Athletes To Hunt Medals At Grenada’s Whitsuntide Games

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Geolyna Dowdy, Barak Matthew, Ryanne Small
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By Neto Baptiste

A three-member team from the Phoenix Athletics Club will fly the country’s flag at this weekend’s Whitsuntide Games in Grenada.

The team is headlined by under-17 gold and silver medalist at the recently held Friendship Invitational Games in Martinique, Geolyna Dowdy, who is joined by open class boys’ sprinter Barak Matthew (100 and 200) and open class 400m female athlete, Ryanne Small.

The team will be accompanied by coach, Kesswin Anthony and Geolyna’s mother, Susan Dowdy.

Speaking on the Good Morning Jojo Sports Show, Anthony referred to Geolyna and the way she has matured, highlighting that this will be her third meet outside of Antigua within the space of a month.

“After Carifta her training days were basically scaled down to about three or four days per week. It was just specific stuff like working on the technical aspect of her race, so we haven’t been doing the heavy workload that we had been doing prior to Carifta in terms of preparing,” he said.

“One of the things I check with her, especially in coming back from Carifta and running four races, was how her body responded to doing that for the first time. By the second day she was saying ‘Coach I am ready to train’ but I said no, you still have three days to rest and she took two more days off and came back. We went to the Martinique games, came back on Sunday and by the Monday she was saying to me that she was ready to come training, so her body is responding well,” he added.

Anthony added that the athletes are eager to compete as they seek to qualify for the World Athletics Championships.

“She [Dowdy] is looking forward to trying to get that standard. She has been basically running the times that she is supposed to be doing in training in hopes getting that 11.90. For Barak and Rayon, there is an under-23 games in Guadeloupe on June 29, the Caribbean Under-23 Games and then the nationals, which is normal. When you look at the collegiate circuit, they could compete back to back, two weekends or even three weeks,” he said. 

The athletes are set to compete at the Kirani James Athletics Stadium on Saturday before returning to Antigua on Monday.

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