BVISRA to host VI’s first ever Women’s Professional Squash Association Challenger Tour 5

BVISRA PSA Challanger Tour 5 2019
BVISRA to host first Women’s PSA Challenger Tour 5

The BVI Squash Rackets Association (BVISRA) will be hosting its first ever Women’s Professional Squash Association (PSA) Challenger Tour 5 event. The Harneys BVI Squash Open tournament will take place May 16 – 18, 2019 at the Tortola Sports Club (TSC), Virgin Islands.

“This is a landmark event for squash in the BVI and I am particularly excited that the BVI Squash Rackets Association made the decision to host the event to complement the annual Men’s PSA BVI Open Championships which has been held here since 2014,” said Adam Murrills, Head Squash Coach, TSC.

Organisers are expecting squash players from all over the world with title contenders coming in from Canada, America, Egypt, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Guyana and England as well as players representing the Virgin Islands. The international contingent includes players ranked in the PSA world’s top 80.

The tournament will be played in a knockout format meaning there will be no room for error. The first round of matches will be played on Thursday, May 16th starting at 5.30pm. The Quarter Finals will take place on the morning of Friday, May 17th from 10.30am and will be followed by the Semi Finals at 6.45pm and 7.30pm. there will be an exhibition match played at 4.00pm on Saturday, May 18th and the Finals of the tournament will be played at 5.00pm.

The public is encouraged to attend the matches and to support all the players. “This is the first time that a squash event in the BVI will feature an all female cast and it would be great to create an atmosphere which the women deserve and also to witness some fantastic squash!” said Murrills. “Hosting an event like this requires external support and I would just like to say a massive thank you to Harneys, Deloitte, Commercial Dive Services (BVI), AZUR Consulting, International Motors and 305 Squash who have helped make this tournament a reality – it’s much appreciated!”

The Club House at the Tortola Sports Club is open to the public and will be serving food and refreshments.

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.

New running track surface for A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground en route

Facilitated by BVIOC with funds secured from PanAm Sports

A.O. Shirley Recreations Grounds – post Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: CM Farrington/BVIOC

A new surface for the running track at the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in Road Town, Tortola is expected to arrive into the Virgin Islands around November 19. The resurfacing material, supplied by Mondo USA, was purchased by the BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC) with funds secured from PanAm Sports to repair the track which was damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

Mondo USA was one of two agencies specialising in track surfaces engaged by PanAm Sports to assess the damage to the track at the A.O. Shirley Grounds. The other agency was Beynon Sports and Mondo USA was awarded the contract after PanAm Sports reviewed the two agencies’ reports following their visits to the VI in January and after consulting with the BVIOC.

“PanAm Sports has been exceptionally responsive to the request from the BVIOC for assistance with the rebuild of sports in the Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” said Ephraim Penn, President, BVIOC.

Following the destruction of sports facilities in the VI caused by the 2017 storms, Mr. Penn had communicated with various resources at Olympic level to request assistance with the rebuild of facilities and sports in the territory. PanAm Sports subsequently set up a special fund to assist those territories affected by the hurricanes.

“I am particularly impressed and grateful for the support and encouragement that we have received and continue to receive from Mr. Neven Ilic, President of PanAm Sports and his staff,” said Mr. Penn. “The appreciation from athletes and sporting bodies who are benefitting from their help is palpable and as the National Olympic Committee, we are excited to see the tangible and positive steps towards the reinstatement of sports in the Virgin Islands.”

The BVIOC has also secured partial funding from PanAm Sports to assist with the repairs to the recreation ground facilities and perimeter walls which were destroyed during the hurricanes. The grounds and facilities are used by schools and sporting associations including Athletics, Rugby and Football.

The Recovery and Development Agency in consultation with the BVIOC, the BVI Athletic Association, the Ministry for Education, Culture and Sports and the Recreational Trust will oversee the rebuild of the A.O. Shirley Grounds including the bidding process and engagement of contractors for the installation and repairs to the facilities.

