2013 Athletes of The Year Presented by Sol with Sol Country Manager Lyn Wyatt: L-R: Khari Herbert Jr, Jr. Male AOY; Beyonce DeFreitas, Youth Female, AOY; Nelda Huggins, Jr. Female AOY and Chantel Malone, Sr. Female AOY. PHOTO CREDIT: Todd VanSickle
DECEMBER 28—Chantel Malone walked away the 2013 BVI Sr. Female Athlete of the Year award presented by Sol, during the 5th BVI Athletics Association Athletes Awards Gala at the Moorings on Friday night.
Malone who established a National Record with her Long Jump leap of 6.65m during the inaugural Chris Brown Invitational in Nassau in April, picked up the award for the second time after taking the Sr. laurel in 2011. She was also the 2009 & 2010 Jr. Female Athlete of the Year.
Malone was one of three athletes qualifying for the 14th IAAF World Sr. Championships in Moscow, where she placed 21st in her pet event. She is ranked among the top 40 Long Jumpers in the world and 3rd in the Central American and Caribbean region at season’s end.
The Sr. Male Athlete of the Year recipient was Shot Putter and Discus Thrower, Eldred Henry, who recorded bests of 18.01 and 55.45m respectively.
Sprinter Nelda Huggins—a two times Youth Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and 2011, collected her first Jr. AOY honor, after running personal bests of 11.77 and 24.24 seconds respectively in the 100 and 200m. She earned Carifta Games 100m silver and was an IAAF Youth Championships semifinalist in both sprints.
Her 11.77 time is a new Natonal Jr. Record.
Khari Herbert Jr., who ran a personal best of 47.21 in the 400m, repeated as the Jr. Male Athlete of the Year.
CAC Age Group Championships 11-12 Girls individual bronze medalist Beyonce DeFreitas, was the Youth Female Athlete of the Year. DeFreitas also won a 60m silver and Long Jump bronze at the CAC Age Group competition.
Koen Penn repeated as the Youth Male Athlete of the Year.
Sol also doled out awards recognizing athletes in individual events and relays who established National Records during the season.
In other awards, Keron Stoute picked up the inaugural LIME Collegiate Athlete of the Year award, by virtue of winning the MEAC Indoor Championships Heptathlon. He was second in both the MEAC Outdoor Championships Decathlon with a personal best of 6108 points and cleared 2.06m in the High Jump.
Quarter milers Kyron McMaster and Dominique Maloney, were the Most Improved Male and Female athletes, while J’Nae Wong—who lost time during the season to a foot injury—then returned to win a 13-14 Girls 80m silver medal at the CAC Age Group Championships, was the Colonial Insurance Comeback Athlete of the Year.
Sprint Tech Track Club’s Willis “Chucky” Todman and Top Notch Track Club’s Winston Potter, were the BVI Athletics Foundation Co-Coaches of the Year.
Former National Record holders in the 800/1500m and Shot Put and Discus Throw, Dale Abrahamson and Gene Hodge—both of whom were on the first team to represent the territory just two months after the BVI Athletics Association was formed on September 19, 1970—received the association’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.
MB’s Ice and the Dept of Information Technology were also recognized for their respective contributions to the association.
Following are the 2013 BVI Athletics Association award recipients.
Athletes of the Year Presented by Sol
2013 BVI Athletics Association Youth Male Athlete of the Year—K’Cei Moses
2013 BVI Athletics Association Youth Female Athlete of the Year—Beyonce DeFreitas
2013 BVI Athletics Association Jr. Male Athlete of the Year—Khari Herbert Jr.
2013 BVI Athletics Association Jr. Female Athlete of the Year—Nelda Huggins
2013 BVI Athletics Association Sr. Male Athlete of the Year—Eldred Henry
2013 BVI Athletics Association Sr. Female Male Athlete of the Year—Chantel Malone
Most Outstanding Track & Field Event Athletes
2013 Most Outstanding Combined Events Female Athlete—Kanishque Todman
2013 Most Outstanding Combined Events Male Athlete—Keron Stoute
2013 Most Outstanding Men’s Open Track Athlete—Mark Kendal
2013 Most Outstanding Women’s Field Athlete—Chantel Malone
2013 Most Outstanding Women’s Open Track Athlete—Karene King
2013 Most Outstanding Men’s Open Field Athlete—Keron Stoute
2013 Most Outstanding Women’s Open Field Athlete—Chantel Malone
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under-20 Track Athlete— Khari Herbert Jr.
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under-20 Track Athlete—Jonel Lacey
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under-20 Field Athlete—Eldred Henry
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under-20 Field Athlete—Trevia Gumbs
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under-17 Track Athlete—Kyron McMaster
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under-17 Track Athlete—Nelda Huggins
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under-17 Field Athlete—Kadeon Potter
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under-17 Field Athlete—Ashley Penn
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under-15 Track Athlete— K’Cei Moses
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under-15 Track Athlete—Judine Lacey
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under-15 Field Athlete— Tahj Malone
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under-15 Field Athlete—Arianna Hayde
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under 13 Field Athlete—Koen Penn
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under 13 Field Athlete—Beyonce DeFreitas
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under-13 Track Athlete—Koen Penn
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under-13 Track Athlete—Beyonce DeFreitas
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under-11 Track Athlete—Wyanee Bell
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under-11 Track Athlete—Alisha Hayde
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under 11 Field Athlete—Sha’ei Lavacia
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under 11 Field Athlete—D’Neigh Williams
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under 9 Field Athlete—A’Keela McMaster
2013 Most Outstanding Girls Under 9 Track Athlete— A’Keela McMaster
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under 9 Field Athlete—Jason Smith
2013 Most Outstanding Boys Under 9 Track Athlete—M’Khori Crabbe
2013 LIME Collegiate Athlete of the Year Award—Keron Stoute
2013 College Classic Series Overall Male Champion Khiry Creque
2013 College Classic Series Overall Female Champion Julaine Potegiter
2013 Most Improved Female Athlete—Dominique Maloney, 400m
2013 Most Improved Male Athlete—Kyron McMaster, 400m
Coach of the Year
BVI Athletics Foundation 2013 Co-Coach of the Year—Winston Potter &
Willis “Chucky” Todman
BVI Athletics Foundation 2013 Male Road Racing Athlete of the Year—Ravindra “Ravi” Sukhu
BVI Athletics Foundation 2013 Female Road Racing Athlete of the Year—Ni Made Oniasih
Colonial Insurance 2013 Comeback Athlete of the Year—J’Nae Wong
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Dale Abrahamson, 800/1500m | Gene Hodge, Shot Put/Discus Throw