Caribbean Flags Fly Higher at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Caribbean flags flew higher at the recently concluded Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The Games not only brought several wins for the Caribbean region, but also demonstrated that in spite of the many challenges confronting athletes in the region such as poor training facilities, inexperienced coaches and little funding; they can still overcome and achieve beyond their dreams. The performance of the Caribbean athletes at the games was a  definite source of regional pride.

Caribbean athletes continue to strive and with discipline , natural talent they also persevere in environments not optimized for success. One of the great recommendations to enable Caribbean flags to reach even higher is developing a Caribbean sports academy whose sole focus (with substantial  government and private sector financial backing) will be to nurture elite athletes for international competition.*  Source: New Today Commentary

This year the Commonwealth Games completed its 21st anniversary, hosting 275 events with 6,600 athletes, from 71 nations within the Commonwealth.** This international multi-sport event has taken place every four years since its inception in 1930. This year the games were hosted by Australia on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The game has worn many monikers including the British Empire Games (1930-1950) , the British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954 to 1966, and British Commonwealth Games from 1970 to 1974. The games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the sporting programme and selects the host cities. The games movement consists of international sports federations (IFs), Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs), and organising committees for each specific Commonwealth Games.  ***

SOME NOTABLE WINS:

Guyana’s Troy Doris holds their national flag after winning gold in the men’s triple jump at Carrara Stadium during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The Caribbean region amassed roughly forty-one (41) medals for the 2018 Commonwealth games. With the island

of Jamaica leading the pack taking home twenty-six (26) medals. Some notable wins include Stephenie McPherson  of  Jamaica who won a bronze medal from the 400m and her relay teammate Anastasia Le-Roy won the silver. Dominica won its’ first Commonwealth Games medal thanks to the performance of  Thea Lafond who took home a bronze in the women’s triple jump event with a leap of 13.92 meters. Michelle-Lee Ahye secured Trinidad and Tobago’s first female athletics gold medal with her victory in the 100M race. Dyland Carter, also of Trinidad and Tobago won a silver medal in the silver in the men’s 50m butterfly swimming competition. The Bahamas took home four medals on the track, including Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s gold in the women’s 200 m in a new Commonwealth Games record time. Grenada’s Lindon Victor notched up his biggest win to date with gold in the men’s decathlon competition. In the triple jump Guyana’s Troy Doris struck gold when he leapt 16.88m in his second jump of the final. Levern Spencer, meanwhile, cleared 1.95m in the high jump to take St Lucia’s first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal.****

From athletics to wrestling, badminton to volleyball , these games remain a stable force for all Commonwealth nations and all manner of athletes including athletes with disabilities. In fact, the games are known for being the first fully-inclusive international multi sport games. Here’s a recap of the wins that made our Caribbean flags fly even higher!

ISLAND

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

TOTAL

Jamaica

                7

             9

                10

                  26

Trinidad & Tobago

               2

            1

                 0

                   3

Bahamas

             1

            3

                 0

                   4

Grenada

            1

            0

                  1

                   2

Bermuda

            1

                     1

Guyana

            1

                    1

British Virgin Islands

            1

                    1

St Lucia

            1

                    1

Dominica

           1

                  1

                   2

TOTAL

 

 

 

41

 

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