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.
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All athletes dream of the day when they compete against the best in the game, and soon, many Virgin Islands athletes will have their chance during the 2014 Caribbean and Central American Games in Veracruz, Mexico.
Lyn Reid, Secretary General for the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee, has high hopes for Team V.I. in Veracruz. “This is a very strong team,” Reid said. Virgin Islands athletes will be facing some strong competition, but Reid is confident in her athletes. “We are expecting to bring home some medals.”
Athletes from Team V.I. will be participating in 10 sports including Sailing, Swimming, Beach Volleyball, Track & Field, Taekwondo, Archery, Shooting, Bowling, Golf and Boxing.
Team V.I. will compete in four different sailing classes including Sunfish, Laser, Laser Radial and J-24. Canfield agrees that Team V.I. will have a good representation in Veracruz.
“I think this is our strongest team that’s ever gone to the Caribbean Games,” Canfield said. Canfield highlighted some V.I. athletes that standout in their events.
- Cy Thompson – previous winner in the CAC Games. Already qualified for 2016 Olympic Games
- Taylor Canfield – Youngest ever World Match Racing Champion
- Peter Stanton – Among the best in the V.I. in Sunfish sailing
- Paige Clarke – Laser Radial athlete. Up and coming athlete recently returned from competing in Youth Olympic Games
Clarke is one part of the group of V.I. sailors at the high school level that is making waves in the sport. “One of our young kids just won the North Americans in the Opti Class and another won in the New Englands – which had over 400 boats competing,” Canfield boasted. “We just continue producing great sailors out of the Virgin Islands. It’s amazing!”
A high school Junior at the Antilles School on St. Thomas, the 15-year-old Clarke will be sailing in the Laser Radial class in Veracruz. Clarke competed in the Youth Olympic Games in the Bite C-2 class which is a smaller and more technical craft than the Laser Radial. “I’m happy with the Laser Radial. I’m liking it,” Clarke said.
Clarke said that some of the athletes she competed against in the Olympic Games would be in competing in Veracruz so she kind of knows what she’s up against. “I’m not too sure where I’ll end up in the fleet, but I just want to try to do my best.”
The V.I. delegation will be comprised of 60-65 athletes, officials, parents and all around supporters.
Virgin Islands Olympic Committee President, Angel Morales, invites the community to participate in its CoastWeeks Beach Relay and Cleanup on October 4.
This event is open to all, and will include two-person relay teams with runners/walkers completing two miles each on St. Croix’s Ha Penny Beach. Following the race participants will assist with a beach cleanup. This is an annual effort to help protect the beautiful beaches of the Virgin Islands.
The CoastWeeks Beach Relay and Cleanup is scheduled for 7am on October 4, 2014 at Ha Penny Beach on St. Croix.
This FREE event is sponsored by The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee in partnership with The Virgin Islands Pace Runners; V.I., Waste Management Authority; University of the Virgin Islands; Marine Advisory Service; the V.I. Track and Field Federation; and other local and federal agencies including the Ocean Conservancy. With over 100 countries participating, these cleanup events are coordinated to remove debris from marine areas and tally items collected according to type of debris. The data collected for each beach is entered into the 2014 Coastweeks data.
The Virgin Islands qualified 5 young athletes in three different sports for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The Youth Games took place from August 16th to August 28th 2014.