Mixed results for athletes at U20 Pan American Track & Field Championships

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Team BVI returned from the Pan American U20 Track and Field Championships, held in Peru. Photo: VINO

The recently concluded Pan American U20 Track and Field Championships, held in Peru, at Trujillo’s Chan Chan stadium, on July 21 – 23, 2017, provided a mix bag of results for the young Virgin Island athletes.

Team BVI were led, results wise by Shaniya Caul and L’tsha Fahie, with Caul running 24.90 seconds to place 8th in the 200m girls final and Fahie finishing the 100m in 7th with a time of 11.92.

Caul reached the final with a time of 24-93, whilst L’Tsha Fahie had a non-qualifying time of 25.69.

Rikkoi Brathwaite and Johnta Charles had non-progressing times of 21.98 and 22.52 respectively in the boys 200m heats.

Brathwaite had a time of 10.72 in the 100m final. Kala Penn had a best of 5.54 for 10th in the long jump.

“The athletes could all have done better,” commented Coach Dag Samuels. “Fahie for example was a little down after her 100m showing and should have progressed in the 200m. Caul too missed out on on the 400m and then ran her heart out in the 2. Kala (Penn) was also a little flat on the day, but in the Triple Jump she put in a new PB of 13.12m.. Overall the team performed above average and although missing out on podium finishes, I am proud of their performances.”

The final day of action also witnessed four championship records.

Adriana Rodríguez tallied 5733 points (13.37, 1.72m, 12.04m, 24.00, 6.00m, 35.31m, 2:28.50) in the heptathlon. Mexican Alegna González broke the meeting standard in the 10,000m race walk with 44:43.89 to win by more than a minute. Eric van der Els of the US won the 1500m in 3:43.16. And in the women’s 4x400m, the US squad –Syaira Richardson, Jaevin Reed, Arria Minor, and Takyera Roberson– won by nearly five seconds in 3:28.57, also a 2017 world U20 lead.

In addition, Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands, fourth at the 2015 IAAF World U18 Championships, marked a special return to South American soil with an impressive 44.99 win in 400m, eclipsing the 10-year old championship record and becoming the 16th teenager in history to break the 45-second barrier.

Full results of Team BVI at 2017 CARIFTA Games

By BVI Athletics Association

BVI Athletes at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Carifta Games April 15th - April 17th, 2017 in Curacao. Photo: BVIAA

BVI Athletes at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Carifta Games April 15th – April 17th, 2017 in Curacao. Photo: BVIAA

The British Virgin Islands Athletics Association results of performances during the Easter at the 46th Flow Carifta Games April 15th – April 17th, 2017 in Curacao as follows:-

U18 MALES
DJIMON GUMBS Shot Put, Discus – Double Silver medalist

Established a new Youth National Record of 17.58m having broken the previous record of 17.20m which was held by him. He did the same in the discus establishing a new National Youth Record of 60.43m.

U20 FEMALES
AKIRA PHILLIP Javelin – Silver Medalist

Improved in her throw of 44.63m and earned a New National Junior and Senior record; old record of 41.70 m established by Britney Peters

KALA PENN Triple Jump

Bronze in the Triple Jump with a leap of 12.73m

U18 FEMALES

ARIANNA HAYDE

Javelin – Bronze medalist

Threw 41.90m to break her own National Youth Record.

Establish a new National Youth Jr. and Senior record in the Heptathlon with 4197 points

RELAYS
Bronze medalist 4 X 400 u20 Girls – Team consisted of Shaniyah Caul, L’T’Sha Fahie, Kala Penn and Sh’Kaida Lavacia.

4 X 400 U18 Boys established a National Youth Record with a time of 3:24.67 and placed 6th overall – Team consisted of Joshua Hill, Rackeel Jack, Jelani Norman and Malik John.

4 X 400 U18 girls placed 4th overall. Team consisted of Tashira Edwards, Zara Brown, Akrisa Eristee, and Beyonce Defreitas.

