Saturday, April 20, 2024

Women in Sport celebrate IWD


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THE BARBADOS Women’s Football team are the queens of the Women In Sport Commission’s Patsy Callender CrossFit Challenge held last weekend at the Barbados Olympic Association’s headquarters in Wildey, St Michael. 
The CrossFit was part of a new funathlon that included triathlon and cross fit events to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD). The five-member football women’s team, outran, jumped, lifted and pushed all competitors for their combined time of 22.40 minutes in the Patsy Callender Cross Fit Challenge.   
The victory was made sweeter by the fact that the team beat the more experienced cross fit team, CrossFit Island Fit (CF:IF) that had previously posted a time of 23:05 that appeared ominous.  
The victory for the footballers was won on the road as all of their competitors posted very fast times in that segment. CFIF had to settle for second place, volleyball was third, Rugby Team A fourth and Ruby Team B, fifth.
Coordinator of the event, Ytannia Wiggins explained that the challenge was unique as it was designed around national veteran athlete, Patsy Callender’s famous year of 1963.  
All the repetitions for the challenges were 19, 6, 3 or 63.  She said she had hoped for participation from more teams, but was very pleased with the level of competition from the teams on show. 
Earlier in the evening Zahra Gaskin displayed a gritty performance to win the triathlon. Ten-year-old Gaskin competed in all three (swimming, cycling and running) events on her own, foregoing the option to have different competitors on each leg. Carol Kelly was second and Carol-lyn Edghill anchored her team to a third place finish.
Women In Sport Chairman, Mona Alleyne thanked all the competitors for coming out to the event, which she said, worked out well.  She said she was especially happy to see the little ones who came out to participate. (PR)


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