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Commemorative 50th Anniversary Independence BOA Games Booklet November 16 - December 11, 2016

Celebrating Bajan Sport & Sports Persons


Index President’s Message..................................................................................................................................................5 Chairman’s Message.................................................................................................................................................6 Archery............................................................................................................................................................................7 Badminton......................................................................................................................................................................8 Basketball........................................................................................................................................................................9 Beach Hockey...............................................................................................................................................................10 Beach Netball...............................................................................................................................................................11 Beach Volleyball...........................................................................................................................................................12 Beach Wrestling..........................................................................................................................................................13 Boxing...............................................................................................................................................................................14 Fencing.............................................................................................................................................................................15 Golf....................................................................................................................................................................................16 Handball..........................................................................................................................................................................18 Judo....................................................................................................................................................................................19 Kayaking...........................................................................................................................................................................20 Orienteering.................................................................................................................................................................21 Rugby.................................................................................................................................................................................22 Sailing................................................................................................................................................................................23 Shooting..........................................................................................................................................................................24 Squash..............................................................................................................................................................................25 Surfing...............................................................................................................................................................................26 Swimming.......................................................................................................................................................................27 Table Tennis...................................................................................................................................................................28 Weightlifting..................................................................................................................................................................29 Independence Games Committee..................................................................................................................30

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President’s Message The inaugural 2016 50th Anniversary Independence Games was a cavalcade of sport to commemorate Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence. This unique event was highly successful, involving hundreds of young men and women not only from Barbados, but from across the region and beyond. Indeed its overwhelming success was dependent on the help and cooperation of many people, including 23 National Sporting Federations. I would, therefore, like to extend my personal thanks and gratitude to all those who made these Games possible. A Commission headed by BOA Secretary General Erskine Simmons, conceived the concept and then a Games Organising Committee headed by BOA Director Lt. Col. Trevor Browne, worked diligently to create a triumphant

Steve R. Stoute BOA President

spectacle of sport, befitting our 50th Anniversary of Independence milestone. These 2016 Games were historic and a true celebration of Bajan sport and Bajan sportspersons. In light of this, I have asked the Commission to actively explore if we should make these Games an annual event and anxiously await the recommendations that materialise from these deliberations. Steve R. Stoute BOA President

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Chairman's Message On behalf of the BOA 50th Anniversary of Independence Games Organising Committee, I would like to express our appreciation, respect and admiration for the outstanding response we received from this new sporting initiative. I was especially impressed by the enthusiasm, effort and commitment of all participating athletes and National Federations who showed an unwavering dedication to their respective sports throughout the Games. I am also very pleased that the BOA Board have agreed to consider hosting a similar Games in 2017. It is our sincere hope to have another opportunity to execute a full Independence Games and continue to showcase the high calibre of sport in Barbados. Thank you again to all those who contributed to the efforts that made the 2016 50th Anniversary Independence Games such a great success including the TV production team, Pirates Cove, BOA staff, members of the Local Organising Committee, as well as members of the various Independence Games committees detailed at the back of this booklet. Thank you also to our advertisers for their support in producing this publication. Lt. Col. Trevor Browne Independence Games Organising Committee Chairman

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Lt. Col Trevor Browne

Independence Games Organising Committee Chairman


Archery

Formed in November 1996, World Archery Barbados is the governing body for the development of Archery on the island. There are several local Archery competitions throughout the year featuring round robin eliminations, field archery, clout archery and indoor archery. The 2016 Open Championships took place from 26th to 27th November.

Results

Recurve Master Women   Martha Padmore    Gold

Recurve Master Men        Pedro Thomas       Gold

Recurve Senior Women   Purusha Maynard   Gold

Judith Magras          Silver

John Annel            Silver

Rebecca Lashley       Silver Veronica Laurie      Bronze

Recurve Senior Men                 Brandon Field      Gold Dwight Hagley        Silver Rory Evans            Bronze

Compound Master Women

Compound Master Men   

Celeste Nurse       Gold

Anthony Pheonix   Gold Baron Hutchinson   Silver

Perusha Maynard (MVP Female)

Brandon Field (MVP Male)

Both Archery MVP’s have retained their National Champion status from 2015, and have been shooting for more than eight years.

