Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera arrived in France in 1893 on the steamship La Bretagne, from Port-de-Paix. In October 28, 1900, he became the first African-Caribbean Olympic champion for France
Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera was a Haitian-born French rugby union footballer. His name is worth remembering for many reasons. He was not only the first black athlete to compete at the Olympics, Henriquez was the first black athlete and the first African-Caribbean Olympic champion in the Olympic Games and by extension, the first to become an Olympic gold medalist, because he was a member of the France squad in 1900 that won the Olympic title at the first Rugby Olympic Tournament in France. He also won the silver in the tug of war at the same Games. He introduced football in his country Haiti in 1904, and scored the first goal in Haiti during a competition. He came back in Haiti in the 1950's and became a Senator and was engaged in the promotion of sport in his country. With his brother Alphonse, he co-founded "the Union Sportive Haïtienne". Henriquez was born in Haiti, but moved to France in 1893. Alongside his schooling at the Albert the Great College of Arcueil, he also enjoyed playing rugby. Becoming professional, he played in the biggest clubs in France.
Here is a picture of Haitian runner Jeffrey Julmis in Rio after a fall. Jeffrey Julmis still managed to be qualified for the semifinals of the 110m hurdles
Julmis, who grew up in Florida and a former member of the track and field team of Kansas State University later said, "It felt good the crowd cheering me on. But I would've loved to have made it to the final."
Here is a picture of Naomy Grand'Pierre representing our country as a member of the 2016 Haitian Olympic Swimming Team.
Naomy Grand 'Pierre is a former Whitefield Academy swimmer. Last November, she was approached by Haitian authority if she would like to join its national team for this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Haiti is what is known as a "universality place"; the nation can send one male and one female athlete to the world championships, but does not possess swimmers to match the Olympic qualifying speeds. Naomi's career best times recorded for different events are as follows: Freestyle (50/ 100 /200 yard): (24.47/ 52.91/ 2:01.71 seconds); Breaststroke (100/ 200 yard): (1:08.09 seconds & 2:31.73 seconds); & Butterfly 100 yard: 1:00.29 seconds. She is a current resident of Atlanta, a Major in Economics and International Studies, a regular participator in swimming, track and soccer in high school. She accepted Haiti's offer and has earned a spot on the Haitian Olympic swimming team at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2016, between August 5 to 21 2016. She is looking forward to represent her Atlanta Dolphin Swim Team and certainly the country of Haiti on one of the most prestigious stages of competition.
Here is a picture of Ruben Nicolas who wants to represent Haiti ni boxing at the Olympic games in Brazil.
Rubens Nicolas, a Lely High School graduate in 2005, is an amateur boxer who never wants to give up his dream to represent his country, Haiti, in the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, unfortunately, his passport issues might cost him his dream of boxing in the Olympic game. He had submitted every necessary paper that he was asked to, five months ago, but when everything resolved, the time was too late. Now he is expecting an admission with a wild card entry, which is on rare occasions, are given to participants from countries which do not have much participation or representation in the international arena and that does not hold good in his case. He is frustrated, because to fit in the right criteria, he has shredded 50 pound weight. He has no option, but to expect for an extenuation! We all pray for him and hope to see him in the ring in Rio between August 5 to 21 2016.
Here is a picture of Haiti Olympic multi-sports complex after on year in existence.
Following the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2011, the National Olympic Committee of Haiti took on the job to restore all the sporting infrastructures of the country. As an integral part of this project, the Sport for Hope Centre was constructed at an expenditure of $18 million. The sports complex is vast and provides all the essential and advanced infrastructures and facilities. Classrooms, offices, medical rooms, gazebos and fitness centres are the different parts of the complex. The IDB sponsored the building of a boarding place as well. The complex was inaugurated on 15 July 2014 by the President Michel Martelly, accompanied by the Prime Minister. This year the Sport for Hope Centre celebrated its first anniversary by hosting numerous sporting events, educational camps and seminars. With the generous contribution and support from the International Sports Federation, Olympic Movement and the Haitian Government, the multi sport complex is doing very well in its progress by providing opportunities to the Haitian athletes.