UPDATED: Addison James secures Dominica’s first medal at CARIFTA GAMES

Addison James has propelled Dominica to its first medal at the 51st CARIFTA Games in St. Georges Grenada collecting a bronze in the Under 20 boys Javelin.

James, competing in the boy’s Under-20 Javelin came third in the first round of the competition with throws of 61.49 meters, 59.07, and a best of 65.50 sending him to the next round of the competition.

From there, he had a throw of 60.49, a foul, and his final throw was 55.28 enough to capture the bronze medal in that competition, the first for Dominica.

For the young athlete, it was a proud moment for him and his country Dominica.

“I feel proud in representing my country and putting my best foot forward…I want to also thank my parents, coach, and the association for supporting me, I did my best to make my country proud and I am happy and appreciate it.”

He stated that during the second round of the competition where he had a foul throw, he was a “bit discouraged” but his coach Joel Hamilton encouraged him saying to him, “Don’t be discouraged, block better and it will fall in place.”

“I did just that, and, with the wind assisting me I got the desired result,” he said.

Brendan Williams is President of the Dominica Amateur Athletes Association (DAAA) and witnessed the event. In congratulating young James, he said he is “a hard worker with a good work ethic”.

“I must say congratulations to Addison James for achieving such a feat and also, to his coach, family, and club Westmar Rangers. I am extremely proud of Addison, his work ethic, and what he has been able to achieve.

Williams was nearby encouraging the young athlete and along with coach Hamilton would call him across for some tips and encouraging words. “When he had the foul throw, he was a little bit uptight so we called him and advised him to take it easy, relax and let it come naturally, and follow the instructions of the coach.

James, he stated came into the competition ranked number “6” and his throw of 65.50 meters was his “personal best” (PB) after coming into the competition with a throw of 57.70 meters, so everyone is proud of him and urges him to continue to work hard.

Brendan Williams of Dominica is the Chair of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Athletes Advisory Commission (AAC). Appointed in March 2021, he became the first Caribbean athlete in history to lead the athlete’s commission of a major International Sports Federation.

A former high jump athlete who competed for Dominica in the Commonwealth Games at Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014,  urges young athletes to “work hard and have good work ethics” because the sky is the limit since there are many opportunities outside and he is encouraged that Addison James has embraced the opportunities given and continues to excel and make his country proud.

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  1. Meg Marong
    April 2, 2024

    Congrats 🎉 to Addison for keeping Da flag flying, but are we satisfied with this dismal showing at the 51st Carifta Games
    There are many questions to be after all participating for decades at these meet
    1.why da is not able to present a formidable team of athletics for these games
    2.Why infrastructure for track and field is so poor on island
    3.Have successive Association failed athletics in Da
    4 When we going to have a national policy to guide the development of sport
    5. Do we see sports as a development tool for your people

  2. Mary
    April 1, 2024


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    • Abbas
      April 2, 2024

      We should encourage these athletes for their more successful.

  3. Ibo France
    April 1, 2024

    Congrats for saving Dominica from a complete drought of medals. This is the only drop of rain. This young man deserves a some accolades on his return to the island.

    • Labour Power
      April 2, 2024

      Congratulations young man,It is an honour to fly the Dominica flag.Skerrit has made history by having 3 Dominicans on the West Indies team at one time.Alick Athanaze.Kaveen Hodge and Stephan Pascal.So bray on blue aholes bray on.

  4. MEME
    April 1, 2024

    Congrats young man..
    In 2024, Grenada is hosting the CARIFTA games, while Dominica does not even have a synthetic track. WHAT A SHAME! Skerrit has spent 24 years waging war on playing fields in Dominica, thereby truncating the hopes and aspirations of our young people.
    I saw the young female sprinter Kerelle Etienne in the under 17 girls finals. She placed 4th, but everyone including the commentators can see that if she stays fit, she will go places!!!

  5. AA
    April 1, 2024

    Congrats. keep trying!

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  6. DR
    April 1, 2024


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    • Abbas
      April 2, 2024

      This success could be a great honor for Dominica .

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