One of the country’s premier track and field athletes signed her letter of intent (LOI) to compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I earlier this week.
Acacia Astwood received a full four-year scholarship to participate as a member of the Rebels athletic team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The CARIFTA bronze medalist said she’s looking forward to taking her athletics career to the next level. She’ll join the team in the fall for the start of the indoor track season.
“The team is basically family-oriented, which is how it is here at home and they have the academic resources for me to succeed,” Astwood said.
“There is life after school and competing so, I wanted to make sure that they can cater to my needs. I believe The Bahamas needs more people to go out there and help athletes because I don’t think that there is enough support.”
Astwood finished fourth in the under-20 girls’ discus throw at the 2018 CARIFTA Games in The Bahamas earlier this month. She scored a bronze medal in the same event last year in Curacao.
Astwood, who currently attends St. Anne’s has a personal best mark of 45.27 metres (m) in the discus and 10.60m in the shot put. She’ll also be a favorite to medal at next year’s CARIFTA Games in the Cayman Islands, seeing that she’ll still be eligible to compete in the under-20 division.
She has been training locally with the Blue Chip Throwers Club for the past several years under Coach Corrington Maycock.
“It was a goal that she wanted to achieve from she started track and field,” Maycock said about Astwood, who started off as a track athlete.
“Right now, I’m elated to know that although she didn’t succeed on the track side, she did it on the field. This is a life dream come true, to bring kids into this type of environment and watch them develop where they can now sign four-year scholarships.”