Homeland Woos UK Based Athlete

Amy Harris in action (Photo by uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)

Amy Harris (Photo by seminoles.com)

Amy Harris (Photo by seminoles.com)

Antigua & Barbuda may have the services of England-born long jumper Amy Harris during the 2014 Commonwealth Games slated for Glasgow, Scotland, starting July 23.

Harris’ grandfather, Etel Nathaniel Willock, who died in 2010, lived in Bolans.

According to National Olympic Committee (NOC) President Paul “Chet” Greene, the athlete’s availability hinges on whether or not she is issued an Antigua & Barbuda passport.

“We would have to get the government involved in terms of issuing her a passport and mark you, her passport is a right. It is not a CIP passport,” he said.

“I’m talking about somebody whose parents are Antiguan and so she has that right naturally. But we will ask the government to expedite the process of issuing her passport so that Antigua & Barbuda can benefit from her services.”

Greene added: “(Daniel) ’Bakka’ Bailey, I’m being told by the Athletic Association, has indicated that he is preparing for the games and regrettably, had ‘Bakka’ gone to Delhi the last time, he would have medalled.

“As a matter of a fact, we’re having this time around, the great one himself (Usain Bolt) who is also planning to go to the games.”

Harris won the long jump gold medal at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo, Victoria, with a jump of 6.19 metres (20.3ft) and silver at the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania, with a personal best jump of 6.35m (20.8ft).

Greene said the NOC is always on a hunt for overseas-based athletes willing to represent Antigua & Barbuda.

“Since London two years ago (2012), we did put a notice on our Facebook page and on our website inviting athletes of Antiguan parentage anywhere in the world they might find themselves and who might be interested in representing Antigua,” he said.

“We have had some responses and as a matter of a fact, just last week, there were two athletes carrying the name Davis hailing from All Saints and one took part in a New York event and placed ninth overall.

“The mother wrote to me and I gave her Calvin Greenaway’s details because he is the person who is technical in the NOC. So we can see whether the child is ready for national representation or not.”

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will pit elite athletes against each other over 11 days of competition from July 23 to August 3.

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