Sprinter, hurdler and triple jumper, Iana Amsterdam will join Kadecia Baird as part of the two-member team to represent Guyana in the 100 metres dash and hurdles events at the upcoming World Youth Championships to be held in Lille, France from July 6-10.
The sixteen-year-old who attends Newark Technology High School in the U.S. is a versatile athlete as she competes in a number of events, namely the 100, 200, 400 metres sprints and she also takes part in the 100 meters hurdles along with the triple jump under the guidance of coach Eddie Greene.
The young star who stands at 5 feet 8 inches and played basketball before choosing track and field has recorded creditable times in her events. President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Colin Boyce has remarked that they are “some crazy times”.
To date the 10th grader has recorded personal best times of 12.23s in the 100 metres, 25.24s in the 200 metres, 57.29s in the 400 metres and 15.09s in the 100 metres hurdles.
“Those girls are performing well and are impressive, they both have also qualified to represent us,” Boyce told Stabroek Sport in an interview.
Meanwhile Baird’s coach, Shaun Dietz along with last year’s World Junior Championships manager of the Guyanese contingent, Andrew Harry will accompany the girls as part of the Guyanese contingent and will act as coach and manager respectively for the team.