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Marvelous Malone is Athlete of the Year!

Chantel Malone (right), who was named BVI Senior Female Athlete of the Year, is pictured here with other award winners at the gala awards dinner held on December 28, 2011. Photo: BVIAA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- 3 times National Indoor Record holder and 4 times NCAA All America Senior Honors winner, Chantel Malone was crowned the 2011 Sol BVI Sr. Female Athlete of The Year, during the BVI Athletics Association’s 3rd annual Athletes Awards Recognition Gala on December 28, 2011.

Malone, who was the 2009 and 2010 BVI Jr. Athlete of the Year, completed her eligibility at the University of Texas. During the season she broke Ashley Kelly’s 400m National Indoor Record, after running 53.23 seconds, then improved on her Long Jump standard with a leap of 6.65m (21’10”) and extended her own Triple Jump mark to 13.45m (44’1½”).

As a disappointing reflection on participation and development of male athletes for the second successive year there was no winner of the Sr. Male award.

Shenique Frett, who qualified for the IAAF World Youth Championships in the 100, 200 and 400m, received the Most Outstanding Under 20 Girls award and was the Sol BVI Jr. Female Athlete of the Year.

Tarique Moses, who also won Most Outstanding Under 17 Boys Track Athlete honors, repeated as the Sol Jr. Male Athlete of the Year. During the season, he broke Steve Augustine’s 17-year old National Youth and Scholastic 800m record after running 1 minute 59.03 seconds.

Carifta Games Under 17 Girls 100m bronze medalist Nelda Huggins and 400m Carifta Games fourth placer and Leeward Islands 200m champion Tarika Moses, shared the Sol BVI Youth Female Athlete of the Year award.

In the closest race of all the awards presented on the night, Kedrick Matthew collected the Sol BVI Youth Male Athlete of the Year Award, getting the nod over Kyron McMaster. Matthew is a CAC Age Group Championships silver medalist and won three medals at the Leeward Islands Youth Championships, including 800m gold. McMaster is also a CAC Age Group Championships silver medalist, and won three medals at the Leeward Islands Youth Championships. Two of this medals were bronze.

Rose Phillips King Adams and Theda Bucknor Forbes, received the BVI Athletics Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards for their respective services to the association in the early days. Adams was the Territory’s leading athlete of the 1970s and also served as Association Secretary through 2002.

Forbes, who coached and was also an administrator, was a member of the first Carifta Games team that also included Adams, in 1976.

Coaches who have served for a minimum of five years, were also recognized for their services by the BVI Athletics Foundation. Awards were also doled out in two new categories. Deshawn Douglas won the Colonial Insurance Comeback Male Athlete of the Year, while Sprint Tech Coach Willis “Chucky” Todman picked up the inaugural BVI Athletics Association Coach of the Year Award.

3 Responses to “Marvelous Malone is Athlete of the Year!”

  • good job (30/12/2011, 08:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Ms. Malone very well deserving!
  • parent (30/12/2011, 09:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to the Youths especially Ms. Malone. You all are indeed the future generation of the BVI. I say big up also to the coaches and parents that inspire you every day to reach for the stars!!
  • apple (30/12/2011, 13:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    these kids worked hard

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