IAAF Silver Medalist Relay Team Welcomed home with ceromony and motorcade

paradeThe Virgin Islands sprint relay silver medal team and other athletes returned from the IAAF World Youth Championships held in Donetsk, Ukraine to warm hugs and kisses at the Road Town Ferry Terminal this afternoon, July 18.

Welcoming home the team were Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith and other members of Government, track and field officials and the athletes’ parents, friends and well-wishers.

Following the meet and greet, the athletes were featured in a motorcade through the streets of Tortola before an official ceremony at the Central Admin Complex.

On Sunday, the team of Taylor Hill, Nelda Huggins, Jonel Lacey and Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses finished second in the Girls Medley Relay behind the United States, for the Territory’s first IAAF World Youth Championships medal.

The medal is the second for the Territory at an IAAF World Championships series event in five years. Tahesia Harrigan-Scott won the IAAF World Indoor Championships 60m bronze in 2008.

Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner on Saturday anchored the team into the automatic qualifying position in the finals behind Canada.

The BVI delegation also included Trevia Gumbs and Kyron McMaster, as well as officials Stephanie Russ Penn, Winston Potter and Ralston “Grandfather” Henry.