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Badminton The Barbados Badminton Association (BBA) was established in 1983 and is recognised by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the Pan American Badminton Federation. Barbados currently has four Badminton member clubs. The 2016 Badminton Open Championships age 13+ were held from 24th to 27th November.

Amanda Haywood (MVP Female)

Dakeil Thorpe (MVP Male)

Amanda is both a national Badminton and Squash player.

Dakeil has been playing for the Barbados Badminton team

She began playing at seven years old and is currently the

for the past 11 years. In 2016, he competed at the Solo

under-17 and under-19 Girls Singles and Mixed-Doubles

Open Championships in Trinidad winning gold in Men’s

National Champion. She also came second in the Senior

Doubles, and secured another gold in the Men’s Doubles

Nationals, as well as in the International under-19s in

at the Suriname International Badminton Championships.

Aruba, the Regional under-17s, the Caribbean under-17s,

He has also won gold in the 2008 Men’s Doubles Southern

and CARIBACO International under-19s Tournament.

Open and the 2010 Men’s Doubles Manhattan Open, as

Amanda has hopes of becoming an Olympian in the future,

well as a bronze in the 2012 Suriname International and a

but would first like to place at the 2017 Pan Am

gold in the 2016 CAREBACO Mixed-Doubles. Dakeil says

Championships in Canada, and hopefully win the 2017 the

he is aiming to make the Commonwealth Games, CAC

Senior Nationals in the Women's Singles.

Games, and the Pan Am Games in 2019, where he hopes to win gold in Men’s Singles.

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Basketball Founded in 1934, the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association (BABA) has the primary objective to promote, supervise and govern the playing of basketball in Barbados. In 1962, BABA gained official recognition by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and subsequently joined the Caribbean Basketball Confederation in 1981. The 2016 Basketball Tournament was held from 12th to 13th November.

Results Team Netz won the competition - that team comprised of Tower Lorde, Danielle Niles, Stephianne Shepherd and Ivanna Odle ....they won 8 - 5 against the Spongebobs. Stephianne also won the free throw shooting contest beating Danielle Niles in the final.

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Beach Hockey Initiated in 2014, the Barbados Beach Hockey Festival organising group is a small organisation dedicated to promoting and facilitating beach hockey in Barbados. This fast growing sport is a relatively new form of traditional field hockey on the island. The beach hockey 2016 Independence Exhibition Tournament was held on 20th November at the Independence Beach Games at Pirate’s Cove.

Kyle Brathwaite (MVP) Kyle says beach hockey is a unique form of the game, calling for a lot of 3D skills at a time which he really enjoys showing off. He says beach hockey also brings a different atmosphere and players can show off these unique skills during the game.

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Beach Netball The Barbados Netball Association was founded in 1975 and now has over 70 teams and 35 clubs locally. The Barbados Netball Association oversees the annual local club competitions from March to July. Netball is the highest ranked team sport in Barbados and is currently ranked 12th in the world. The 2016 Independence Championships were held from 17th to 19th November.

Results The Barbados Netball Association was represented at the Beach Games, by the Under 16 and the Under 21 national training squads. The tournament was as follows: The two squads were divided into Zone 1 (under 16) and Zone 2(under 21). Each zone consisted of four teams. Each zone played a round robin format tournament for Fast5. The games were played for two five minute halves however due to time constraints the games were reduced to two three minute halves after the first round of games. The winner of each zone then played in the final.  The final consisted of Team Sweet Bread (under 21) vs Team Conkies (under 16). In the final game, Team Conkies beat Team Sweet Bread 4-2.

Diamond Hollingsworth (MVP)

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Beach Volleyball

The Barbados Volleyball Association (BVA) was established in 1976 under the presidency of the late Trevor Griffith, and was established very early in Barbados as a solid community based sport. The beach volleyball event was held on 20th November at the 2016 Independence Beach Games at Pirate’s Cove.

