The first Pan American Games (also known as Pan Am Games) were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1951.  This resulted when representatives from the Latin American delegation proposed the regional games should be held throughout the Americas.  More than 2,500 athletes from 22 countries participated.

The Games are held every four (4) years and have been from 1951 consistently until the present day.   It is currently comprised of 42 nations from South, Central and North America as well as the Caribbean by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO).

In order for a country to participate in the Games, a country must have an established National Olympic Committee recognised by the IOC and affiliated to PASO.

Barbados in the PANAM Games

Barbados competed in its first Pan Am Games at São Paulo 1963.

The Caribbean country has won 12 medals at the Games – three silver and nine bronze. The country’s best medal effort came during its very first appearance at the Pan Am Games in São Paulo 1963 with three bronze medals.

At Guadalajara 2011, Barbados won two bronze medals – Shakera Reece in the women’s 100 m and Emmanuel Anderson in boxing.

2015 Finishing Position


2015 Medals

  1. Silver Medals
    1. Ramon Gittens, Men’s 100M Sprint (July 22, 2015)
  2. Bronze Medals
    1. Shane Brathwaite, Men’s 110m Hurdles  (July 24, 2015)
    2. Akela Jones, Women’s High Jump  (July 22, 2015)