Nationwide surfer Shama Beckford says that regardless of not qualifying for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, the impression they made on the world stage has put native browsing heading in the right direction for additional development and success.
Beckford in addition to Garren Pryce, Icah Wilmot, Imani Wilmot and Elim Beckford have been part of the contingent representing Jamaica on the ongoing Worldwide Browsing Affiliation World Browsing Video games meet in El Salvador. The nine-day occasion, which finishes tomorrow, serves as the ultimate qualifying occasion for the Tokyo Video games the place the game will make its Olympic debut.
Beckford superior to the second spherical of the boys’s competitors by putting within the two prime of the primary spherical which noticed him transfer to the repêchage (wild card) spherical for one more alternative at qualification. Whereas he superior out of that second wild card spherical, his third-place end in spherical three ended his qualification hopes. Pryce and Wilmot completed third and fourth of their opening rounds, respectively. Pryce superior out of the primary repêchage spherical by ending second however positioned fourth within the subsequent stage. Wilmot positioned fourth within the first repêchage spherical which additionally ended the qualification journey for each.
Whereas the qualification journey has ended for this cycle, Beckford mentioned that he’s inspired by the response that their performances obtained in El Salvador and believes that Jamaica has made an actual impression on the world stage.
“It’s simply the suggestions from the gang and the judges, individuals who organised the competition, they have been telling us how good our browsing is and the way wowed they’re that Jamaica has such top-class surfers,” Beckford instructed The Gleaner. “Greater than something a superb takeaway from it has been that we’ve got proven the world that we’ve got top-class surfers, which is a big achievement.”
For the ladies, Imani Wilmot and Elim Beckford each did not advance from the primary spherical and their subsequent repêchage rounds. Nevertheless, Shama Beckford says that he’s however pleased with their efforts as they adjusted to the calls for of high-level competitors.
“The circumstances have been actually difficult. You’re speaking about 10 toes of surf, enormous waves and (circumstances) these ladies aren’t usually browsing in and it was positively outdoors of their consolation zone. They rose to the event, they competed and carried out to the most effective of their capability,” Beckford mentioned.
MOVING UP THE RANKS
In keeping with Beckford, Jamaica entered the event ranked forty ninth out of the 51 international locations placing them in opposition to extremely ranked groups from the start. At the moment, Jamaica has totalled 573 factors which have the group ranked thirty ninth general. Beckford mentioned that extra scores from his efficiency ought to see their rating improve additional, placing them in a greater place to contend in 2024 as they’d face gamers inside their rating first.
In keeping with Beckford, the surfers confirmed quite a lot of coronary heart as they got here in because the underdogs and went up in opposition to the most effective guys and nonetheless gathered sufficient factors to maneuver up their rating. “What we’ve got executed now could be put ourselves in a greater place for the subsequent video games to have a greater outcome,” Beckford mentioned.
Beckford says that he’s extra motivated than ever to enhance his talent set and problem for the 2024 Video games scheduled for Paris. In the meantime, the ultimate 12 spots for the Tokyo Video games can be decided this weekend as the ultimate rounds conclude in El Salvador.