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Meet Chilli De Blackbird

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Davis Cup finals for Williams –Page 11

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Get to know the IBN’s hard working team. In this issue, IBN features Lamar Clarke, Horton Dolphin and Shane Lewis.

PLEASE SEND COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK TO: Editor in Chief Academy of Sport Cave Hill The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus Barbados, W.I. Tel: (246) 417-4734; Fax: (246) 438-9169 Email: Website: Facebook: EDITOR IN CHIEF Nevin Roach CONTRIBUTORS Amanda Montague Christian Renwick Dr. Adrian Lorde Elroy Agard Graham Belle Kathrina Watson Katheryn Stewart Nicholas Maitland Sasha Sutherland Servarus Samuel Shane Leacock Shane Lewis Steven Daniel DESIGN & LAYOUT Jaydene Thomas


The former Alleyne School & Barbados Community College Hospitality Institute student is currently pursuing a degree in Management Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. Lamar represented and captained his school in various sporting disciplines during his six years at the St. Andrew institute. At present he represents Ince Transport MTW in the Barbados Cricket Association competitions and is also the captain of the UWI Blackbirds Track & Field Club. He loves watching European football in his spare time, and enjoys his present job as a seasonal contractor for Foster & Ince Cruise Services Inc.


Born in Guyana about 70 years ago, Mr. Dolphin attended Queen's College before delving into the professional world of work, gaining employment in various careers and numerous institutions. He worked as a teacher for 27 years, managed halls and residence at the Mona Campus for 21 years as well as took charge of Mona sports as director for 4 years. Mr. Dolphin also is also deeply involved in cricket from the school level right up to the international level. After retiring in 2010, Mr. Dolphin joined the Academy of Sport Cave Hill team as the Head in 2011, worked diligently to develop sports for 3 years, and has now retired again.


Twenty-six year old Shane Lewis is a sports fanatic, having been involved in many sports from an early age. His activities include field hockey, football and cricket. Not only sticking to the athlete's side of sports, the young Barbadian is also an avid reader of sports articles and journals with a passion to write, and is involved in sports management. The Academy of Sport Cave Hill's Programme Assistant currently has one publication to date in the Nation Newspaper and can be found on campus managing field hockey, judo and male basketball.



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Ms. Stewart highlighted that the programme consists of 3-tiers. The first tier “FunNet” involves members of the UWI netball team conducting Wednesday morning sessions at the Good Shepherd School to teach skills and rules of the sport. Tier two “Centre Pass” takes place on Saturday mornings at UWI and includes academic assistance as well as general coaching. The final tier “NetsGo” is a one month summer camp where students can develop athletic techniques and social skills. She also stated that the “Netting the Goal” programme builds character and allows students to build self-worth and confidence while bridging the gap between academics and athletics. The programme provides a “Nuturing Ms. Monica Walton (left) receiving a donation of equipment from community Environment Through Teamwork, outreach programme coordinator Katheryn Stewart (right). Photo: Steven Daniel while Inspiring Girls, to achieve their Goals”, hence ‘Netting the Goal’. During the process students are prepared for their transition from primary to secondary school and then eventually into the UWI Blackbirds programme. Ms. Alleyne embraced the outreach programme and commended the UWI for giving back to the community. She he Cave Hill Blackbirds netball represent the University of the West also pledged the NSC’s full support team held the official launch of Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. and enlightened students of their “Netting the Goal” Mr. Butcher presented various opportunities which are available community outreach programme at the opportunities that sports can provide through sports such as travel, Good Shepherd School on Wednesday for students while reminding the networking and education. March 12th, 2014 in the presence of young audience of the UWI’s The launch concluded with a the Assistant Director of Sport of the commitment to promoting excellence. donation of equipment being made by National Sports Council (NSC), Ms. He urged the students to grasp the Ms. Stewart, on behalf of the UWI Mona Alleyne, and the Principal of the opportunity to learn the dynamics of Blackbirds Netball Club, to the Good Good Shepherd School, Ms. Monica the sport and wished them success in Shepherd School. Ms. Walton Walton. Head of coaching at the the primary school competition before gracefully accepted the donation and Academy of Sport, Mr. Roland allowing the outreach programme’s lauded the UWI for providing the Butcher, was accompanied by Sports coordinator, Ms. Stewart, to outline the opportunity. Coordinator, Ms. Katheryn Stewart, to programme in detail. By: Katheryn Stewart

