Anguilla’s Team for Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games

We are pleased to announce that a young team of 5 athletes with ages ranging from 15 – 16 will be representing Anguilla in the Commonwealth Youth Games 2015, to be held in Samoa, South Pacific, from the 5 – 11 September, 2015.  Athletes aged 14 – 18 from across 70 Commonwealth nations will compete in 9 different sports for this event.


Our team is comprised of 2 female athletic athletes and 3 male lawn tennis athletes:


T'arah Niles - age 16 100m & long jump

T’arah Niles – age 16
100m & long jump

Janique Fleming – age 16 200m & 400m




















Antoine Laurent – age 15 lawn tennis doubles

Kohn Richardson – age 15 lawn tennis doubles

Xander Owen-Vasilis – age 16 lawn tennis singles


















Accompanying and chaperoning the young athletes will be Heather Richardson – team manager/official/coach from the Anguilla Athletics Association and Marvin Hazell – official/coach from the Anguilla Tennis Association.


The team will leave Anguilla on Monday, 31 August, from the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport and overnight in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The next day they will travel to Los Angeles, USA, where they will board their connecting flight to the city of Apia, Samoa, via New Zealand, arriving in Samoa on Thursday, 3 September, 2015, the day the Games village actually opens.


On arrival in Samoa the team will have at least 3 days to recover from their long journey and put in some practise before the Games begin on the 7 September.


The Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday, 5 September, when all the countries competing will individually have their moment of glory before the cameras.


The first Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Scotland, UK, in the year 2000 and has been held every 4 years since then.  A decision at the General Assembly held in 2008 awarded the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games to Samoa, and also subsequently adjusted the quadrennial cycle, so that the future events will take place the year before the adult Games (instead of the year after) therefore changing the year of the St Lucia Commonwealth Youth Games to 2017.


The team will return to the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport, Anguilla, on Monday, 14 September, 2015.