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.

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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Live

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

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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

Runners take off in Saturday’s Ceres Juice 10K Series in Carrot Bay

Ceres 10K run in Virgin Gorda

Ceres 10K run in Virgin Gorda

There’s one thing the top runners agreed on regarding Saturday’s second Ceres Juices 10K Series tour stop in Carrot Bay: the course is tough.

Besides the challenging course, Virgin Gorda’s Maxford Pipe had his hands full with visiting North Carolina’s Wake Forest High School runners, Bailey Autry and his brother, John, after they broke from the field early in the race.

“Honestly, out of all the 10Ks I’ve run this is the hardest one,” Pipe said after navigating the scenic route on the water’s edge from Carrot Bay to Smugglers Cove and return in 42 minutes and 37 seconds to finish less than a minute ahead of Bailey. “There are lots of hills and they are steep and quite lengthy”.

It was Pipe’s first time running the course and his aim was to run faster than the 41:33 in the series opener but didn’t expect the hills to be so steep. “I’m satisfied with the time which is good because of the difficulties but I wanted to run a faster time than I did in the first race which was a lot easier”, he recalled. “Thanks to my pace setter (Bailey). He went out on the first half that led me to a better time”. 

An 11th grader this fall, Bailey said the course was harder than one at his house that had more hills over which he ran a faster time. “That’s how hard this course was”, noted Bailey, a 4:43 miler who has run the 800m in 2:11. “Since some of it is on gravel, it’s hard to step on it and you loose your traction on it so you had to run harder to got the same speed”. 

John who will be a 9th grader in the fall and has a 19:03 5K best to his credit, finished third in 45:04. “There weren’t too many hills but the three we did were incredibly steep so that you almost wanted to start walking”, he recalled. “It took all your energy before you got to the top”. 

Hanging with the leaders early in the race Julius Farley said he tired his best but just couldn’t hold out as he placed fourth in 46:31.

“This course is a very tough course”, he lamented. “The hills are really tough. That was the hardest I’ve ever done. Even harder than the Virgin Gorda Half Marathon”. 

Women’s winner Katrina Crumpler, eight overall in 53:51, said it’s her favorite course. “I love the views, the different terrain, the variety and it’s really interesting”, she explained. “It wasn’t really the best race for me today. I was a bit tired. I had a hard week at work and I was a bit slow, but it was nice to win it. I enjoyed running it anyway”. 

Final Results.

Men: 1. Maxford Pipe, 42 minutes and 37 seconds.2. Bailey Autry, 43.12. 3. John Autry, 45:04. 4. Julius Farley, 46.31.  5. Curwin Andrews, 46:59.  6. Adrian Dale, 51:54.  7. Joseph McIvor, 53:08.  8. Russell Crumpler, 54:21. 9. Ben Mays, 54:22. 10. Adam & Alysiana De Monte, 54:51. 11. Jermain Abrams, 58:04. 12. Shane Donovan, 59:21. 13. Patrick Ormond, 1:05.25. 14. Zebalon McLean, 1:05.27. 15. Howard Moore, 1:07.32. 16. Andrew Willins, 1:10.01. 17. Jeremy Snead, 1:13.48.

Women: 1. Katrina Crumpler, 53:51. 2. Rosmond Johnson, 56:37. 3. Clare-Louise Whiley, 56:57. 4. Kay Reddy, 58:33. 5. Sarah Hayes, 59:35.6. Anna Kinkead, 1:01.44. 7. Sally Blackmore, 1:03.33. 8. Maureen Peters, 1:06.30. 9. Jenny McIvor, 1:09.43. 10. Jo Vass, 1:09.43. 11. Ghislaine Hoogendijk, 1:13.12.  12. Clair Burke, 1:14.52.

Power Walker: 1. Sophie Bennett, 1:30:34.

Virgin Islands Volleyball Association first to sign up to National Sports Structure

(l-r) Mr Ephraim Penn, BVIOC president, Ms Jackie Weekes, Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA), Mr Roy Barry, VIVA vice president. Photo credit: Charlie Jackson

(l-r) Mr Ephraim Penn, BVIOC president, Ms Jackie Weekes, Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA), Mr Roy Barry, VIVA vice president. Photo credit: Charlie Jackson

An historic moment was shared yesterday May 27, 2014 when the BVI Olympic Committee, the Virgin Islands Volleyball Association and Ms. Jackie Weekes inked a contract to put in place a National Sports Structure.

