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Magnificent Seven fly off to Ukraine!

Team BVI: Trevia Gumbs, Jonel Lacey, Taylor Hill, Kyron McMaster, Ralston Henry (coach), Tarika Moses, Lakeisha Warner, Nelda Huggins and Winston Potter. Photo: Supplied
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The largest team of BVI Athletes to qualify for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships left the Territory early yesterday morning, July 2, 2013.

The seven will represent the BVI at the 8th IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, July 10-14 and also attend a pre-championships camp from July 4-8, 2013.

Nelda Huggins, who has run personal bests of 11.77 and 24.33 in the 100m and 200m respectively, will contest the two events, whilst Kyron McMaster, the only male on the team, will be the other athlete doubling at the championships in the 200 and 400m. He has posted career best marks of 22.41 and 48.14 respectively.

Huggins will be joined in the 100m by Taylor Hill, who has run a season’s best of 12.08. Jonel Lacey, with a 24.68 best in the 200m will be the territory’s other representative with Huggins in the deuce.

Tarika Moses, who recorded a 54.95 career best during the June 1 Leeward Islands Jr. Invitational, will contest the quarter mile.

Meanwhile, Lakeisha  Warner, who qualified for the championships with marks in the 100, 200, 400 and 800m, will run her pet event, the 800m. She has a season’s best of 2 minutes 11.81 seconds. The soon to be 16-year old ran 2:10.92 last year.

The lone athlete competing in the field events will be Trevia Gumbs who won Carifta Games U20 Girls Shot Put bronze, after a silver medal in the U17 Girls division in 2012. Gumbs’ best heave this season is 14.03m with the 3K implement after preparing for Carifta with the 4K ball.

Former BVI Athletics Association General Secretary, Stephanie Russ Penn is the Team Leader. Winston Potter and Ralston “Grandfather” Henry are travelling as team officials.

In a statement issued by the BVIAA, the association thanked the Director of the BVI London Office, Kedrick Malone and Nicholas Jeria, for their role in facilitation the delegation with Ukrainian visas.

Earlier today, the party landed safely in London before continuing their arduous trip east to the Ukraine.

7 Responses to “Magnificent Seven fly off to Ukraine!”

  • mm (03/07/2013, 10:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Absolutely wonderful
  • BVIslander (03/07/2013, 10:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go girls and boys! A good experience for all of you! Do your best - that is all we can ask!
  • Be Fair (03/07/2013, 10:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go team BVI!
  • Quodos (03/07/2013, 14:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am soooo jealous of these youngsters. In my days we didn't travel or had this exposure that they have today. We in the BVI are extremely proud of you all. Keep up the good work and continue to make the BVI proud of you. We are routing for you bring home the gold team.

    Team should have been bigger though. Why such a small team, is it because of lack of funds? I hope not.
  • ReX FeRal (03/07/2013, 21:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To Quodos: you had to QUALIFY to go. This is not carifta or leeward island track meet. This is the WORLD youth championships, you send your "Qualified" athletes.

    Good luck athletes, stay injury free and rock.
  • the rock (04/07/2013, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    all the best guys..give it your all!
  • oh really (06/07/2013, 07:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Team BVI, We are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo very proud of you. Do your best and be ambassadors of the BVI !

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