Sport 2 Four-man squad for Youth Olympic Games

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By RIA GOOD­MAN ria­goodan@na­tion­

A small con­tin­gent of four, in­clud­ing top ju­nior male swim­mer Jack Kirby, will fly the is­land’s flag at the up­com­ing Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina be­tween Oc­to­ber 6 and 18.

This was re­vealed by gen­eral man­ager of the Bar­ba­dos Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion (BOA) Glyne Clarke dur­ing a press brief­ing to an­nounce the de­tails of the com­pe­ti­tion at the BOA Wildey Head­quar­ters yes­ter­day.

“At the last Youth Olympic Games we had six ath­letes in ath­let­ics and swim­ming. This time we have a smaller del­e­ga­tion and the qual­i­fy­ing times and ef­forts from these games were a bit oner­ous even more so than pre­vi­ous games. I am pretty sure if we had a head-to-head com­pe­ti­tion we would have had more track and field ath­letes,” said Clarke.

There are two swim­mers in Kirby and Luis Se­bastien-weekes along with high school ath­letes Sarah Belle and Dar­ian Clarke.

Clarke added that he was hop­ing to have ath­letes in the dis­ci­plines of judo and bad­minton qual­i­fy­ing, but the process was quite dif­fi­cult for those dis­ci­plines.

Dar­ian Clarke, 16, of The St Michael School, who will be com­pet­ing in the 100 me­tres, said he hoped his qual­i­fy­ing would en­cour­age oth­ers.

Six­teen-year-old Belle from the Christ Church Foun­da­tion School said she was thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity and would be com­pet­ing in the 100 me­tres hur­dles.

Kirby, 18, who now at­tends the Bay­lor School in Ten­nessee, United States, will com­pete in the 50 and 100 me­tres freestyle and the 50 and 100 me­tres back­stroke, while Weekes, who is a stu­dent of Kenyon Univer­sity in Ohio, will ap­pear in the 50 and 100 me­tres breast­stroke and the 200 me­tres IM.

Min­is­ter of Sport John King said he was proud of the di­rec­tion in which sport was go­ing and pledged his con­tin­ual sup­port.

Ar­gentina’s Am­bas­sador to Bar­ba­dos Gus­tavo Pan­di­ani en­cour­aged the ath­letes to be am­bas­sadors for their coun­tries through their pas­sion for sport while pres­i­dent of the Bar­ba­dos Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion

(right) San­dra Os­bourne said it was a sig­nif­i­cant oc­ca­sion for Bar­ba­dian ath­letes to be com­pet­ing against the best youth in the world.

FROM LEFT, Ar­gentina Am­bas­sador to Bar­ba­dos Gus­tavo Pan­dani, Dar­ian Clarke, Sarah Belle and Min­is­ter of Sport John King speak­ing af­ter the press con­fer­ence.

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