KITTITIAN SPRINTERS FOCUSSED ON MEDALLING AT PANAM GAMES
St. Kitts and Nevis has never won a medal at the Pan American Games but local sprint icon Kim Collins said the athletes participating in track and field next week are determined to break that trend.
“We are going to do our best to make sure we get it right,” he stressed, during an SKNIS interview.
The XVI Pan American Games, is an international multi-sport event that runs from October 14–30, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Collins along with sprinters Jason Rogers, Antoine Adams, Delwayne Delaney, Brijesh Lawrence and Tameka Williams will contest events in their respective fields including the 100 and 200 meter races as well as the 4×100 meter relay.
The 2003 World Champion added that he was pleased with the development of his fellow national athletes and noted that more persons are now expanding their expectations. This has been heightened due to the bronze medal winning performance of the Men’s Relay Team at the Daegu World Championships last month.
“It’s good that it is not just me alone. Now we have a [medal winning men’s relay team] and hopefully the girls will come onboard and have a female relay team also,” Collins stated.
The ultimate goal is to be the best and to capture attention internationally.
“The world has to know that we [St. Kitts and Nevis] are there and the only way they are going to know that, is if we are number one. Yes, number two and number three get some recognition but number one is everything, you have to be a winner and I think [the time] is coming where once again St. Kitts and Nevis will be number one and that’s going to change everything again,” predicted Collins.
The local athletes will begin competing on Monday, October 24 when the Men’s and Women’s 100m sprint are scheduled.