BVIAA marks 43rd anniversary with annual general meeting

2012-'16 BVIAA Executive Committee

2012-2016 BVI Athletics Association Executive Committee

The BVI Athletics Association—founded on Sept 19, 1970—marked its 43rd anniversary with an Annual General Meeting held at the Elmore Stoutt High School. The meeting attracted members, coaches, athletes and parents.

Towards the end of the life of the 2008-2012 Executive Committee, a decision was taken to adjust the association’s calendar year from January 1-December 31, to September 1-August 31, to give the new Executive Committee adequate time to plan for the 2013 season. As a result, elections were moved from December 5, 2012 to October 15. Thus, the current Executive Committee has been in place and done a magnificent job over the last year.
Athletics in the British Virgin Islands enjoyed another continued year of growth and development. There were several new initiatives undertaken including each meet in the Development Series being named in honor of someone in the athletics family; the hosting of a NACAC Area Permit Meeting for the first time and the staging of an IAAF Kiddies Athletics Summer Camp and Tahesia Harrigan-Scott staging a camp featuring Olympic and World champions.

During 2013 competition, a number of Scholastic, Youth, Jr.  & Sr. National Records fell; a revision of the territory’s All Time List in several events and the most athletes in our history qualifying for the IAAF World Youth and World Sr. Championships; producing semifinalists, finalists and medalists in every regional or IAAF World Championships Series events in which we participated except the Sr. World Championships.

There was also participation in CAC Age Group and Sr. Championships and more under 17 athletes than ever before, ran under 12:50, 25.20 and 59.60 in events from 100-400m than any other time in the association’s 43-year history.

At season’s end 11 National Records at the Youth, Jr. and Sr. levels had been established. Along the way, new talent was unearthed and all in all, the 2013 season was a resounding success.

The 2014 season will kick off on January 11. New features of the Development Series will see competitions in Capoons Bay, Greenland and Virgin Gorda, targeting U15 athletes.