Results Final Team Rankings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

MEN ELWYN OXLEY / RONALD RICE KYLE BROWNE / SHAQUILLE BARKER GREGORY GILL / WINSTON GITTENS HUGH SEALEY / CURTIS GASKIN AKEEL OXLEY / ASHAN JORDAN BRANDON CALLENDER / CHAD CALLENDER JEREMY BELGRAVE / KADEEM LEON DAVID SCHENK / NICOLAS HARRIS

1 2 3 4 5 6

WOMEN SHARI MATTHEWS / ANTHAZIA MASON SHARON BOVELL / DANIA HAMILTON SHANELLE POOLER / TALYA LAYNE NESAH YEARWOOD / STACEY ATHERLEY MONA CRAWFORD / LISA AUSTIN JULIA LEWIS / MARISSA DOWEL

Shari Matthews (MVP Female) Shari Matthews has been a pioneer in local volleyball over the past two decades. The former two-time Caribbean Volleyball MVP has received many accolades, including the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II National Player of the Year, 2006 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Player of the Year, 2006 CIAA Tournament MVP, and NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Player of the Year. Additionally, Shari broke the NCAA Division II record for kills in a season with 974 in 2006. Though Shari got her start playing indoor, her passion is now beach volleyball, which she started playing in 2011.

Elwyn Oxley (MVP Male) Elwyn Oxley has the prestigious title of the longest-serving captain of the national volleyball team and is one of the Caribbean's top volleyball players. He has won more individual and team honours than any other Caribbean player. He is a five-time Caribbean MVP, won the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Most Prolific player two times, the Sizzling Sands Beach Volleyball tournament seven times, and Best Scorer and MVP at the Mona Campus Competition; with a dislocated shoulder!

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Beach Wrestling The Barbados Wrestling Association (BWA) was founded in 2008 with a primary mission to organise, excite and inspire athletes to achieve success at the Olympic Games. Over the years, the BWA has continuously provided competition in three wrestling disciplines - submission, beach, and freestyle. The 2016 50th Independence Wrestling Championships were held 20th November at Pirate’s Cove as part of the Beach Games.

Results Wrestling Little League Boys 5 - 6 years old 1st Darion Denny - St. Silas Primary School 2nd Tazare Maynard - St. Silas Primary School 3rd Makiba Ikechi - Wills Primary School Boys 7 - 8 years old 1st Jaydon Alleyne - St. Gabriel’s School 2nd Jordan Greigg - St. Gabriel’s School 3rd Satori Holder Boys 9 - 11 years old 1st Zidane Alleyne - St. Silas Primary School 2nd David Dacosta - St. Gabriel’s School 3rd Nikolas Greigg Girls 8 - 11 Novice 1st Tyesha Small 2nd Ashleigh Sargeant Rebecca Williams (MVP Female) St. Silas Primary School

Girls 8 - 11 Elite 1st Rebecca Williams - St. Silas Primary School 2nd Nadia Dacosta - St. Gabriel’s School 3rd Kireya Dermish - St. Silas Primary School Match of the Day Rebecca Williams (3 points) vs Nadia Dacosta (2 points) School Boys 14 - 17 Open 1st Dominic Broome - Coleridge & Parry School 2nd Jalen Stoute - St. Leonard’s Boys’ School Senior Super 8 18+ 1st Renaldo Stuart 2nd Francois Jones 3rd Shackeem Mascoll 3rd Kobe Bowen Match of the Day Dario Waithe (2) vs Renaldo Stuart (3) Renaldo Stuart (MVP Male)

Lions Den Wrestling Club

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Boxing In 1977, the Boxing Board of Control gave autonomy to a group of amateur boxing enthusiasts to set up and launch the Amateur Boxing Association of Barbados, now known as the Barbados Boxing Association. The Barbados Boxing Association seeks to promote, regulate and administer the sport of boxing in the island. The 2016 Caribbean Development Tournament was held from 6th to 10th December, with regional boxers from over 16 countries participating in the event.