Netball Community Outreach Programme Launched


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Meet Chilli De Blackbird A

fter flying to Barbados from Grenada, Jane and Marv Blackbird gave birth to Chilli De Blackbird on May 18th, 1989 in a Mangifera Indica Tree at the Cave Hill Campus. Little did both parents know that Chilli would eventually become a Cave Hill Mascot and be loved by all students enrolled at the University. In his younger days, Chilli found it hard to make friends particularly because his peers were always intimidated by his intelligence but he could always count on his younger brother Chappy for company. Even though he did not attend primary school, it was clear that Chilli was a cut above the other birds. From

introducing new nest building techniques to food management ideas, Chilli was destined for great things. It came as no surprise when he decided to attend the Blackbirds Secondary School to lay his educational foundation. Subsequent to his graduation in 2007, he accepted a scholarship offer at the Blackbird Academy of Arts in the US to study dance, a passion that he identified during his teenage years. Chilli was soaring! He eventually returned to Barbados in 2010 and was convinced to join the Academy of Sport Cave Hill as a mascot to excite supporters. He was a natural at that and seized the opportunity to have fun while earning a living. Chilli began working with


Photo: Graham Belle

the Academy at the 2011 UWI Games and has since made a great impact on the sporting culture on campus. Chilli is a kind and outgoing individual who makes it his business to spread cheer. At times he misses Chappy who is abroad pursuing his studies but his new found ability to easily make friends at Cave Hill substitutes for that. He is a firm believer in education and is always encouraging his brother and the students whom he meets to excel in their academics as well as sports. He always emphasizes the importance of balancing these two areas. A leader of the Cave Hill Blackbirds! By: Nevin Roach



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fter six weeks of intense competition in the Barbados Tennis Association’s Interclub Competition, the Cave Hill Tennis Team has found itself out of the semi-finals for yet another year. This is the second consecutive year that the team has not been able to advance beyond the preliminary round, despite a determined effort by the players. The Blackbirds defeated Windwards and the St. James Racquet Club (SJRC), but fell to the Tennis Centre Club (TCC) and Summerhayes, which meant that even a victory against their next opponent would not be enough to guarantee the Blackbirds a spot in the semi-finals. On-court action however, was always hyped with the Blackbirds dominating some games, pulling off upsets in others and engaging shocking athletic displays which did not always end in their favour. In the men’s singles against SJRC, Renaldo Gibson swiftly defeated Nicholas Weekes 6-1. His female counterpart Ge’Anne Hilton was also victorious against the SJRC’s Alesha Alleyne in the female singles, with a 6-3 final score. However the Blackbirds fell to TCC in those singles encounters. The men’s doubles was more interesting in this tie as the Blackbirds number 1 men’s team of Damien Applewhaite and Hasani Stewart proved too much for Stephen Slocombe and Kevin Yarde, outplaying them 9-4. The UWI Blackbirds number 2 men’s pair of Duncan Evanson and Dario Parris as had a dominant performance producing powerful ground strokes to dispatch of president of the BTA Dr.

Raymond Forde and Dr. Maurice Waldron 9-6. The number 1 women’s team of Naomi Brathwaite and Ge’Anne Hilton maintained great rallies in their encounter but the combination of Fed Cup player Cherice Slocombe and Samiya Dottin proved a little too much for the pair handing them a 9-3 defeat. As the tie against TCC progressed, play became more intense and frustration amongst players was evident. After a disagreement on a net call, Candia Shorey of the TCC displayed some unsporting behaviour, which left very little to the imagination of those in attendance. With the UWI Blackbirds standing ground on their call and retaining their focus, the game resumed after some 30 minutes of stoppage due to Shorey walking off court. In the end the Blackbirds refused to have their feathers ruffled and soared to a 9-5 victory over their opponents. The decider came down to the mixed doubles which showcased Davis Cup member Seanon Williams and Naomi Brathwaite of the Blackbirds taking on against Cherice Slocombe and Kenton Gamble. The score was tied at 6-6 but TCC seemed to want it just a bit more than the Blackbirds, emerging with a 9-6 victory over the Blackbirds. At the close of play the Blackbirds would concede to a 45-43 points lost at the hands of TCC with a 4-3 match score. As the curtain falls on what can be described as a trying season for the team, one can only say you’ve done well Blackbirds and we wish them a better result in the future.

