Speed Force, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ newest track club, was part of the 2018 Whitsuntide Games, which took place in Grenada last weekend at the Kirani James Stadium.
The Garth De Shong-coached Speed Force in its maiden outing overseas, collected two gold, two silver and one bronze.Copping the two gold medals was Youth Olympic Games-bound Romar Stapleton, who did the sprint double in the male Under-17.
Stapleton won the 100 and 200m, clocking 10.89 seconds and 22.10 seconds, respectively.He also gained a silver when his club was second in the 4 x 100m open/ international, with a time of 41.39 seconds.Stapleton, brothers Reberto and Reuberth Boyde and guest runner, fellow Vincentian Mc Kish Compton, made up the Speed Force team.Meanwhile, the brothers were second and third in the men’s 100m open.
Reuberth took the silver with his timing of 10.59 seconds and his twin brother Reberto collected the bronze, having clocked 10.66 seconds.Reflecting on the outing, De Shong told SEARCHLIGHT: “It was good for us, as we were not expecting to do so well”.
De Shong was especially delighted in the twin brothers’ performance, as it was their first overseas competition for the last two years.Speed Force was formed late last year, having been previously aligned with the X- Ceed Sports Club.
Since its formation, Speed Force has been part of championships put on by Team Athletics SVG, thus far for 2018.