Jamaica’s team to the Commonwealth Games, which run from April 4-15, 2018, is on location and already engaged in the fight for golden glory in various sporting events. They have the honour and serious responsibility of continuing what has been along legacy of outstanding performances by their nation at the Games. Here are five facts about Jamaica’s Commonwealth Games 2018 team.
- The country will be competing in 15 different sporting disciplines – the largest number it has participated in so far. Of these, the nation will be taking part in lawn bowls, wrestling, rugby sevens and triathlon for the first time.
- Jamaica’s first medal in the 2018 Games came from Alia Atkinson, who won silver in the 50m breaststroke in 30.76 seconds, behind England’s Sarah Vasey, who won in 30.60 seconds. Alia also won silver in this event at the Glasgow 2014 games.
Two Jamaicans, Yohan Blake and Elaine Thompson, have been listed by the AFP Sports among eight to watch at this year’s staging of the games.
- Jamaica’s female representative in the triathlon, Llori Sharpe, is only 17 years old and is a student of St Andrew High School for Girls.
- Jamaica’s bowls team have been dubbed the Reggae Rollers, and their entrance in the Commonwealth Games is largely through the pioneering effort of team member Andrew Newell to get the sport formalised and internationally recognised in Jamaica.