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Dec 11, 2017

Finally, Medals for Athletes, ‘Ballers at Central American Games

Over the past two weeks, we have been showing you the teams representing Belize at the Central American Games in Nicaragua. It took Belize a few days to get on to the medal board, but we did.  So far, Belize is behind in medal count, with only four medals: two silvers and two bronzes – three in athletics and one in basketball.  With the help of Herman Pastor who is in Nicaragua, we have put together a summary of some of the matches for Belize. News Five’s Andrea Polanco sums up what has happened in the last couple of days:


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Medals have been trickling in for the Belizean contingent at the Central American Games in Managua, Nicaragua; to date they have won four medals. Last week, the Basketball Team, under the coaching of Milton Palacio, played El Salvador for the bronze medal and won.


Basketball Athlete, Bronze Medal, Central American Games

“We have to give God the glory, mien because we fight hard fi dah bronze. I know we mi wah bring back gold but we do we best with the time we had to work with and the team we bring. It nuh easy fi play fi Coach Milton; he bring wah lot and he bring wah lotta professionalism and a high sense of urgency weh we dah Belize no use to. But hats off to all the guys on the team – we work through it – we play and we get wah bronze.”


Milton Palacio

Milton Palacio, Coach, Belize Basketball Team, Central American Games

“We had a meeting and I told them it is not the big points and all that; I just want you to give everything you got because if you go there and do your job and do the little things, you can beat anybody. Basketball is always about the little things unless you are in the NBA and have guys like Steph Curry, Lebron James, those guys can score forty points a game. It was just the little things, use the ball, sharing the ball, so it was very encouraging. Am I satisfied, no, but it is very, very encouraging. I am just happy that we medaled.”


In athletics, two of Belize’s representatives medaled. Veteran athlete Trecia Flores took a bronze in long jump – she retires from the athletics stage for Belize after the Central American Games. Katy Sealy got the silver in Heptathlon:


Trecia Flores

Trecia Flores, Bronze Medal, Central American Games

“Yes, I was the record holder but this competition was really difficult for me. So, I was like in fifth place when the competition started all up to my final jump when I jumped myself to third place.”



“What can you say about your competitors; first and second place?”


Trecia Flores

“Well, I have been competing with them over the years and of course I have defeated them over the years but they are younger than I am. So, I am seeing where the level for long jump is going higher and I am getting older so I am looking towards retirement. But they are really good jumpers.”



“So, what is next for Trecia Flores?”


Trecia Flores

“Well, in terms of the competition, I still have the four by one relay and the four by four; and after that, that is it because I am going to retire. There won’t be any more competition for me.”


Katy Sealy

Katy Sealy, Heptathlon, Central American Games

“It is going pretty well. I am quite pleased. Hurdles was solid; shot-put was solid; high jump was solid, so I am on for a personal best and I am in the silver medal position at the moment. So, as long as things keep going well, I should bring a medal home.”


And then there are those who failed to medal and others who have lost matches but still trying to quality for a medal position. Beach Volleyball fought valiantly against their experienced Central American counterparts but left without a medal.In football, Belize lost to Honduras by five goals in one of their matches. Juan Card failed to get the bronze medal in a Judo match against Guatemala.


Martin Swasey

Martin Swasey, Commissioner, Beach Volleyball (Belize)

“Our Belize team did pretty well being that this is the first time they are playing together; they took Honduras to a third set and they also took Panama to a third set , so that is very impressive being a young team playing together.”



“Are they out now?”


Martin Swasey

“They are done for the tournament; they ended up in seventh place.”


Captain, Belize National Football Team

“It was a very intense game and to be honest we expected Honduras to play hard for the first fifteen minutes of the game and they pressured for more than fifteen minutes and that is what caught us off guard. We got two to three goals in the first half and that kinda kill most of our players moral but nevertheless we  gave our all and we did our best.”


Juan Card

Juan Card, Judo Athlete

“The reason I lost to Guatemala, we were going for the bronze and the reason why I lost was that I was being too patient with him and if you trying to take too much time the referee is going to give you a warning and so I got three warning and he won.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


Competitions are underway for volleyball and bodybuilding and today the national table tennis team left en route for Nicaragua to participate in the games. Among the participants are a pair of boys we’ve interviewed previously, Devesh Hukmani and Taye Parkinson, who participated in regional championships earlier this year. 

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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