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Meet Kelly-Ann Baptiste

Born in Tobago on October 14th 1986, Kelly-Ann Baptiste is a Trinidad and Tobago track and field sprint athlete.Competing at the international level for the first time, Kelly-Ann bowed out in the semi-finals, of the World Junior Championships in Athletics. She ran 12.03 seconds to end seventh in her heat at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.In 2003, Kelly-Ann was the first Trinidad & Tobago female sprinter to win a medal in a global track meet, when she ran 11.58 seconds to take bronze in the 100m at the 3rd IAAF World Youth Championships. Less than a year later, she took 200m gold and 100m silver at the XVI Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track & Field Championships, in Veracruz, Mexico. Kelly-Ann made her Olympic debut in Athens, running the lead-off leg in the 4x100m relay, but was unable to complete the baton exchange and T&T exited the event in the first round.In 2005, Kelly-Ann ran 11.39 and 23.35 to win the 100m and 200m races at the CARIFTA Games.In May 2009, Kelly-Ann set a Trinidad & Tobago national record in the 200 metres finishing with a time of 22.60 seconds.In June, she achieved the then-best performance of the year in the women's 100, doing 10.84 at the National Training Centre (NTC) Stars Invitational meet, making her the 27th-fastest woman over that distance.Kelly-Ann then achieved perhaps her most significant victory to date, winning the 100 at the first-ever IAAF / VTB Continental Cup. Her time of 11.05 was the fourth-fastest winning time in the history of that meet.Motivated to make a difference in her home-town of Plymouth, Baptiste saw Track and Field as a way to change the perception of the community. She has worked hard at her craft, and is definitely reaping the rewards.