Other finalist as follows:-
Diamante Gumbs – U18 Shot Put – 4th; Discus – 8th
Tashira Edwards – U18 400m – 6th overall
Beyonce Defreitas – U18 200m – 6th overall
Kala Penn – U20 Long Jump – 4th overall
Rikkoi Brathwaite – U20 100m – 5th overall
L’T’Sha Fahie – U20 100m – 6th overall
Shaniyah Caul – U20 400m – 6th overall
4 X 400m U20 boys consisting of K’Cei Moses, Deron Leslie, Gevon Smith and Johnt’a Charles finished 4th overall
Team Officials –
Ralston Henry – Head Coach, Omar Jones, Carl Barrett, Jennifer King, Burt Dorsette, Chantal Scatliffe and Doug Arter

The BVIAA extends continued appreciation to the 2017 Sponsors of the BVI National Team to the Flow 46th Carifta Games. Major sponsors BVI Olympic Committee. Additional sponsors: Ministry of Education and Culture, DYAS, SOL, FLOW, Kenny Tees, Digicel, Johnny Hassan, CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, Colonial Insurance

The 2018 Carifta Games will be held in the Bahamas.

Podium finishes for BVI at 2017 CARIFTA Games

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Djimon Gumbs won silver in U18s Shot Put and Discuss Throw. Akira Phillip took silver in U20 Javelin Throw at 2017 CARIFTA. Photo: FLOW

D’Jimon Gumbs won silver in U18s Shot Put and Discuss Throw. Akira Phillip took silver in U20 Javelin Throw at 2017 CARIFTA. Photo: FLOW

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has earned a total of six medals at the 2017 CARIFTA Games, which ended April 17 at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Curaçao.

D’Jimon Gumbs copped two silver medals and Akira Phillip earned one to top the territory’s performance at the event. The BVI also bagged three bronze medals.

All of the medals – except one – were mined in field events – Discuss Throw, Shot Put, Triple Jump, and Javelin Throw.

Gumbs earned a silver each in the Under-18 Boys Shot Put as well as the Discuss Throw.

In the Discuss, he threw 60.43 metres to finish ahead of Jamaica’s Cobe Graham who won bronze with 52.71 metres. Another Jamaican, Daniel Cope, won the gold medal in this event with a new championship record of 61.25 metres.

And, in the Shot Put, Gumbs reached 17.58 metres to win silver. Graham from Jamaica picked up a second bronze (17.33 metres), and Cope from Jamaica hit another championship record with 18.17 metres.

The BVI picked up its third silver medal when Phillip made her presence felt in the Under-20 Girls Javelin Throw. It covered 44.63 metres. The gold medal went to Sah-Jay Stevens of Jamaica (45.10 metres), while the bronze was received by Trinidad and Tobago’s Asha James (43.24 metres).

Meanwhile, in relation to the BVI’s bronze medals, Kala Penn earned one in the Girls Under-20 Triple Jump, with a measurement of 12.73 metres. Tissanna Hickling from Jamaica got silver (12.87 metres), while Natricia Hooper from Guyana won the gold medal with a leap of 13.08 metres.

The only track event in which the BVI medalled is the Under-20 Girls’ 4X400 Metre Relay. The team of Shaniyah Caul, L’T’Sha Fahie, Kala Penn, and Sh’Kaida Lavacia completed the race in third position with a time of 3:53.04. The silver medal went to Bahamas (3:50.38), while Jamaica won gold with a time of 3:37.96.

Arianna Hayde delivered the BVI’s other bronze performance when she competed in the Girls Under-18 Javelin Throw with 41.90 metres. Trinidad and Tobago’s Kymoi Norai finished with the silver (44.98 metres), while Latia Saunders from the Bahamas earned the gold medal with 45.29 metres.

Jamaica won the 2017 CARIFTA Games, which took place from April 15 to 17.

Chalwell, Duff & Morrell head clean sweep for Team BVI in St Thomas

By Royal BVI Yacht Club

Team BVI at the 2017 MLK Regatta in St Thomas. Photo: Provided

Team BVI at the 2017 MLK Regatta in St Thomas. Photo: Provided

Ten Team BVI Sailors raced in St Thomas at the 2017 MLK Regatta, January 14 – 15. It was a tough two days for all the sailors with the chill northerly wind gusting up to 30 knots across the race courses. Kael Chalwell, Rayne Duff and Sam Morrell all topped their classes, Opti Green, Opti Championship and Club 420 respectively.

