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UPDATE: Phillip adds Silver Medal to her Carifta Gold!

Elinah Phillip adds a Silver medal to the Gold Medal she earned at the 29th Carifta Swimming Games with a new record time of 28.71 seconds, in the 50m Freestyle. Photo: Provided
Elinah had already picked up a Bronze Medal at the Games in the 50m Butterfly, to become the Territories first ever Medal winner at the Games. Photo: Provided
Elinah had already picked up a Bronze Medal at the Games in the 50m Butterfly, to become the Territories first ever Medal winner at the Games. Photo: Provided
Elinah and Amarah will also be competing at the Commonwealth Games later this Summer in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Provided
Elinah and Amarah will also be competing at the Commonwealth Games later this Summer in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Elinah Phillip of the Virgin Islands continued to impress and grab medal-winning headlines when she concluded the 29th Carifta Swimming Championships in Aruba with Silver to take her individual tally to four, including one Gold.

Philip grabbed the Silver medal in the Girls 13-14 50m Free Style in a personal best and National Record of 27.23 seconds.

Sister Amarah Phillip, competing in the Girls 15-17 Division, established a 50m freestyle personal best of 29.18 seconds.

Elinah made it four Medals at the Championships after opening with a 100m Butter Fly Bronze, followed by a 50m Fly Gold and a 100m Freestyle Bronze in the 13-14 Girls Division.

Earlier in the Championships, Elinah Phillip wrote herself into the Territory’s history books on Wednesday afternoon April 23, 2014 at the 29th Carifta Swimming Championships with a Gold Medal performance in the 13-14 year old 50m Freestyle Event.

Elinah, who is competing at the games along with Sister Amarah, had threatened the Carifta Games 13-14 Girls 50m Freestyle record of 29.49 seconds in winning her heat in 29.95 as the fastest qualifier and then went onto better that securing the Gold with a time of 28.71 seconds, a new meet record.

Sister Amarah was 12th in the 15-17 Girls Division in 32.10.

It was the second medal for Phillip, who earlier won Bronze in the Girls 13-14 100 Meter Butterfly. The Bronze was the first medal ever won by a VI swimmer at Games.

See previous story posted on April 24, 2014

Phillip wins Carifta Gold!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Elinah Phillip wrote herself into the Territory’s history books on Wednesday afternoon April 23, 2014 at the 29th Carifta Swimming Championships ongoing in Aruba with a Gold Medal performance in the 13-14 year old 50m Freestyle Event.

Elinah, who is competing at the games along with Sister Amarah, had threatened the Carifta Games 13-14 Girls 50m Freestyle record of 29.49 seconds in winning her heat in 29.95 as the fastest qualifier and then went onto better that securing the Gold with a time of 28.71 seconds, a new meet record.

Sister Amarah was 12th in the 15-17 Girls Division in 32.10.

It was the second medal for Phillip, who earlier won bronze in the Girls 13-14 100 Meter Butterfly.

The bronze was the first medal ever won by a VI swimmer at Games.

Based in the U.K., The Phillip sisters have already tasted success in the pool, with the pair winning 16 medals between them at last year's OECS Swimming Championships for Caribbean nations.

While swimming is a popular pastime on the islands, there are no facilities to support competitive participation, such as a 50m pool. With the success of the sisters so far and a growing interest in the sport, a spokesman from the British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee said there are plans to build a pool in the near future.

Although the Girls still have some competition at the Games which conclude on Saturday, both Amarah and Elinah intend to compete at four events at the Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow, Scotland later this Summer,  50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Mother, Tracy Bradshaw, Amarah and Elinah first moved to the United Kingdom in 2005 when Tracy studied law at the University of Bristol. In 2009, the trio moved back to their Caribbean home before returning to the UK in 2012 to settle in Hatfield. While in the UK, the girls started to take swimming seriously.

Their Father, Ellsworth Phillip is the current BVI Swimming Association President.

15 Responses to “UPDATE: Phillip adds Silver Medal to her Carifta Gold!”

  • BVI Native (24/04/2014, 09:48) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Congrats!!! You girls are placing the BVI on the MAP yet again. A force to be reckoned with.
  • BVI Native (24/04/2014, 09:48) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Congrats!!! You girls placing the BVI on the MAP yet again. A force to be reckoned with.
  • ccc (24/04/2014, 10:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow good stuff
  • rattie (24/04/2014, 10:19) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is a big win for the bvi oh yea
  • mother hen (24/04/2014, 10:32) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Congrats.... Over and Out
  • ------------------ (24/04/2014, 10:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    CONGRATULATIONS!!
  • in the news (24/04/2014, 11:54) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Elinah Phillip is the best
  • bless up (24/04/2014, 11:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job - Keep it up. This is big time.
  • 1 (24/04/2014, 12:32) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I knew this young lady was always on the high way to success
  • Goldfish (24/04/2014, 13:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations! All the best in your remaining events!
  • water boy (26/04/2014, 11:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    More good news yall
  • guy hill (27/04/2014, 08:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    always continue to do your very best
  • Z. McLean (27/04/2014, 09:12) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Well done once again, Elswoth and Tracey! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR SWIMMERS For us, water is for relaxing in, while for you it is a venue for HARD WORK and HOURS of training. We are all so proud of you. CARIFTA Track and Field gets most of the attention, but A CARIFTA medal in ANY sport is uplifting to our country. GO, ELINAH and AMARAH! GO, BVI!!
  • native (27/04/2014, 18:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I respect these girls performance but what have the BVI done for there development nothing.. congrats to the parents of these girls, and most thanks for representing us at the games peace out... love from the BVI
  • verne (28/04/2014, 20:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    congratulations to Team BVI Swim Eleinah I always knowyou
    will and can do it. Keep on making us proud girl, looking forward
    to bigger things, Gods speed.


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