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    Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
  • Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
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  • Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
    Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
  • Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
    Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
  • Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
    Virgin Islands Olympic Committee

2016 Rio Games

For over 45 years, the Virgin Islands has celebrated the Olympic tradition by sending our athletes to compete. This summer that tradition continues at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The dreams and the training of our Virgin Islands Olympians could not have been possible without the financial support of the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and you. The Committee provided funding for travel, competition and training grants for 23 different sports.

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee needs your help to continue a winning tradition. Become a sponsor today and help make the Olympic dream a reality for our athletes.

Keep Olympic dreams alive for our future Olympians. 

WHATS HAPPENING

2016 is the year of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. To kick off this year in sports, the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee is sponsoring a Sport Photography Photo Contest. This contest is open to all amateur photographers who have an incredible photograph of a Virgin Islander demonstrating “Sport for Life” – by engaging in any sport at any level. 

Photographs will be judged based on the photographer’s creativity and visual skills. Subject(s) in the photograph must be of a Virgin Islands resident engaged in sport. Subject(s) level can vary from beginner to elite, young or old. Our judging panel will consist of Virgin Islanders from all three islands, who have a passion for photography, sports or both. 

By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the Entry Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Entry Rules. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Virgin Islands Olympic Committee. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules or your entry will be disqualified. There is no Entry Fee for this contest. 

All photos will become property of the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and will be displayed on the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee Facebook page, its web page and in a public space (TBA) in the Virgin Islands. 

Prizes:

Gold - $1,000 Silver - $750 Bronze - $500

Honorable Mentions (5) - $50 each  

Entry Rules:

1)      Each entry consists of an entry form and a single image.

2)      Each Contest entrant must be the author of the original material submitted.

3)      Entries (entry form and single image) must be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from January 25th 2016 to February 29th 2016 11:59pm local time).

4)      Entries must be submitted in digital format but the photograph need not be taken with a digital camera. Scans of negatives or photographic prints are acceptable. Digital files must be 20 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or JPG format and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).

5)      Only 1 photo per person can be entered. Only your first photo will be entered.

6)      Single frame and single exposures only.

7)      Photographs may not show the name of the photographer or any other details (those details can be in the metadata of the photo, just not visible in the photo itself).

8)      All photos must be accompanied by a caption and a three-sentence story in English.

9)      Photographers under 18 must submit a guardian consent form with their entry. Request one from the VIOC Office: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10)   The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the pictures does not breach any law and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee. The copyright holders will hold the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee harmless of any claims from third parties relater hereto.

11)   The Entry Rules and any dispute, proceedings or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Entry Rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by VI Law.

12)   The conditions set out in the Entry Rules are binding, and the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee reserves the right to refuse or exclude any entry at its own discretion.

St. Croix—The USVI women’s U-20 national soccer team hosted Turks and Caicos for an international series which resulted in two consecutive clean sheets for the USVI. 

The USVI women earned two victories over Turks and Caicos defeating them 1-0 in Friday’s match then 2-0 on the following day. 

 “I was proud of how we withstood the other team’s aggressive play. The defense was outstanding and the team was very focused,” said head coach Eustace Bailey. 

Zola Kaza put USVI up early, scoring the only goal of the first match by attacking from the right side of the field in the 16th minute. In the second half, both sides were unable to score due to solid efforts by the two solid goalkeepers. 

Bailey credited the defense, especially the strong play of Tia Hughes and goal keeper Levania Lawrence.  “The team showed great improvement since our last match versus Antigua and Barbuda,” said Bailey. “Technically we were much better.” 

On the following day, USVI’s Zola Kaza remained aggressive scoring two quick goals at the 10th and 16th minute marks. The team’s defense was remained sturdy preventing Turks and Caicos from creating any opportunities. 

“Zola is the brain of the team, technically and tactically she was our best player and was good on both offense and defense. She really led us this series,” said Bailey. 

 Zola Kaza scored all three goals for the USVI squad. She was named the most valuable player. 

For more information, contact the USVI Soccer Association office at (340)-719-9707 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Juan Robles (in dark uniform) the top long distance road runner in the Virgin Islands and track coach at the St. Croix Central High School has been awarded a training grant for high altitude training in Colombia, South America for the summer. He joined some of his college teammates when he was a student/athlete at Turabo University in Puerto Rico at one of the Olympic Training Centers in Colombia situated at over 6,000 feet and ideal for long distance training.

The VITFF granted Juan a training grant for the purpose of both assisting with further developing his running capability and for making it possible for him to gain valuable technical and philosophical training in the theoretical and practical aspects of high altitude training for use in his capacity as a coach of distance and long distance runners (Juan received his IAAF Level I Coaching Certification last year).

While in Colombia, Juan was granted permission (a requirement of host country’s national track and field federation) of VITFF to compete in the Palmira Half-Marathon (at over 3,000 feet) where he ran the race in 1:13.41 for eighth overall and in his best time since he was a college runner and the best time for a V.I. runners in the past several years.   

Robles has won the V.I. Half-Marathon champion for the past five years.  His best time in the race was 1:14 when he was running for Turabo Univ. back in 2010.  His 1:13 is the best time run by a Virgin Islander since the days of George Jules, Calvin Dallas, Marlon Williams, Wallace Williams.  Danny Dickinson has the V.I. record for the half-marathon  run in the 90’s when he ran a 1:10 on a St. Croix Course.  The fastest half-marathon ever run in the Virgin Islands was 1:06 by Douglas Wakihuri in 1998 when V.I.Pace Runners organized the race from Beeston Hill to Fort Frederik to recognized the Emancipation of Enslaved Africans in the West Indies which took place at the finish line of the race.

