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Jul 15, 2011

Track and Field athletes bring home plenty medals

Belizean athletes have been performing top notch in the international arena; most recently in Special Olympics Games, World Cup Qualifiers, Karate and the under seventeen COCABA tournament. Well, today we can add athletics to that list because a group has returned from competitions in Costa Rica and El Salvador with over twenty medals. Two of those athletes, Kaina Martinez and Tricia Flores, were guests on our morning show along with the Chief of Mission, Deon Sutherland and Harrison Pilgrim from the Belize Amateur Athletics Association. According to Sutherland, Belizean athletes are well respected in Central America, with both Martinez and Flores, holding records in different disciplines. Sutherland says our athletes are gaining respect among Caribbean countries. He told us more about the competitions while Martinez and Flores spoke about their wins.

Kaina Martinez, Athlete

Kaina Martinez

“As you can see, I have three gold medals; actually I had four—I gave one to my coach for appreciation for a job well done with me. One is for the two hundred meters sprint; the other is the two hundred meters in one by four which is the relay.  And the fourth one was for MVP of the game.”

Tricia Flores, Athlete

“This first one, gold for long jump; this one if for the four by one hundred meters relay, the bronze if for the four by four hundred meters relay and the silver is for triple jump.”

Deon Sutherland

Deon Sutherland, Member, Belize Amateur Athletic Assn.

“The third week of June we had the junior competition in Salvador. We took about thirty-six junior athletes ranging from age sixteen to nineteen. We brought back an impressive eleven medals, which included two gold, four silver and five bronze. Quite a number of our athletes really excelled. As a matter of fact it has been years since we medaled so well in the junior category and that gave us a whole new outlook on the future of our athletes and athletics in Belize because if we have that core of athletes to work with in that age, then couple years down the road we can only see them becoming much better so we’re grateful for that. The week after that we had the senior competition which was in Costa Rica and we brought an impressive, I think it was thirteen medals. So both events we had over twenty medals.”

Tricia Flores

Tricia Flores

“I just go into it ready and one thing with me whenever I go into competitions, my thing is I want to win. That’s just my mind set. I want to win so I just go into it looking forward or getting ready to just win.”

Kaina Martinez

“For me, like Tricia said it’s all about going out there, represent myself and my country well and doing that is to go out there and win.”

Other athletes who brought back medals were Gloria Serano, Novian Middleton, Kenneth Bracket, Gorelee Marin, Sharnelle Enriquez and Kay-de Vaughn.

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