Elinah Phillip sole female Caribbean swimmer in 50m free semi finals. Malik John runs in 2nd race of 400m at Buenos Aires 2018

    Malik John in the 400m heats at Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Photo credit: Cleave M Farrington/BVIOC

On Thursday, October 11 in rainy and extremely cold weather conditions (11 degrees), Malik John made his opening debut in Stage 1, heat 2, lane 6 of the Men’s 400m running a time of 53.33 seconds but which was later changed to a disqualification for lane violation at the 200m curve.

Elinah Phillip 50m Free Buenos Aires 2018

Elinah Phillip in the 50m freestyle. She was the only female Caribbean swimmer to make it to the 50m free semi-finals at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Photo credit. Cleave M Farrington/BVIOC

Meanwhile, in swimming, Elinah Phillip had a non-advancing result in the Women’s 50m Freestyle semi-finals with a time of 26.56 (PB 25.32) to place 15th overall out of 55 competitors in the event. Phillip was the only Caribbean athlete to place in the semi-finals.

John looks forward to bouncing back with a better performance on the track when he competes in Stage 2 of the Men’s 400m running in heat 1, lane 4 on Sunday, October 14th at 4.10pm (3.10pm BVI time)

All track events have 2 stages and the average of both finish times determines the podium finishes of the event. All athletes get the opportunity to compete twice.

John’s final event will be in the mixed relays 8 X 100m during the course of the upcoming week.

Full results of the 50m freestyle semi finals can be found on the following link:————-SFNL——–.pdf

Full results of the 400m Stage 1 heats can be found on the following link:

Events can be watched live on the Olympic Channel:

McMaster to train with new coach

Source: VINO

Kyron McMaster. Photo source: BVIAA Facebook Page

Kyron A. McMaster, the VI’s World Leading 400m Hurdler, has chosen Jamaican coach Lennox Graham as his new coach.

The 20-year-old McMaster, the only man to break 48 seconds this past season, lost his longtime coach, Dag Samuels during the passage of Hurricane Irma that ravaged the Territory in early September.

Following Samuels’ death, McMaster flew to the United States in search of a new coach and after careful consideration made the decision to go with the Jamaican.

“My new coach will be Lennox Graham and I will be based in South Carolina,” said McMaster, who under Samuels’s tutelage, set three of the four fastest times in the world this year.

Graham was recently appointed Assistant Coach at Clemson University after running a successful programme at Division II contenders Johnson C Smith University for the last decade.

Graham also coaches 2015 World 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams and her sister, Shermaine.

McMaster said the final decision came after much deliberation. “This decision was made solely sitting down with my parents and family. We wanted an environment where we are not crowded too much or around a lot of people where I can be a lot more focused knowing what happened with my coach and the hurricane and everything,” he said. “Away from a lot of people where I would not be exposed to a lot of questions or people looking at me certain ways. Dag was like a father”

Given the longstanding relationship McMaster shared with Samuels, he revealed just how difficult it was to move on from his now deceased former coach.

“It was hard, because it’s like you’re making a decision to start a bond with somebody else from scratch,” he said, “so it is not easy to get a new coach like that or even compare a new coach because Dag was my father figure apart from my real father.”

McMaster ran his world-leading time of 47.80 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational in May. However, his campaign for a gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in London in August ended early as he was disqualified after his opening-round run.

He would later return to beat the World Champion at a Diamond League Meet.

The Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay in the BVI

Join in and share the dream of the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay when it tours through your community in Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Click here to read the itinerary and route of the Baton in the BVI.

For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact Sofia Fay by email at or by ‘phone on (284) 541 7845 or Cleave Farrington by email at or by ‘phone on (284) 494 6920.

Images of the Dheli 2010 and Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relays in the BVI


Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Live

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Preliminary schedule for VI’s athletes at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

10514435_683128221768116_7101855635100746406_o (1)71 Nations. 17 Sports. Review the schedule for the heats and qualifying rounds for the Virgin Islands athletes competing in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, July 24 – August 3:

Glasgow 2014 VI Athletes Preliminary Schedule

Islanders win Terry Evans Cup!


Islanders - 2014 winners of Terry Evans Cup. Photo credit: BVIFA

Islanders – 2014 winners of Terry Evans Cup. Photo credit: BVIFA

The Islanders F.C. wrapped up their 2014 season with yet another piece of silverware after they overcame One Love F.C. 2-1 in the Final of the Terry Evans Cup on Sunday.

