Belize off to Commonwealth Games 2014

Posted By: Marty

Belize off to Commonwealth Games 2014 - 07/05/14 10:52 AM

Patrick Henry

Belize may not have qualified to participate in this year’s World Cup tournament but our athletes in five other disciplines will take to the international stage on July twenty-third in Scotland where they will compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  Belize’s delegation is comprised of eleven athletes and six coaches, as well as a Chief of Mission.  Included among them are Katy Sealy, Brandon Jones, Kenneth Medwood and well-known sprinter Kaina Martinez.  She is scheduled to participate in the one hundred and two hundred meter races.  This afternoon, News Five spoke with Executive Director of the National Sports Council Patrick Henry who has been chosen as the Chief of Mission.

Patrick Henry, Chief of Mission, Belizean Delegation

“The twentieth Commonwealth Games will be played in Glasgow, Scotland from July twenty-third through August third.  The official opening ceremony is scheduled for July twenty-third at nine p.m. local time at Celtic Park and the games will come to an end on August third at nine p.m. also at Hamden Park.  Belize will be participating in athletics, cycling, triathlon, shooting and table tennis.  Belize’s competition begins on the twenty-fourth of July with the individual event in triathlon.  As you may know, we have been participating in Commonwealth Games since 1962 under the name British Honduras and since 1978 under the name Belize.  Since 1994 we have participated in all the games, including Delhi in 2010 and this year in Glasgow. I know that Kaina has been in contact with the Belize Amateur Athletic Association.  I have seen correspondence from the national federation to Kaina Martinez and back and forth.  I have been in contact with Brandon Jones who will be representing Belize in triple jump and long jump, he’s in North Carolina; as well as Kenneth Medwood who should be in Europe right now doing some training; as well as with Katy Sealy who will be representing Belize at the games.  I first met Katy in 2010 when she represented Belize in Delhi and from there, from that time we have been following her progress and no doubt we are hoping that she will be able to make it this time around in Glasgow. The Commonwealth Games is the second largest multi-sport event in the world just behind the Olympics.  It’s every four years and the next games are scheduled for 2018 in Gold Coast in Australia.  Basketball will be added as an exhibition sport.  Basketball and softball, any of the host countries can add those two games as an exhibition sport.  So we do have athletes in those disciplines that can look forward to those events in Gold Coast in 2018.  For the sake of those who may not know the Commonwealth Games are made up of fifty-two territories and the total for the games themselves there are seventy countries and territories that actually make up the Commonwealth Games Federation.”

Channel 5

Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize off to Commonwealth Games 2014 - 07/05/14 10:55 AM

Belize to participate in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

With just over three weeks to go until the opening of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Belize’s contingent is ready to represent in five sporting disciplines.

Belize Olympic & Commonwealth Games Association (BOCGA) will be taking a delegation made up of 11 athletes, 6 coaches/officials and the Chief of Mission, Mr. Patrick Henry.

Athletes and coaches/officials are:

ATHLETICS – Katy Sealy (Heptathlon); Kaina Martinez (100m & 200m); Mark Anderson (100m & 200m); Brandon Jones (Triple & Long Jump); Kenneth Medwood (400m Hurdles); Frederick Evans (Coach); Kay De-Vaughn (Official).

CYCLING – Giovanni Lovell (Road & Time Trial); Joel Borland (Road & Time Trial); Gregory Lovell (Road & Time Trial); Ron Vasquez (Road); Perry Gibson (Coach/Delegate).

SHOOTING – Andrew Wigmore (Men Trap); Andrew Castle (Coach).

TABLE TENNIS – Tyrone Tun (Men Singles); Arturo Vasquez (Coach/Delegate).

TRIATHLON – Kent Gabourel (Men Individual); Giovanni Alamilla (Coach/Delegate).

The XX Commonwealth Games is set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to August 3, where 70 nations will take part and compete in 17 different sporting disciplines. The Commonwealth Games are described as a multi-sport event and are held every four years.

Byron Pope was selected to represent Belize in cycling but unfortunately suffered an accident on June 28. We wish him a speedy recovery.

(Ed. Note: Best wishes also from our sports desk to Byron for a speedy and successful recovery. Reigning 2014 Krem New Year’s Classic and National Individual Time Trial champion, Byron Bope was seriously injured in a cycling mishap on Saturday, June 28, during the 2014 National ITT.)


Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize off to Commonwealth Games 2014 - 07/24/14 11:04 AM

Belize At Commonwealth Games 2014

The Commonwealth Games opened earlier today in Glasgow, Scotland. This station is airing the games daily at two o’clock in the afternoons beginning today through August third with two-hour highlights.   At the momentous opening ceremonies of Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Federation and UNICEF partnered to raise funds for Children of the Commonwealth in a programme called Put Children First. It was a star studded event which included presentations by international singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger and cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy. An estimated one billion viewers from across the Commonwealth experienced the splendour of the opening ceremony and heard from the Head of the commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth, who declared the games officially open. Seventy countries are taking part – the delegation from Belize made its entrance into Celtic Park with Katy Sealy bearing the flag. Belize will be competing in five sporting disciplines: athletics, cycling, shooting, table tennis and triathlon. The delegation comprises twelve athletes including Katy Sealy, Kaina Martinez, Giovanni Lovell, six coaches and officials; the Chief of Mission is Patrick Henry. Here is how Belize entered the arena:

So don’t forget to stay tuned to this station for exclusive daily reports beginning at two o’clock in the afternoon.

Channel 5

Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize off to Commonwealth Games 2014 - 07/26/14 11:02 AM

Team Belize at Commonwealth Games
The Belize Team is at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. They are ready to start the games, but first, they had to take some selfies. They got some pictures from the opening ceremonies. Go Belize!

"Behind the scenes at opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games"

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