Community engages in sports at inaugural BVI Beach Games

A cross section of the Virgin Islands’ community attended the inaugural BVI Beach Games which was hosted by the BVI Olympic Committee and four national federations at Brandywine Bay beach on June 27, 2021.

In keeping with the tag line, “Unity through Sports”, residents of all ages and abilities took advantage of the opportunity to try the free sporting activities presented by rugby, volleyball, football and sailing and joined in a pick-up game or registered a team to take part in mini tournaments.

“The feedback from all involved with organising this first BVI Beach Games is positive,” said Ephraim Penn, President of the BVI Olympic Committee. “While we had hoped that more people would have joined in, we understand that many had changed their plans to come to the beach when they woke up to rain showers in the early morning. Overall, we’re pleased with the event and feel it was a success with a good uptake of the sports that were on offer.”

“This is such a great day! We were a bit put off by yesterday’s rain but so glad that we decided to come out and bring the kids to have fun at the beach. We’re really enjoying the whole thing, including the food!” said one participant attending with her husband and two children.

The BVIOC’s primary mission in facilitating the games is to stimulate the community’s interest in engaging in sports and getting physically active but the ultimate goal is sports development and to foster interest and growth in the disciplines that are played as a competitive beach sports at regional and international level.

“Rugby has already sent national teams to compete in Florida and elsewhere. As the other national federations see an increase in interest from their members in playing competitively in the beach version of their sport, there’s potential to develop national teams that could then play against our neighbours from the USVI, St Maarten and Puerto Rico who would be invited to join in the winter 2022 edition,” said Penn. “The mid-term target is to host the first Regional Beach Games possibly in the winter of 2023 as a sports tourism product provided the COVID-19 travel protocols make it viable.”

The BVI Beach Games included music by DJ Cuffy, fundraising cash bars run by the federations for rugby, volleyball and football, food for sale by Brandywine Estate and ice cream by Icy Treats. Recycling of disposables was managed by Green & Clean VI Ltd. A collection table for the donation of non-perishable items for the Family Support Network was also set up as a charitable community out-reach element.

The June edition was made possible through collaboration between the BVIOC and volunteers of the 4 national federations and was sponsored and supported by ZBVI Radio, Nagico Insurance Ltd, Roadtown Wholesale Ltd distributors of Coca Cola products Dasani water and Powerade, VISAR, Public Works Department and Solid Waste Department.

The beach games took place the weekend after the traditional symbolic Olympic Day run, walk and cycle events held on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke on Saturday, June 19.

More photos of the event can be viewed on the BVIOC page on FaceBook

BVIOC to host Olympic Day runs and inaugural BVI Beach Games

The BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC), in collaboration with member national federations will host the first community BVI Beach Games at Brandywine Bay Beach from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday, June 27, 2021.

The BVI Beach Games is an initiative that was first introduced at the BVIOC AGM by the BVI Rugby Football Union as a potential community event following the successful beach rugby and CrossFit fundraiser they organised in November last year.

Working with the national federations for rugby, volleyball, football, sailing and triathlon as well as Castaways CrossFit, the BVIOC is facilitating a community-oriented event aimed at encouraging residents of all ages to try a sport and get active.

The day will feature mini tournaments, pick-up games and an opportunity for anyone to try the aforementioned sports.

“These inaugural games will feature sports that already have a beach version so we know that the land based events are suited to be played in sand,” said Ephraim Penn, President of the BVIOC. “We are excited to have a fun, healthy and physically active family-oriented event in a safe, outdoor space where the community can get together while maintaining their social distance in keeping with current protocols.”

The BVI Beach Games will include music entertainment, bouncy castles, food and ice cream for sale by Brandywine Estate Restaurant and Icy Treats as well as a bar. Recycling of disposables will be in effect and managed by Green & Clean VI Ltd. A collection table for the donation of non-perishable items for the Family Support Network will be set up as a charitable community out-reach element of the day.

The event will be the first of two annual beach games planned with the second beach games to be hosted in November 2021.

“The long term goal is to develop these disciplines that are already played as beach sports competitively at regional and international level with a view to inviting our neighbours in the USVI, St Maarten and Puerto Rico in the winter of 2022 and hosting the first Regional Beach Games possibly in the winter of 2023 provided COVID-19 travel protocols make it viable,” said Penn.

