This year the Games are in Rio de Janeiro and the Vincentian team is seriously depleted by the absence of all other sporting disciplines besides track and field athletics.
The Pan American Sports Organisation, PASO, stipulated that athletes had to meet established qualifying standards in order to make it to the Games. Unfortunately for St Vincent and the Grenadines, only athletics met the requirements and therefore the team is made up of representatives from Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The official team comprises: Kineke Alexander, Pamenos Ballantyne, Charmant Ollivierre, Raffique Providence, Adonson Shallow and Courtny Bascombe. Natasha Mayers and Casnel Bushay were originally selected but had to withdraw as a result of injuries sustained in recent competition.
Alexander, fresh from her bronze medal performance at the Central A
merican and Caribbean Games in Cartagena, Colombia in 2006, may want to show that she continues to improve and is the best medal hope on the team.
Ballantyne believes that he continues to return to good form and therefore remains one of the best prospects on the team.
One can only hope that the team would give good account of itself at the Games and that the performances would serve as a major source of encouragement for all athletes in St Vincent and the Grenadines for the future, especially with Beijing just around the corner.