The British Virgin Islands archery team collected a total of 13 medals inclusive of seven gold, five silvers and one bronze in the recently concluded Caribbean Developmental Championships in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
Amongst the medalist were Jaylyn Frett, K’Mouv Pickering, K’Maury Pickering, Jahmeel Jones, Kendise Brewley, Kasadiyah Baird and Jaydian Smith.
In the Recurve category, Frett won gold in the Women’s Qualifications, the Women’s Gold Medal match and a silver medal in the Mixed Team Match.
In the Compound Cadet Men, K’Mouv Pickering copped silver in the Qualifications and Gold Medal matches and a bronze in the Mixed Team Match.
K’Maury Pickering won gold in the Compound Cub Men, Jones also received a gold in the Qualifications and Brewley walked away with gold in the Compound Cub Women Qualifications.
The Exceptional Recurve Cub Women category saw Baird topping the Qualifications with a gold while teammate Smith settled for silver but Smith came back to take the gold in the Gold Medal Match while Baird collected silver.
President of the Virgin Islands Archery Association and Head Coach of the team Patrick Smith said he was extremely pleased with the team’s overall performance and hoped that the results attract more youngsters to the sport.
“They handled the pressure very well considering it was their first tournament. This event was created to expose the kids to a real tournament scenario without the event of it being a ranking tournament and it was a success,” President Smith said.
“Hopefully we’ll get more kids wanting to come out and try the sport. We are actually trying to push a sports programme and we are supposed to meet with some members of the Government to put some initiatives together to get the sport to children in Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jos Van Dyke,” he added.
More than 160 athletes registered for this year’s tournament. Participating countries included Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, the Dominican Republic and a numbe of y others.
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