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VI’s Elinah Phillip & Malik John to compete at 2018 Youth Olympics

Elinah Phillip (Right) will be competing in the 50m and 100m Freestyle and the 50m Butterfly & Malik John (Left) will be competing in the 400m track event. Photo: British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
The third edition of the Youth Olympic Games will take place October 6–18, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games
The third edition of the Youth Olympic Games will take place October 6–18, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Island’s own Elinah Phillip and Malik John will be representing the territory at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) slated for October, 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Phillip who is 18-years-old, will be competing in the 50m and 100m Freestyle plus 50m Butterfly meanwhile 17-year-old John will be representing in track events.

While this will be Phillip’s first YOG, she made her Olympic debut at age 16 swimming in the 50m Freestyle at Rio 2016, becoming the VI’s first swimmer to compete at a Summer Games. Since then, she has competed successfully in several events in the UK and on the international circuit.

“I am really looking forward to racing, meeting athletes from around the world and experiencing Argentinian culture,” said Elinah Phillip in an invited comment.

New comer to the Olympic stage, Malik John started competing in track events in 2015 and has participated in the 2016 CUT Games, the 2017 and 2018 Carifta Games, the 2018 Golden South and the 2018 Barbados invitational.

He is a member of the Sprint Tech Track Club which falls under the umbrella of the National Federation BVI Athletics Association.

"I am very happy to have been selected as part of the BVI delegation to compete and experience Argentinian culture. I intend to represent the British Virgin Islands to the best of my abilities," said Malik John.

In addition to the two athletes, Keanu George of the Valley, Virgin Gorda will attend the YOG as one of the 80 Youth Change Makers (YCM) from across the globe. Nominated by the BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC), George will be expected to facilitate the VI’s athletes’ participation in “learn & share” activities and encourage them to experience the YOG spirit of Compete, Learn and Share.

The VI delegation includes Cleave Farrington, Chef de Mission; Benoit Grattepanche, Swimming Coach; Tracy Bradshaw, swimming chaperone; Ralston Henry, Athletics Coach; and Ephraim Penn, President, BVIOC.

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which were launched in Singapore 2010, were created to reach out to young athletes worldwide, inspiring young people to take part in sport and adopt the Olympic spirit. The games will bring together almost 4,000 talented young athletes aged from 15 to 18 from 206 countries around the world.

2 Responses to “VI’s Elinah Phillip & Malik John to compete at 2018 Youth Olympics”

  • guy hill (02/10/2018, 06:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Always continue to do your very best. Good luck. Be healthy. Be brave.
  • Da Real Bull (02/10/2018, 15:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wish you guys the best in your great endeavor.
    Always remember that God is the answer to your prayers.
    He will see you through your journey.
    Be bless.


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