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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. 

All are invited to participate in the 27th Olympic Day Run.  Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are invited take part. 

There is no entry fee for this event.  Each participant will receive and official time for completing the distance. 

The first 100 participants will be given an Olympic Day T-shirt, an Olympic Day Certificate and a Virgin Islands Olympic pin.

St. Croix
When:
Saturday June 21, 2014

Where:  St. Croix Educational Complex High School track in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

Distance: 1 mile (Run, Jog, Walk)

Registration Begins: 4:00pm

Race Begins:

Walkers will start at 5pm and complete four laps around the track
The 15 min per mile group starts at 5:30
The 10min per mile group goes at 5:45pm
The 7 min per mile group goes at 6pm
The 6 min per mile group goes at 6:15pm. 

Each participant will have the opportunity complete a mile at their own pace and do it with the group of their choice. 

For St. Croix call: 340-643-2557 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for entry form logon to: http://virginislandspace.org    

 

St. Thomas
When:
Sunday June 29th

Where:  U.S. Coast Guard Dock on the waterfront

Distance: 2 miles (Run, Jog, Walk)

Registration Begins: 3:30pm

Race Begins: 4:30pm

For St. Thomas call: 340 777-8183, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or logon to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Thomas-Association-of-Roadrunners/168071899942500

 

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee is proud to announce that Jasmine Campbell, formerly from St. John, VI was nominated to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

On January 20, 2014, the International Ski Federation (FIS) officially confirmed that Jasmine Campbell met all qualification requirements to participate in two alpine skiing events: Giant Slalom and Slalom.

Giant Slalom involves skiing between sets of poles (gates) spaced at app. 65 feet distance to each other. The vertical drop for a course is usually around 1,200 feet. Although not the fastest event in skiing, on average a well trained racer may hit speeds of 50 mph. In Slalom, poles are spaced much closer together than in Giant Slalom. Racers must pass approximately 50-60 poles in Slalom to reach finish.

Campbell achieved the required five (5) qualifying finishes in international competitions with her final points of 64.55 for Giant Slalom and 82.24 for Slalom . The amount of points scored each race depends on how far the athlete finished behind the leader with range between 0-140 points. 

Jasmine Campbell was born and raised in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Campbell is the daughter of John Campbell who represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

At age 9, Campbell moved with her family to Sun Valley, Idaho. After being introduced to skiing by her father, ski racing became Campbell’s instant passion as she was drawn to the speed, exhilaration, and athletic challenge of the sport. At age 13, Campbell won a bronze medal in Giant Slalom at the U.S. National Junior Championship. Unfortunately, during her junior year of high school, Campbell was injured and her enthusiasm to pursue skiing was hindered.  Skiing in the Olympics, however, remained in the back of Campbell’s mind as an aspiration she had yet to accomplish.  After recovery from her back injury, in 2010, Campbell joined a ski racing team at the Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington and found that her love for the sport was instantly rekindled.   

In summer 2013, Campbell decided to take her senior year off to train for the Olympic qualification.  In June 2013, she attended ski training camps, at Mammoth, California and Mt. Hood, Oregon organized by the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF). At the end of the summer, Campbell traveled to South America, where she trained and raced with the Argentinean ski team. In November Campbell trained in Colorado with a former U.S National Team member and a top U.S. ski racer - Hailey Duke.  Shadowing such a high-level racer through multiple days of gate-training, gave Campbell a major boost to her training, both mentally and physically.  In December 2013, Campbell traveled to China where she participated in series of international ski competitions. Her extensive training paid off and Campbell became the first Virgin Island skier to reach podium in any international (FIS) ski race. Campbell placed 2nd in Giant Slalom race and then the very next day she finished 3rd in another Giant Slalom race.

Until she leaves for Sochi in first week of February, Campbell will train with the Sun Valley Ski Educational Foundation in Sun Valley, Idaho. 

Campbell is very excited at the opportunity to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Olympics. For every athlete, it is a lifelong dream, and the biggest achievement. 

