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Officials and team members at the Owen Roberts International Airport. (L-R) Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture, Tristan Hydes; chaperone Dorra Sanford; athlete Jonathan Fredrick; athlete Ameilia Gillispie; her father Donavon Gillispie; Deputy Premier and Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly; athlete Andrew Fredrick; and Sports Instructor and Head Coach of Brac Athletic Club Harold Sanford.

Brac teen athletes Ameilia Gillispie, and Andrew and Jonathan Fredrick left their mark on Tampa recently, taking gold, silver and bronze medals at the Bay Area Youth Track and Field (BAYTAF) Classic.

The BAYTAF meet, held at the University of South Florida earlier this month hosted over 1,400 competitors from Florida, Georgia, the Bahamas, Cayman and St. Croix.

The Cayman trio placed in the top-ten in six different events, earning five medals:

Jonathan Fredrick, who is 15-years-old, placed first in the 14- to 15-year-old category shot-put event (putting 11.27metres). He was second in the javelin throw (36.88m); and third in the discus (30.42m).

His cousin, 17-year-old Andrew Fredrick, placed second in shot-put amongst 16- to 17-year-olds, with 12.86metres; he was also eighth in the javelin (30.93m).

A sprinter and jumper, 16-year-old Ameilia Gillispie placed third in her age group in the 200-metre race (running 25.87seconds); fourth in the 100m (12.68secs); and sixth in the long-jump (4.72m).

Sister Islands' Sport Instructor and Head Coach of Brac Athletic Club (BAC), Mr. Mitchum Sanford said, "Representing the BAC, this trio has displayed exceptional performances this season. Their selection for the Tampa Bay event was based on their consistently outstanding results."

Their selection was sponsored by the Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture and Deputy Premier and Cabinet Minister the Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly added her own congratulations:

"The results speak for themselves. We have very talented, dedicated young athletes - and we should all be proud and supportive."

She indicated that she would continue her support of the Brac's athletic programme.

The three athletes will close-out the local athletic season this Saturday, 18 June, by competing in the National Championships on Grand Cayman.

That meet will be Ms. Gillispie's final opportunity to qualify for this summer's Pan-American Junior Championships and World Youth Championships. She is the only Bracker remaining in contention for those games.

The Deputy Premier's Ministry and the Sports Ministry will also be supporting the season finale, which will be hosted by the Cayman Athletic Association.

For further information contact: Lennon Christian