GAA Logoby Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, June 21, 2016 – Grenadian athletes are preparing to participate in at least five track and field championships ahead of the Rio Olympic Games next month.

The Grenada Athletics Association (GAA) says in addition to the National Championships at the National Stadium this weekend, local athletes will also participate in the Trinidad and Tobago National Championships, the OECS Championships, the NACAC Under-23 Championships and the IAAF World Junior Championships.

A six-member team including one female will journey to neighbouring Trinidad for their championships at the Hasely Crawford Stadium this weekend.

The athletes are Kanika Beckles (400 metres), Rondell Bartholomew, Junior Charles and Payton Hazzard (400m, 4x400m), Bralon Taplin (4x400m) and Joel Redhead (200m, 4x400m). Wayne McSween will accompany the team as coach.

The relay team is expected to compete against Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti.

The six athletes are also included in a 20-member team for the 2nd OECS Championships in Tortola, British Virgin Islands next weekend.

The other members of the team are Amanda Crawford, Meleni Rodney, Candesha Scott, Kellieann Alexander, Kenisha Pascal and Nichonier George in the women’s category and Kurt Felix, Lindon Victor, Anderson Peters, Josh Boateng, Emron Gibbs, Nathan Hood, Tallan James and Reon Radix.

The officials are Denise Williams, Kerlon Peters, Paul Phillip and Kwame Hypolite.

The GAA has also selected Junior Charles and Markim Felix to attend the NACAC U-23 Championships in El Salvador from July 15-17 and Anderson Peters, Josh Boateng and Candesha Scott have qualified for the World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland from July 19-24.

The Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC) is assisting the GAA with its participation at the OECS Championships since the Association of National Olympic Committees of the OECS (ANOCES), of which the GOC is a member, has adopted the OECS Track & Field Championships.

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