Campbell will be the second woman from the U.S. Virgin Islands to compete at the Winter Olympic Games in alpine skiing.  Seba Johnson was the first woman athlete skier from the U.S. Virgin Islands participating in 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games,

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee is proud to announce that three Virgin Islands athletes have been recently awarded "Sochi 2014 Olympic Scholarships” by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Olympic Scholarship provided by the Olympic Solidarity Program of IOC is aimed at the athletes preparing and attempting to qualify for XXII Olympic Winter Games to be held in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

From thousands of qualified applications submitted by the National Olympic Committees from all over the world, only few hundreds of athletes have received the scholarships.

All recipients of the scholarship had to have a sufficient technical level to be able to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. They also had to participate in international competitions recognized by the International Winter Sports Federations during the past (2011/2012) winter season.

Olympic Scholarship provides each individual athlete up to $1,000 per month to cover training facilities fees, coaching fees, and costs for their participation in Olympic qualification competitions.

Once awarded, the scholarship is conditional until the qualification of the athlete for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

In order to follow the progress of each athlete towards Olympic qualification, the athlete has to provide on regular basis, a full evaluation report on his/her training and results achieved.

Selected athletes for "Sochi 2014" Olympic Scholarships from the U.S. Virgin Islands are:

  1. Jasmine Campbell (21) from St. John in Alpine Skiing;
  2. Veronica Gaspar (17) from St. Jon, in Alpine Skiing;
  3. Kathryn Tannenbaum (27) from St. Thomas in Skeleton.

All three Virgin Islands athletes are currently training in the United States. Jasmine Campbell is in Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington. Veronica Gaspar trains in Sun Valley Ski Academy, Sun Valley, Idaho. Kathryn Tannenbaum is training with the U.S. Skeleton Team in Park City, Utah. All three athletes have a busy winter season schedule ahead of them.  The scholarships will make a significant difference to their ability to prepare themselves for what will be an demanding and expensive training for the 2014 Sochi Olympic selection.

VIOC President Angel Morales & Secretary General Lyn Reid attended the 9th annual meeting of the Caribbean Association of Olympic Committees on October 27 in the Grand Cayman's. This organization represents all the National Olympic Committees’ within the Caribbean. It's goals are to promote the development of all sports in the Caribbean region and support the development of team sports as well as administrative framework assistance.

On October 29th Angel Morales & Lyn Reid attended the 44th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean and Central American Olympic Committees. President Morales, is also a member of CANOC Executive Committee. During this meeting presentations were made by the hosts of the 2014 CAC Games from Vera Cruz Mexico, the 2nd Annual Youth Olympics from Nanijng, the 2015 Pan America Games from Toronto and finally the bid city Quetzaltenango Guatemala for the CAC Games of 2018.

Sheelene GumbsOn Oct 26 –28, 2012, the International Olympic Committee Women and Sport Commission held its Continental Seminar in Mexico City for the Region of the Americas and the Caribbean. There were 55 countries represented to include the USVI.

Anita Franz, Chairperson of the International Olympic Committee’s Women and Sport Commission was in attendance as well of Nicole Hoevertsz, Past Chair of PASO. The Seminar training was done by Gabriela Mueller Mendoza and Fabian Smadja, who are experts on Communication and Business Dynamics.

The Theme of the Conference was I Want to, I Can, I Will. The focus on developing working teams for better communication for Women working in Sports and Sports Administration.
The three days were broken down into Self Presentation, Public Awareness, and Personality Assessments for greatest success in Developmental Progress of an organization.


We were all given and DISC assessment and made aware of how each personality type works together for the greatest success and profit level for Sports Management and engaging others to participate and develop stronger leaders.

We were given certificate and enjoy to be a defining force on each of our NOC’s and individual sports. Encouraged to look at the demographics of the girls and women in sports, and utilize that information through research and development to build the number of females competing and being involved in Sports Management.

The networking was outstanding, as there was a mixture of for Olympians, Head of Sport Federations, Member of NOC and IF’s as well as Legal Counsel and Public Relations Officers. The break out sessions allowed for each person in their specialty area, to not only share their expertise, but work with other to gain a greater understand of how all disciplines can work together for greater success.

This was a great experience. I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended, and hope to bring all of the information to our organization.


Sheelene Gumbs
Chair
USVI WSC

At the 46th Annual General Assembly of the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (VIOC), held Saturday, September 29, 2012, elections were held for the five executive officers to hold office for the next four years.