Results Medal Count by Country ANG ARU BAH BAR CAY DOM GREN GUAD GUY JAM MART SLU SMX USVI

1

0

1

5

2

0

3

0

9

2

2

1

0

4

2

1

2

8

1

2

2

0

1

4

2

2

0

3

2

1

0

4

0

3

0

3

0

2

2

2

0

0

Total 5

2

3

17

3

5

5

3

10

8

6

5

0

7

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Kimberley Gittens (MVP Female)

Jabali Breedy (MVP Male)

Kimberley is captain of the women's boxing team. She is a talented boxer who dreams of earning her living from the sport. She was also voted Best Female Boxer at the 2015 Tournament in Guyana.

Jabali is a very gifted boxer who dominated his division in 2015 in Guyana. He again dominated in 2016 in the ring on home soil.

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Fencing

The Barbados Fencing Federation (BFF) was established in 2000 to develop and promote the sport of fencing in Barbados. The BFF currently has approximately 25 members between the ages of 16 to over 60 years. The Barbados Fencing Federation held its 2016 Independence Challenge Cup at Pirate’s Cove on 19th and 20th November, proudly welcoming regional teams from Dominica and Martinique.

Results Men Individual Epee: Gold - Marti Jordan (Barbados) Silver - Charly Gros-Dubois (Martinique) Bronze Linvor Ambo (Dominica) Bronze - Teague Cumberbatch (Barbados). Women Individual Epee: Gold - Tamesha Thomas (Antigua & Barbuda) Silver - Haania Bulbulia (Barbados) Bronze - Alleyna Robin (Dominica) Bronze - Umsebe Simmons (Barbados). Men Individual Foil: Gold - Charly Gros-Dubois (Martinique) Silver - Kurt Straker (Barbados) Bronze - Marcel Maurice (Antigua & Barbuda) Bronze - Corey Rogers (Barbados). Women Individual Foil: Gold - Tamesha Thomas (Antigua & Barbuda) Silver - Alleyna Robin (Dominica Bronze - Haania Bulbulia (Barbados) Bronze - Umsebe Simmons (Barbados).

Haania Bulbulia (MVP Female)

Marti Jordan (MVP Male)

Haania became interested in Fencing after accompanying her older sister to a Fencing class and watching the 2016 Rio Olympics. She started Fencing in August 2016 and enjoys it. She also loves the sea and has a keen interest in swimming.

Marti started fencing at age 15 at Harrison College. He represented Barbados at Pan Am Championships in 2015 in Chile, 2016 Panama Central American Championships, and the 2016 Dominican Nationals. Marti’s best results include Epee individual gold in Dominican Nationals, and Epee individual gold at Barbados' Independence Fencing Challenge.

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Golf The Barbados Golf Association (BGA) was founded in 1969, with its primary purpose to promote and administer the game of golf in Barbados. The BGA hosted the 2016 RBC Classic golf tournament from the 26th to the 27th November.

Emily Odwin (MVP Female)

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Alyssa Inniss-Gittens (MVP Female)

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Oaziah Layne (MVP Male)


Tel (246) 832-7413 or (246) 826-7245 Pirate’s Cove is located on Carlisle Bay just steps away from Bridgetown. The bar is a great place to hang out & have a pirate’s brew or a signature pirate’s burger. The food court serves local & international cuisine. Local craft stalls, souvenirs, freshwater showers, changing room facilities and turtle snorkel cruises are available at Pirates Cove. Sunsets at Pirate’s Cove are always a special event and not to be missed Thursday nights Pirate’s Cove is the venue for Celebrations of Rhythm is a musical production tracing the roots of Bajan rhythm from the arrival of the English, to the colour & excitement of Grand Kadooment.

Tel (246) 436-2885 or (246) 826-7245 (Sail)

t esnorkel ’s tours Co P ir a 2 hour snorkeling ve over 5 Beautiful wrecks in Carlisle Bay, feeding & swimming with the turtles

lunch and refreshing drinks including our tasty rum punch. Maximum of twenty persons on any tour. Snorkel Equipment is provided. 2 hour walking tour of Bridgetown 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Visit: St. Mary's Church, The Jewish Synagogue, St. Michael's Cathedral, Queens Park,Heroes Square, Parliament Buildings.


