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Warwick Academy dominates Denton Hurdle Memorial Awards

Naomi MacGuinness from Warwick Academy takes home the Denton Hurdle Award in the Primary School Girls category at Warwick Academy (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Warwick Academy students picked five of the six categories at the 38th annual Denton Hurdle Memorial Awards held at the island’s oldest school on Thursday.

Naomi MacGuinness, who has established herself as an up-and-coming middle-distance runner, won the Primary School girls accolade.

The 11-year-old MacGuinness had a year to remember, as she broke three records. She was impressive at the Bermuda Schools Sports Federation Primary School Track and Field Championships, where she surpassed two records.

First she broke the 23-year-old 800 metres record, before shattering the Randy Benjamin Mile record by almost 24 seconds. She also won the Primary School division in the Butterfield Mile in January and set a girls record in last month’s Heritage Day Junior Classic.

Cush Belboda, from Purvis Primary, and Somersfield Academy’s Evelyn Fahy, received Primary School honourable mentions.

Jemani Scott took the Primary Schools boys top prize. Scott, of West End Primary, won big at the BSSF Primary School Track and Field Championships after winning the 200, and finished second in the 400 and 800.

Honourable mentions in the Primary School boys went to Cyme Dowling, of Francis Patton School, and Ajani Trott, of Paget Primary.

Antoinette Barry picked up the Middle School girls accolade. Barry led Warwick to second-place finishes in the Middle School girls six-a-side and knockout cup finals.

She represented Bermuda in the Caribbean Football Union under-14 championships in 2023. Berry is part of the under-15 national academy and was a member of the PHC Lady Zebras who lifted the 2024 Kappa Classic Under-13 division.

Her other achievements include a defender of the year accolade awarded by PHC Lady Zebras and being a finalist for the Bermuda Football Association referee of the year.

Somersfield Academy’s Gabriella Cechini was the runner-up. She was the Middle School Girls Butterfield Mile champion and also won the Butterfield & Vallis 5K, Middle School Cross-Country Championships and the Middle School 800 and 1,500.

Cechini was also named the short course swimming championships 13-14 age group female champion.

Warwick Academy swept the Middle School division when Zydon Lightbourne Furbert was named the boys’ winner. Lightbourne Furbert also had a record-breaking track performance at the BSSF Middle School Track and Field Championships.

He twice broke the over-13 boys’ records in the 200 and 400 events. He would go on to be crowned champion boy after also winning the 100. Lightbourne Furbert also won the Middle School boys race in the Butterfield Mile.

His football exploits saw him lead Warwick Academy to wins in the six-a-side tournament and knockout cup. He was the 2023 BFA under-13 division MVP and is a member of the under-15 national academy.

Seruno Basden, from Whitney Institute, finished second. Basden was one of the leaders on the Whitney track team that won a silver medal in the 400. He is a member of Pacers Track Club and also competes in taekwondo, equestrianism and tennis.

Adriana Argent bagged the Senior School girls division. The deputy head girl, prefect and house captain was a regular fixture on any Warwick female team.

Argent was rewarded with the 2024 Bermuda Outstanding Teen Award for Sport. She is in Mexico representing Bermuda at the Central American & Caribbean Swimming Confederation Swimming Championships.

She has represented Bermuda in athletics and cross-country. Argent also led Warwick teams in football, netball, basketball and volleyball.

Katherine Bean-Rosario, from Saltus Grammar School, who is in St Kitts competing for a spot in the Leewards Islands under-19 team, was the senior girls runner-up.

Matthew Banner gave Warwick their fifth win of the night when he clinched the senior boys division. The Warwick head boy is talented in badminton, basketball and is a national team member in volleyball where he won the 2023 most improved player.

The runner-up was Anijahe Santos Martin, from Mount Saint Agnes Academy. Santos Martin captained MSA in football, basketball and volleyball.

A regular for the North Village senior men’s team, Santos Martin is a member of the under-18 Bermuda indoor volleyball team, as well as the under-19 outdoor side. He won the 2024 sports award at the Outstanding Teen Awards.

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Published June 22, 2024 at 9:36 am (Updated June 22, 2024 at 9:36 am)

Warwick Academy dominates Denton Hurdle Memorial Awards

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