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Jul 10, 2012

Athletes ready for 2012 Olympics

While the Swifts have done well in representing Belize regionally, additional Belizean athletes living abroad have also been recruited to compete on the world stage.  Altogether, a team of fifteen athletes, including Kathy Sealy and Kenneth Medwood who reside in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as homegrown phenom Kaina Martinez will be participating in the London Olympics this summer.  Martinez, says Gray, is currently away training.  Medwood, on the other hand, has already qualified for London 2012.

 

Ian Gray, Former President, BAAA

Ian Gray

“Whenever we go up against our Central American neighbors and Caribbean neighbors in this sport we are looking to build around what we have here.  Whenever we bring in athletes it’s not to replace what we have locally but essentially just to strengthen and to boost up and to bolster what we have.  So, you may have athletes, for instance, coming in for events.  For example, we have Kathy Sealy from London who does the heptathlon.  She is coming in to do an event that we have no one in, so it’s not like we’re replacing Belizeans who are here with those ones from overseas but it’s just another way of strengthening our contingent.  On record I have about, or we have about fifteen athletes who live outside of Belize that represent us, you know, in the junior and senior categories. We have two athletes currently who have made the qualifying standard.  The qualifying deadline was the seventh of July, two days ago and we have Kenneth Medwood, who is a Belizean, originally born in Maskall and lives in Los Angeles.  He is representing us in the four hundred meter hurdles.  We have Kaina Martinez from Seine Bight, who is also a member of the coast guard, who is taking time off to go and train for the hundred meters.  She is our best hundred meter female athlete and he is the best hurdle for us.  Kenneth has attained B Standard.  There are two standards to the Olympics, Kenneth has already attained the B Standard and he raced in Jamaica last weekend.  He should be racing in London this coming weekend.”

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5 Responses for “Athletes ready for 2012 Olympics”

  1. Ghost Town says:

    All these pple are born n raised abroad, no real Belizean is in this bunch, WTF?

  2. Storm says:

    It’s a great achievement and honour to earn the right to represent your country like this. Congratulations and best wishes to all these athletes and the people who trained and supported them.

  3. junito says:

    Do these people incharge of sending a contingent even do local trials in the districts to find find locals. Its a pity this method still continues. i dont expect anything from these team but good for them. They get to go to London atleast.

  4. lisa says:

    congrats to all i will be watching the games. at least these athletes have some dreams many have nothing

  5. kenneth medwood sista says:

    @JUNITO AND GHOST TOWN sad fi hear sum ah di comments weh people di mek be glad some ah di athletes dem fah abroad nuh forget deh country. be glad deh gwen guh represent belize and support yuh people. dah neva fi he fault he left belize ih mi dah wah lil boi but ih nuh figet weh he cuh from.he had wah betta chance ah show casing ih talent out yah. well anyways.good luck to all ah di athletes them representing belize in the olympics. MAY ALLAH BLESS U ALL.

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