2014 Youth Olympic 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 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
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.
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In an effort to develop beach soccer, the USVI Soccer Association will host a CONCACAF sponsored Beach Soccer Course and Festival/Tournament on July 24-27 on St. Croix. It is open to both regions and each club is encouraged to send representatives. Travel and hotel accommodations will be made for the St. Thomas members who would like to attend.
After the course, Brewer’s Bay on St. Thomas and Fort Frederik Beach on St. Croix will be the venues for the beach soccer programs of the USVI Soccer Association.
The course will be held at 4 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26, at the American Legion Hall in Frederiskted.
The festival/tournament will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at Fort Frederik Beach. There will be music; food and drinks will be for sale. For more information call (340) 719-9707
The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation invites coaches/others to enroll in the IAAF Level I Coach Course to be held in St. Thomas July 10-19, 2014. The New CECS Course offers Practical; Kids’ Track and Field Theory; General Coaching Theory and Specific Theory and Practical and Written Exam at the conclusion (this is the introductory course, you do not have to be a coach to take this course).
NOTE: The requirements for the 10 day course includes:
1] There is no charge to you for this course, you are however, required to register with VITFF for the 2014, pay the annual $25 registration fee and sign the VITFF Code of Conduct. This will enable the distribution of your materials for the course in a timely manner and establish the formal channel of communication with you.
2] Be a minimum of 18 years of age
3] Have a minimum of a completed primary school education
4] Have interest in track and field
5] Be physically fit and able to learn to demonstrate all track and field events
6] Be willing to actively involve yourself as a qualified coach and to assist the IAAF Member Federation (The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation) in the development of track and field.
7] Be able to speak and read English sufficiently well to sit a written and practical examination
8] Be available throughout the duration of the course (minimum 10 days, 8am to 5pm).
To register logon to: http://virginislandstrackandfield.org
If you are interested in taking this course please contact:
Dale Joseph: 340-474-6077
The 28th Annual Olympic Day Run was in St. Croix on Saturday afternoon at the St. Croix Educational Complex High School Track.
The public was invited to participate and special invitations went out to Virgin Islands Olympic Committee member sports federations. Dozens of runners and walkers including Olympians, V.I. National Team Members, coaches, officials, volunteers and family were on hand for this test of fitness on the track over the one mile distance and show of support for the Olympic movement.
Grouped according to minutes per mile pace, very exciting races put the top long distance runner CARIFTA Bronze Medalist, Juan Robles V.I.Pace Runners/V.ITrack and Field Federation college grad and teacher at St. Croix Central High School against three of top juniors national track and field team members including Malique Smith, Rodney Griffin and Barthelemy Peter each of the St. Croix Track Club/V.I. Track and Field Federation.
Robles set the early pace for what would likely become a sub five mile race with Smith on his heels as they entered the straight ending the third of four laps. With a lap to go Smith stretched the lead only to have Robles close the gap in front of a roaring crowd to cross the line with only a second separating the two of them. Smith took it in 4:44, Robles second in 4:45 and Griffin third in 5:02.
There were two females in this group with Mikeila Smith SCTC/VITFF Malique's sister who was first in 6:06 and Megan Tatum second in 6:13. The Smiths were cheered on by the parents and coaches Keith Smith Olympian Barcelona 1992 200m and 4 x 100m relay and Mireille Smith national team member for Suriname and NCAA Champion/All-American runners at Eastern Michigan Univ.
Equally exciting was the 7 minute per mile group with Mathew Mayes St.Croix Dolphins/V.I.Swimming Federation showing sprint skills as he used the tactic in the last 100m to pull away from Dalton Baptise of SCTC/VITFF to win in 6:13 to 6:26. Karen Dascent of SCTC/VITFF was the first female in the group and third overall in 6:51; Heidi Snow former V.I.Marathon Champion/V.I. Triathlon Federation was second in 6:56; Roger Hatfield V.I.Triathlon Federation was the third male in 7:09 and Mervin Mills of V.I. Cycling Federation was fourth in 8:11.
Mathew Mays recently qualified for the Youth Olympic Games and was cheered on by his mom Jodie Lawetz-Mays Olympian 100m, 200m Butterfly Swimmer in the 1984 Los Angles Olympics.
In the 10 minute per mile group Donald Bingham of Cross Fit was first across the line in 6:57; Adam Cohen of Cross Fit was a close second in 6:41 and Mireille Smith SCTC/VITFF was the first female and third overall in 7:04; Wayne Nichols V.I. Triathlon Federation was third male in 7:32; Ana Gutierrez V.I.Pace Runners/VITFF Olympic Marathon in 1992 Barcelona Olympics was second in 8:02 and Michelle Smith SCTC/VITFF and daughter of Mireille, was third female in 8:40.
The appearance of the Virgin Islands National Basketball Team representing the V.I. Basketball Federation set the stage for a separate run with Xavier crossing the finish line in 8:33; Devon Pelter second in 8:52 and Jason Edwin third in 9:42.
The 15 minute per mile was led by Wes Whitehurst, father of London Olympics 100m freestyle swimmer Brenden Whitehurst, V.I. Swimming Federation in 11:56; Linda Nelson V.I. Triathlon Federation was the first female and second overall in12:13 and Shlomo Williams Mary's Fancy Track Club/VITFF was the second male and third overall in 14:59; Malcah Brown MFTC/VITFF was the second female in 14:59; Sigalect Brown MFTC/VITFF was the third female in 15:23 and Sherwin Nero was the third male in 15:51.
An additional 10 minute per mile group was added to accommodate the Mary's Fancy Track Club/VITFF. That group was led by Daniel Heywood in 6:59; Emanuel Peter 7:51; Keyshan Hassel 7:53.