U.S. hurdler Kristi Castlin to visit Guyana November 5
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American hurdler Kristi Castlin
American hurdler Kristi Castlin

… compliments of U.S. Embassy, to conduct workshops

AMERICAN World-rated hurdler Kristi Castlin will be making her maiden trip to Guyana from November 5 to 7, compliments of the United States Embassy in Georgetown. 

According to the Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer Bobby Adelson who spoke with Chronicle Sport yesterday, though the details of Castlin’s visit are still to be finalised, the 26-year-old hurdler will be in Guyana to share her knowledge and experience to aspiring athletes.

“We’ll be doing some workshops and training for mostly young athletes,” Adelson said. “What happened was we reached out to her via twitter, shared our idea on what we want to do and she loved the idea.”

Castlin is the holder of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Political Science and Government Legal Studies Concentration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Adelson said that the American’s visit will encompass her teaching how to balance sports and academics.

Asked to highlight the areas that Castlin will visit, the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer pointed out, “We’re still working on a lot of things, including where she would go and places to visit and so forth, and all of that will depend on the amount of time she has, but we’re very excited about her visit.”

Via her twitter page, Castlin mentioned her upcoming visit to Guyana stating, “I am SO excited! I can’t wait. I am so grateful for the opportunity”.

Castlin is a seven-time NCAA All American athlete; she’s also a five-time Atlantic Coast Conference (AAC) Champion in the 60 and 100m hurdles.

In 2009, Castlin ran 12.91 seconds to be the 100m American Junior record holder, the same year she became the Pan American Junior record holder over the same distance.

At her very first race of the 2014 season in April, Castlin defeated 2013 World Champion Brianna Rollins. Prior to that race, Rollins, America’s biggest star in the 100m hurdles was undefeated in 19 races.

(By Rawle Toney)

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