Optimist Championship Fleet
Back with a vengeance after some time away from competition in the Optimist Championship fleet was Rayne Duff. Thriving in the windy conditions he was on form throughout the weekend. With nine races sailed, Duff took the bullet in seven, posting six consecutive race wins and finished on top of the podium ahead of arch rival Mia Nicolosi.

It was a less successful weekend for the other Championship fleet sailors… Nathan Haycraft finishing in sixth and Kyle Roose in ninth to give them second and fifth in the blue fleet.

Haycraft, forced to skip the first race after breaking his mast step, was luckily able to switch to a spare boat and get back into the action for the remaining four races of the day. A better second day saw him climb back up the leaderboard but not quite clicking into his recent top form. Roose posted consistent middle fleet results with his best finish of sixth coming in race six.

White fleet sailors Ryan Lettsome and Samuel Allen finished 17th and 18th overall respectively, both sailors challenged by the strong winds. Allen, the newest sailor to the championship fleet, could not quite match his excellent first day when he showed outstanding downwind speed in the breezy conditions. Just two points ahead was team mate Lettsome who secured fifth in the white fleet but like many of the lighter sailors found the conditions a major challenge.

Club 420
The BVI’s Sam Morrell, currently at school in St Thomas, was dominant in the five boat Club 420 fleet with crew Caroline Teare. Finishing first in five of the nine races he racked up a six point lead to take the overall win from Teddy Nicolosi of St Thomas. Morrell is looking ahead to a busy high school racing season, so we will be hearing more from him soon.

Optimist Green Fleet
The Green Fleet were wisely held ashore on Saturday but completed six races on Sunday under the watchful eye of Guest Coach Danny Petrovic. Kael Chalwell took the fleet by storm, finishing first in four of the six races by comfortable margins to secure an emphatic win.

Racing at his first overseas regatta was Antonio Cisneros. After not finishing the first race he went on to post confident results, including two 7th place finishes and rounded out the weekend in ninth overall.

Just two points behind in tenth place was Amanda Plaxton who stormed out of the blocks to finish fifth in the first race and went on to post consistent results through the remaining races. The youngest (and smallest) sailor in the team, Wil Seddon, struggled with the strong winds and after solid finishes in the first two races sat out the rest of the weekend.

The RBVIYC thanks the organizers for putting on a great weekend, the Moorings for the mothership, all of the parents who helped load / unload, prepare meals or chaperone the team, skipper Chris, Coach Taylor, guest coach, Danny Petrovic and all the sponsors and supporters of the BVI Youth Sailing Team.

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HLSCC & ESHS Students Win Archery Cup in Nevis

By HLSCC

HLSCC & ESHS Students that made up Team BVI to win Archery Cup in Nevis. Photo: Virgin Islands Archers Association

HLSCC & ESHS Students that made up Team BVI to win Archery Cup in Nevis. Photo: Virgin Islands Archers Association

With an amazing win, the five member team representing the BVI claimed the victory cup in an archery competition held in Nevis over the weekend. Hosted by the Nevis Archery Association, the competition commenced on Saturday 17th December, and concluded on Sunday 18th December, 2016.

The BVI team was comprised of three students from the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, one student from the Elmore Stoutt High School, and instructor Ms. Winette Lawrence.

The Nevis and BVI team competed in four categories which included target shoot distances of 15 meters, 30 meters, Federal-50 meters, and Field shoots that involved shooting at targets from varying heights while traveling through the bushy area at Mount Travers, Nevis.

