Wednesday, October 19, 2011

BELIZE AT THE PAN AMERICAN GAMES IN GUADALAJARA, MEXICO

Back row - Kay De Vaughn, Linsford Avila, Kenneth Brackett
Front row-Interim President, Belize Amateur Athletic Assoc., Deon Sutherland, 

Tricia Flores, Charnell Enriquez, Jorge Jimenez
L-R: Hilly Martinez, Genral Secretary; Harry Pilgrim, Treasurer and Deon Sutherland, Interim President
Nine Belizeans are scheduled to be in action at the Pan American Games currently underway in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Held every four years during the lead up to the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games are the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The history of the Pan American Games dates back to 1951 when the Games were first hosted by Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 2011 Pan American Games mark the 16th celebration of the Pan American Sports Organization event. 

Athlete highlights are Tricia Flores, who took two gold medals in Long Jump and a silver in Triple Jump at the 22nd Central American Senior Athletic Championship held in Costa Rica of this year, and is the current record holder in Long Jump since 2010.

Charnell Enriquez, took the gold medal in the 4 x 100 quartet with Julie McCord, Kiana Martinez and Tricia Flores at the 22nd Central American Senior’s in June of this year.

Kay De Vaughn, took the silver in High Jump at the 22nd Central American Senior Athletic Championship held in Costa Rica in June of this year.

Kenneth Medwood, a Belizean-American graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, currently majoring in Sports Psychology at East Los Angeles College; a gold medalist in 400m Hurdles at the22nd Central American Senior Athletic Championship .
Tricia Flores second double gold medalist in Long Jump at the Central American Senior Athletic Championship held in Costa Rica in June of this year    
(L) Kay-De Vaughn - Silver medalist in High Jump  at the Central American Senior Athletic Championship held in Costa Rica in June of this year  
Kenneth Medwood gold in 400m Hurdles at the Central American Senior Athletic Championship held in Costa Rica in June of this year  

Belize Track and Field listed on the Pan American Games Roster are:


MALES
Jason Jones 400m
Jorge Jimenez 200m
Kenneth Meadwood 400m hurdle
Linsford Avila - high Jump
Kenneth Brackett - long jump

FEMALES
Charnelle Enriquez - 100m
Julia McCord - 200m
Tricia Flores - long jump
Kay De Vaughn - triple jump

Male 4X100m Relay
Male 4X400m Relay

Female 4x100m Relay
Female 4x400m Relay

Coach Mr. Ernest Morris
Head of Mission Mr. Albert Jones

Absent from the list of athletes representing Belize is Central American Games gold medal winner in the 100m and 200m, Kaina Martinez. According to BAAA Interim President Deon Sutherland, the BAAA had been reluctant to make any definitive statement regarding the status of Kaina’s participation in the Pan Am Games, because they have been unable to make any direct contact with her, neither by email or telephone, since she has reportedly been undergoing intensive training at her new post with the Coastal Zone Management. The BAAA has received a letter from the Coastal Zone in regard to her training, but still no direct word from Kaina.    

Good luck Belize!

Photo credits #1 &  #2 courtesy of BAAA
#3, #4, #5: A Buen Paso.cr, CACAC Athletics, Reuther's

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