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Jul 10, 2012

2 female athletes win medals in regional games

Shantell & Shaneve Swift

Belizean-American siblings, Shantell and Shaneve Swift, descendants of two generations of professional runners, are arguably the most talked about local athletes coming out of the Central American Games.  Their achievements during the recent track and field events in Managua, Nicaragua have not only earned them several individual medals but they have also been tapped to represent the Jewel in future Olympic games.  Twenty year old Shaneve won a bronze medal for her participation in the four-by-one hundred meet while her younger sister Shantell captured silver and bronze in the two hundred and four hundred meter races, respectively.  According to former president of the Belize Amateur Athletic Association, Ian Gray, the pair has already been selected as prospects to represent Belize in the 2016 Olympics.


Ian Gray, Former President, BAAA

Ian Gray

“They come from a long line of sprinters.  It’s not just them, John Swift, the late John Swift is their uncle.  He was a sprinter, a top notch sprinter.  Their other uncle sprinted as well.  Their dad, Richard, sprinted as well so it’s a long tradition of sprinters in the Swift clan.  So they have just stepped up and filled a natural role of sprinting in their family.  The older one, Shaneve, she’s about twenty years old.  She’s going into her junior year at San Antonio University and she made it to the NCAA championships in the four hundred meter [sprint] at fifty-four point something seconds.  She came to these games and she brought back silver in the two hundred meters and the four hundred meters and was also part of the four-by-one relay which brought home the bronze.  Her youngest sister, Shantell, eighteen, will be a freshman in university next month.  She also brought [home] a medal in the two hundred meters and she brought one in the four-by-one hundred meter relay.  But the whole idea of bringing home these young ladies is simply to look at the 2016 Olympics and 2020.  We only have about three and a half years to get them ready.  When I say them, [it’s] all the athletes ready for the Olympics.  So looking at them now gives us a very good idea of the talent pool, so we have to look at them and look at all our prospects so we can get them to camp in time and get them to preparation in time.”

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1 Response for “2 female athletes win medals in regional games”

  1. Storm says:

    What a fitting family name they have! Congratulations to them.

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