Jamaican shooter Shaun Barnes honoured to be CAC Games team captain

By July 10, 2018
Shaun Barnes (left) and his brother Marc at the JOA Headquarters on Monday after being named one of Jamaica's team captains for the CAC Games in Colombia. Shaun Barnes (left) and his brother Marc at the JOA Headquarters on Monday after being named one of Jamaica's team captains for the CAC Games in Colombia.

Shooter Shaun Barnes says it an honour be named as one of the team captains for Jamaica’s contingent of athletes heading to the Central American and Caribbean Games set for Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19-August 3, 2018.

Barnes, Jamaica’s lone shooter in the team, will be co-captain Jamaica’s men along with the country’s top squash player Chris Binnie. Jamaica’s star swimmer Alia Atkinson will co-captain the women’s team along with veteran sprinter, Sherone Simpson, the 2015 Pan American 100m champion.

“This is a huge honour for me. A lot of distinguished athletes have worn these shoes before and it is a great accomplishment for not only me as an individual and an opportunity to represent my sport but also another opportunity to represent my country. I am honoured,” said Barnes who was present at the headquarters of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) when Garth Gayle made the announcement.

Barnes will be competing in Olympic trap shooting, not popular in Jamaica, a country that does not have the proper facilities to develop the sport. As such, much of his preparation for the CAC Games has been done abroad.

However, he took on the responsibility to represent the country when Jamaica was granted a wildcard entry into the discipline at the Games. He added that this excursion to the CAC Games will be more about preparing for the future.

“We really weren’t focused on entering these games, we got a wild card spot at the last minute so we are going out there to do our best,” Barnes said.

“Right now these games will be more about the experience, understanding what the sport is all about, gaining as much information as possible so that we can make a mark moving forward to the other Games.”

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