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2014 VG B’ball League off due to incomplete facility!

-Trevor ‘West’ Stevens awaiting completion of facility; no concrete date identified by project manager Steve Augustine for completion of Virgin Gorda Basketball Court
Not complete! The Virgin Gorda Basketball League which should have gotten started in August this year is left without a start date and it is unclear whether it would even happen this year as the facility where the games are scheduled to the played is still under construction and its completion date is unsure at this time. Photo: VINO
A source from the Ministry of Education and Culture who is involved in the project speaking to our news room confirmed to this news site that the project will certainly not be completed this year as there were some issues that caused the delay including that of funding. Photo: VINO
A source from the Ministry of Education and Culture who is involved in the project speaking to our news room confirmed to this news site that the project will certainly not be completed this year as there were some issues that caused the delay including that of funding. Photo: VINO
It is unlikely that the project will be complete during this year as there is still a lot to be done. Photo: VINO
It is unlikely that the project will be complete during this year as there is still a lot to be done. Photo: VINO
Trevor 'West' Stevens (left) said that the venue must be completed before the Virgin Gorda League 2014 could take place. Project Manager Steve Augustine (right) said that work is still ongoing and he could not say at this point when they will be completed. Photo: VINO/File
Trevor 'West' Stevens (left) said that the venue must be completed before the Virgin Gorda League 2014 could take place. Project Manager Steve Augustine (right) said that work is still ongoing and he could not say at this point when they will be completed. Photo: VINO/File
Always one to be on the ball, Acting Director of Youth Affairs and Sports Paul A. Hewlett (left) referred this news site to Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (right) for an update on the project. Photo: VINO/File
Always one to be on the ball, Acting Director of Youth Affairs and Sports Paul A. Hewlett (left) referred this news site to Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (right) for an update on the project. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – The Virgin Gorda Basketball League which should have gotten started in August this year is left without a start date and it is unclear whether it would even happen this year as the facility where the games are scheduled to the played is still under construction and its completion date is unsure at this time.

A source from the Ministry of Education and Culture who is involved in the project speaking to our news room confirmed to this news site that the project will certainly not be completed this year as there were some issues that caused the delay including that of funding. 

Speaking to this news site, Trevor ‘West’ Stevens, one of the organizers from the Virgin Gorda Basketball League Committee said that there is no telling when the Virgin Gorda Basketball League will begin as they are awaiting the completion of the roof for the facility being constructed. 

“We are waiting on the roof and the building to be completed. We haven’t had an update from the people for a while,” he said, referring the persons responsible for the construction of the facilities. 

Asked when the league supposed to start, he replied it should have started in August this year. This news site tried without success to reach others from the League for an update on the tournament. 

He said that it will be started whenever the facility is completed. 

When this news site called Acting Director of Youth Affairs and Sports Paul A. Hewlett for a comment on when the facility would be completed and when the VG Basketball League will get underway, he said that he had not been briefed of the situation and directed us to the Minister responsible for Sports, Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn. 

“You would have to speak to the Minister…I haven’t been privy to that so I really can’t comment,” he said. 

What this again demonstrates is that the Minister continues to micro-manage all aspects of the Ministry leavening critical Heads of Department out of the loop. Efforts to reach the controversial Minister Hon Walwyn for a comment proved futile up to post time. 

When this news site made contact with the President of the BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) Guy L. Malone, he said that he had no knowledge of when the VG League will be played since the BVIBF does not have any involvement in this league and others outside of the BVIBF. 

He said that in the future it will be contemplated whether such leagues will come under the purview of the BVIBF. 

Speaking to this news site, Project Manager of the work site for the basketball facility on Virgin Gorda Steve Augustine said that they have reached a point where the works on the interior of the basketball court is 80 to 90 percent done. 

“This will take us to a point where we can start to look at completing the interior of the building. At present the basketball court which is the concrete slab that goes in the middle and this will soon get underway,” he said. “We have to look at the finalization of the compacting works which has to be completed before we can complete the paving of the perimeter [which would allow for the seating/stands],” he said.

He said that once these works are done, the task would be to put in the suspended basketball rims, which he said have to be custom fitted and precisely done. 