As Mr. Ephraim Penn, BVIOC president, explained at the signing held at the Olympic offices, the contract was historic for two reasons: “It is the first National Sports Structure to be signed and we have many more planned,” he stated. “It is also historic because for the first time a sport has not had to bring in an expert from oversees to implement developmental programmes. Jackie Weekes is right here and has the necessary qualifications to gain the approval of the Olympic Solidarity Organisation who are providing the funds.”

Those funds are to the tune of $30,000 and the contract runs from June 1st until December 31st 2014 by which time Ms. Weekes will have been charged by the Volleyball Association and the BVIOC to undertake a thorough analysis of the sport’s current programmes and development from Primary School to National Junior Teams.

“This programme will be at the forefront of keeping volleyball alive,” continued Penn. “It is also very important to recognize Jackie’s past efforts to develop the sport and to now assist her and the local association in getting the sport back to the high levels it once enjoyed.”

Roy Barry, Vice President of VIVA, thanked the BVI Olympic Committee for partnering in the programme. “It is great to have one of our own in the position and exposing the youths to the sports. Hopefully we will unearth a lot of gems and the sports will grow in the Territory,” said Barry.

Weekes will hit the ground running and already has a programme for young Volleyball enthusiasts established at the Multi Purpose Sports Complex on Wednesdays and Saturdays. By August she hopes to have Junior National teams in preparation and practice for tournaments and will be working in schools almost every day from September.

All member federations of the BVI Olympic movement were given the opportunity to apply for the various programmes presented in the Olympic Quadrennial Programme and Volleyball took full advantage. It is anticipated that other sports will be following suit to take full advantage of the support offered by the BVIOC.



Pipe edges Williamson in thrilling Blenheim Trust 5K Series finish

By: Dean Greenaway

Maxford Pipe, left, edges Guy Williamson for his first victory his rival on Saturday, in the Blenheim Trust 5K Series finale. Photo credit: Cleave Farrington

Maxford Pipe, left, edges Guy Williamson for his first victory his rival on Saturday, in the Blenheim Trust 5K Series finale. Photo credit: Cleave Farrington

Although Guy Williamson won the overall men’s division of the 2014 Blenheim Trust 5K Series, Maxford Pipe ended his streak of victories with a furious finish during Saturday’s finale, by .01 seconds.

Williamson outsprinted Pipe in the March 8 season opener at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds and this time, Pipe reversed his finishing strategy and turned the tables to win in 18 minutes and 52.17 seconds to Williamson’s 18.52.18.

“This was a fantastic race. Guy set the pace which I was comfortable with and I just kept picking him off,” Pipe explained of his opponent who opened up a sizeable lead at the start. “We played cat and mouse coming back and I said I would stay behind him, because when you’re behind you can always see what’s going on in front so I tried the technique and tried to hold him close as possible to the end. The last race we finished here, I started to kick too early and Guy took me at the finish, so I tried to do it to him.”

Williamson, who also lost to Pipe for the first time in the Dive BVI 10K Series finale on Virgin Gorda last week, said he has been improving.

“He has been pushing the pace and it’s great to have that level of inter island competition,” he noted. “The conditions today were cool to push the pace and he pushed it right to the end for a sprint finish, so you couldn’t ask for more.”

The race was a pursuit race where the women had a 5 minute start ahead of the men and for the first time ever, no man overhauled the deficit by the first two women, led by Katrina Crumpler’s 22:09 and soon to be 13 year old Tallulah Kinkead’s 23:15.

“I tried my best to keep them off and I managed to do so and it was a good race,” Crumpler said. “It was nice and cool, a bit of rain and that definitely helped. I remember last year was quite hot and it was a big difference this year, really nice conditions.”