The game itself was worthy of any such grand occasion and was played out in front of a large crowd on the A.O. Shirley Ground with the cut and thrust build up play of the Premier League Champions, the Islanders matched whole heartedly by the guts and determination of the “never say die” One Love team.

The Islanders took the lead half way through the first half with a goal from Fitzroy Daley and seemingly wrapped up the game in the 70th minute with the move of the match.

Rohan Lenon fed a ball to Valdo Andersen, who had been full of running and caused One Love problems all game. He in turn took a touch and then played a perfect ball down the Islanders left flank that found Kevon Smith in acres of space and faced with a clear run on the One Love Goal.

His cool finish gave the goalkeeper no chance and at 2-0 up the Islanders, with just 20 minutes left of normal time, could have been excused to have begun celebrations. However One Love kept going and clawed their way back into the game via a close range half volley from Lenroy Murray with ten minutes to go.

In truth the Islanders closed up shop and denied One Love any more chances of an equalizer and as time ran out had chances to increase their lead, including a McTair James effort crashing back of the cross bar.

“We came out wanting to stay unbeaten through the season and came out with a positive attitude. We planned to play a compact game and came out with a victory. Our defense fell asleep to concede the goal and that is something we will work on for next season.” Commented the Islanders Coach Avondale Williams.

Attention now turns to the BVIFA’s 40th Anniversary celebrations which begin in September 2014.

Farley, Kinkead win Ceres Juices 10k race on Beef Island

By: Dean Greenaway

Julius Farley, left Cuvin Andrews and Ian Montgomery formed the lead pack and occupied the top three positions  PHOTO: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Julius Farley, (L), Cuvin Andrews, and Ian Montgomery formed the lead pack and occupied the top three positions Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

James Farley and Talulah Kinkead were the respective winners in Saturday’s Ceres Juices 10K Series tour stop on Beef Island, which turned out to be an extra mile adventure for participants as the original course was scrapped because of on going works in East End and two laps were run on Beef Island.

“Curvin (Andrews) was leading from the start and further in the race I decided to make a move because I was waiting for someone to set the pace,” Farley who broke from the pack with Andrews and Ian Montgomery and had a winning time of 48 minutes and 38 seconds said. “After I saw no one was moving to my pace, I decided to set a pace of my own and I continued and came out victorious so I want to give thanks for that.”

Soon to be 13-year old Cedar School student Talulah Kinkead who took up running when she was six during the annual College Classic Series, won the women’s division in 56:47. “It was good except it was long,” she said checking her watch, which showed 7.1 miles. “The course wasn’t flat and boring.”

Kinkead said she don’t like the short distances and lists St. John’s 8 Tuff Miles as her favorite race. “It’s really cool and not so hot there,” she noted. “It was raining the whole time the last time I ran there. But I like running 5Ks.”

Final Results: (Note; Although the race was 6.2 miles because of the alterations to the course, the measurement reached 7.1 miles and three persons ran the 6.2 mile distance.)

Men: 1.Julius Farley, 48:38. 2. Ian Montgomery, 49:31. 3. Curvin Andrews, 51:49. 4. Adrian Dale, 54:45. 5. Joseph McIvor, 56:37. 6. Dave Kinkead, 56:47. 7. Jude Kinkead, 56:48. 8. Paul Hubbard, 59:44. 9. Ruairi Burke, 1:10.07. 10. Howard Moore, 1:13.46. 11. Zebalon McLean, 1:14.03.

Women: 1. Talulah Kinkead, 56:47. 2. Claire-Louise Whiley, 1:00.42. 3. Sarah Hayes, 1:03.28. 4. Sally Blackmore, 1:05.10. 5. Anna Kinkeak, 1:05.30. 6. Natasha Rushinski, 1:06.49. 7. Jenny Ivor, 1:11.44. 8. Ghislaine Hodgendijk, 1:14.40. 9. Philomena “Philo” Robertson, 1:17.11. 10. Barbara O’Neal, 1:17.25.

6.2 mile:. 1. Rosmond Johnson, 52:40. 2. Maureen Peters, 1:03.08. 3. Shane Donovan, 1:04.25.

Power Walker: Sophie Bennett, 1:36.19