Handball The 2016 Handball Open Championships age 13+ were held at Pirate’s Cove on Sunday 20th November as part of the Independence Beach Games.

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Judo Headquartered at the National Stadium, the Barbados Judo Association (BJA) was established in 1966 and registered as a charity in 1992. There are presently four clubs in the BJA: Barbados Judo Institute, Keikath School of Martial Arts, Marine Gardens Judo Club and Phoenix Judo Club. The 16th International Judo Tournament 2016 was held 26th November under the theme ‘JUDO Gotta Love It’.

Results

Barbados regained the first place trophy amassing 14 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze medals, followed by Martinique (2nd), Guadeloupe (3rd), and Trinidad and Tobago (4th).

Ria Greene (MVP Female)

Asa Weithers (MVP Male)

Ria has been a judoka since she was five years old, after being introduced to the sport by her mother. Now 13 years old, she has recently acquired her green belt and is optimistic about someday competing for her country at the Olympics. The powerful, independent and smart teenager says she excelled at judo because of the support and encouragement of her parents.

Asa Weithers says he was a judoka from birth. In fact, his father, a national judo coach, had him on the Judo mat from the time he could creep, which steadily developed into a love of the sport. Asa hopes to make it to the Olympics one day, although he has already been privileged enough to travel to places like Brazil, Paris, Dominican Republic and Venezuela as a judoka.

Silver medal, Under 58kgs. Category.

Gold medal, Under 73kgs. Category.

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Kayaking Officially formed in 2012, the Barbados Canoe and Kayak Federation (BCKF) is headed by former Olympian Nicholas Neckles, with internationally-recognised sailor Philip Als as Vice President. In 2014, in its first international competition, Nicholas along with Simon Goodridge and Stanley Brooker attended the CAC Games, placing 7th and 8th respectively in the K1 and K2 class races. The Kayak Demonstration was held on 20th November at the 2016 Independence Beach Games at Pirate’s Cove.

Photo credit: Kevin Wood

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Orienteering The Barbados Orienteering Federation was formed in recent years to make orienteering into a full national sport. The IOF Council has also provisionally approved the Barbados Orienteering Federation’s application for full membership. The Independence Orienteering Championships, the sport’s first national championships, were held on 20th November as part of the Beach Games at Pirate’s Cove.

Results Open Class 1st Kenroy Brathwaite Time: 31.09  minutes 2nd   Pierre Stanford       Time: 32.39  minutes 3rd        Delon Sealy           Time: 39.03 minutes The first lady to complete the race was Anicia Wood with a time of 49.15 minutes Over age 50 1st Edwin Browne       Time: 37.33 minutes 2nd    David Waing           Time: 58.50 minutes Juniors (13 and under) 1st Maya Black             Time: 17.38 minutes 2nd     Yohance Gooding   Time: 18.08 minutes

Pierre Stanford

Kenroy Brathwaite

Delon Sealy

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Rugby The Barbados Rugby Football Union (BRFU) was formed in 1964 and was one of the founding members of the Caribbean Rugby Football Union, later to become the West Indies Rugby Union. The BRFU is the governing body for rugby in Barbados and is also a full member of World Rugby. 2016 Beach Rugby was held on 20th November as part of the Beach Games at Pirate’s Cove, while the 2016 FLOW Rugby Barbados World 7s was staged on 10th and 11th December.

Results Men's Championship 3rd/4th Playoff Esher 31 vs 21 Reivers

Women's Plate Final Aptoella 41 vs 5 Atlantis

Women's Championship 3rd/4th Playoff Sirens 10 vs 5 Northeast

Men's Championship Final Northeast 34 vs 14 Xhosa

Men's Plate Final Atlantis 19 vs 12 Rogues

Women's Championship Final Howlers 12 vs 19 Ecosse

Danielle Phillips (MVP Female) Despite trying her hand at many other sports, Danielle first started playing rugby in 2005 and has embraced the challenge ever since. She does not have a favorite player however she says she appreciates any hardworking athlete who strives for the best in their chosen field. Danielle has represented Barbados on numerous occasions and has also played with the Caribbean Select Squad.

