Carifta looms large for young Caribbean stars

At the inaugural Carifta Games in 1972, Cordel DaSilva also medalled with silver in the javelin throw. At the same meet the female relay team of Barbara Samuel, Marilyn Paynter, June James and Jacintha Ballantyne medalled in the 4 x 100m for a bronze.
Jacintha Ballantyne returned to winners' row at the Carifta Games in 1974 when she placed second in the 100m.
In 1977 Tyrone James won the bronze medal in the 3000m.
Orde Ballantyne was this country’s first Carifta Games gold medallist. In 1981 with a stunning victory in the shot putt, Orde Ballantyne etched a very special place for himself in the annals of Vincentian and Caribbean athletics history. In the same meet he won silver in the long jump.
In 1982, Rohan Saunders also placed third in the high jump and Sebastien Warner did likewise in the 1500m.
In 1983, Rohan Saunders returned to the Carifta Games and won the gold in the high jump.
Jacqueline Ross won gold in the shot putt and silver in the long jump at the Carifta Games in Trinidad and Tobago in 1987. At that same meet Saville Sayers copped silver in the triple jump.
When Grenada held the Carifta Games for the first time in 2000, Sancho Lyttle was the lone Vincentian medallist winning bronze in the 300m hurdles, an amazing feat for an athlete who trained solely on grass.
Marvette Collis of Barrouallie won gold in the 200m while Yvette Haynes won bronze in the 800m at the Carifta Games in 1989. Kineke Alexander won bronze in the 400m at the Games in 2003.
Adonson Shallow came away with silver medals in the discus and javelin throws at the Games in Tobago in 2005 while Junior Ashton placed third in the 5000m.
The aforementioned are the Vincentian athletes who would have made it to the Carifta Games and achieved success.
Of course there were many more who participated in the Carifta Games over the
years and who did not win medals. Always however they sought to give good account of themselves.