21 To Represent BVI At Carifta Games

Source: BVI Platinum

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:
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.

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


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.

The sun shines on Team BVI sailors in Miami


Team BVI (L-R) Rayne Duff, Nathan Haycraft and Ryan Lettsome. Photo: Provided

Team BVI (L-R) Rayne Duff, Nathan Haycraft and Ryan Lettsome. Photo: Provided

Rayne Duff once again stood on the podium in Miami, claiming the red fleet victory and third overall at the 2016 Sunshine State Championships held in Miami from 12-13 March.

Three Team BVI Sailors traveled to Miami for the regatta, Duff, Nathan Haycraft (blue fleet) and Ryan Lettsome (white fleet).

A fleet of 195 boas descended on the Key Biscayne Yacht Club and the competition was fierce. Entries, whilst dominated by the USA, also included sailors from the BVI, USVI, St Lucia and Canada.

In the White fleet, Ryan Lettsome sailed a solid regatta to finish in ninth place, an excellent achievement at his first major regatta out of the region. A black flag in Race 3 for crossing the start line early sets the theme for the weekend for the Team BVI sailors but fortunately was one Lettsome was able to discard.

Nathan Haycraft had a challenging weekend with three starting penalties that cost him dearly in the overall results. Only able to discard one score, Haycraft was forced to count an additional 145 points to an otherwise consistent series of race scores.

The red fleet, for sailors aged 13 to 15 went down to the wire for Rayne Duff who also fell victim to the black flag but, finishing on a high, he pulled out a bullet in the final race to secure his position and third overall.

Team BVI congratulate Mia Nicolosi from St Thomas who took the overall victory, securing five bullets from the seven race series.

Team BVI Results
Position – Skipper
3 – Rayne Duff (1st Red fleet)
57 – Nathan Haycraft (30th Blue fleet)
111 – Ryan Lettsome (9th white fleet)

Full Results

Eight to compete in Pan Am Jr. Championships


Pan Am Jr. Championships team following a practice. Photo: Provided

Pan Am Jr. Championships team following a practice. Photo: Provided

Eight athletes, seven home based and one overseas, will begin competing from Friday through Sunday in the Pan Am Jr. Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Canada, July 31-Aug 2. The delegation departed on Tuesday.

For four of the athletes, twin sisters Tynelle and Trevia Gumbs, Taylor Hill and Jonel Lacey, it will be their last competition as juniors as they move to U23 competition in 2016.

Tynelle will contest the Javelin Throw, Discus Throw and Hammer Throw, where she has recorded career bests of 40.12m, 46.40m and 44.99m this season, while her twin will see action in the Shot Put, Discus Throw and Hammer Throw. Her bests are 14.83m, 46.49m and 47.66m.

Hill, who will join the squad from her Houston base will have Nelda Huggins’ company in the 100 and 200m dashes. Hill, who will take her talents to South Plains Jr. College in the fall, has run 11.83 and 23.84 this year while Huggins has an 11.90 to her credit and a windy 23.92.

Lacey will contest both the 400m and 400m Intermediate Hurdles. Joining Lacey in the Hurdles will be Lakeisha Warner. Warner has run the fastest electronic time of 61.07 seconds and Lacey, 61.26.

With a best of 51.87 seconds, Kyron McMaster who will join the Gumbs sisters at Central Arizona College in the fall, will contest the 400m Intermediate Hurdles, marking the second meet that the territory will have three 400m hurdlers in action. McMaster, Warner and Lacey competed in the event during the Carifta Games earlier this year.

Akeem Bradshaw will contest both the Long and Triple Jumps. Bradshaw cut the sand at 7.40m in the Long and 14.87 in the Triple on the season.

The BVI has never won a Pan Am Jr. Championships medal. Eldred Henry was fourth in in the Shot Put and fifth in the Discus Throw in 2013. Samantha John was also fifth in the 800m in 2009.