Crumpler, Pipe and Williamson will all contest the 3rd Virgin Gorda Half Marathon on Saturday. The race begins at 6:30 a.m. and will take in several scenic vistas of the island including a section of Gorda Peak and Coppermine.

Final Results; Men. 1. Maxford Pipe, 18 minutes 52.17 seconds. 2. Guy Williamson, 18:52.18. 3. Ian Montgomery, 19.47. 4. Julius Farley, 19.16. 5. Curwin Andrews, 20:23. 6. Vaughan Vanoudtshoorn, 20:32. 7. Aaron Gardner, 20:40. 8. Michael Killourhy, 21:30. 9. Paul Hubbard, 22:05. 10. Stefano Tasking, 22:21. 11. Adrian Dale, 22:31. 12. Patrick Ormond, 22:36. 13. Charles Kerins, 22:49. 14. Shane Donovan, 23:01. 15. David Kinkead, 23:15. 16. Russell Crumpler, 23:36. 17. Luka Chalwell, 23:58. 18. Dan Mitchell, 24:09. 19. Sam Potgieter, 24:27. 20. Chris Potgieter, 28:01. 21. Carl Masefield, 28:07. 22. Stephen Bridson, 27:08. 23. Chris Ghiorse, 27:28. 24. Henry Creque, 29:46. 25. Howard Moore, 30:01. 26. Stephen Beard, 37:21. 27. Tai Thomas, 43:56. 28. Richard Morgan.

Women: 1. Katrina Crumpler, 22:09. 2. Tallulah Kinkead, 23:15. 3. Rosmond Johnson, 23:56. 4. Clare-Louise Whiley, 24:42. 5. Kay Reddy, 25:24. 6. Sally Blackmore, 25:50. 7. Natasha Ruscheinski, 26:22. 8. Anna Kinkead, 26:26. 9. Philomena Robertson, 26:50. 10. Richie Paul, 27:05. 11. Zoe Bickerton, 27:24. 12. Juliane Potgieter, 28:31. 13. Ghislaine Hoogendijk, 28:52. 14. Barbara O’Neal, 28:57. 15. Katy Morley, 29:49. 16.= Amity Hill and Liberty Fletcher, 30:02. 18= Emily Abrehart, 30:19. 18= Jenni Dobie and Clair Burke, 30:30. 21. Li-Ann Yap, 30:34. 22. Pippa Dabbs, 30:42. 23. Roslyn Gilbert, 30:58. 24. Anya Rhoden, 35:53. 25. Jahde Boisgirard, 41:48. 26. Belinda Dabbs, 42:04.

Power Walking. Women: Sophie Bennett, 40:07. Men: 1. Gerald Rose, 39:35. 2. Zebalon McLean, 39:39. 3. Robin Tattersall, 53:32.

Overall Rankings. Men: 1. Guy Williamson. 2. Maxford Pipe. 3. Ravi Sukhu.
Women: 1. NiMade Oniaish. 2. Rosmond Johnson. 3. Claire Louise Whiley.

Summer Sunset Series for Triathalon Enthusiasts

summer-sunset-series-photoThe BVI Triathlon Federation will be holding an unofficial bonus Summer Series for training and fun during June and July – the Summer Sunset Series. The races will be duathlon-style and be either Swim/Bike, Bike/Run, or Swim/Run. The races will be held on the National Sprint Championships course and will be the Sprint distances – 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, five-kilometre run. The races, for individuals only, will start Saturday evenings at 5pm at Sandy Spit, West End, and should only take about an hour.

The Series will comprise six races with the best of four to score:

  • June 15 – Swim/Bike
  • June 22 – Bike/Run
  • June 29 – Swim/Run
  • July 13 – Swim/Bike
  • July 20 – Bike/Run
  • July 27 – Swim/Run

Formula One scoring will be used:

1st : 25 points 2nd : 18 points 3rd : 15 points 4th : 12 points 5th : 10 points 6th : 8 points 7th : 6 points 8th : 4 points 9th : 2 points 10th : 1 point

Because of the unofficial nature of the events, there will be no entry fees, no prizes, no water provided, and no timekeeping beyond scoring positions! Bring a cooler for post-race refreshment or adjourn to the Fish N Lime…