National youth female athletes, Xaria Bascombe and La Tavia Simon, presently attending the Vertial High School in St Kitts, continue to show progress despite the challenging times occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coach Janice Bailey, who is both coach and guardian of the girls while they are in St Kitts, said she is pleased and satisfied with the progress of the girls even in trying times.
“Track and school are going fine,” she said. “The girls are now in fourth form which is a crucial time, preparing for external exams which take front stage… not that I am putting track on the back burner.”
She recognised that “the girls are talented and they work hard, and they realize the importance of working hard both on and off the track.”
Both girls have done well at the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC), with each getting passes in Maths and English. In fact, they got the highest levels in those subjects, Dailey informed.
They are now focused academically on preparing for the CXC CSEC exams.
Dailey is understandably pleased with these results and admits to having high hopes for the girls both in track and their academics.
With a few days off, Dailey is taking the girls through an exercise in which they will focus on what they want to get out of track.
Both set the Olympics as their ultimate goal but are focused immediately on the nationals and the CARIFTA Games.
In the meantime, Xaria says “..things have been good so far despite COVID-19. … I am pleased with my results and everything is falling into place.”
La Tavia recognizes that “I have no time to waste seeing that I am preparing for CXC in 2022. …. . Currently my training is on pause so I use my time getting my assignments and SBS finished.”