Athlete cleared to compete

Long-jumper, Amy Harris-Willock, competed in the National Championships at the YASCO Sports Complex. (Photo by Chester Sterling)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – England-born long-jumper, Amy Harris-Willock, has been cleared by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to compete for Antigua & Barbuda ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games slated to start on July 23.

The athlete had previously been informed by the IOC that she would have to wait three years before she is eligible to represent the country.

This, according to President of the Athletic Association, Rodney Williams, was due to the fact that the IOC was under the impression that the athlete had acquired her Antigua & Barbuda Passport through marriage.

“What the situation is with Amy Harris is the fact that her grandparents were from Antigua and as a result, that three-year stipulation does not exist in her situation, so that allows her to compete for Antigua. We are very happy to have her because she has competed at that level before and she has won medals for the UK.

“We are very happy that she recognises her Antiguan roots,” he said.

Williams added that the 26-year-old athlete has demonstrated a real desire to represent Antigua & Barbuda.

“She actually came down and took part in our National Championships and she also went to St Kitts (OECS Championships) and that shows the interest that she has in competing for Antigua, and now she is going at an even higher level at the Commonwealth Games to compete for Antigua & Barbuda,” he said.

Harris-Willock has been included in a 19-member team for the Commonwealth Games.

The other members are Tahir Walsh, Daniel “Bakka” Bailey, Miguel Francis, Cejhae Greene, Kasheem Colbourne, Priscilla Frederick, Afia Charles, Samantha Edwards, Jyme Bridges Jr, Andre Simon, Marvin Spencer and Tamiko Butler.

Also included are J’air Smith, Rachel Wall, Thomas Greenaway, Carle Perry, Yakita Oska and Damian Davidson.

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