Indeed there was as priceless experienced gained at the IV Commonwealth Youth Games which was held in Isles of Man from September 7-11, as both athletes and coach expressed similar experiences after being interviewed by Kaieteur Sport.
Malcolm Walcott, who experienced difficulties in his events, was grateful for his selection to represent his homeland, Guyana, at the Games which had over fifty countries participating.
Walcott, who had the privilege to run the 800m and 1500m at the World Class games which concluded a few weeks ago, was delighted with the support received from the other sport disciplines which embodied Guyana.
“It was a great experience to be presenting Guyana and unity was there too from the other sport disciplines of Guyana also…we all supported each other despite the challenges,” he said.
Walcott informed Kaieteur Sport that he also acquired invaluable life skills at the games that would guide him throughout his sport life as an athlete.
It is clear that while none of the athletes medaled at the games they sure gained knowledge which of course will not leave their memories as they continue their athletic career.
Walcott, who told Kaieteur Sport that he preparing for National School Championships, added that he was encountering difficulties whilst warming up for his events but stayed confident and persisted to run his races.
“During my warm-up I started to experience some strains in my calves and hamstrings, however I remained confident…I was also having difficulties in attaining my maximum level of warm-up due to the coldness which took me at least an hour to get warm…I must say thanks to Coach Wilson on his advice during warm-up sessions.”
Letitia Myles and Tiffany Carto ran sprint doubles (100m, 200m) at the games, but did not produced the fantastic times as they usually do in Guyana. Carto and Myles were both semi-finalists in the 100m as Myles was 200m semi-finalist.
Carto’s and Myles’ experiences are identical to Walcott’s as they all encountered difficulties in the warm-up sessions.
Carto pointed out that the climate change and weather was totally different to Guyana’s, “I was not getting warm as I usually would in Guyana…it was extremely cold,” she said.
She added that despite not medaling that the Games it was a terrific experience to participate and run with athletes at that level.
The Police Youth Club athlete declared that the team which represented Guyana at the Games was supportive, “…the support from the other sport discipline was great…it was like a family unity at the games.”
National athlete Myles said that the game was a great experience with a lot of challenges. She also indicated to Kaieteur Sport that she learnt a lot and performed according to the weather.
Both Carto and Myles will be representing Guyana at the tri-nation games which slated for Suriname from October 19-23 for the two sprint double events. (Juanita Hooper)
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