The Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) has announced a 30-member team to represent Barbados at the upcoming 19th Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, from October 20 to November 5, 2023.
The Barbadian athletes will be among more than 6,000 athletes from across the Americas participating in 38 sports, with the opportunity to qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris at stake. Team Barbados will compete in 20 disciplines – aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, e-football, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, rowing, sailing, shooting, squash, surfing, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.
The Pan American Games delegation led by Chef de Mission Shelley-Ann Griffith comprises 30 officials, including coaches, management and medical personnel headed by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ingrid Burrowes.
Chef de Mission Griffith said the Barbadian athletes are focused and ready to compete and showcase their talents on the international stage.
“We at the BOA have made every effort to make the journey to Santiago 2023 as rewarding as possible. Together with the Assistant Chef de Mission, Kendia Brathwaite, I attended the Chefs de Mission Seminar in Chile in April, where we had the opportunity to visit the sports venues, stadium and athletes’ village. From these visits and the constant communication with our National Olympic Committee Relations personnel in Santiago, we are confident that our athletes will be well taken care of during our stay there. Also, our athletes will be accompanied by dedicated officials to provide support for Team Barbados to perform at their best for our country,” she said.
The Barbados team is as follows:
Aquatics – Jack Kirby and Danielle Titus
Athletics – Sonia Gaskin
Badminton – Kennie King
Boxing – Jabali Breedy, Kimberley Gittens, Charles Cox
Cycling – Amber Joseph
E-football – Keoma Mallet
Equestrian – Roberta Foster
Golf – Emily Odwin
Gymnastics – Anya Pilgrim
Rowing – Kyle Spenard
Sailing – Scott Gittens
Shooting – Michelle Elliot, Michael Maskell, Richard Greenidge, Justin St. John, Dave Seale and Tesonna Alleyne
Squash – Meagan Best, Amanda Haywood and Margot Prow
Surfing – Chelsea Tuach
Table Tennis – Tyrese Knight
Taekwondo – Chioke Holder
Tennis – Darian King
Triathlon – Matthew Wright
Weightlifting – Daniel Griffith
Wrestling – Adrian Maynard
The Games’ opening ceremony will be held on October 20 at the Coliseum of the National Stadium Park. This is the first time the Pan American Games will be held in Chile.