Team BVI’s unique bow and arrow skills landed 4 gold medals, 3 silver medals, 2 bronze medals and the Nevis Challenge Cup. Individual awards were received by

Adriel Singh (HLSCC) – 1st Place – 30 meters, 1st Place -15 meters

Jahmaine Liburd (HLSCC) – 2nd Place – 30 meters, 2nd Place – 15 meters

Teandra Donovan (HLSCC) – 3rd Place – 30 meters

Shaniah Daignauth (ESHS) – 3rd Place – 15 meters

Winette Lawrence (Instructor) – 2nd place – 50 meters, 1st Place – 15 meters, and 1st Place – Field Shoot

BVI Archery Association President, Mr. Patrick Smith said, “the past weekend event provided a much needed opportunity to see how the team would perform under pressure now that we preparing for a rating event in Salinas Puerto Rico next year. From this regional competition, we can now see exactly where we are and what we need to work on for our next competition. Certainly, you’ll be hearing about us again as they continue to “pull ‘em back and let ‘em fly!”

The next tournament is the Juan Enrico Barrios Cup in Puerto Rico, at the end of April.

Team BVI Podium Finishes in St Maarten and St Thomas

By: RBVIYC

Team BVI finish third at Caribbean Dinghy Championships with two class wins. Photo: Provided

Team BVI finish third at Caribbean Dinghy Championships with two class wins. Photo: Provided

Six teams fought it out for the title of 2016 Caribbean Dinghy Champions in St Maarten this weekend. Teams were made up of five sailors with their combined results in the Laser, Laser Radial, Optimist and RS Vision deciding the winners. As defending champions Team BVI were the nation to beat.

Nathan Haycraft achieved a clean sweep of first place finishes to secure a clear victory in the Optimist class whilst Alec Anderson in the Laser Radial also claimed the overall win with nine wins from the eleven race series. Fortunes were not so good for Mike Hirst in the Laser or Chris Haycraft and son Nici in the RS Vision, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Trinidad and Tobago emerged as overall winners with 88 points, Barbados finished second with 102 points and the BVI were third with 104 points.

Next up for Team BVI will be the St Croix International Regatta in November.

Over in St Thomas, teams from the BVI and Puerto Rico joined the ISV sailors for the 2016 Columbus Day regatta.

Winds were light for most of the weekend, occasionally sneaking above 10 knots, giving the sailors tricky shifty conditions on the water.

Samuel Allen took an emphatic first place in the Optimist Green Fleet with seven race wins in the 12 race series. Kael Chalwell finished in sixth place with consistent finishes throughout the weekend and best scores of third in races seven and eight.

Competing at their first away regatta, Victoria Rowlette finished in eighth place and Amanda Plaxton in tenth. Both sailors improved their scores on Sunday after a steady first day. Rowlette’s best finishes were second in race 10 and third in race 12 whilst Plaxton went out on a high with her best results a fifth in the final race.

The Championship fleet of 18 boats completed six races and the BVI’s Rayne Duff finished up in third place. A black flag in the final race was not the end he would have liked and saw him drop from second to third overall.

Max Reshetiloff finished in 14th place overall, saving his best until last with an eighth in the final race. Just seven points behind was white fleet racer Ryan Lettsome who finished up fourth in his age category and 16th overall.

Eleven Club 420s had a close contest throughout the weekend with the overall win going to the ISV’s Christopher Sharpless and BVI sailor Sam Morrell finishing second. Three race wins for Morrell and consistent top four results on his score card were not quite enough to take the overall win which he missed by just two points.

The BVI’s new Laser Team were racing at their first away regatta with four sailors competing for honours in the Laser Radial and one 4.7 sailor. It was a close tussle between Noah George and Stephon Ganga with George taking the win by just one point. Ganga achieved more race wins but George counted first and second place finishes in all races to come out on top. Alex Rambarose finished third and Jerome Parkins fourth.

The Royal BVI Yacht Club acknowledges the parents who got involved over the course of the weekend and thanks The Moorings for their support and providing a catamaran as team accommodation and transportationof the boats and equipment for the sailors.

Results
Optimist Green fleet
1. Samuel Allen
6. Kael Chalwell
8. Victoria Rowlette
10. Amanda Plaxton

Optimist Overall
3. Rayne Duff (3rd red)
14. Max Reshetiloff (6th red)
15. Ryan Lettsome (4th white)

Club 420
2. Sam Morrell

Laser Radial
1. Noah George
2. Stephon Ganga
3. Alex Rambaros
4. Jerome Parkins

Laser 4.7
1. Stephen Ganga

Behind the scenes at Rio 2016 with Elinah Phillip

Elinah Phillip. Photo: BVIOC

Elinah Phillip. Photo: BVIOC

Monday was a busy day for Elinah Phiilip, the BVI’s first swimmer in any Olympic Games. With four days to go before competition day, the 16-year old conducted a successful interview in the ESPN studios at the International Broadcasting Center before she headed out to one of the training pools for her midday session with her coach, Benoit Grattepanche.

