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Apr 5, 2018

Belize Athletes Take it Down Under

For the next eleven days in Gold Coast, Australia, the focus will be on sports as the members of the Commonwealth of Nations meet in friendly sporting combat. Belize is in the thick of it with twelve athletes participating in four disciplines. Head of Mission Giovanni Alamilla of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association spoke to a few of them as they prepared to head out to conquer the world.


Voice of: Giovanni Alamilla, Head of Mission

“Devesh, you did the individual and team?”


Devesh Hukmani, Table Tennis

“Individual and doubles.”


Voice of: Giovanni Alamilla

“And doubles; how was it? How did the scores go?”


Devesh Hukmani

“Ranged from eleven-five, eleven-six.”


Voice of: Giovanni Alamilla



Terry Su, Table Tennis

“I did the doubles with Devesh. We lost three-zero: eleven-six, eleven-five, eleven-four.”


Rohit Pagarani, Table Tennis

“I did the individual [event], I competed in the first match but I lost three-zero.”


Voice of: Giovanni Alamilla

“When do you compete today?”



“Today at twelve-o-clock.”


Voice of: Giovanni Alamilla

“Against who?”





Voice of: Giovanni Alamilla

“How was the bike and the run?”


Brandon Santos

Brandon Santos, Triathlon

“The bike – I got on the bike ride for the twenty-K, I did it in about thirty-six minutes. It was solo run mostly so it was good, I was expecting a little less but I tried my best.”


Voice of: Giovanni Alamilla

“And the run?”


Brandon Santos

“The run – after working hard on the bike by myself, it was really hard; and my legs didn’t come through until the second lap, so I did it in about twenty-three minutes.”


Voice of: Giovanni Alamilla

“How you feel, Samantha, are you ready?”


Samantha Dirks

Samantha Dirks, Athletics

“Yeah, I feel good, I’ve been training for this event and I have good training partners from the Caribbean too; so I’m excited to get out there and do what I have to do.”


Voice of: Giovanni Alamilla

“And you’re fully recovered from the jetlag?”


Samantha Dirks

“(Laughs) Yes, I’ve been here a week, so I feel good.”


Alicia Thompson

Alicia Thompson, Cycling

“I compete on the tenth of April; that will be the individual time trial, which should be about fourteen point nine miles and I hope I could do a good time. The fourteenth is the road race, which should be about seventy-three miles; that would be equivalent to our Cross Country that we did.”


Shaun Gill, Athletics

“Shaun Gill, representing in the hundred-meter dash on Sunday the eighth of April.”


Shaun Gill

Voice of: Giovanni Alamilla

“How has your preparation gone leading up to this event?”


Shaun Gill

“Leading up to the Games it was rigorous training, very hard, every day, sometimes three times a day, so hoping to do good.”

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