By: Sasha Sutherland

D.O.B: 06/06/1990 Events: 100m, 200m

FALLON FORDE Photo: Elroy Agard Although the 24 year old focused on his passion for Basketball upon transferring to the Christ Church Foundation School during his teenage years, Track and Field coaches saw potential in him as a sprinter. He eventually conceded to coaches' persuasion in 2009 and began training seriously for the sprints. In that year, Fallon qualified for the CARIFTA Games with a 'B' standard time but could not represent Barbados due to an unfortunate injury. He continued training despite this however and has achieved personal best times of 10.80secs and 21.25secs in the 100m and 200m, with recent victories coming in the 2014 Louis Lynch Championships and Interschool Sports Open Invitational 200m. The Sports Science student is currently preparing himself for possible qualification to represent Barbados in the Central American and Caribbean Games in November later this year.


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he 2014 Barbados Football Association (BFA) season promised to be a fruitful one for the University of the West Indies Football Club (UWIFC), playing in the second tier Banks Division 1. After an intense and aggressive recruitment drive in the preseason, UWIFC secured the services of high-profile players such as Riviere Williams, a talented marksman with an abundance of experience at the National level. The club also welcomed former Junior Nationals and new UWI students Amal Mayers and Akeem Maloney giving them justified optimism going into the new season. Given the systematic and professional approach to their style of football, UWIFC is considered genuine contenders for promotion to the Digicel Premier League and are on course to do so with strong displays in the competition to date. Williams experienced a dream debut in University colours when he scored Some members of the UWI FC Division 1 team. the lone goal in the team’s season The Blackbirds next fixture took leveled the score midway through the opener against former Premier League them east to Brereton, St Philip to take second half and the game-winner came powerhouses Youth Milan FC. There on Clarkes Hill FC. It was UWIFC four minutes before the end of were encouraging signs for the team as who dominated for the first 15 minutes regulation time, courtesy of a strike it was able to dominate possession and but squandered numerous chances and from Corey Barrow. keep the likes of former National were made to pay. Against the run of Riding high from three victories on captain and football icon Norman play, Clarkes Hill took the lead the trot, UWI’s next game ended in a Forde at bay with an impressive midway in the first half and just five somewhat drab 1-1 draw against display of fluent attack and strong, minutes later, made it 2-0. For the first recently demoted St. John Sonnets. impenetrable defending. time, UWIFC faced the prospect of Corey Barrow finished skillfully from The dream start for Williams dropping points. However, the game a diagonal cross to give Cave Hill the continued as he once again got on the turned on its head when a Clarkes Hill lead. However, the lead only lasted 13 score sheet in the team’s second defender was penalized for a handball minutes as the Sonnets drew level after victory, against Ellerton FC, winning in the penalty area and received his taking advantage of a controversially that game by another 1-0 margin. In marching orders for the infringement. awarded penalty kick. what was another display of proper, The resulting spot kick was expertly UWIFC then rebounded from the strategic football, the team from Cave dispatched by none other than Sonnets draw by routing a hapless Hill maintained their 100% record in Williams, scoring in his third Parish Land FC, by virtue of a 4-1 the league and showed that Williams consecutive game. Commencing the score line. An impressive hat trick was going to be a vital cog in UWIFC’s second half against 10 men, UWIFC scored by Williams increased his tally push for Premier League promotion came out intent on making their to 6 for the season while former Junior this season. advantage count. Shaquille Layne National captain Damar Evelyn added



another to the score sheet. The sternest test for the team awaited them when they took on reigning KFC Knockout Cup Champions, Rendezvous, a team boasting a number of current and former National players from St. Vincent and Barbados. UWIFC produced a sterling first half display to keep Rendezvous at bay and head into the halftime break tied at 0-0. Despite this, five minutes into the second half, the team from Christ Church grabbed the first goal of the game to take a 1-0 advantage. Shaquille Layne came closest to equalizing for the Blackbirds when his left-footed attempt crashed off the crossbar late in the second half, but it wasn’t meant to be. At the final whistle, Rendezvous emerged victorious. In the second meeting of the two teams in just three weeks, it was a case of déjà vu when UWIFC once again came out victorious 1-0 versus Youth Milan FC. In a match played at Youth Milan’s Checker Hall, St. Lucy ground, it was Williams who returned to haunt the team from the north when


