Tahesia Harrigan

Tahesia Harrigan is the first woman to represent the BVI in the Olympic Games. Harrigan had shown immense potential since her high school days in Florida where she set national records in all three sprints as well as the Long and Triple Jumps. At the University of Minnesota, she earned All-America Honours by finishing second in the NCAA Championships in the indoor 60m dash, She would later add further All-America recognition in the 100m while representing the University of Alabama. Her earlier success had come in the colours of the University of Minnesota. In 2006 she duplicated Dion Crabbe’s 100m victory at the CAC Games. She repeated the feat in 2010. Her international CV also saw her reaching the final of the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and 2010 and the Pan American Games Final in 2007 and winning the 100m at the CAC Championships in 2009 having placed second in 2005. Her most important achievement, however, came in the winter of 2008 when she became the first Virgin Islander to win a Global medal when she placed third in the World Indoor Championships in the 60m dash. She was ranked the world’s 10th best 100m runner in 2010 by the Association of Track and Field statisticians. Tahesia Harrigan was 26 when she competed in women’s 100m running at a speed of 11.46 in Round One and clipping her time in the Quarter Finals to 11.36. Tahesia also was the flag bearer.