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Ballantynes regain place on squad

Ballantynes regain place on squad


Pamenos and Robert Ballantyne are again national representatives at a regional game.

The two are among members to represent this country at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia from July 15 to 26.

Pamenos, who will participate in the marathon event, is one of athletes selected by Team Athletics SVG.{{more}}

He was sidelined for the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this year by the local athletics body which claimed that he had participated in too many events prior to the Games.

His non-selection was followed by a whirlwind of controversy.

Table tennis player, Robert Ballantyne, returns to regional competition exactly one year after announcing his retirement from national representation. Immediately after helping St. Vincent and the Grenadines win the OECS Championship in Dominica, Ballantyne declared his interest in coaching rather than wearing the national colours on the green table.

Also selected for track and field are Kineke Alexander, Adonson Shallow, Charmant Ollivierre.

Alexander, who broke the national 400 metres record recently at the NCAA outdoors in the US, will compete in that event. In 2004, at Junior CAC in Mexico, Alexander won gold.

Shallow competes in the Shot Put and the Discus, while Ollivierre runs the 400 metres.

Unica Velox, Romano Spencer and Kamal Hunte are the other table tennis players making the trip.

Apart from athletics and table tennis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be represented in three other disciplines: tennis, swimming and cycling.

Corey Huggins and Kirk Da Silva are the tennis players and Stephenson Wallace, the lone swimmer.

Top cyclist Marlon Antrobus carries the Vincentian prospects. The coaches’ delegation includes Byron Quamina – athletics, Joseph Carrington – table tennis, Rickydene Alexander – swimming, Anthony Boyea – tennis James Bentick – squash and Dwight Sargeant – cycling.

Vernette Mc Dowald doubles up as manageress and chaperone for the athletics squad.

Wayne Williams is the Chief of Mission and Perry De Freitas – team doctor.

The contingent left in batches over the last week for the South American continent.