Sean Ward (MVP Male ) Sean Ward has been playing rugby for 18 years. After taking up the sport at the age of 10 years old, his first international rugby debut was at the age of 18 years in the Men’s 15’s against Mexico - a World Cup qualifying game. Not long after this, Sean was selected to join the region’s best rugby players in a West Indies team and he has travelled throughout the Caribbean representing Barbados in the name of rugby. Sean has also travelled internationally to numerous championships including to Canada, USA, England, Scotland, and Hong Kong. When Sean made the move to the more elite Barbados 7s rugby, he was chosen to represent the Howlers Rugby Club in Las Vegas, and has since proudly become the team captain of the Barbados seven-a-side rugby team. Sean is a member of several international rugby clubs including the Brampton Beavers in Canada and the Honey Bagers 7s in England. Ward says his role models are his mother and his coach, and advises young local athletes to “set a goal, make a plan, and go hard!”

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Sailing

Formed in 1968, the Barbados Sailing Association (BSA) is the governing body of sailing in Barbados and seeks to promote, govern and lead the sport of sailing. The BSA is also an affiliate of the Caribbean Sailing Association, the International Laser Class Association, as well as World Sailing. In 2016, the BSA hosted a Dinghy Regatta on 20th November as part of the Independence Beach Games at Pirate’s Cove.

Results Optimist Class 1st Drew Gill 2nd Joshua Yeadon 3rd Senai Hickling

Sunfish Class 1st Max Bishton

Laser Standard Class 1st Charlie Gloumeau 2nd Kwame Hinds 3rd Rodney Reader

Laser Radial Class 1st Amy Cox 2nd Kyle Spenard 3rd Jacob Binnema

Topper Topaz Class 1st Colin Symes / Max Symes 2nd Maela Hickling / Harry Blades 3rd Nick Jordan / Jemima Jordan

GP 14 Class 1st Jason Tindale / Alec Drayton 2nd Gus Reader / Jo Lammens 3rd Holly Trew / Owen Reader

Amy Cox (MVP Female) Amy Cox began sailing at age seven and has represented Barbados in the past two Central American and Caribbean Games, as well as competed in the under 21 World Championships in France, in seven Caribbean Dinghy Championships (placing in four of them), and won the 2014 Caribbean Laser Mid-Winter Regatta. She continues sailing in both the Laser Class and the J24 Class.

Jason Tindale (MVP Male) By age 14, Jason Tindale had already competed in three World Championships, placing 3rd in the coastal series in Ecuador in the Optimist dinghy. He went on to compete in the Laser and won the Caribbean Dinghy Championships in 2011 and 2012, as well as represented Barbados in two Central American and Caribbean Games, placed 4th in the Laser Mid-Winter Regatta in the Dominican Republic and competed in the GP14 2015 World Championships in Barbados. Jason continues to compete in the Laser Class, the GP14 Class, and the J24 Class.

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Shooting The Barbados Rifle Association (BRA) dates back as far as 1908 and was originally known as the Barbados Miniature Rifle Club. The Association’s home is based at Paragon in Christ Church and has a membership of 209 persons. The BRA is also affiliated with the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). During the 2016 Independence Games, shooting was held at the Paragon range from 19th to 20th November.

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Squash

The Barbados Squash Association (BSA) is the officially recognised local National Sports Federation for the sport of squash and seeks to promote and develop the game of squash on the island. The BSA is also a member of the World Squash Federation (WSF), the Federación Panamericana de Squash (FPS) (Pan-American Squash Federation), as well as the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA). The 50th Anniversary Premier Invitational Squash Championships 2016 were held as part of the Independence on the 24th, 26th and 27th November.