Officials accompanying the team are: Cliff Williams, Adriana Herbert, Anthony Dougherty, Doug Arter and Winston Potter.

Track and Field athletes up next for Pan Am Games

Track and field athletes/coaches as they arrived at the Toronto 2015 village were met by Swimmer, Elinah Phillip and coach Tracy Bradshaw.  Pictured L-R – Tracy Bradshaw, Winston Potter, Chantel Malone, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, Elinah Phillip, Eldred Henry, Xavier Dag Samuels, Anthony Dougherty, and Karene King. Photo: Provided

Track and field athletes/coaches as they arrived at the Toronto 2015 village were met by
Swimmer, Elinah Phillip and coach Tracy Bradshaw.
Pictured L-R – Tracy Bradshaw, Winston Potter, Chantel Malone, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, Elinah Phillip, Eldred Henry, Xavier Dag Samuels, Anthony Dougherty, and Karene King. Photo: Provided

BVI’s track and field athletes arrived in Canada last Wednesday, July 15 to prepare for the start of their competitions at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

On Tuesday, July 21 Tahesia Harrigan-Scott will be running in the 100m and Eldred Henry will be throwing for the territory in the Shot Put Finals. On Thursday, July 23 Karene King will take on the 200m and Chantel Malone will be competing in the Long Jump while Eldred Henry will compete in the Discus Finals.

Toronto 2015 kicked off on Friday, July 10 with the Opening Ceremony in which squash player, Joe Chapman led the VI delegation as the flag bearer. The following day, Joe marked the start of the territory’s participation in the Pan Am Games with his match in the Men’s Squash Singles against Alonso Escudero of Peru. The game was tough and Joe succumbed to Escudero in 3 sets,  11-7, 11-7, 11-2.

Next up was swimmer, Elinah Phillip who took part in the 100m Freestyle on July 14. She swam a time of 1:00.72 and finished 24th in the event but was unable to advance to finals. Elinah followed this performance with a race in her favoured event, the 50m Freestyle. While Elinah swam a season’s best of 27.37s and finished 21st overall in the event, her score was insufficient to advance her to the finals. Soaking up this experience, Elinah prepares for the World Championship in Russia in a few weeks.

These competitions serve as qualifiers for RIO 2016 Olympic Games.

Click here for the complete schedule of competitions and results.

BVI’s athletes to compete at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games

headerlogoThe British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee has announced the team to participate in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada from July 10-26.

Six (6) athletes and four (4) officials are now confirmed to attend the games.

BVI will compete in three sporting disciplines including athletics, squash and swimming.

The Toronto 2015 competitors from track and field include sprinter, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott in the 100m, Karene King in the 200m, Chantel Malone in the Long Jump and Eldred Henry who competes in both the Discus and the Shot Put. The team coaches are Winston Potter and Anthony Dougherty.

Elinah Phillip will be representing the BVI in swimming with the 50m and 100m Freestyle as her chosen events and Tracy Bradshaw as her coach.

Joe Chapman starts the ball rolling for the BVI team in the Squash Men’s Singles on July 11, with Adam Murrills as his coach.

In charge of the delegation is Chef de Mission for Toronto 2015, Mr. Xavier Dag Samuels.

Ephraim Penn, President of the British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee stated: “I am pleased we have been able to get six athletes qualified to represent us in Toronto 2015. This is double the number from Guadalajara four years ago in 2011 and it is great to have more than one sport represented. I am hopeful of solid performances from the athletes, especially in track and field and hope we can build on the excellent results we had last year at the Commonwealth and CAC Games”.

BVI’s Welcome Ceremony at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games is scheduled at the Athletes Village on July 9th, 2015 at 7 p.m., with the Opening Ceremony due to commence on July 10th, 2015 at 8 p.m.

It is expected that live coverage will be shown on television on the ESPN-Caribbean channel, so fans at home can follow the BVI athletes in action.

Click to view the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games competition schedule.

For more information, please visit www.toronto2015.org.