Six Tobago athletes are on the track to Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is set to run from July 23 to August 8. They join a team of 21 track and field athletes in a contingent of 30, vying for medals across seven disciplines.
Congratulations goes out to Kelly-Ann Baptiste (Zenith), Dwight St. Hillaire (Kaizen Panthers), Andwuelle Wright (Kaizen Panthers), Ayla Stanisclaus (Rss Phoenix), Semoy Hackett (Kaizen Panthers) and Akanni Hislop (Kaizen Panthers) on their selection.
Speaking on the announcement, Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs, Assemblyman Tracy Davidson Celestine shared “It says a lot about our local athletes that they will compete among the best in the world. It is a major achievement that as an island with a population of over 60,000 we are capable of producing world-class athletes. This is the fruit of the determination and hard work of a combination of persons – athletes, parents, clubs and coaches – congratulations.”
She continued: “The THA has always been committed to the development and youth of Tobago so they can fulfil their true potential. The athletes are showing that our support is well placed. So we will continue to work to ensure Tobago’s young people have these opportunities to shine.”
Olympic veterans Semoy Hackett and Kelly Ann Baptiste will be returning to the global games through the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC).
Baptiste, the most senior member of the TT track and field team will perform in the individual 100 metres and 4×100 metres relay. The Plymouth native, has a best place finish of sixth in the 100 metres earned at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Hackett made her Olympic debut in 2008 in the 100 and 200 metres sprints.
Sprinter Ayla Stanisclaus, who attends the New Mexico Junior College and has a personal best time of 11.24 seconds in the 100 metres, will be one of five females eyeing a spot on the 4×100 metres relay team.
Debut athlete Akani Hislop was part of the 2021 Louisiana State University’s 4×100 metres relay winning team at the NCAA Championships in the United States, will represent TT in the 4×100 metres relay.
2018 THA Sportsman of the Year, Dwight St Hillaire, who attends the University of Kentucky, will run the individual men’s 400 metres event and also line up with the 4×400 metres relay team. Long jumper and 2019 THA Sportsman Andwuelle Wright, who has a personal best of 8.23 metres will be TT’s lone male representative in the event.
The highly anticipated Games was delayed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.