TORONTO -Sailor Cy Thompson of St. Thomas carried the U.S. Virgin Islands flag on Friday night, leading the delegation of 18 athletes at the opening cer­emony for the Pan Am Games in Toronto. 

The USVI , dressed in blue and white, were one of 41 delegations in the Parade of Nations before 45,000 spectators at the sold-out Rogers Centre.

The ceremony, which was produced by Cirque du Soleil, was capped when recently retired NBA leg­ end Steve Nash, one of the most internationally rec­ognized Canadian athletes of all time, ignited a bow l to transfer the flame to the  Games cauldron  located at the foot of the CN Tower.

More than 6,000 athletes are participating in the

Games that run through July 26. Story and Photo by Matt Schoch/Virgin Islands Daily News 

On 23 June, Olympic Day is celebrated all around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – get moving and participate in sporting and cultural activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars.  Over the last two decades, the event has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every corner of the world.

Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris.  The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.

Over the last 20 years, Olympic Day has been associated with Olympic Day Runs all over the world. From 45 participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the first edition in 1987, today the large majority of the 205 NOCs our joining in.

Events

Week 1

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1. Beach Clean Up

Date: June 7th
Time: 9:00am
Location: Brewers Beach
Water & plastic gloves will be provided.

 

2. Beach Wrestling Clinic

Date: June 7th 
Time: 10am
Location: Brewers Beach
Virgin Islands Wrestling Federation will demonstrate basic moves, strategies and techniques used in beach wrestling. Wear shorts and a t-shirt. - Contact: Shamsie Slaughter 340-690-8632


3. East End Road Race, including Point Udall

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 7am
Registration: Race Day 6:15am to 6:45am
Location: Castaway's Bar & Restaurant on St. Croix's North Side Rd.
Categories: Elite, Expert, Sport, Masters, Women.
Contact: Theresa Harper 340-513-2707


Week 2

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1. VIVF Underage Beach Volleyball Tournament

Date: June 14th
Time: 9:00am
Location: St. Croix
The tournament is open to all male and females in the territory.  Three(3) age groups U17, U19 and U21.
Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Week 3

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1. International Optimist Regatta

Date: 19th -21st
Time: All Day
Location: St. Thomas Yacht Club
Registration: Online STYC.net*
Contact: Margo Lynch 340-775-6320 

 

2. St. Croix Olympic Day Run 1 Mile

Date: June 20th
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: St. Croix
Registration: Calling 340-643-4557 or day of event.
Open to all ages.
Diplomas will be given to finishers. 

 

St. Thomas Olympic Day Run 1 Mile

Date: June 21st
Time: TBA
Location: St. Thomas
Registration: Call 340-643-4557 or register on the day of the event.
Open to all ages.
Diplomas will be given to all finishers.


 Week 4

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1. Kings of the Court

Event: 3on3 Kings of the Court
Date: 26th - 27th June
Time: All Day
Location: St. Croix Ed Complex Gym
Registration: Call 340-642-2857

The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation announced today that Eduardo Garcia won the Southeastern Conference Championship in the 10,000 meters at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi recently. His time was 29:49.92. He is the first Virgin Islands long distance runner to win a major NCAA championship at the distance and the V.I. national record holder for the distance at 29:36.26.

Garcia made his debut as a V.I. National Track and Field Team Member in last year’s CAC Games in Vera Cruz, Mexico  and had the best ever V.I. performance by a Virgin Islander in the 10k with a strong fourth place finish behind the dominant Central Americans and just one spot out of the medals.  The junior at NCAA powerhouse the University of Florida impressed his coach Mike Holloway with his performance… “It’s an unbelievable accomplishment for Eddie (Garcia). You’re talking about a guy that really comes to work every day and does what we ask of him. But that was still a big surprise for everyone. Words can’t explain how proud I am of him…

On getting stronger as the race progressed:

“Garcia said “Our race plan was to keep myself in position the entire way. Also, we’ve been doing a lot of speed work, Jimmy (Clark) and I, so we both knew that if it came down to the finish then we’d be alright.”

 On the final two laps of the race:

“With just those couple of laps left, I was just trying to score as many points as I could for the Gators, you know? This is the SEC Championships and I just ran with my heart during the end of the race. It was just all heart.”

Garcia is the second V.I. Track and Field National Team member to excel at Univ. of Florida at the championship level joining Eddie Lovett 110m hurdles as SEC Conference Champion. He is gearing up for the NCAA Regional Championships coming up this weekend and ideally the NCAA Championships to follow.  His next competition for the Virgin Islands National Track and Field Team will be The Pan American Games in Toronto in July.

Wallace Williams, General Secretary VITFF on Garcia’s performance at Starkville…”the track in Starkville is good to the Virgin Islands.  Several years ago, I had the opportunity to see our Billy Bohlke run personal best there in the SEC Championships when he was a senior and top distance runner at LSU.  Eduardo is in fine company, only a few Florida Univ. distance runners have achieved what Eduardo did there, he can count himself among that group which includes the great Olympian and Florida Alum, Frank Shorter, among others.  We are happy for Eduardo, we are proud of him.”

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