Screen_Shot_2014-08-27_at_8.08.30_PM2014 makes it 8 years since Belize has been competing in the Central American Junior Scholastic games - or CODICADER - as it is well known. Representing Orange Walk are three athletes hailing from the Muffles High School, we caught up with the trio’s Coach Gilbert Cummings who says they will be participating in track and field.


Gilbert Cummings – Sports Coordinator/Coach


“It’s the first time for two of them one of them has been there before when she was in second form she represented at the same competition before but it was in El Salvador and the two others is their first time.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“How is the preparation going?”


Gilbert Cummings – Sports Coordinator/Coach


“The preparation has been a little difficult normally for the track and field because of the facilities in Belize city they normally ask to go in and train there but it has been a little difficult for them to go to Belize City and train so we have been doing our own preparations here at school making use of what we have.”

 

Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Maybe that is a little disadvantage for them.”


Gilbert Cummings – Sports Coordinator/Coach


“Yeah, it is a little bit of a disadvantage but we have to work with what we have and we will remain positive.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“And what do you expect?”


Gilbert Cummings – Sports Coordinator/Coach


“Well, I expect them to compete, I expect them to do their best of course we would expect them to win but we have to be realistic and the competition is very difficult but nonetheless I still expect them to do well and I hope that they can at least capture a medal.”


The athletes say that despite not having proper training facilities, they plan to perform to the best of their abilities in representing Belize.


Julia Puerto – Track Athlete


“I expect us to at least come in top three and to perform to the best of our abilities, it been a little difficult since we have to come in everyday and practise with the sun but we been through it. I’ve been to El Salvador when I was in second form and now I am going again.


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“How did you perform back then?”


Julia Puerto – Track Athlete


“Well didn’t have much experience so hopefully this year I could bring a medal.”


Adrian Armstrong – Track Athlet


“I expect to do well over there and we didn’t have much time to train but I’ll go do my best out there. First time I am going there and I am really excited and I been trained not so hard because we don’t have the right facilities to train but I’ll do my best out there.”


Catherine Tan– Track Athlete


“We don’t have the facilities needed so we don’t practise that much but I’ll try to do my best and perform as my coach expects me to do.”


The country’s wide delegation of high school athletes are scheduled to depart to Guatemala on Sunday August 31st to September 7th where the games will be held. We wish all our high school athletes the best of luck in the games! 

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