“The Minister is pushing really hard to have the project completed prior to year end, but as it is right now we are running into some scheduling issues,” Augustine said, blaming these on the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. 

“As to whether or not it will be exactly year end it might be a tad difficult to say at this time but within weeks of year end or the turn of the year I presume we should be somewhere near completion if not completed,” said Augustine.

28 Responses to “2014 VG B’ball League off due to incomplete facility!”

  • xxxxxxxx (17/11/2014, 09:10) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    myron killing sports yet again
  • . (17/11/2014, 09:24) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the old court was not dismantled, what is the problem having it there as was customary??
  • i can see clearly (17/11/2014, 09:50) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    The 2 garruts are failures.
  • VVGBOY (17/11/2014, 09:55) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    DA BUILDING IS TOO LOW, NEED 2 B HIGHER, N Y WITH ALL DAT SPACE IT HAVE IS ONLY DAT LIL BUILDING THEY COULD PUT UP. LOOKS LIKE A GARAGE
  • zoe (17/11/2014, 10:22) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    As soon as ndp came in they made a mess of everything!
  • Ball Hog (17/11/2014, 10:26) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    When I look at that building I jus got to laugh, All that land and that's what we get? Why we cant get a complex like Tola OR EVEN one way better than tola own! Wellsa, Is best them had leave it how it was. The only sport you can play in that building is PING PONG.
  • tell me (17/11/2014, 10:37) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    what happen to the old court, the one you all been using for years?
  • shan (17/11/2014, 10:40) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    why is the building so low!!! this doesnt even look like it makes logical sense!
  • Silver Fox (17/11/2014, 12:15) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Oh Lord I could have swear this was the green house project at pariquita bay…look trouble for me boss…Myron thing we not accustom to good things? Eh
  • AP (17/11/2014, 12:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    WHere exactly is this being built? How close is it to the admin Center or Walters Park area?
  • LOL (17/11/2014, 12:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is the cost of all of this. I bet for what ever they paying they could have built 5 facilities.
  • vg youth (17/11/2014, 12:47) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is unfortunate that Walwyn, in his usual rush to score cheap political points, failed to properly analyze the time frame for this covering which could have waited until after the VG league...Now we end up with no covering and no league but let’s wait to hear from mw on this matter and his norman spin to misrepresent the facts
  • ooooo (17/11/2014, 13:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    that gym will be hot especially when the lights are on along with the crowd
  • LOL (17/11/2014, 13:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What are they going to play in that structure, pool? The roof is too low for basket ball, one cant even make an overhead pass muchless a jump shot.
    • judge (17/11/2014, 16:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's what happens when people don't listen....they could turn it into a foul fighting ring..waste of money and to think the floor will be concrete again just like the outside court, makes no type of sense to me. The lighting will be horrible therefore making the building hot as sathans toe nails and then to top it off the roof is wayyyyy too low for a basketball court, watch and you will see the results after its finished on how poor judgment destroyed this project
  • Market Square (17/11/2014, 13:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is the perfect place for the Market.
  • Str8Nose (17/11/2014, 13:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is the height of the building the same as the building in Belle Vue?
  • . (17/11/2014, 15:53) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is it going to be air-conditioned? I can't imagine how hot and stink it would be when in use. Also, that roof will certainly keep anyone from dunking on those rims. They would be afraid of hitting their head!
  • car jack (17/11/2014, 17:17) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron run go do that project to buy out VG youths now today they do not want to see he!!!
  • loud mouth (17/11/2014, 20:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @wtf they need a complex like tola because they's a bigger attendance compare to tola small turn out so hush if you don't know or ask somebody
  • Jannie (19/11/2014, 10:01) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    IF THE GREAT I AM HAD DONE IT, YOU WOULD STILL COMPLAIN. HOWEVER, EVEN IF YOU ALL HAD DONE IT A WOULD BE A PROBLEM, BECAUSE, THE MAJORITY OF YOUR LIFE STYLE IS GARBAGE,SO BE IT YOU EVEN CANN'T PLEASE YOUR OWN SELVES.
  • norh sound (21/11/2014, 17:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just read where the con man say Fraser is the reason why the gym I'd not finish set of devils


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