Team leaves today for Junior Pan Am
Jamaica's team to the July 31 to August 2 Junior Pan American Championships in Edmonton, Canada, will leave the island today.
Head coach, Michael Carr, the man who was at the helm when Jamaica topped the world at the World Youth Championships two years ago in Ukraine is very confident that the 36-man team, which includes 20 males and 16 females will deliver despite the earlier withdrawal of World Junior 400 metres hurdles champion, Jaheel Hyde.
"This team is highly motivated to do well and we know that the United States who are doing well at this level now will be competing near to home and we want to spoil their party," said Carr. "We had a training camp before our departure today and several of these athletes will be competing for the final time at this level and they want to go out in glory," said Carr.
The team has been bolstered by three overseas-based collegiate athletes led by male high jumper, Christoff Bryan, 100m hurdler Daeshon Gordon, and sprinter Jonielle Smith.
Females: Sashalee Forbes, Yanique Thompson, Daeshon Gordon, Shanon Kallawan, Ashley Williams, Kimone Hines, Jonielle Smith, Candice McLeod, Dawnalee Loney, Roneisha McGregor, Jessica Noble, Shanice Lewis, Shanice Love, Safia Morgan, Tamara Moncrieffe and Ayesha Champaigne.
Males: Shivnarine Smalling, Xandre Blake, Roje Jackson Chin, Seanie Selvin, Kevaun Rattray, Hujaye Cornwall, Renardo Wilson, Ivan Henry, Demar Walker, Devaughn Smith, Shemar Salmon, Thaleeto Green, Obrien Wasome, Odain Lewis, Clayton Brown, Demar Gayle, Warren Barrett, Rajindra Campbell, Christoff Bryan, Marvin Williams
Officials: Manager - Juliet Parkes, assistant manager - Langley Robinson, head coach - Michael Carr, coaches - Shanikie Osbourne, Ruel James and Michael McIntosh.