THE 2022 edition of the National Association of Athletics Administration (NAAA) National Juvenile Championships was held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.
The event targeted boys and girls under the age of 13 and represents the first major national competition for young athletes in Trinidad and Tobago. It is also the first of three events that make up the NAAA Championship Series; the others being the National Junior Championships and the National Open Championships.
RSS Phoenix were winners of the Championships with a total of 416 points. Cougars Track and Field Club were second with 178 points and Lambeau Alliance took third (112 points).
Cougars dominated the boys' sprint events, winning the Boys U13 100m and the Boys U11 80m and finishing second in the Boys U9 60m.
Josiah Rogers (Cougars) won the Boys U13 100m with a time of 12.31s, Jayden Goodridge (Burnley Athletic Club) was second in 12.32s and Kareem Charles finished third in 13.03s.
In the Girls U13 100m final, Jael Peters (Burnley AC) was first across the finish line in 12.89s while Zenith's Maliyah Cupid (13.25s) and Daija Reid (13.51s) won silver and bronze, respectively.
Goodridge then won the Boys U13 200m (25.84s) with Michael Paul (Concorde Athletic) second in 26.13s and Rogers in third (26.43s).
Jael Peters won the sprint double as she was the gold medallist in the Girls U13 200m with a time of 27.48s. Maliyah Cupid earned silver once more (27.93s) and Chelsea Joseph of Point Fortin New Jets finished third (28.42s).
RSS Phoenix took charge of the middle distance and long-distance events. Their athletes, Gloria Henry (2:50.33m) and Nashequa Samuel (2:55.91m), were first and second in the Girls Under 11 800m while Cougars' Brittney Morgan (3:26.53m) was third. They also won gold, silver and bronze with fourth-placed honour in the Boys U13 1000m. J'Dani Williams (3:27.72m) was first, Niyelle Alleyne (3:41.37m) second Kerlon Henry third (3:42.90m) and Donnell Steward was fourth (3:43.16m).
In the field events, Kenese Stewart of Mason Hall Police YC won the Girls U13 High Jump with a jump of 1.30m and Maliyah Cupid (1.30m in three attempts) and Toco Track and Field Athletic Club's Destiny Silverthorne (1.20m was third).
Savion McIntosh of Fyzabad Athletic Stars won the Boys U11 Long Jump (3.30m), Alistair Joseph (Oasis Athletics) was second (3.25m) and Amechie Howe (Lambeau Alliance) was third 3.21m).
The event successfully displayed the talents of this generation's juvenile athletes and proved to be a solid stepping stone to the next competitive championship.