The venue was busy with swimmers either getting ready for a race that day or working through their competition training routine.  Starting off with warm up exercises pool side, Elinah found a lane and plunged into the water for a couple of laps to loosen her limbs.

Elinah, a year 11 student of Bishops Stortford College and a member of Bishops Stortford Swim Club, alternated her routine from swimming with training aids and resistance bands, to concentrating on form and a few pacing laps.

Elinah Phillip and coach Benoit Grattepanche at the training pool at Rio 2016. Photo: BVIOC

Elinah Phillip and coach Benoit Grattepanche at the training pool at Rio 2016. Photo: BVIOC

Benoit, a French national, is a former competitive swimmer who uses the same training methods he had been coached with to coach Elinah. “It’s a proven method and Elinah has improved on her time since we switched her training regime, on average, shaving off 1 second of her previous performance in the 50m.”

Elinah Phillip training at Rio 2016. Photo: BVIOC

Elinah Phillip training at Rio 2016. Photo: BVIOC

The training programme is based on daily goals which are set on results generated by a swim app created by Benoit to help analyse form, style and speed. The carefully planned schedule of exercises will be rolled out over the next few days until competition time on the morning of Friday, August 12.

Elinah will be swimming in Heat 6  – an indication that she has moved up in the ranks. Her performance times set her in the middle range of speed for all the competitors in her category.

In her last pace lap, Elinah puts in a strong performance that pleases both coach and swimmer. After a couple of cool down laps, Elinah exits the water for her post-training session with Team BVI’s physiotherapist, Matt McGrath.

Elinah Phillip at Rio 2016. Photo: BVIOC

Elinah Phillip with Team BVI physio, Matt McGrath at Rio 2016. Photo: BVIOC

“I feel good,” said Elinah. “I felt strong and comfortable in the last pace lap I did and I’m happy with how this afternoon’s session went. I won’t sleep when I get back because that interferes with my ability to fall asleep at night but I’m going to relax before this evening’s training.”

After three hours of rest, Elinah will return to the training pool where Benoit will be expecting her to put in some hard work before she gets back to Olympic Village for a good night’s sleep.

Elinah Phillip with physio, Matt McGrath and coach Benoit Grattepanche. Photo: BVIOC

Elinah Phillip with physio, Matt McGrath and coach Benoit Grattepanche. Photo: BVIOC

Mom, Tracy Bradshaw is at Rio 2016 as Elinah’s chaperone and recalls the story of a four-year old Elinah who, when learning to swim with Kids And the Sea (KATS), would cling to the side wall and refuse to let go telling the instructor that she was “only small and the pool is too deep” for her to stand up in. It would take another year  (and a little reverse psychology) before Elinah finally let go of her fear to end up swimming her way to the Olympics.

Rio 2016 Team BVI in the count down to competition days

Team BVI at Rio2016 Opening Ceremony 1

Team BVI ready for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony (l-r): Benoit Grattepanche, Swimming Coach; Ashley Kelly, (200m) Flag bearer; Elinah Phillip (50m Freestyle); Eldred Henry (Shot Put) Tracy Bradshaw, Swimming Chaperone; Tahesia Harrigan-Scott (100m); Stephanie Russ Penn, Chef de Mission; Winston Potter, Athletics Head Coach.

The day after the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony, the four members of the British Virgin Islands team took time to recover from an exciting and late night and started the training count down to their first competition dates.

This is the third consecutive Olympiad for 100m sprinter, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, and the first Olympic Games for 200m runner, Ashley Kelly, shot putter, Eldred Henry and 16-year old swimmer, Elinah Phillip.

Athletics head coach, Winston Potter, swimming coach, Benoit Grattepanche, and physiotherapist, Matt McGrath have the athletes’ daily training, physiotherapy and rest schedules in place. All four athletes are on programmes designed to prepare their muscles for peak performance on action day.

