday, 2 April from 9am-3pm and Tuesday, 3 April from 4-9pm.