Caribbean Heat, Cool Archers: Virgin Islands’ Medal-Winning Performance
Battling high temperatures of 34 degrees Celsius, the Virgin Islands archers held their own and can be proud of their accomplishments at the 2023 Caribbean Developmental Championship. As the competition draws to a close, let’s take a closer look at the impressive performances of our archers.
In the Recurve Beginning Senior Men Division, David Persaud started strong, securing the 6th place in the Qualifications. However, his journey took a turn in the quarterfinals, where he faced off against Shane Riley of Barbados and narrowly lost with a score of 6/4. Shane, in turn, faced Davelaar Jair of Curacao in the Semifinals, but Shane’s journey ended there with a 7/1 loss. Nonetheless, Shane clinched the Bronze Medal by triumphing over Gibson Ian of St. Vincent & The Grenadines with a score of 6/2. David ended with new knowledge as he stated, ” I feel that I have improved as an archer and learned many things during this trip. I really enjoyed the trip and the experience that was gained during the CDC Games. Being on the field with so many new archers was an exciting feeling. I appreciate the new friends made and the competitor I was against”
In the Mixed Teams category, David Persaud partnered with Mariel Burgin of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. They dominated in the quarterfinals with a resounding 6/0 victory against Shane Riley and Adam Tryhane of Barbados. Despite a setback in the Semi-finals, losing 6/0 to Guyana, they bounced back in the Bronze Medal Match, securing the Bronze with a score of 6/2.
Darnel’s performance was impressive, landing him in 3rd place after the qualifications with a score of 566/720. He displayed his skills in eliminations, convincingly defeating Raimundo Reyes of Trinidad and Tobago with a perfect 6/0 score. Unfortunately, his journey was halted by Javier Jordan of Barbados in the Semifinals, resulting in another 6/0 loss. Darnel ended his competition in the Bronze medal match, where he faced Dean Wilkins of Jamaica and lost with a score of 6/4.
Jaydian Smith delivered a commendable performance in the championship, securing 10th place in qualification with a final score of 414. Interestingly, she tied with Valeria of Colombia but clinched a higher ranking due to her higher number of X’s.
During her journey in the competition, after the first set, Jaydian initially held the 6th position with a score of 230/720. However, she faced a setback in her second set, finishing with a score of 184/360. Ultimately, she concluded qualifications with a final score of 414/720.
In the elimination rounds, Jaydian faced a challenging opponent in Abigail Carter from the USA. She showcased her determination by pushing her competitor to 5 ends and even managed to secure victory in two sets. However, Abigail ultimately emerged victorious by winning the last set, resulting in a final score of 6/4 in Abigail’s favor.
In the mixed teams event, Jaydian teamed up with Dominic Allum from Trinidad and Tobago. Despite their efforts, they faced a tough challenge in the semifinals against Mayah Ramoutar and Auraz Singh of Trinidad and Tobago, losing with a score of 6/0. This set them up for the Bronze medal match, where they unfortunately fell short against the pairing of Aubrey Santo and Jonathan Flemming from Barbados and Canada, finishing in 4th place with a score of 6/0.
Keyara secured the 2nd place in the Beginner Under 18 women’s category after qualifications. Her elimination rounds were remarkable, winning the quarterfinals with a commanding 107/76 score against Alyssa Bhan of Trinidad and Tobago. She continued her impressive run in the Semifinals, defeating Alexandrina Latchman of Trinidad and Tobago with a score of 114/106. Keyara ultimately reached the Gold medal match but earned a Silver medal after facing a tough opponent, Migelle Williams, with a final score of 128/104.
In the mixed team event, Keyara partnered with Ryan Sookdeo of Trinidad and Tobago. Unfortunately, they faced a close defeat against Raynelle Hackett and Malachi Aqui of Trinidad and Tobago, with a score of 125/122. Nonetheless, Keyara and Ryan received a well-deserved Bronze medal for their efforts.
Naomi Onwufuju secured the 4th place in the Compound Beginner U18 women’s division after qualifications with a score of 423. However, her journey in the elimination rounds ended in the quarterfinals against Migelle Williams of Trinidad and Tobago, who emerged victorious with a score of 109/95.
As our archers prepare to return home and recuperate after this international competition, we eagerly anticipate the next challenge. This trip was a success, with our team bringing home 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals, showcasing their remarkable skills on the international stage.
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The team thanks all their supporters and the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee for their support on this trip while looking forward to representing the Virgin Islands in the near future and gaining more experience.