Record Seven Athletes For IAAF World Youth Championships

Caption: IAAF World Youth Championships delegation: L-R; Seated; Ralston "Grandfather Henry, Tarika "Tinker Bell" Moses, Lakeisha "Mimi" Warner, Nelda Huggins and Winston Potter. Standing: L-R: Trevia Gumbs, Jonel Lacey, Taylor Hill and Kyron McMaster

JULY 2—A record seven athletes—four of them 2013 Carifta Games medalists— will represent the British Virgin Islands at the 8th IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, July 10-14, BVI Athletics Association officials announced. The Athletes will attend a pre championships camp July 4-8. 

Carifta Games U17 Girls 100m silver medalist Nelda Huggins who has run personal bests of 11.77 and 24.33 in the 100m and 200m respectively and ran a windy 24.08 to miss one of the Cariftal medals, will contest two events.

Kyron McMaster—the only male on the team and a Carifta Games U17 Boys 200/400m finalist—will be the other athlete doubling at the championships. McMaster has posted career best marks of 22.41 and 48.14 respectively.

Huggins, who has secured Carifta Games medals each of the last three years 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.

Carifta Games U17 Girls 400m silver medalist Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses who recorded a 54.95 career best during the June 1 Leeward Islands Jr. Invitational, will contest the quarter mile.

Meanwhile, Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner, Carifta Games U17 Girls 800m bronze medalist the last 2 years—has qualified for the championships with marks in the 100, 200, 400 and 800m—but 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, with Winston Potter and Ralston “Grandfather” Henry as team officials.

The BVI Athletics Association thanks the Director of the BVI London Office Kedrick Malone and Nicholas Jeria, for their role in facilitation the delegation with Ukrainian visas.