Sport 2 Four-man squad for Youth Olympic Games
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.