Watson’s best good for gold at INSPORTS Swizzzle Primary Champs
Excelsior's Toni-Ann Watson captured the first gold medal on the opening day of the four-day Seprod/Institute of Sports Swizzzle Primary Schools' Athletic Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.
Watson easily won the Girls' Open cricket ball throw with a best mark of 48.97 metres. Aliya McNaughty from Holy Family took home the silver with 43.89m, while Sasha Harris of St Benedict's took bronze with a best mark of 42.67m.
"I am happy that I won because this is my first time doing the event for my school," said Watson, an 11-year-old.
"I was nervous at first because the other competitors were much more experienced than me. But I just went out and did my best," she added.
Her coach, Douglas Williams, also wanted a record.
"She did exactly what we wanted her do, but we would have been happier if she had broken the record," said Williams.
"I think 48.97m is a very good throw and we are all happy that she has won."
Williams expects a good all round performance from his team.
"We didn't come here to win the championships; instead, we came to gain as many points as we possibly can," he said.
Meanwhile, Mountain View Avenue-based Excelsior lead the standings with nine points ahead of Holy Family on seven. They are followed by St Benedict's on six, Clan Carty five, St John's four and Bybrook three.
Two finals will be contested on today's second day of competition.