BVI's Ashley Kelly in training at Rio 2016

BVI’s 200m runner, Ashley Kelly in training at Rio 2016

“Sunday was my last day in the weight room,” said Ashley. “I worked on power stuff – light and fast – before hitting the track. All the work is done so I am just working on firing up my muscles and getting sharp.”

Settled in three adjacent apartments in the Olympic Village, the delegation of athletes, coaches, physiotherapist and doctor – under the guardianship of Chef de Mission, Stephanie Russ Penn – have created a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere which is critical for the athletes’ mental and emotional preparation for the competitions.

Reflecting on the Opening Ceremony held on August 5, the athletes agreed that the experience was unique, with Tahesia stating that the enthusiasm and warmth of the crowd was a stand out for her.

Ashley had the honour of leading the team as the flag bearer, entering the Maracana Stadium as the 203rd country out of 207.

The outfits worn by the team reflected the green, white, and gold of the territory’s official colors. It included a white dress and green cardigan for the ladies and white jacket and pants for the men – both outfits accented with a blue scarf imprinted with the green, white, and gold Vigilate.

“We worked with Kristin Frazer of Trefle Designs who was a key person in conceptualizing the ensemble,” said Stephanie. “She was the designer of the dresses and jacket while the team at Quami’s Sewing design Ltd. assisted in the production of the tailor made outfits. Everyone was excited to be part of this and the BVIOC extends sincere thanks for their support.”

Live coverage of all Olympic events in which the territory’s athletes are competing, along with live coverage of the Caribbean’s athletes, will be broadcast on CBN Television Channel 51 and on CBN Radio 90.9FM. Events take place from 8.00am until 2.00pm EST and in the evenings from 7.00pm until 11.00pm EST. Rey O’Neal will be in the studio for live commentary and analysis of the VI’s athletes during their events.

The VI’s athletes’ first round of events are scheduled to take place on August 12 with Tahesia Harrigan-Scott in the Women’s 100m Preliminary Round / Round 1. The Women’s 100m semi finals and final will take place on August 13.

Also on August 12, Elinah Phillip will compete in the Women’s 50m Freestyle Heats with the semi finals taking place later that day. The final for the 50m Freestyle takes place on August 13.

On August 15 Ashley Kelly will compete in Round 1 of the 200M. The semi finals will take place on August 16 and the final on August 17.

On August 18, Eldred Henry will be throwing the Shot Put.

Updates on the VI’s athletes at Rio 2016 will be posted on the BVIOC accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and can be found on these platforms under BVI Olympic Committee.

Supporters are encourage to use the hashtag handle #teambvi.

21 To Represent BVI At Carifta Games

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Athletes to represent BVI at the 45th Carifta Games in St. Georges, Grenada over the Easter Weekend.  Photo: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Athletes to represent BVI at the 45th Carifta Games in St. Georges, Grenada over the Easter Weekend.
Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Some 40 years after making its first trek to the Carifta Games in Nassau, Bahamas in 1976, during a media briefing on Monday, the BVI Athletics Association officially announced a team of 21 athletes to represent the Territory at the 45th Carifta Games in St. Georges, Grenada over the Easter Weekend.

Competition starts on Saturday morning and runs through Monday night.

The bulk of the delegation, which is home based, will depart the Territory on Thursday.

Some 19 of the 21 athletes have recorded a personal best mark this season while five athletes have established six outdoor National Records and three have met IAAF World Jr. Championships qualifying standards.

“The coaches have worked tirelessly to make sure that the athletes are prepared for the Carifta Games,” Chief Coach Dag Samuels said during the press briefing. “I am grateful that we have such a team that can represent the territory. I can pledge one thing to the territory, that we have on our team—finalists. We will be finalists in every event that we do and that will make any country proud.”

Samuels thanked the athletes for putting out their best and said when they get to Grenada the BVI will show the rest of the Caribbean, that they hail from the BVI and will always be a force to reckon with.

“On behalf of the coaches I say thanks to the athletes and we will move forward with a positive and trustworthy goal to do great at the Carifta Games,” Samuels said.

