VI heading to Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014 and XX Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014

BVIOC to launch awareness campaign at interactive, multi-sports exhibition

BVIOC PosterThe Virgin Islands will be represented in the half-pipe ski event at the Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014, and in squash, swimming, and athletics at the XX Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014. In April 2014, the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay will be in the VI.

The BVI Olympic Committee in collaboration with the BVI Athletics Association, the BVI Ski Association, the BVI Squash Racquets Association, and the BVI Swimming Association will host a free, interactive, multi-sports exhibition at the Tortola Sports Club on Saturday, October 26, 2014 from 8.30am – 12.00pm to showcase these international games, the sports, and some of the athletes who will be representing the VI.

The family-friendly schedule of activities presents an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the VI’s history in the Winter Olympic Games, the exciting Queen’s Baton Relay that took the community by storm in 2010, and the Commonwealth Games where the territory will be represented in 3 sports for the first time.

All visitors will be encouraged to try their hand and test their skills in sporting challenges throughout the morning, so come prepared with sports shoes and a chance to win a commemorative prize!

The BVIOC and Caribbean Region Anti-doping Organisation will also be exhibiting: anti-doping is not only part and parcel of the criteria of competing at all international level games, it is also a campaign that is in force in the VI for all aspiring athletes and school-age children. Find out more about the facts on what is prohibited, the testing process, and how to play true at all levels.

Also on hand will be nutritionist Terri Benjamin and healthy, organic baked goods and treats from Chic Gourmet.

A $5 breakfast will be served from 8.30am which will include a donation to the VI Cancer Society.

Fun Facts:

  • Sochi 2014 is the second Winter Olympic Games for the BVI. The territory’s Olympic history started with speed skating at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games.
  • The BVI debuted at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand with the 100m & 200m track events in Athletics.
  •  Squash was the second sport in which the BVI was represented at the Commonwealth Games at Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010
  • The BVI will be represented in swimming for the first time in the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014

For more information contact Cleave Farrington, executive director, BVIOC by email or call 494 6920.