This event will take place the weekend after the traditional 1 or 2-mile Olympic Day run/walk on Saturday, June 19 in collaboration with the BVI Athletics Association and starting at 7:00am (registration at 6:30am) from the A.O. Shirley Grounds, Tortola and a 3-mile walk/run managed by the Road Runners’ Club and starting at 6:00am from the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Virgin Gorda. Cyclists are also welcome to join an Olympic Day ride in VG which will depart from the college at 6:00am.

Attendees at both the Olympic Day events and the BVI Beach Games will be required to observe the protocols of social distancing, wearing a mask and frequent hand sanitising while at the event.

Xiamara Malone named Best Middle Blocker as BVI U20 Female Team concludes Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Championship

By: Virgin Islands Volleyball Association

Team BVI at the Under 20 Female Easter Caribbean Volleyball Championships, St Eustatius, July 8 – 9, 2018. Photo: VIVA

Over the weekend of July 8th – 9th 2018, Ms. Xiomara Malone was named the Best Middle Blocker of the Under 20 Female Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Championships. Ms. Malone maximised her performance by scoring 8 killed blocks on 20 block attempts. In addition, Malone was among the top 10 players in two other categories, namely Best Scorer and Best Spiker.

In addition to Malone, Ms. Shaliqua Fahie and Ms. Kijana Callwood featured among the top 10 players in different categories.

Best Scorers
Out of the top 10 players, Xiomara Malone ranked #8 with a score of 18 points. Shauliqua Fahie ranked #12 with a score of 14 points.

Best Spikers
Out of the top 10 players, Xiomara Malone ranked # 5 and Shauliqua Fahie ranked #6 .

Best Server
Out of the top 10 players, Kijana Callwood ranked #9 for the weekend tournament with 8 aces and 29 serve hits.

Best Digger
Out of the top 10 players, Kijana Callwood ranked #10 with 6 digs and 21 receptions.

The team comprised Xiomara Malone, Shauliqua Fahie, Keanna Smith, Onel Bell, Jhanessa Peters, Kijana Callwood, Dejanae Bowen, and Marianne Harry. The team played the Bronze Medal Match against host country, St. Eustatius and was defeated in a four set thriller, 3 set to 1.

The Virgin Islands Volleyball Association is extremely proud of  the young ladies for their will and fight during these games and their representation of the BVI. It is the goal of the VIVA to continue to develop its junior teams so that they can represent the territory well in future tournaments.

Coach’s Report
Mr. Willis Potter, team head coach, stated that the team showed great promise being a very young team with the youngest player being 12 years old. They showed growth from game to game, overcoming nerves and low self-confidence to become more competitive as they contested teams from St. Lucia, St. Eustatius and Antigua & Barbuda. The team was led by co-captains Shauliqua Fahie and Xiomara Malone. Coach Potter is “extremely proud” of the way the young ladies represented the territory noting that “even in the face of an uphill battle they continued to work hard and showed their commitment to the representation of the British Virgin Islands.”

“I want to extend great appreciation to the parents for allowing this special group of young ladies to enter our training program, and I want to encourage them to continue to help to fulfill our mandate to make the BVI volleyball competitive again and together we will make it. Special appreciation and recognition are extended to Mr. Stephen Payne for his hard work and dedication to this team in their preparation before and after the conclusion of the game, and Mrs. Kisheba Sprauve-Callwood who ensured all logistics were taken care of for the tournament and was the mom to the team, I thank you all,” said the coach.

VIVA Power League 2017 kicks off with record start

Source: BVI Platinum

Vixens (in turquoise) won against School Them in the featured first game of the Opening Ceremony for the VI Volleyball Association Power League 2017. Photo: BVI Platinum

Vixens (in turquoise) won against School Them in the featured first game of the Opening Ceremony for the VI Volleyball Association Power League 2017. Photo: BVI Platinum

The Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA) is ready to take the sport from recreational to seriously competing, now having a much bigger pool of talented athletes to choose from.

This year’s 2017 Volleyball season kicked off yesterday, January 28, at the Multipurpose Sports Complex, with a record start, registering a total of 16 teams, the most teams ever to participate in a BVI volleyball tournament.

This was great news for the local association, who will remain vigilant throughout the league, scouting for new talent for the Territory’s national team. The league will run until mid May.

