800m runner Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner joins the 2014 Youth Olympic Team

Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner. Photo: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner. Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner has been awarded a Universality place and joins the 7 athletes previously announced by the BVI Olympic Committee as competitors for the Virgin Islands at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

The VI’s athletes for Nanjing 2014 will compete in Athletics, Sailing and Swimming. The Athletics team includes 100m sprinter, Nelda Huggins; 100m hurdler, Deya Erickson; long jumper, Kala Penn; 400m intermediate hurdler, Kyron McMaster; triple jumper, Akeem Bradshaw, and 800m runner, Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner.

Sam Morrell will be representing the Virgin Islands in sailing following his success in the 2014 Byte CII North American Championships to become the first VI sailor to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.

In another first for the VI, Amarah Phillips will be representing the Virgin Island in swimming and she will be competing in the 50m Butterfly and the 50m Freestyle.

The delegation will also include Chef de Mission for Nanjing 2014, Mrs. Stephanie Russ Penn; Tracy Bradshaw (Swimming coach), Ralston “Grandfather” Henry (Athletics coach) and Christopher Watters (Sailing coach).

The team departs the territory on August 10 and will return on August 30. The official opening ceremony will take place on August 16 and will celebrate with a closing ceremony on August 28.

The full schedule of events can be found on the official Youth Olympic Games web site, http://www.nanjing2014.org/en/en_sports/scheduleResults.htm.