Overseas Based Athletes

October 2005

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Chris Lloyd     • Events / PB: 200m - 20.62s     400m - 45.40s

Chris Lloyd Chris Lloyd, born in Texas (1980) of Dominican parents from Castle Bruce, first represented Dominica at the Commonwealth Games (Manchester) in 2002. He then went on to the Pan-Am Games (Santo Domingo) and CAC Senior Championship (Grenada) in 2003. He met the International Association of Athletic Federation's qualifying standard for the World Outdoor Championship (Paris) in 2003 and the World Indoor Championship (Hungary) in 2004.

Chris was Dominica's only qualified athlete at the Olympic Games in Athens (B standard). His performance at the games was hampered by the resurfacing of an old injury. However, having undergone the necessary treatment in the US, Chris has been back in action. Some of Chris' performances at grand prix meets can be viewed on www.iaaf.org.

Chris Lloyd Chris further qualified for the CAC Championship 2005 and was the only athlete selected to participate at the IAAF World Championship in Helsinki Finland, in August 2005. On a cold and very windy day he ran a time of 47.13 s and was placed 6th in his heat. Nevertheless, Chris Lloyd to date is the only competitive Dominican athlete who has shown consistency in performance.

We hope that the recent change of coach will bring the necessary improvement to be placed in the top 10 in the world, which is his goal.

His immediate goals are qualifying for the IAAF Indoor Champs mid-March 2006, immediately followed by the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, and other Championships all serving as preparation for the Pan Am Games 2007.

Roger Polydore     • Events / PB: 400m - 47.43s

Roger Polydore Roger Polydore (1985) of Bath Estate, a graduate of the Dominica Grammar School and member of the Olympians Athletic Club is the first junior athlete to meet qualifying Standards for an IAAF junior event. Roger qualified for the 400m at the World Junior Championship in 2004 and his performance during the preliminary race was good enough to qualify for the semi-finals. However, citing injury, he dropped out of that race. In July 2005 he was selected to participate at the CAC Championship in the Bahamas, his first appearance on a high class stage in the Senior category (49.00s).

Since January 2005 the very talented Roger Polydore has been at the IAAF High Performance Center in Jamaica. Unfortunately, having to train on unsuitable surfaces in Dominica left this youngster with a number of injuries for which he had to seek attention on arrival in Jamaica. Contending with these injuries kept Roger off the track in recovery, and certainly impacted his performance for the rest of the competitive season.

It is hoped that a healthy Roger will benefit significantly from his training in Jamaica this year. His coach and we believe that Roger has great potential to make it to World Class standard in the next few years and therefore qualify for the Pan Am Games 2007.

Sherwin James     • Events / PB: 100m - 10.47s     200m - 20.94s     Long Jump - 7.52m

Sherwin James Sherwin James of Pichlin (1978), a graduate of the Grand bay Secondary School has had his share of athletic experiences. After obtaining his first degree from the University of Idaho, Sherwin remained there to pursue graduate studies. Though not as active as previous years; having to balance school, work, and training, his latest competition at the Long Jump (7.50m) was good enough to qualify for the CAC Senior Championship in the Bahamas from the 7-11 of July, 2005. Sherwin, however, chose to withdraw from the competition citing financial difficulties.

Sherwin has represented Dominica at the IAAF World Championships 1999 and 2001 (Sevilla and Edmonton), Commonwealth Games (Manchester) in 2002, CAC Senior Championship (Grenada) 2003, Pan-Am Games (Santo Domingo) 2003, and the IAAF World Indoor Championship (Hungary) 2004.

Fabian Florant     • Events / PB: Long Jump - 7.35m     Triple Jump - 16.15m

Fabian Florant Fabian Florant (1983), a member of the Olympians Athletic Club and graduate of the Saint Mary's Academy now competes for Southwest Missouri State University. After graduating from SMA, Fabian left Dominica for Lindenwood University after having secured a partial scholarship. His father was instrumental in ensuring that he was able to accept this partial scholarship. Fabian's show of promise and his performance landed him a full scholarship to Southwest Missouri State in 2005. To track Fabian Florant's progress visit www.smsbears.net.

In his preparation towards Pan Am Games 2007 Fabian had successfully qualified for and competed at the CAC Championships 2005 in the Bahamas in July, in the Triple Jump (16.15m). With a jump of 15.17m he was not able to qualify for the IAAF World Championship this time. He aims to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, CAC Games, and other regional Championships in preparation for the Pan-Am Games 2007.

Nevertheless, having improved his jump to over 16 meters in 2005 is an indication that with serious training he will achieve qualifying standards to major international events in the next few years.

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Pat Henry    • Events / PB: 100m -10.75     200m - 21.62

Pat Henry Pat Henry was born in the US (1986) of Dominican parents. Pat attended the Massacre Primary School and began his secondary education at the Saint Mary's Academy before migrating back to the US. Pat's college athletic career begun at the University of Delaware, but he has since transferred to Rutgers University in New Jersey. His goals are to qualify for Dominica's National team to the Commonwealth Games, NACAC (Under 23) Championships, CAC Games and other major games in preparation for Pan Am Games 2007.

Kenneth "Bill" John    • Events / PB: 100m -10.49     200m - 21.47

Kennheth John Kenneth John, of Mahaut (1978) left Dominica in 2003 on partial track scholarship to pursue studies at Lindenwood University in the US. Kenneth, has not perform at his the standard he is capable of performing thus far, but it is hoped that this athletic year, he will realize improved standards. Kenneth aims to qualify for Dominica National Team to a number of regional and events this year, all in preparation for the Pan-Am Games 2007.


Catherine "Cherry" Stoute     • Events : Javelin, Discus, Shot, Heptathlon

Catherine Stoute Catherine "Cherry" Stoute from San Sauveur (1981); graduate of the Saint Martin's Secondary School has been finding her place in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MEAC). Now a sophomore at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Catherine is the first Dominican female athlete to attempt the heptathlon; a 7 discipline event over 2 days. She also throws the javelin, discus, and shot. She scored 4316 points at her first attempt at the event. This is the beginning of Catherine's second year of competition. It is hoped that as she develops her skill in the hurdles, high jump and long jump and strengthens her other areas, Dominica will be able to add a heptathlete to its team for regional competitions. Catherine believes that with determination she can excel at this new event, although, she adds, "javelin is still my favourite event". Please visit www.morganstatebears.com to follow this athlete's progress.

Catherine aims to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, CAC Games and other major Games in preparation for the Pan-Am Games 2007.