West Indies Federation (WIF)

Overview

NOCWest Indies Olympic Association
Flagbearers2

Participants

Olympic Games 13

Description

A short-lived nation (existing between 1958 and 1962), the West Indies Federation consisted of 12 present-day nations and territories: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The West Indies Olympic Association was formed on 29 July 1958 at a meeting in London as a successor of the already existing National Olympic Committees of Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. This newly constituted organization was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the same year and sent a team to the 1960 Olympics. The Roma organizing committee called the “nation” the Antilles, a term that has, unfortunately, been often copied in many books. The West Indies team consisted of 13 athletes in 1960, two from Barbados, four from Trinidad, and seven from Jamaica, who competed in track & field athletics, cycling, sailing, shooting, and weightlifting. The team won two bronze medals, one by Jamaican George Kerr in the 800 metres, and one by the 4×400 metres relay team, which consisted of three Jamaicans and one Barbadian (Jim Wedderburn).

After the dissolution of the Federation in 1962 the West Indies Olympic Association was made defunct as well and the Olympic Committees of Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago became active again.

Participations by edition

Edition As Competition Type Men Women Total
1960 Summer Olympics West Indies Federation Olympic Games 13 0 13 Results

Participations by discipline

Olympic Games

Discipline (Sport) Men Women Total
Athletics 7 0 7 Results
Cycling Road (Cycling) 1 0 1 Results
Cycling Track (Cycling) 1 0 1 Results
Sailing 2 0 2 Results
Shooting 2 0 2 Results
Weightlifting 1 0 1 Results

Medals by Games

Edition Competition Type Gold Silver Bronze Total
1960 Summer Olympics Olympic Games 0 0 2 2

Medals by sport

Olympic Games

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics 0 0 2 2

Most successful competitors

Includes medals won as part of mixed teams.

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
George Kerr JAM
WIF
0 0 2 2
Jim Wedderburn BAR
WIF
0 0 1 1
Keith Gardner JAM
WIF
0 0 1 1
Mal Spence JAM
WIF
0 0 1 1