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he scored within the first 15 minutes of the match, ably assisted by Layne. What made the result even more impressive was the fact that the Blackbirds played the final hour of the game with just ten men as Captain Shane Weekes was red-carded for preventing a clear-cut goal scoring opportunity for the opponents. Goalkeeper Tazeio Riley made a fine save from the resulting free kick and after a couple of squandered opportunities, the team returned to Cave Hill with all three points in tow. The Blackbirds went on to trounce Maxwell and Crumpton 3-1 and Shaquille Layne (yellow) on the ball 3-0 respectively before disposing of Bagatelle FC 4-1 to newly formed reserve league, position themselves in second place maintaining a 100% victory record in behind Rendezvous. The top two teams their 5 games so far defeating Maxwell will be promoted to Premier. FC, Bagatelle FC, Clarkes Hill, Empire Club and Kick Start. By: Shane Lewis The UWI reserves have also done a Contributor: Nicholas Maitland world of good for themselves in the Photos: Shane Leacock

Riviere Williams on the volley


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Upcoming Events

ocal athletes were warned that they are strictly liable and responsible for anything they ingest, regardless of who recommended it. This was stressed by Dr Adrian Lorde, Chairman of the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) in his recent public lecture titled Drugs in Sports. Delivered as part of celebrations of the 35th anniversary of amalgamation of the Foundation Old Scholars' Association (FOSA), Dr Lorde stated that doping in sports has been around a long time. Within the Caribbean, the microscope has not only been on Jamaica where a number of their high profile track and field athletes were tested positive recently, but other cases have been seen in Guyana, Suriname, The Bahamas, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados in various sports. The RADO has obtained funding through the WorldAnti-Doping Agency (WADA) to conduct unannounced out of

Doping in 9/4/2014

competition testing in our 15 member Caribbean territories and, in 2013, over 100 tests were done. The Barbados Olympic Association and the Government of Barbados through the National Anti-Doping Commission (NADC) have budgeted for a number of tests in 2014, especially in view of the CAC, Commonwealth and other upcoming major Games and competitions involving local athletes. Detailing the 2014 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, Dr. Lorde indicated how and why athletes cheat. He outlined what measures are put in place to detect and deter cheating in all forms in sports. These include out-of-competition testing, targeting athletes and intelligent testing. Education of


sportspersons, administrators and coaches is being done and encouraged. Dr. Adrian Lorde



The Caribbean RADO Chairman stated that doping robs clean sportsmen and women of the glory of winning when being beaten by someone who is not faster, stronger or more dedicated than they are, but by a person who takes a drug to get that competitive edge illegally. Lorde indicated that doping controls are an effort to level the playing field as drugs cheapen sport, making winners of persons who should not have been. Drugs were said to disguise natural abilities and substitute for the dedication and the focus we admire in sport. Athletes desire to be bigger, faster and stronger and aim to win at all costs because of the pressure from coaches, managers, agents, sponsors, family, countries and the media. The athlete entourage, their doctors, therapists and trainers who are also involved and may negatively influence athletes, are now being sought with the implementation of the new Code. Stating that there is lots of money in sports, winners now earns big bounties in their short athletic careers. Lorde emphasized that the athlete's integrity is more important than his win-loss record. Drugs used in sports are synthetic versions of natural hormones that use the body's normal pathways and fool the body into responding to a bigger stress causing the body to be out of balance and remain so for months. Hence, athletes who dope not only harm themselves but harm the sport, fellow athletes, individuals, communities and their friends and fans who support them. In an effort to fight doping in all forms, WADA has recently convened the third World Conference on Doping in Sports which revised the World Anti-Doping Code. This was


unanimously adopted which will be in force on January 1, 2015. Athletes therefore need to know of the changes to the Code. The Code protects athletes' fundamental rights to participate in drug free sport, promotes health, fairness and equality for athletes. It also ensures harmonized and effective anti-doping programmes worldwide. WADA is an independent organisation which brings together governments and sporting organisations to abide by a single List of Prohibited Substances, a specific set of drug testing procedures used in all sports and countries by persons worldwide. There are a number of International Standards created by WADA.

