11 Girls and five Boys will compete in the 41st Carifta Games in Bermuda, marking the BVI's largest delegation to the games in its history.
MARCH 24—Some 16 athletes—the biggest delegation ever since the inaugural venture in 1976—will represent the BVI at the 41st Carifta Games in Hamilton, Bermuda, April 6-9.
The delegation was presented on Friday afternoon at the Dept. of Youth Affairs and Sports, during a media briefing, that also included remarks by Dr. Marcia Potter, Ag. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education & Culture, on behalf of Hon. Myron Walwyn and BVI Olympic Committee president Ephraim Penn.
The team includes nine athletes who have had previous Carifta Games experiences and the bulk of athletes are in the Under 17 Division where there are nine athletes—8 of them girls.
BVI Athletics Association officials said this is the strongest U17 Girls team that has ever assembled, because it’s not just a team of sprinters, but include hurdlers, throwers and mid distance performers as well.
The team also includes three sets of siblings: twin sisters Tynelle and Trevia Gumbs; sisters Trarikah and Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner and the brother and sister combo of Tarique and Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses.
The 2012 Carifta Games delegation is comprised of the following: Under 17 Boys: Aundre Turnbull, Long Jump/High Jump. Girls: Nelda Huggins, 100/200m; Trevia Gumbs, Shot Put, Tynelle Gumbs, Javelin Throw; Taylor Hill, 100/200m; Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner, 800/1500m; Tarika Moses, 400m; Jonel Lacey, 100/300m Hurdles; Deya Erickson, 100/300m Hurdles
Under 20 Girls: Niayla Smith, 800m; Shiaian Vandenburg, 100/200m; Tarikah Warner, Long Jump/High Jump. Boys: J’Maal Alexander, 100/200m; Shaquoy Stephens, 200/400m; Brandon Andrew, 110m Hurdles/Heptathlon.
Coaches: Willis “Chucky” Todman, Eric Matthias, Steve Augustine, Winston Potter. Chaperone: Delva Thomas. Psychologist: Dr. Sylvia Simmons. Physiotherapist: Shaun Williams. Delegates: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway and Dag Samuels.