Motorcade and Ceremony Panned to Welcome Home BVI Medalists

Athletics Team in LondonThe BVI Athletics Association in conjunction with the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, and the Ministry of Education and Culture are organizing a motorcade and ceremony on Thursday afternoon, to welcome the territory’s IAAF World Youth Championships silver medal Medley Relay Team and delegation home from the competition held in Donetsk, Ukraine.

On Sunday, the team of Taylor Hill, Nelda Huggins, Jonel Lacey and Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses, finished second in the Girls Medley Relay behind the United States, for the territory’s first IAAF World Youth Championships medal.

The medal is the second for the territory at an IAAF World Championships Series event in 5-years, after Tahesia Harrigan-Scott won the IAAF World Indoor Championships 60m bronze in 2008.

Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner on Saturday anchored the team into the automatic qualifying position in the final, by passing the Czech Republic runner who had earlier passed her, as the BVI finished behind Canada.

The BVI was the only team from the Caribbean in the relay final and the third of three North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) area teams in the competition along with Canada and the USA.

The BVI, Jamaica and Barbados were the only English speaking Caribbean countries to have been among the 37 countries winning medals in the competition.

The delegation also included Trevia Gumbs and Kyron McMaster. Officials accompanying the team were Stephanie Russ Penn, Winston Potter and Ralston “Grandfather” Henry.

Team BVI’s delegation arrives at the Road Town Ferry Dock from St. Thomas around 2:15 p.m. They will be met by Premier Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith, Minster of Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn and BVI Athletics Association President, Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway.

Following the meet and greet, a motorcade will take the delegation through Road Town, finishing at the Government’s Central Administration Complex, where a welcoming ceremony will be held.

The public is invited to attend this event.