Running Brave Athletic Club impresses at Hampton International Games
Following sterling performances at the annual Hampton International Games, staged in Trinidad and Tobago from July 2-4, athletes of the Running Brave Athletic Club emulated their colleagues from the Enmore Athletics Club, carting off 5 gold medals, 2 silvers and 6 bronze in the individual events. The club further procured two gold medals and a silver in the female team events while the Boys U20, 4×4 and the 4×1 relay teams procured one gold and a bronze medal, respectively.
Ashley Tasher registered victories in the U15, 100, 200 and 400 meters races for her gold medals while Alicia Fortune returned with 2 gold medals after registering victories in the 100 and 200 meters women Open category. Jevica Sampson placed second in the 400m, U13 event and for her efforts received a silver medal. So too did Ianna Graham, who ran in second in the U17, 400 meters event.
Neisa Allen procured two bronze medals after finishing third in the 100 and 200 meters dash while Stephon James emulated her bronze medal performance in the U20, 400 meters dash. Cleveland Thomas also copped a bronze medal after finishing third in the Men 1 Mile Open.
The Girls U17, 4×1 relay team returned with a gold medal while in the Women 4×4 open event the locals added another silver medal to their tally. Shawn Semple finished 3rd in the U13, 400 meters and was duly awarded the bronze medal, the same as Shawn Semple who procured a bronze medal in the Boys U20, 100 meters race.
Meanwhile, three athletes registered personal best times in their respective events. Kareem Mann chalked up a personal best time of 2:11secs in the Boys U17, 800m race as did Alex Murray who clocked 51:35secs in the Boys U20, 400 meters dash. Taevon Sertimer erased his previous best record in the Boys U15 event with a fresh achievement of 56:00secs.
Meanwhile, the two coaches that accompanied the team, head coach, Shem Johnny and his assistant, Julian Edmonds both expressed satisfaction at the various performances of the athletes. Johnny explained that the athletes were engaged in several weeks of stiff preparation for the meet and the end result was indicative of hard work and commitment. Edmonds echoed Johnny’s sentiments while pointing out that most of the athletes are relatively young in the sport.
He said that Guyanese can expect great things from them a few years down the line. Alisia Fortune stands out as one of the premiere athletes with experience in the international arena. The coaches are indeed grateful for the assistance procured from members of the corporate community. “Without such assistance our athletes could not have displayed their skills before a Caribbean audience,” said Johnny. His assistance, Julian Edmonds nodded in agreement.
The corporate entities coming in for high praise are Ainlim, Citizen Bank, Car Care, Gift Center, GMC, Geedes Grant, Toolsie Persaud, K P Thomas, Gafsons, Remos, Bran Security, Guyana Conference of Seven Day Adventists and Office Machine Electronic Lab. The team manager was Adi Richie.