During Monday’s media briefing, the four members of the first Carrifta Games delegation from 1976, joined the 2016 delegation, to mark the 40th anniversary since the first group left the shores. Johnny Hassan who was president at the time, was joined by athletes Rose Phillips Adams, Ephraim Penn and Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway.

Also making up the first Carifta Games delegation were coach Theda Bucknor-Forbes and athlete Delores Barzey.

The 2016 team comprises:
U18
Girls: Beyonce DeFreitas, 200m; Arianna Hayde, Javelin Throw, Long Jump; Z’Niah Hutchinson, High Jump, Xiomara “Gia” Malone, High Jump: Judine Lacey, 400m, Shaniyah Caul, 400m and Akira Phillip, Javelin Throw.
Boys: Djimon Gumbs, Shot Put and Discus Throw; Joshua Hill, 800m; Rackeel Jack, 400 and 800m; K’Cei Moses, 200 and 400m; Rikkoi Brathwaite, 100 and 200m.

U20
Girls: Tarika Moses, 400 and 800m; Nelda Huggins, 100 and 200m; Britney Peters, Javelin Throw; Lakeisha Warner, 400m Hurdles & 800m; Deya Erickson, 100m Hurdles; L’T’Sha Fahie, 100 and 200m; Kiwanna Emmanuel, Discus Throw.
Boys: Akeem Bradshaw Long and Triple Jump and Ronique Todman, 200 and 400m.

Team BVI in Martinique for first match of 2016 Caribbean Cup

By BVIFA

2016 Caribbean Cup National Virgin Islands Team. Photo: Provided

2016 Caribbean Cup National Virgin Islands Team. Photo: Provided

The Virgin Islands’ national football team left the Territory on Sunday 20th March, 2016, bound for Martinique for their first match of the 2016 Caribbean Cup.

The Group 7 game is scheduled for 22nd March and then the BVI team will return home to face a second group game against Dominica on Saturday 26th March, on the A.O. Shirley Ground at 4pm.

Fan favourite, Troy Caesar, back in the squad having missed the World Cup qualifiers in 2015 due to College obligations, is looking forward to reuniting with his old team mates and also players new to him. “Well first of all I have to give thanks to God who help give me life to see a next tournament, and after missing the world cup qualifier I realized how much I’m a integral part of the team, I also know being a part of the new look of the team is going to a challenge but as players we have to adjust as fast as we can because this is my second time playing against Martinique and I know they a very good it’s just for the team to work hard and follow our coach tactics and I have confidence we can move on to the next round after how we played Dominica last March,” said Caesar.

Joining Caesar will be a couple of his college team mates, Josh Fines and James Quinn. “Well after meeting them for the first time I could tell that their knowledge of the game and the way they played set them aside from most of my other teammates. Then playing alongside Josh Fines, James Quinn and Lewis Jones we built trust, but being together on and off the field, I know they are going to help the team greatly,” added Caesar.

Caesar is also well aware of what could be a large fan base of people with Dominican ties here in the BVI and that several of the team such as Trevor Peters, Chris Telemaque, and Ceasar himself have family from Dominica. “Well all the names you call are very talented players and playing with them for a number of years, I know their potential.  But again, all the names you call have blood from Dominica but our birthplace is the BVI and I’m very excited to come back home to play even more against a country I always wanted to play. Before I left to come to the US, a lot of local players and spectators know how good I am and how great I can become and encourage me to play so coming back to play at home is an awesome feeling and to see my family and friends. But I just want everyone to come out and give their support because this team is going to change the way people look at BVI football”

The full squad includes:
Goal Keepers: Daniel Barker, Ben Chapman, Vesquever Frett
Defenders:Ryan Dicker, Troy Caesar, Karl Espley, Joshua Fines, James Quinn, Gregory James, Vanquever Frett
Midfielders: Jordon Johnson, Peter Monks, Kristan Javier, Lewis Jones, Gladstone Burke, Christopher Telemaque.)
Forward:Trevor Peters, Allon Williams.

Avondale Williams is the coach, John Riley the assistant coach and Sheldon Harry the physiotherapist.