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THE GUYANA DEFENCE FORCE ATHLETICS CLUB COPPED 11 MEDALS FROM THE HAMPTON GAMES

A team from the Guyana Defence Force Athletics Club did their country proud, copping two gold, three silver and six bronze medals at the recently concluded Hampton Games in Trinidad and Tobago.

The members of the team were Petty Officer Leslain Baird, Lance Corporals Rupert Perry, Devin Fraser and Ashanti Scott, Ordinary Rating Laurex Stewart, Recruits Andrea Foster, Aniquah Prowley and Nutrina Hooper, Manager/Captain Jermaine Newton, Coach Robert Chishlom and Assistant Coach Rawle Griffith.

Baird broke his national javelin record with a throw of 67.60m to take gold, and bronze in the men’s triple jump while Andrea Foster delivered a sterling performance to cop gold, silver and bronze in the women’s 300m, 1500m and 800m respectively.

In addition, Aniquah Prowley also made her mark, when she copped silver in the women’s 100m. Darren Fraser, Rupert Perry and Natrena Hooper also added to the medal tally when they all won bronze in the men’s 100m, 200m and women’s triple jump respectively.

The men’s 4 x 100m and the women’s 4 x 400m also recorded strong finishes with the teams winning the bronze and silver medals respectively in the contested events.

The Head Coach, Robert Chishlom said he was pleased with the overall performance of his team, “Leslain broke his national record and this was the first exposure to these games for several of the athletes.” This was the first exposure at the games for Scott, Foster, Stewart and Prowley. He also attributed this year’s performance to the time athletes devoted to training.

In an interview with the two gold medallists who expressed their elation. Baird said “I felt good when I broke the record, I was a bit nervous competing with international athletes but I remembered what my coach said, don’t concentrate on competitors concentrate on distance so I went out there and did my best and I guess my hard work paid off.”

Foster said “I felt really really nice to have won the gold medal. I would like to thank the persons who believed in me like my coaches, Apostle and church members who has been praying for me. I felt great that I could have represented my country”

The Coach and other members of the team expressed gratitude to the Chief of Staff and the Guyana Defence Force for making their participation a reality.