On Saturday, 9 August, Grenada sent 4 athletes to the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) to be held in Nanjing, China, where they will participate in athletics and swimming.
Among the four athletes selected are CARIFTA medalists Meleni Rodney and Josh Boateng who will compete in athletics.
Rodney will be participating in the women’s 400m sprint, while Boateng in the men’s discus throw. Both events are scheduled to be held on 20 August at the Nanjing OSC Stadium. The other two athletes, Mia Benjamin and Kerry Ollivierre, will represent Grenada in swimming.
Benjamin will be participating in the women’s 200m individual medley (17 August) and 50m freestyle (21 August), while Kerry Ollivierre will be in the men’s 50m freestyle (19 August) and 50m breaststroke (21 August). All swimming events will take place at the Nanjing OSC Natatorium.
Accompanying the team is Ms Kara Archibald who was appointed as Grenada’s Young Ambassador at the Games, to encourage the athletes to participate in the Cultural and Educational Programme (CEP) of Nanjing 2014 YOG and increase awareness of the YOG to the general public.
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is the global highest-level, multi-sport event for athletes aged 15 to 18. Not only does the games provide a platform for young athletes to participate in sports competitions, but also integrates culture and education to inspire athletes to live by the Olympic Values, become ambassadors of Olympism, and prepare them for their future career.
The Games, scheduled for 16–28 August, will see 3,808 athletes from 204 nations participate in 222 events in 28 sporting disciplines.