The St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association was established in 1977 after separating from the St. Kitts Amateur Athletic and Cycling Association that year. It was headed by Dennis (Freddie) Knight who was joined by Seymour Davis, Gene Knight and a number of other enthusiastic individuals to promote the sport of athletics in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
First Carifta Team 1977
David Franks - 400M (Men)
Monty Williams - 100M (Men)
Raphel Jenkins - 200M (Men)
Denzil DeCosta - Pole Vault (Men)
Barbara Caines - 100M (Women)
They however continued to work with their former partners, the St. Kitts Amateur Cycling Association and both associations held joint sporting competitions in Warner Park up to 1980.
The Association was formerly constituted in 1978 when the General Assembly agreed to work with the Cycling Association to form the St. Kitts Commonwealth Games Association. This was done in an effort for a team of athletes, cyclists and officials to travel to Edmonton, Canada to participate in the 10th Commonwealth Games.
The Association became a member of the International Amateur Athletic Federation that year and this membership gave it the opportunity to compete on the world stage.
The Commonwealth Games was the first international competition in which we participated and two athletes namely Glynn Osborne and Ezzard Wilson represented the Federation at this prestigious event.
Joined the IOC in 1993. Competed in the Olympics for the first time in Atlanta, where it sent 10 athletes and did not win a medal. Did not win a medal in Sydney or Athens, but sprinter Kim Collins reached the 100m final at both Games, placing seventh in 2000 and sixth in 2004.
First Olympic Team Atlanta 1996
From Left:- Ricardo Liddie (4x100m); Kim Collins (100m; 4x100m); Kurvin Wallace(200m; 4x100m) and Eric Haynes (4x100m).
From Left Top:- Diane Dunrod-Francis (400m; 4x400); 4x100m(Sub)); Tamara Wigley (4x400m; 4x100m); Valma Bass (4x100m; 4x400m); From Left Bottom:- Ayne Allen (4x400m); Elrecia Francis (4x100m; 4x400(Sub)); Bernice Morton (4x100m; 4x400m(Sub)).
St. Kitts/Nevis Carifta Games Metals Winners
CARIFTA GAMES (UNDER 17 BOYS)
1977 (Barbados) David Frank 50.6 BRONZE 400M
1989 (Barbados) Austin Dickenson 13.99 SILVER Triple Jump
1993 (Martinique) Bruce Nolan 51.00 BRONZE 400M
2000 (Grenada) Melville Rogers 49.40 GOLD 400M
2005 (Tobago) Withley Williams 11.06 BRONZE 100M
2006 (Guadeloupe) Kadeem Smith 48.90 BRONZE 400M
2007 (Turks and Caicos) Kadeem Smith 48.00 SILVER 400M
2007 (Turks and Caicos) Kadeem Smith 2:00.14 BRONZE 800M
CARIFTA GAMES (UNDER 17 GIRLS)
1993 (Martinique) Roatter Johnson 1.54 BRONZE High Jump
1999 (Martinique) Tiandra Ponteen 24.26 BRONZE 200M
1999 (Martinique) Tiandra Ponteen 54.89 BRONZE 400M
2008 (St. Kitts) 3:49.13 SILVER
4x400 Meter Relay
(Tresfassana White; Vanessa Bennet; Siana Leader; Kaydeen Liburd)
2008 (St. Kitts) 46.95 SILVER
4x100 Meter Relay
(Arian Maynard; Vanessa Bennet; Tresfassana White; Siana Leader)
CARIFTA GAMES (UNDER 20 MEN)
1986 (Guadeloupe) Alex Hendrickson 7.28 GOLD Long Jump
1986 (Guadeloupe) 4 x 100 Metres Relay 42.39 SILVER
1987 (Trinidad) Eric Haynes 10.60 GOLD 100M
1987 (Trinidad) 4 x 100 Metres Relay 41.44 BRONZE
1988 (Jamaica) Winston Eddy 21.70 BRONZE 200M
1993 (Martinique) Benton Brudy 1:53.11 BRONZE 800M
1995 (Cayman Islands) Kim Collins 10.75 BRONZE 100M
2002 (Bahamas) Melville Rogers 47.24 SILVER 400M
2006 (Guadeloupe) Withley Williams 21.37 SILVER 200M
2007 (Turks and Caicos) 4x100 Metres Relay 40.71 BRONZE
CARIFTA GAMES (UNDER 20 WOMEN)
1986 (Guadeloupe) Diane Dunrod
54.85 BRONZE 400M
1986 (Guadeloupe) 4 x 400 Metres Relay 3:54.82 BRONZE
1987 (Trinidad) Diane Dunrod 54.04 SILVER 400M
1989 (Barbados) Serene Carey 2:15.9 BRONZE 800M
1995 (Cayman Islands) Roatter Johnson 5.37 BRONZE Long Jump
2001 (Barbados) Tiandra Ponteen 23.75 BRONZE 200M
2001 (Barbados) Tiandra Ponteen 54.11 SILVER 400M
2003 (Trinidad) Tiandra Ponteen
23.71 GOLD 200M
2003 (Trinidad) Tiandra Ponteen
52.76 SILVER 400M
2007 (Turks and Caicos) Tameka Williams
6.14m SILVER Long Jump
2008 (St. Kitts)
Meritzer Williams 11.41 SILVER 100M
Meritzer Williams 23.11 SILVER 200M
Born: April 05, 1976
Country: St.Kitts & Nevis
Height: 5'10'' /180 cm
Weight: 146 lbs /77 kg
School: Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas, United States)
Events: 60m, 100m, 200m, 4x100m
At the Sydney Games in 2000, Collins became the first ever Olympic finalist from his country and after winning gold at the 2003 World Championship in Paris, he reached the Olympic final again in Athens in 2004 and placed sixth.
