CAC Games Qualifier in the Dominican Republic – September 6 – 11, 2022 – BVI Wins a spot!
Winnette Lawrence and Ritseeniyah Georges both competed in the Compound Women division, shooting at 50 meters at the CAC Qualifiers in Santo Domingo. Having departed the territory on September 2, 2022.
19 Countries competed at the CAC Qualifiers comprising of Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guadalupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago, USVI, USA and Venezuela.
Due to financial constraints, the Association was not able to send their Coach, however, the ladies did the best they could. Winnettte said that it was very hard on them both since they did not have a coach like the other countries. However, the other Coaches for the other teams recognized and started to assist where they could for our BVI athletes, especially a coach from Santo Domingo.
Winnette said that her match came down to shootout (meaning the score was tied and with one single highest placed arrow determining the victor) between an archer from Chile. Winnette said, “I rushed my shot and lost the shootout”.
However, Winnette finished in 5th place and was able to secure a spot for the British Virgin Islands at the CAC Games.
When interviewed with Dean “the sportsman” Greenaway, Ritseeniyah stated that she” lost her first match and did not win a spot”. “We have qualified for the games, so it was a good day, very profitable”. “This will be the first time that Archery will be able to represent the BVI at the games.”
When interviewed with Dean, Winnette Lawrence said, “with winning a spot for the British Virgin Islands, we finally get to be a part of the big league, which is a very good thing for us”.
Ritseeniyah said, “it is always best to have a coach with you”. “We would definitely like to walk a coach next time, but it the meantime we will be doing some fund raisers”
Phil Graves, from USA Archery said “the field was really packed and it was very difficult to qualify, and I am really really pleased that BVI won a spot to compete at the CAC Games” “this is huge”.
World Ranking at the CAC Qualifiers starts on September 9th and will continue until September 11, 2022.