Large Jamaican delegation for Commonwealth Games

March 07, 2018
Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) secretary general Alan Beckford (second right) speaking with JOA first vice-president, Chris Stokes (right), at yesterday's press briefing to announce the country's delegation to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Looking on is JOA director Robert Scott (third right).
President of the Jamaica Olympic Association Christopher Samuda (left) and Commonwealth Games director Garth Gayle at yesterday's press briefing to announce Jamaica's delegation to the Games.

A very large contingent of 115 athletes and 36 officials will represent Jamaica at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia next month.

The group, the largest ever to travel to the Games from Jamaica, will compete in 15 sports. The announcement was made at a press briefing at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) headquarters in Kingston, yesterday.

JOA president, Christopher Samuda, said the trip will present the chance for Jamaica to showcase its values as a country to the world.

"It will be an experience of national pride, pride in the success of our countrymen and countrywomen. Pride in Brand Jamaica," Samuda said.

Team Jamaica's chef de mission will be Dalton Myers, while Antonio Bell, Kaydean Webley and Hamlin Pagon will serve as team managers.

The 21st staging of the Commonwealth Games will take place on the Gold Coast, Australia from April 4-15.

Myers said the official team captains and flag bearer have not yet been named, but an announcement should come by the end of this week.

Sporting disciplines Athletes Officials Total

Aquatics 2 2 4

Athletics 58 12 70

Badminton 5 1 6

Basketball 12 5 17

Boxing 1 1 2

Cycling 1 1 2

Gymnastics 1 1 2

Lawn Bowls 2 0 2

Netball 12 5 17

Rugby Sevens 12 3 15

Shooting 2 1 3

Squash 2 1 3

Table Tennis 2 1 3

Triathlon 2 1 2

Wrestling 1 1 2

Totals 15 115 36 151

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