Results Ladies Final: #1 Karen Meakins bt. #2 Amanda Haywood       (3-2)  11-8 11-4 5-11 7-11 11-8

Ladies 3rd Place: Jada Smith-Padmore bt. Jodi Smith-Padmore      (3-0)  11-3 11-7 11-0

Ladies Plate Final: Sumairaa Suleman bt. Chelsie Samuel (3-1)  8-11 11-4 11-8 11-7           Men’s 3rd Place: #5/8 Khamal Cumberbatch bt. #3/4 Stewart St. John  (3-0)  11-1 11-9 11-6  Men’s Plate Final: Moishe Steinbok bt. Zachary Proverbs-Harris           (3-0)  9-11 5-11 11-8 11-8 11-1

Men’s Finals: #2 Rhett Cumberbatch bt. #5/8 Shemane Griffith  (3-1) 11-5 7-11 11-9 11-7               Men’s Classic Plate (5th  Place): #3/4 Mark Sealy bt. #5/8 Zaki Williams   (3-0) 11-6 11-5 11-7

Karen Meakins (MVP Female) Karen first started playing squash when she was 10 years old. She moved from England to Barbados in 2000 and began representing the island in squash in 2002. In 2010, Karen won the Caribbean Championships, a silver and bronze medal at the CAC Games, and a silver medal at the World Masters Over 35 event, leading her to be named Barbados’ Sports Personality of the Year, the National Sports Council Female Athlete of the Year, and the BOA’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Karen was National Champion from 2000-2015 and has captained the Barbados Women’s squash team for 14 years. She was Caribbean Champion in 2010, 2014 and 2015; in 2016 she placed 5th at the World Masters Over 40 event in Johannesburg, South Africa. Rhett Cumberbatch (MVP Male) Rhett started playing squash at five years old and entered his first tournament at the age of nine. From 1996-2005, Rhett won 13 Gold, five Silver and two Bronze in Junior National titles. From 1998-2004, he also won two Gold, three Silver and one Bronze in the Caribbean (CASA) Junior Squash Championships. From 2008-2016, he represented Barbados at the senior level, achieving 3rd place in Senior Nationals 2014, 3rd place in 2015, 2nd place in 2016, and 1st place in the BOA 2016 50th Independence Squash Championships. He was appointed as Junior National Coach from 2011–2016, receiving his level 1 and 2 coaching certifications in 2013 from England, and has also been certified as a World Squash Federation (WSF) Level 1 coach.

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Surfing

The Barbados Surfing Association (BSA) is the national governing body for all forms of surfing in Barbados. The BSA is focused on improving the level of surfing on the island and to continue to increase interest in the sport in Barbados. Recent achievements include Chelsea Tuach placing 4th at the 2013 International Surfing Association’s World Junior Championship and winning the North-American Junior Tour for professionals. The 2016 Surfer of the Year Series was hosted at the Soup Bowl Bathsheba on 10th December.

Results OPEN MEN

OPEN WOMEN

UNDER 18 BOYS

UNDER 18 GIRLS

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4

1 Giselle Allan 2 Kelsey Pitcher 3 Gabriella Gittens

Bruce Mackie Che Allan Zander Venezia Kai Bourne

UNDER 16 BOYS

1 2 3

Darrien Pitcher Caleb Rapson Ocean Gittens

Chelsea Roett Gabriella Gittens Kelsey Pitcher Yuri Scutt

UNDER 16 GIRLS

1 2 3 4

Giselle Allan Gabriella Gittens Dayna Gibbs Roma Bellori

Zander Venezia Caleb Rapson Jacob Burke Dayne Gibbs

UNDER 12 OPEN

1 2 3 4

Sam Hearn (UK) Kai St. George Erin Stanley Jaden Hill

Chelsea Roett (MVP Female)

Bruce Mackie (MVP Male)

Chelsea is ranked 76 in the World Surf League rankings. In 2016, she won the Women’s Open at the Independence Pro in December. She is a bright surfer and is always helpful in community events.

Bruce finished 11th at ISA World Surfing Games and is ranked in the top 200 in the World Surf League Qualifying Series. In 2016, Bruce won our Surfer of the Year Championships and was 2015 Barbados National Champion.

