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24 set to attend Carifta Games in Bahamas

24 athletes and 11 assorted Officials will be representing the Virgin Islands at the 42nd Carifta Games in the Bahamas next weekend. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
In 2012, the team won 5 medals and with such a large number of athletes taking part this year then the BVI Athletics Association will be looking toward an even larger haul this time around. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
In 2012, the team won 5 medals and with such a large number of athletes taking part this year then the BVI Athletics Association will be looking toward an even larger haul this time around. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Nelda Huggins (right), is one of the VI's medal hopefuls in the 100 and 200 metres at the Carifta Games in the Bahamas. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Nelda Huggins (right), is one of the VI's medal hopefuls in the 100 and 200 metres at the Carifta Games in the Bahamas. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – 24 athletes and 11 Officials will be departing the Territory next week to participate in the 42nd Carifta Games being held in the Bahamas from Friday March 29 to April 1, 2013.

The team, which is one of the largest declared so far by the other countries taking part, includes U-17 Girls: Nelda Huggins, 100/200; L’Tisha Fahie, 100m; Tarika Moses, 400m; Judine Lacey, 400m; Lakeisha Warner, 800m; Deya Erickson, 100m Hurdles; Kala Penn, Long Jump/Triple Jump; Ashley Penn, Long Jump/Penthatlon; Kiwana Emmanuel, Shot Put/Javelin Throw.

Boys: Kyron McMaster, 200/400m; Deshawn Douglas, 200/400m; Tahj Malone, High Jump; Kadeon Potter, Shot Put;

U-20 Girls: Taylor Hill, 100/200m; Jonel Lacey, 200m; Shaian Vandenburg, 100m; Trevia Gumbs, Shot Put/Discus Throw; Tynelle Gumbs, Javelin Throw/Discus Throw; Boys: Shaquoy Stephens, 200/400m; Khari Herbert, 200/400m; Tarique Moses, 800m; Eldred Henry, Shot Put/Discus Throw; Brandon Andrew, 110m Hurdles/Long Jump. Ryan Joseph, 4x400m Relay reserve.

The officials are Steve Augustine, Head Coach; Winston Potter, Assistant Head Coach; Coaches, Omar Jones and Samantha John; Team Manager, Delva Thomas; Chaperone, Angeleta Bernard; Psychologist, Dr. Sylvia Simmonds; Trainer, Shaun Williams; Massage Therapist, Elizabeth Hopper.  Delegates: Dag Samuels and Dean Greenaway.

In 2012, the team won 5 medals and with such a large number of athletes taking part this year then the BVI Athletics Association will be looking toward an even larger haul this time around.

The regional championships which target Under 17 and Under 20 athletes, will see 24 athletes donning the territory’s colors as they compete for spots against there counterparts on the podium in 14 disciplines over three days of competition, March 30-April 1.

With 24 athletes being the largest delegation to attend the premier regional Jr. Championships in Nassau this year, the Bahamas has played a significant role in the Territory’s Carifta Games history.

The BVI’s first Carifta Games participation was in the Bahamas in 1976 with four athletes. In 1978, current association president Dean Greenaway, won the 400m silver, the Territory’s first medal in the championships. Keita Cline bagged the Territory’s first gold medals in 1992 when he won both the Long and Triple Jumps.

The opening ceremony is set for 6 P.M. on Friday, March 29. Competition begins at 8:30 A.M. on Saturday morning and runs through the evening of Monday, April 1, 2013.

16 Responses to “24 set to attend Carifta Games in Bahamas”

  • Tim (24/03/2013, 11:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to our youths
  • @@@@@ (24/03/2013, 11:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Young BVI Leaders - You have made us proud.


  • Paige Summers (24/03/2013, 14:13) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    I wonder how many of them are from the sister Islands hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • charlie (24/03/2013, 17:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    see it live on ch 51
  • Big Sis (24/03/2013, 17:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yayy Lea!! congrats baby girl! make mommy and the rest of us proud! Love you muahhh <3
  • Just saying (24/03/2013, 18:52) Like (0) Dislike (108) Reply
    I don't know how many other from other islands but I know Vandenburg is Guyanese
    • Ty-Rexx (25/03/2013, 10:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      If she was "Guyanese" she would represent Guyana. You need to clarify your comment. And by the way . . . . . . . .GO SHAINA!!!!!
    • Carifta Medalist (25/03/2013, 13:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Listen "Just saying" u see all the athletes who representing the island now, Half of them are from else where.. In the past most Athletes who have represented well are also from othere countries...so don't try to down grade someone you dont even know... Plus you should be glad that she is one of them who making you little island look good abroad...I am a BVI lander if you want to know...So stop your BS u Idiot!!!!
      • What does it Matter (29/03/2013, 07:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        What does it matter where she is from.....if her education, training and everything else is received from the BVI, why should she represent another country? She lives here and is looking good. Why is it a problem for her to represent Guyana and make them look good? Let the kids run and win..................
  • BRAD BOYNES (25/03/2013, 09:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So what if vandebburg is Guyanese?/?.
  • Mimster's Mom (25/03/2013, 10:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to "ALL" the Athletes on the Team. We going to be in numbers cheering you guys on!!!

    Congrats to my baby Lakeisha Mimi Warner going into your event as the favourite against those big countries like Jamaica and the rest of them is a great accomplishment.
    • Linda (26/03/2013, 11:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      going into an event as a favorite does not mean a thing. be careful mimster's mom.......
      • SMH (26/03/2013, 14:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        All she said it was a great accomplishment. Which actually it is to be a favorite going in not saying it means she'll win it's just good that she's is ranked amongst the top.
  • Z. McLean (25/03/2013, 11:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    As an Official, I can't jump and cheer, but for the CARIFTA Games, HA!!!
    LEH WE GO, BVI, LEH WE GO!!!


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