St Kitts and Nevis: St Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) and Commonwealth Games Association (SKNCGA) will be participating in the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in two sporting disciplines for the very first time, namely: Athletics/Track and Field and Men’s Beach Volleyball.
The 7th edition of the CYG, dubbed the “Trinbago CYG 2023 Games”, will be held in Trinidad and Tobago over the period August 4th to 11th, 2023, and the SKNOC/SKNCGA will be represented by the following athletes and team officials at the Games:
Beach Volleyball (Men):
- Vickash Sundar
- Julian Bristol
Athletics/Track and Field:
- Cacious Mason- Men’s 200m
- Chesson Liburd- Men’s 100m and 200m
- Jaylen Bennett- Men’s 400m & Mixed 4x400m Relay
- Stephan Ralson- Men’s 400m & Mixed 4x400m Relay
- Jermand Huggins– Men’s 400mH, High Jump & Mixed 4x400m Relay
- Kenroy Nolan- Men’s 400mH
- Kya Crooke- Women’s High Jump and Long Jump
- Kaliyah Jones- Women’s 400m & Mixed 4x400m Relay
- Jahzara Claxton- Women’s Javelin & Mixed 4x400m Relay
- Mikayla Gumbs- Women’s High Jump & Mixed 4x400m Relay
Accompanied by Team Officials:
- Mrs Jessica St Luce-Warner- Chef de Mission
- Mr Lonzo Wilkinson- Deputy Chef de Mission
- Mr Richard Swan- Coach – Beach Volleyball
- Mr Timothy Morton- Coach – Athletics/Track and Field Assistant
- Ms Martiza Dias- Coach – Athletics/Track and Field
In the lead-up to participation in the 2023 CYG Games, the SKNOC-SKNCGA has held two (2) important separate informative sessions with athletes and their parents.
The first session was held on Thursday April 20th 2023 and focused on the athlete’s selection criteria for participation, expectations of the SKNOC-CGA, and general Commonwealth Youth Games information. The second was held on Wednesday, July 12th 2023 and dealt with Safeguarding in Sports, Anti-Doping and General Etiquette.
The SKNOC President, Alphonso Bridgewater, while attending the July 12th session with the athletes and their parents, congratulated the athletes on their selection to the 2023 CYG Team and highlighted the SKNOC/SKNCGA continued investment in the development of the Federation’s youth.
The president went on to encourage the parents to throw their support behind their children especially considering all the negatives that are currently plaguing the youths in society.
The SKNOC-SKNCGA has also provided financial assistance towards the participation of the athletes in local and regional pm-Games competitions. The most recent was a 3-day Beach Volleyball training camp in St Marteen for the Beach Volleyballers.
The Beach Volleyball competition begins on Saturday, August 5th, whilst the Athletics/Track and Field competition will be held from Monday, August 7th 2023. The SKNOC-SKN-CGA Executive wishes the team well.