Speaking to BVI Platinum News, President of the Association, Willis Potter stated that this year’s numbers are a proper indication of the impact and awareness of the sport in the Virgin Islands.

The tournament boasts of 10 female teams—5 in the lower division and 5 in the upper division, and 6 male teams, all ranging from the age of 10 to over 50 years old.

Potter said, “With these numbers, this season should be a very competitive one.”

He added, “We are about to move from just playing volleyball for entertainment, to now being serious about competing regionally. We want to move into the competition level as it was in the past.”

The president added, “So with so many persons coming in, it gives us the opportunity to build a strong team, having the chance to pull the most skilled persons from such a big pool.”

Potter further expressed that the BVI is capable of competing with any country in the region, as long as things fall in line.

“We will do that by starting with our grass roots and getting more fresh blood to take over.”

Virgin Islands Volleyball Association elects new executive board


2017 - 21 VI Volleyball Association Executive: (l-r) Willis Potter, Alquamin Nibbs, Kisheba Sprauve-Callwood, Sabinah Clement, Maria Drigo, Desirae Farrington, Henrietta Alexander and Curtis Davis. Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

2017 – 21 VI Volleyball Association Executive: (l-r) Willis Potter, Alquamin Nibbs, Kisheba Sprauve-Callwood, Sabinah Clement, Maria Drigo, Desirae Farrington, Henrietta Alexander and Curtis Davis. Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

The election of the 2017-2021 Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA) Executive Board was held at the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports conference room at 5:30pm. The new board members and their positions are as follows:

President – Mr. Willis Potter
Vice President – Mr. Alquamin Nibbs
General Secretary – Mrs. Kisheba Sprauve-Callwood
Assistant Secretary – Mrs. Anna-Belle Skelton-Malone
Treasurer – Ms. Sabinah Clement
Assistant Treasurer – Ms. Maria Drigo
Public Relations Officer – Ms. Desirae Farrington
Players Representative – Ms. Henrietta Alexander and Mr. Curtis Davis

The VIVA Executive Board thanks everyone that took time out of their busy schedule and came out to vote to make this year’s election possible.

Special thanks are extended to Mrs. Angeleta Bernard (Supervisor of Elections) and her team Ms. Alicia Paul (Tally Clerk), Mr. Jason Edwin (Tally Clerk) and Mr. Rhennie Phipps (Tally Clerk) for coming out and assisting with the election to ensure that operations were running smoothly. The Executive Board would like to thank Ms. Sabinah Clement (Past President) and her team for the outstanding work that they contributed to the sport over the years.


VI Volleyball Association to hold AGM and elections

By Virgin Islands Volleyball Association

screenshot-2016-10-04-12-18-13The Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (“VIVA”) is hereby informing the public of its Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 6 pm at Department of Youth And Sports Conference Room.

The AGM and Elections process will be governed by the following rules:
• The Officers to be elected to the Executive Committee are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Public Relations Officer and Two (2) Players Representatives.

• Each Team is entitled to nominate a maximum of two (2) person for each post on the Executive Committee.

• Any person elected to the Executive Commitee, shall hold office for four (4) years or until their successors have been duly elected.

• All Teams should decide on a list of nominees for appointment to the Executive committee.

• All nominees MUST communicate acceptance of their nomination to the Association prior to the AGM.


• All Teams registered in the VIVA domestic league during the election year, and is in good standing, shall be entitled to be represented at the AGM by two (2) delegates, both of whom shall be eligible to vote and hold office.

• Teams currently not in Good standing should submit payment of registration fees to the Association by October 14th, 2016 in order to be entitled to the privilege of participating in the election process.

• Each delegate of a Team shall be entitled to one vote per office.

• Voting shall be done by way of secret ballot.

• A nominee who is absent from the AGM but has previously communicated consent to being nominated remains eligible for nomination to the Executive body.

• There shall be no voting by proxy.

• All votes shall be tallied and announced at the AGM.

Any individual seeking further information or clarification of the aforementioned rules can contact the Ms. Kisheba Sprauve, Secretary or Sabinah Clement, president at

VI Volleyball Association Scouting New Talent

By: BVI Platinum

DYAS Industrial Volleyball Tournament Photo Credit: BVI Platinum News

DYAS Industrial Volleyball Tournament
Photo: BVI Platinum News

The Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA) is monitoring the participants of this year’s Industrial Volleyball League, which was officially declared open on September 22 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex.

