Team Barbados shines bright in Canada

Team Barbados has flown the flag high at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, bringing home a total of three medals – one silver and two bronze.

From 10th to 26th July, 29 of our local athletes from 10 disciplines proudly represented Barbados at the Pan Am Games, delivering top-class performances against fierce international competition in the sports of athletics, swimming, boxing, badminton, triathlon, tennis, equestrian, shooting, weightlifting, and golf.

Our track and field athletes reaped success for Team Barbados with two medal-winning performances in just 24 hours.

Levern Spencer,  Priscilla Frederick, Akela Jones
Priscilla Frederick (Antigua & Barbuda), Levern Spencer (St. Lucia) and Akela Jones (Barbados) (Image credit:

The Caribbean swept the Women’s High Jump Final, with Saint Lucia taking the gold medal and Antigua and Barbuda taking silver, but it was Akela Jones who took home Barbados’ first medal in the same Final winning bronze with a career best performance and new national record jump, clearing 1.91m.

Ramon Gittens - Silver medalist @ Pan Am 2015 BIMSHIRE PIC
Ramon Gittens (Barbados), Andre De Grasse (Canada) and Antoine Adams (St. Kitts & Nevis)(Image credit: Bimshire Athletics)

Later that day, Ramon Gittens delivered Barbados’ second medal, winning silver in the Men’s 100m Final with a season best time of 10.07 seconds, finishing behind Andre De Grasse of Canada.

Shane Brathwaite bronze medal 100m hurdles BIMSHIRE PIC
Mikel Thomas (Trinidad & Tobago), David Oliver (USA) and Shane Brathwaite (Barbados) (Image credit: Bimshire Athletics)

Our final medal came days later, when Shane Brathwaite delivered a bronze medal performance in the Men’s 110m Hurdles Final, with a personal best time of 13.21 seconds.

Special mentions go to Greggmar Swift who placed 4th with a personal best time in the Men’s 110m Hurdles Final, as well as the Men’s 4x100m Relay team who placed 4th in their Final. Another mention goes to Men’s Triathlon competitor, Jason Wilson, who placed a commendable 5th overall.

Akela Jones also represented well in the Women’s Long Jump Final, placing 6th overall with a personal best and new national record jump of 6.60m, whilst Kierre Beckles placed 7th in the Women’s 100m Hurdles Final, and Levi Cadogan ran 8th in the Men’s 100m Final. Barbados sole golfer, James Johnson, ranked 8th out of 32 competitors in the first golf competition in Pan American Games’ history – all great efforts from Team Barbados!

The BOA expresses thanks to the Barbados Pan Am Games Management and Medical teams – Chef de Mission Esther Maynard and Team Manager Glyne Clarke; Dr Carl Ward, physiotherapist Marita Marshall and massage therapist Sharon Coppin.

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated and supported Team Barbados at this year’s Games, you did us very proud!

2015 Pan Am Games team

Lani Cabrera – Swimming
Christopher Courtis – Swimming
Alex Sobers – Swimming

Levi Cadogan – Athletics
Ramon Gittens – Athletics
Shane Brathwaite – Athletics
Greggmar Swift – Athletics
Burkheart Ellis – Athletics
Mario Burke – Athletics
Nicholas Deshong – Athletics
Nadia Cummins – Athletics
Sade Sealy – Athletics
Sada Williams – Athletics
Sonia Gaskin – Athletics
Tia-Adana Belle – Athletics
Kierre Beckles – Athletics
Akela Jones – Athletics

Sabrina Scott – Badminton
Dakeil Thorpe – Badminton

Adrian Biscette – Boxing

Emily Kinch – Equestrian

James Johnson – Golf

Michelle Elliot – Shooting
Michael Maskell – Shooting

Darian King – Tennis
Haydn Lewis – Tennis
Seanon Williams – Tennis

Jason Wilson – Triathlon

Brien Best – Weightlifting