Photo credit: Mark Harris

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Swimming The Barbados Amateur Swimming Association (BASA) is the local governing body for swimming, water polo, and synchronised swimming in Barbados. BASA promotes the culture of aquatics by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches to participate and advance in aquatic sports. The 2016 Independence Championships were held at the Aquatic Centre from 5th to 11th December, and included a synchronised swimming demonstration and water polo game to kick off the swimming competition.

Ashley Weekes (MVP Female)

Nkosi Dunwoody (MVP Male)

The synchronised swimming team.

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Table Tennis The 2016 50th Anniversary Championship for table tennis was held 7th to 9th December.

Janae Lewis (MVP Female) Janae made her national debut in table tennis in 2013 at the Caribbean Under 15 Championships. Later the same year, she played in the Under 13 Championships winning two bronze medals and in 2014, Janae and her partner Kenady King also went on to win the Under 13 Caribbean Girls Doubles Championship Title. Janae has been dominant in the local table tennis scene for the last four years and has been the defending National Junior Girls Champion and National Mixed Doubles Champion for the last three years running. To date, she has captained over four successful table tennis teams with her best being at the World Cadet Challenge in 2014 and the Caribbean Seniors in 2016. She recently made her Regional Under 21 and Senior debuts at the Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships, reaching the quarter-finals in both. Janae says in the short-term she aims to win a Caribbean Singles Championship Title, qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, and qualify for the 2019 Pan Am Games.

Mark Dowell (MVP Male) Mark Anthony Dowell’s local table tennis accolades have grown over the years, and he has won at least one major men’s singles national title since 2010. A Caribbean top eight player, Mark’s aspires to be the next Barbadian player to win the Caribbean Championships. He participated in the 2016 Badger Open US Championships and was the finalist in three of the tournaments he participated in. Mark played his best at the 2014 Commonwealth Games to give Barbados a top 10 ranking and performed exceptionally well at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships in Germany and France. Mark looks forward to representing Barbados in the years to come. He is also an ITTF Level 2 Coach.

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Weightlifting Formed in 1988, the Barbados Amateur Weightlifting Association (BAWA) was spearheaded by Mr. Hal Springer, and notably Barbados is the only English-speaking Caribbean country to actively take part in international competitions. The 2016 50th Independence Weightlifting Championships was the first weightlifting competition held in Barbados in over 44 years. The event was held at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed on 27th November.

Amanda Morris (MVP Female) A versatile athlete, Amanda Morris shows great promise for 2017. Not only did she have the best overall total among the ladies in the most recent competition, she was the only one to give six good lifts.

Romario Forde (MVP Male) Romario finished 2016 very positively. In front of a home crowd, he bettered his overall total from a very solid first time international competition performance by 6kg. Good things are expected from this young weightlifter in 2017.

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INDEPENDENCE GAMES COMMITTEE

BARBADOS OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION

Board Advisory Committee

CONTACT INFORMATION

Erskine Simmons - Chairman Cammie Burke Trevor Browne Mona Alleyne Glyne Clarke

Mailing Address

Local Organising Committee Trevor Browne - Chairman Mona Alleyne Glyne Clarke Dave Farmer Pamala Proverbs Daneka Headley Gail Craig-Archer Rivalino Simmons Christine Bourne Paul White

The Barbados Olympic Association Inc. Olympic Centre, Garfield Sobers Sports Complex Wildey, St. Michael, BB15094 Telephone (246) 429-1998 Fax (246) 426-1998 Email info@olympic.org.bb

Technical Committee Curtis Smith - Chairman Ytannia Wiggins Jasper Blades Dave Farmer

Hospitality Committee Mona Alleyne - Chairman

Admin / Security Committee Gail Craig-Archer - Chairman Paula Jarvis Dave Farmer Ytannia Wiggins Coordinated, produced and designed by PRMR Inc.

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Commemorative 50th Anniversary Independence BOA Games Booklet  

The inaugural 50th Anniversary Independence BOA Games were held from 16th November to 11th December last year. Our commemorative booklet sho...

Commemorative 50th Anniversary Independence BOA Games Booklet  

The inaugural 50th Anniversary Independence BOA Games were held from 16th November to 11th December last year. Our commemorative booklet sho...

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