The tournament, which is a collaboration between the association and the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, kicked off with a total of 12 teams from both the private and public sectors.

In an interview with President of VIVA, Ms. Sabina Clement, she explained that the association will be monitoring this tournament and scouting new talent. “We can’t go around handpicking volleyball athletes like other countries do, so it’s from these forums that highlight potential athletes for our national teams. It’s a great way to spot talent.”

According to Ms. Clement, “One of our mandates as the volleyball association is to foster the playing of volleyball. The more volleyball that’s played, the more involvement there is and the more people get interested in the sport.”

The tournament will see each team battle on the court every Tuesday and Thursday until the championships on November 17th.

Exciting First Round of VI Volleyball Association Power League

Arianna G. Forbes on the attack for Black Opps in the Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA) Power League. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO

Arianna G. Forbes on the attack for Black Opps in the Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA) Power League. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO


After Round One of the Virgin Islands Volleyball Association Power League, Raw Power sit top of the men’s standings by the narrowest of margins from Just Dream, whilst in the women’s division one, the unbeaten Phoenix Red are in first place ahead of Seventeen.

Raw Power have an identical 2 and 1 record as Just Dream and missed out on the chance to open a gap at the top after losing last weekend to Young Gunz, 3-1, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-10.

Paul Morillan scored 21 points for the Gunz and Norville C. Brathwaite added 20, whilst for Raw Power, Carson Lewis notched 20 and Al-Quami Nibbs 14.

It was the first win of the season for the Gunz who remain bottom of the four team division, with VG Hawks in third.

Just Dream cemented second place with a 3-0 win over the VG Hawks, 25-13, 25-22, 25-21, with Andre Pickering scoring 16 points and Willis Potter 14.

Phoenix Red are unbeaten in Women’s Division One play with 3 wins and are followed in the standings by Seventeen, who are 2-1, Raw Power, who are 1-2 and Super Spikers who have yet to record a win.

VG Eagles flying high in Division 2

In division two, the VG Eagles lead the pack with four wins from four, including defeating the RTW Vipers 3-0, 25-9, 27-25, 25-13, led by 25 points from Yessika Batista and then beating School Them 3- 0 , 25-11, 25-8, 25-20, with Daphnie Sprauve notching 23 points.

School Them and Vixens both have 2-2 records to occupy second and third in the standings respectively, whilst the Black Opps team grabbed fourth place with a 3-2 win over the Vipers, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 20- 25, 16-14, with Rayonne Frett top scoring with 22 points and both Kenisha Bryan and Arianna G. Forbes notching 17.

For the Vipers, Irene Poblete scored 19 points and Jacintha Weekes 18.

The Vixens rounded out Round One with a 3-1 win over Black Opps, 25-16, 9-25, 25-22, 25-23, led by 10 points from Shermine James. Forbes led Black Opps with 11 points.

VI Volleyball Association Power League coming up


2014 VIVA Power League - Men's Championship Games. Photo: Cleave Farrington

2014 VIVA Power League – Men’s Championship Games. Photo: Cleave Farrington

The official opening date of the Virgin Islands Volleyball Association Power League is February 7, 2015. The registration deadline for all teams is Monday, January 27, 2015. The registration fee is $250.00

Fees and rosters are to be turned in together to Hillary Malone. VIVA warns that there will be no exceptions.

“It promises to be the League of a difference with plenty of volleyball fun to look forward to,” says VIVA representative, Tamisha Georges. “Lets start this right and do our part!”

VIVA Power League starts this weekend

DSC_0391The Virgin Islands Volleyball Association (VIVA) announces the opening of its 2014 VIVA Power League slated to start on Saturday February 8th, 2014 with an official opening ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Games will immediately follow at the Road Town Multipurpose Sports Complex with 2013 defending men and women champions Just Dream and Phoenix Red.

This year’s league will feature teams that have registered so far; 4 male and 4 female teams in the senior division and a junior division League (more info to follow!)

2013 defending champions Phoenix Red 2013 defending champions Just Dream
Raw Power Raw Power
Legends Young Guns
Phoenix Black Fire Power

Schedule of games and actual times of games will be forthcoming shortly.

There will be a $3.00 admission fee.
You may contact the PRO of the BVI Amateur Volleyball Association Cleave Farrington at 542-1007; email address for more information