Kim has appeared in every Olympic finals since 2000 and has made it to at least the Quarter –finals at every Olympic games he has ever participated. Kim has also medalled in every World Champiosnhip since 2001 and is regarded as one of the most successful sprinters in history from the Caribbean.
Club name: Texas Christian University: Texas, United States
Coach: Monte Stratton (gofrogs.fansonly.com 22/11/01)
Additional information: When and where did you begin this sport?
"I got serious about track in high school, but I had never thought I would get this far. It's a big surprise to me." (gofrogs.fansonly.com 22/11/01)
Awards and honours
He was awarded with a diplomatic passport by the government of St Kitts and Nevis in recognition of his rise to international fame in 2002. (IAAF 06/01/02)
At the 2001 World Championships he became the first-ever world medallist from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. Sharing the bronze medal with Shawn Crawford of the USA, he clocked an OECS record 20.20s. (slucia.com 22/11/01)
Was only one of two athletes from St Kitts to compete at the 2000 Olympic Games. (gofrogs.fansonly.com 22/11/01)
2001 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Collins ran from lane one and at the tape a line of six men dipped together behind the clear winner Konstadinos Kederis from Greece. After some agonising moments as multiple replays from multiple angles on the stadium video scoreboard didn't help the fans or athletes much, Jamaican Chris Williams was declared the silver medallist with Shawn Crawford from the USA third. Collins was credited with fourth, and all three athletes were given 20.20s. But about five minutes later the results were amended to give Collins a share of the bronze medal. (Track and Field News October 2001 22/11/01)
He claims he is one of the most natural sprinters in the world. "I'm not one of those hard-working sprinters. I'm an easy going guy. When I don't feel like going to training, my coach is going to get a phone call, and he appreciates that. I don't believe in lifting weights or pumping iron. There are a lot of things I don't believe in. So it's great he accepts that and lets me do the work I want." (IAAF 26/08/03)
Off the track, he definitely prefers a slower pace, and he misses everything about his homeland. "It's a place where you don't have to have a car to have fun. You can walk everywhere, and you can always walk to the beach. When I am home, I can play my music really loud. It's kicked back to the extreme!" (gofrogs.fansonly.com 22/11/01)
He spends three months of the year in St Kitts, a place that doesn't have an athletics track. (IAAF 26/08/03) "Hopefully, if I continue to be successful and earn good money I can one day build a proper athletics track for St Kitts and Nevis. Hopefully they might think to name it after me, that's all I ask." (telegraph.co.uk 08/07/04)
St. Kitts have an Athletics track which was offically open on 03/21/2008, with the main stand in the Stadium carrying Kim Collin's name.
LIFE AFTER ATHLETICS
"When I retire my twin aims are to own a nightclub where I can be the resident DJ and then also run a really nice restaurant on the island. That would keep me happy for the rest of my days.'' (telegraph.co.uk 08/07/04)
He was reprieved without sanction when he failed a doping test in 2002. His positive result was caused by taking asthma medication. (IAAF 26/08/03)
The following results are included in the Competition Highlights field. There can be small discrepancies due to the lack of sources for certain results. Note that the results are sorted on rank within a competition.
Results in Last Olympic Cycle:
- All Placings at 2004 Olympic Games and 2007 World Championships
- Top 8 at 2005 World Championships
- Top 8 at Continental Championships, World Indoor Championships, World Athletics Final, Golden League competitions and Super Grand Prix competitions
- Top 3 at Grand Prix competitions and World Junior Championships
Historical Results (before OG 2004):
- Top 8 at 2000 Olympic Games
- Top 3 at other Olympic Games
- Top 3 at World Championships
Education: Psychology - Texas Christian University: Texas, United States
Injuries: He sustained a leg injury in the 2003 Zurich Golden League meet, just a few weeks prior to his World Championship win. "I limped away from the track in Switzerland. I had an MRI scan on my right knee, in Amsterdam, to see what was going on. There was some cartilage damage, but had regular treatment from the Jamaican federation - thanks to them." (IAAF 26/08/03)
Note: A complete explanation of data type and depth can be found in the Additional Information section of the biography
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