Seventeen-year-old Quincy Alexander won a gold medal in the match sprint during the Junior Pan American Championships when he beat Bajan Javed Mounter in the final in Mar Del Plata, Argentina on Saturday. Alexander won the first ride of a best of three matchup before Mounter conceded the second race due to “ill feelings.”

Alexander reached the semifinals of the Keirin but was eliminated in the early stages of the kilo after clocking 1:08.63. The victory marked the Beacon cyclist’s first gold at Junior Pan Ams after being a part of the bronze-winning team in the team sprint in Mexico in 2009 and winning silver in the kilo and sprint in Puerto Rico in 2010. Meanwhile, T&T’s other entrant Jodi Goodridge reached the finals in both of her events, placing fourth in the 500m in 39.17 and fifth in the Keirin.


Lenn HypoliteCommonwealth champion Lenn Hypolite will lead T&T’s four-member contingent at the Pan American Games qualifiers in Lima, Peru, this weekend. Hypolite won this country’s first ever medal at the Commomwealth Games when he captured the welterweight division in Chenai, India, in January getting the better of Dale Rhodie of Scotland 3-1. Caribbean champion Katherine Lee Aping, Central American and Caribeban (CAC) Games medallist Dorian Alexander and Japan-based Edson Breedy will complete the line up for T&T. Hypolite trains at the Westside Taekwondo Club in New York under the guidance of T&T’s Pan American Games bronze medallist Dr Chinedum Osuji .

The City University student is the 2008 Pan American championships silver medallist and will compete in the welterweight division. Lee Aping captured the junior women’s title at the Caribbean championships in Barbados in January. The St Joseph Convent, Port-of-Spain, fifth-form student also won the Best Female Fighter award. Alexander will compete in the featherweight division and is the reigning Central American and Caribbean Games bronze medallist. The 26-year-old medical doctor is a training partner of Hypolite at the Westside Taekwondo Club. Heavyweight Breedy spent a year working and training in Japan where he won several fights over in Asia.Colin Mufford and Dr Osuji are the two team coaches, while Anthony Ferguson is the manager.

COPAG’s Marketing Department has big surprises in store ahead of Guadalajara 2011

In a strategy to get more people interested in actively participating in all events related to the XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011, the Marketing Department is planning great surprises for the enjoyment of citizens and to ensure that America’s Fiesta is in everyone’s lips.

The events planned are scheduled to be launched in the next few days in different shopping centers and other strategic points throughout the City. Athletes from Jalisco, volunteers, Pan American Ambassadors and COPAG’s employees will participate, including the friendly Pan American Mascots Leo, Gavo and Huichi, who will play a starring role in the fun-filled activities planned.

In parallel to these social events, the Guadalajara International Airport will be dressed with giant decals featuring the image of athletes so that they feel welcome as they arrive in Guadalajara and to also remind all travelers that they have a date with sports on October 14.

“The goal of this giant decal campaign is to create a high level of inspiration and generate excitement about the great experience that is to be had in Guadalajara; likewise, we want everyone in Mexico and the world abroad to join this great project.”

“In addition, in February we’re producing some very creating material of high national and international impact that will give a lot to talk about, that will speak well of Guadalajara 2011,” commented Juan Murray, COPAG Marketing Manager.

These initiatives are supported by three Jalisco icons: women who are internationally renowned for their beauty, Mariachi as a symbol of celebration and Tequila as the identity of Jalisco.

The campaigns will be promoted thought the official internet portal for the Games and through the social networks where some interactive surprises are in store.