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The former member of WADA Therapeutic Exemption (TUE) Expert Group outlined how athletes who have a legitimate medical condition and prescribed medication to maintain or return to good health, could apply for permission to use this drug. A TUE committee would review the application and grant or deny it as indicated. A warning on sports supplements was issued by the RADO chairman as athletes were warned that some supplements contain banned substances not listed on their labels. The supplement industry is poorly regulated and advertises untested claims and benefits. Athletes were advised not to take supplements. Natural methods were encouraged. Blood testing and the use of the Athlete Biological Passport was said to be the way forward to catch the cheats. The new WADA Code allows samples to be stored for retesting for 10 years and mandate that national athletes give their whereabouts so that they can be tested anytime and anywhere. By: Dr. Adrian Lorde

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Davis Cup finals for Williams


eanon Williams put the icing on the cake for Barbados when he defeated Salvador Bolanos 6-2, 7-6(5), 7-6(10) in the Americas Group II Davis Cup semifinals against El Salvador. The historic victory over the Latina American country on Sunday sends Barbados into the finals in September to face Mexico, with promotion to Group I at stake.

A fight to the end for Intermediate 1 and 2 The Intermediate 1 and 2 teams both suffered the same fate after two credible wins. Intermediate 1 ousted PHD St. Barnabas 20-17 and narrowly defeated UAC by 1 point, but was dismissed by C.O. Williams Rangers 38-27, while Intermediate 2 battled to a 17-14 win over Police Sports Club, edged Hot Spurs 20-17 and was stopped 20-18 by PHD St. Barnabas. Despite the semifinal losses, the Blackbirds put on a remarkable display through their on-court ability and strategies as well as their sportsmanship and professionalism off-court, giving a clear indication of what teams and spectators can anticipate throughout the netball league. By: Kathrina Watson NET from Backpage

DIVISION 1 TEAM: Alicia Harding, Damisha Croney, Mechelle Liburd, Jehlesal Brathwaite, Shanice Rock, Teressa Howell, Shanice Blades, Monique James, Rieah Holder, Shonica Wharton, Shanice Wharton, Jalissa Lovell. DIVISION 3 TEAM: Rhea Bryant, Erica Osbourne, Shodia Holder-Dash, Michelle Sobers, Nikita Wickham, Marissa Elliot, Kashera Woodley, Shevanne Burrowes, Charlene Mathurin, Janelle Pilgrim, Katrina Kirton, Sabra Luke, Michelle Roachford, Blondell Hurley. DIVISION 5 TEAM: Melanie Griffith, Adele Greene, Jalisa Thompson, Sherece Walcott, Andrea Cumberbatch, Clyrene Mason, Keshia Corbin, Aphesha Matthews, Deeann Cumberbatch, Renee Plenty, Albertina Alfred, Sharon Bovell, Donia Crichlow. Shericka Forde.

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Semifinal Knockout Exit for Netballers Captain Monique James (GS) receiving a pass from her teammate. Photo: Graham Belle


he Cave Hill Blackbirds are known for their prowess in the sporting arena and the game of netball is no exception. They took to the court in the Barbados Netball Association Knock Out competition with three teams competing in the Division 1, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 categories. Captained by Monique James, the Division 1 team fought their way through match 1 against 2013 league champions, the C.O. Williams Rangers. Rangers dominated most of the match and the Blackbirds could have easily thrown in the towel but they remained resolute in pursuit of the win. The Blackbirds eventually triumphed 33-32 in a dramatic finish, pulling off a major upset. This encounter made it clear that

the Blackbirds had the heart, soul and spirit of true warriors. In their second match against Unity Stars the Blackbirds soared to a new level as the starting seven set a high tempo for the rest of the match. Goal attack Mechelle Liburd was impressive in front of goal, capitalizing on strategic build up of play. The Blackbirds cruised to an almost effortless 65-30 victory. On a high from walking into the semifinal round after two strong performances, the Blackbirds boomed with confidence and expectation. Unfortunately, PHD St. Barnabas had their own plans, clipping the wings of the Blackbirds with a 48-35 victory. NETBALLERS cont’d on Page 11

Inside the Bird's Nest (Issue 10)  

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