Fastest woman in Belize hosting 5th annual Track and Field games
Belize’s most decorated female sprinter, Kaina Martinez, an 11-time All-American track athlete, 2-time NCAA Champion, Olympian, and Central American and Belize record holder for the 100-meter event, is hosting her 5th annual Kaina Martinez Track and Field games in July in the beautiful coastal village of Seine Bight in Stann Creek, Belize.
Martinez, who currently attends Texas A&M University, has been hard at work on her education and developing her stellar skills on the track. She recently made a pair of top finishes in the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter dash events at the 2017 NCAA outdoor track and field championships at IMG Academy in Florida, USA. But beyond the accolades and recognition for her personal accomplishments, Martinez hosts the annual event in her hometown of Seine Bight in an effort to bring about positive change.
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“Cognizant of the multitude of challenges facing my beloved community on a daily basis, I developed a focus to use sports as a catalyst to motivate the young and to nurture their minds, so that I could help build strong individuals who are willing to work hard – just like me – despite life’s limitations,” Martinez said as she explained her passion for the annual tournament.
The annual Kaina Martinez Track and Field games targets children ages 4 to 14 years old and is held at the football field in Seine Bight. It will be held from July 22-23. Children from nearby Placencia and surrounding villages on the peninsula are also welcome to participate in the event.
But to make the event a supreme success, Martinez is asking for community assistance in raising funds: “I have always been proud of my ability to be an integral part of this event – from organizing, coordinating, coaching and even fundraising. It can be exhausting! I have always contributed money from my modest paycheck and receive small contributions from family and friends. However, to make this event accessible to all our Peninsula children and make it truly successful for them, I am humbly requesting your assistance to join me in the fund-raising process.”
Martinez has prepared a budget for the event is seeking assistance in reviewing and widening the effort to, as she describes it, “transform these children into great assets for Belize and the world.” Anyone willing to make a contribution can contact the fastest woman in Belize at email: [email protected].