Brac athletes Ameilia Gillispie, Andrew Frederick and his cousin Jonathan Frederick left their mark on Tampa recently, will all taking medals at the Bay Area Youth Track and Field Classic.
The BAYTAF meet, held at the University of South Florida earlier this month hosted over 1,400 competitors from Florida, Georgia, the Bahamas, Cayman and St. Croix.
The Cayman Brac trio placed in the top-ten in six different events, earning five medals. Jonathan Frederick, 15, placed first in the 14-15 category shot-put with a throw of 11.27 metres. He was second in the javelin with 36.88m and third in the discus (30.42m). Andrew, 17, placed second in shot amongst with 12.86m and he was also eighth in the javelin (30.93m).
A sprinter and jumper, Ameilia Gillispie, 16, placed third in her age group in the 200m running 25.87seconds and was fourth in the 100m (12.68secs); and sixth in the long-jump (4.72m).
Sister Islands’ sport instructor and head coach of Brac Athletic Club Harold Sanford said: “Representing the BAC, this trio has displayed exceptional performances this season. Their selection for the Tampa Bay event was based on their consistently outstanding results.”
Their selection was sponsored by the Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture and Deputy Premier and Cabinet Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly added her own congratulations: “The results speak for themselves. We have very talented, dedicated young athletes – and we should all be proud and supportive.”
She indicated that she would continue her support of the Brac’s athletic programme. The three athletes will close-out the local athletic season this Saturday by competing in the national championships on Grand Cayman.
That meet will be Gillispie’s final opportunity to qualify for this summer’s Pan-American Junior Championships and World Youth Championships. She is the only Bracker remaining in contention for those Games.
The Deputy Premier’s Ministry and the Sports Ministry will also be supporting the season finale, which will be hosted by the Cayman Athletic Association.