Tag Archives: Panamanian-Westindian-athletes

Lilia Wilson- Taking the High Jump Higher

Lilia Virginia Wilson

Lilia Virginia Wilson

Lilia Wilson's recording breaking High Jump 1938 (L), and a closer look at the young girl champion (R).

Lilia Wilson’s record-breaking High Jump 1938 (L), and a closer look at the young girl champion (R).

To look at Lilia Wilson today, 76 years after she made athletic history on February 8, 1938, when she managed to break her own High Jump record by leaping over 4 feet, 9 inches in the 1938 Central American and Caribbean Games (hosted by Panama that year), you can see that time has done little to dull the enthusiasm she feels about life. Continue reading

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Women Sports Champions Bring Home the Olympic Gold to Panama

Yvette Lewis gets the golden victory!!!

Yvette Lewis gets the golden victory!!!

Yvette Lewis (gold), Andrea Ferris (Silver) and Alonso Edward (Gold) standing in a winning circle.  Image La Prensa.

Yvette Lewis (gold), Andrea Ferris (Silver) and Alonso Edward (Gold) standing in a winning circle. Image La Prensa.

CHILE -. On Friday, 14 of March 2014, Yvette Lewis brought home the first gold medal for Panama by winning the hundred meter hurdles in the ODESUR– South American Olympic games- female track and field competition. Continue reading

Lloyd LaBeach and Life at UCLA

The Great Jesse Owens

The Great Jesse Owens. 1936 Berlin games.

Practice Session for 1948 London Olympics.

Practice Session for 1948 London Olympics. Barney Ewell (left), Mel Patton (centre), and Harrison Dillard (right).

For the immortal Lloyd La Beach the sight of the City of Angels was the greatest thing he had ever seen in his young life. He was yet to envision the plan that God had in store for him, however, as he humbly took his place among the other “angels” in the mission of compelling the little country of Panama to recognize her West Indian children. Even before Lloyd arrived at the campus dormitory that night he began feeling that secret and welcomed energy so natural for his young body. Continue reading