Dacres, Fowler-Reid relishing leadership roles in 'CommGames' team

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

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Fedrick Dacres and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid have been chosen to captain Jamaica's team to the 21st staging of the Commonwealth Games that is being held on the Gold Coast in Australia.

The Games officially begin on Wednesday, April 4 with what is expected to be a glitzy opening ceremony.

Dacres, who has been Jamaica's leading male discus thrower for the past few years, will be competing in his first Commonwealth Games and was a bit surprised to be chosen ahead of some of his more experienced teammates. He was, however, pleased to be chosen to lead the team.

“It is truly an honour to be chosen to captain this team,” Dacres said. “There are so many other great athletes here that have represented Jamaica before that could have been chosen, so to be selected as captain is quite a surprise,” he said.

Fowler-Reid, who is a professional netballer, recently completed a move from New Zealand to Australia to play for West Coast Fever in the upcoming season. She felt equally privileged to be chosen as team captain.

“It is an honour to be chosen to lead this great group of athletes at these games. There will be a lot of expectations at the games and I am looking forward to playing my part in Jamaica's success here in Australia,” she noted.

One of the most feared shooters in the game globally, Fowler-Reid believes that the Sunshine Girls will benefit from gold medal performance over New Zealand's Silver Ferns in the warm-up squad-series heading into the games.

“The confidence is a lot higher in the squad after beating New Zealand. Based on where we are now, I am expecting no less than a podium finish,” she said in a coy response to Jamaica's chances of winning gold at the Games.

Alia Atkinson, who is the lone swimmer representing the country at the games, has been chosen to be the flag bearer at tomorrow opening ceremony.

“This is truly special. After being chosen Sportswoman of the Year, now to be given the honour of leading out my country at the Games is amazing. I am hoping that being chosen Sportswoman of the Year and now flag bearer will continue to have a positive impact in the country and inspire more children to get involved in swimming,” said the 29-year-old.

Jamaica will take its largest contingent ever of 150 athletes to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games.

— Dwayne Richards

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