Junior athletes to benefit from ANOCES Hurdles Camp in Grenada

(L-R): Athletes Nickelia Drummond, J’mari Duhaney and Coach Sanya Penn represent the territory at the 2018 Association of National Olympic Committees of the OECS (ANOCES) Sports Academy Hurdles Camp in Grenada Dec 10 – 15, 2018. Photo: CM Farrington/BVIOC

The BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC) in conjunction with the BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA) has selected Coach Sanya Penn and two (2) junior athletes, Mr. J’mari Duhaney and Ms. Nickelia Drummond, to represent the British Virgin Islands at the 2018 Association of National Olympic Committees of the OECS (ANOCES) Sports Academy in Grenada.

The Academy which takes place December 10 – 15, 2018, will focus on coaching and teaching the fundamentals of hurdling. The programme will be conducted by Mr Alwyn Babb of Barbados.

“Considering the possibility of not having the availability of the A.O. Shirley Grounds for the entire month of December, I see this as a golden opportunity for these athletes to continue their preparations for 2019,” said Ephraim Penn, President, BVIOC.

Coach Sanya Penn was overwhelmed and excited that she was selected to attend the hurdles camp. “I look forward to the experience. I will utilize the experience gained at this camp to help improve my coaching skills and pass on the knowledge to other coaches back in the BVI,” said Coach Penn.

Meanwhile the athletes are looking forward to attending the camp. “We feel excited and hope to learn a lot from this camp,” said athletes J’mari and Nickelia.

BVIAA President, Steve Augustine said, “Over the years, the BVI has shown that our athletes have great potential in the hurdles events. With the continued interest of our athletes and the continued training of our coaches the possibilities are limitless. With athletes like Kyron McMaster and Lakeisha Warner making marks on the world and collegiate stage, it’s reassuring to know that the younger generation is willing to take on the challenge. I am certain that J’mari and Nickelia will benefit greatly from this type of exposure. I am also certain that Coach Penn will gain a great deal of sound hurdle knowledge while in Grenada.”

The delegates departed the territory yesterday Sunday, December 9 and will return to the territory on Sunday, December 16, 2018.