Local Olympian inducted into Hall of Fame

An Antiguan track and field athlete has been honoured by her alma mater, Howard University.

Ruperta Charles was inducted into the Howard University Athletic Hall of Fame on September 26th at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

Charles, who was named Antigua’s Sportswoman of the Year at only 17, still holds a national record in her sport. She earned a track scholarship from the prestigious historically black university when she was 18 and went on to become a medical technician.

During her tenure at Howard, Charles earned Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors for four consecutive seasons, and qualified for All-America status on the 1,600-meter relay team, which was ranked fifth in the US. On the world stage she participated in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and also represented Antigua & Barbuda at the 1983 World Games in Helsinki, Finland.

Charles now lives in Greenbelt, Maryland. Her daughter Afia Charles has followed in her mother’s footsteps and represented Antigua and Barbuda at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women’s 400 meter event.