Hans Lawaetz, President of the VIOC for the past 16 years, Secretary General for the previous 20 years, and having served a total of 40 years on the VIOC, preferred not to run for re-election.

Mr. Leonard W. Bonelli, Sr. (Brother B), after serving for 36 years as Treasurer of the VIOC and having served a total of 40 years, decided to retire and not run for re-election.

All 23 of the VIOC member Sport Federations attended the Annual General Assembly, including the five executive officers, for a total of 28 eligible voting members.

The following officers were elected:

  • President – Mr. Angel L. Morales (Chico) – served as Secretary General for the past 16 years and as St. Croix Vice President for the previous 8 years.
  • Secretary General – Ms. Lyn Reid – served as Vice President for St. Thomas for the past 20 years and as Chef de Mission for the 2000 and 2012  Olympic Games.
  • Treasurer – Mr. Joseph Boschulte – on the Board of Directors for the Virgin Islands Golf Federation.
  • Vice President St. Croix – Mr. John Abramson – Vice President of the Virgin Islands Basketball Federation for the past 30 years.
  • Vice President St. Thomas – Mr. Ansen Sligar – President of the Virgin Islands Wrestling Federation for the past 8 years and Director of the Virgin Islands Olympic Academy .
  • Honorary President – Hans Lawaetz – elected by acclamation
  • Honorary Treasurer – Mr. Leonard W. Bonelli, Sr. – elected by acclamation.

Jane Crossman - Essex, England

My Olympic journey began 7 years ago when we won the bid to host the Greatest Show on Earth and I registered my interest with LOCOG 2012.

I am an Administrator in the Special Needs department at a local College, but with my 3 wonderful sons now at Uni and beyond, I thought what a fantastic opportunity it would be, to be part of welcoming the world to London.

Being offered the role of Games Maker was a great personal achievement and with the help of work, friends and most importantly my family, I am proud to be assigned to the Virgin Islands delegation. and privileged to meet Lyn, our lovely Chef de Mission and her team.

My Games Maker friends, Kieran, Joe and Karen are also making this an amazing experience and my admiration to the dedication and achievements of the athletes is immense. Good luck everyone!


Karen Stokes

Hello Virgin Islanders, I'm Karen - an NOC assistant at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  I have been assigned to your country and have found the experience an extremely enjoyable one.  Everyone I have met so far has been wonderful, particularly Lyn Reid who has welcomed me and my fellow volunteers with open arms.  It has been a pleasure working with her.  I took part in the Team Welcome Ceremony prior to the official Opening Ceremony and felt very proud to be associated with the Virgin Islands.  Applying for the volunteer programme started three years ago and has been the best thing I have ever done.  It is a unique experience that only a select few are involved with and I am privileged to be one of them. 

Away from the Olympics, I work as a Personal Assistant for an accountancy firm, and I run (probably jog really!) and cycle regularly.  I still live and work in Luton where I was born, which is just north of London.  I am very proud of my hometown and support it's football (soccer) team avidly.  I come from a very close knit family and they all live locally too - that's my mum, dad, sister and brother.


Joe Richards

Hello Virgin Islands! Two years ago, when the process of getting involved at the London 2012 Olympic Games began, I only hoped of landing the great role that I have been lucky enough to, working with the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee lead by our super Chef de Mission, Lyn Reid.

Having lived in London for 6 years and enjoyed a variety of careers from directing various music shows at MTV, helping run our family business, volunteering in medical settings, to pulling pints in a local east London pub, as well as a keen swimmer and cyclist myself, I am delighted to welcome the world to my home city and be host to the great Olympians of the Virgin Islands.

As assistants to the delegation of athletes and officials while here in the UK, myself Jane, Karen and Keiran aim to make their visit as memorable as possible, and to do everything we can to leave the athletes and their team able focus on their priority - going for Gold!

I really am delighted to be part of the London 2012 Olympics and especially privileged to be able to work with the world class athletes and the Olympic delegation of the fantastic (and especially friendly) Virgin Islands.. go VI!


Kieran Sullivan

Hi Virgin Islanders, My name is Kieran Sullivan and it is my privilege to work as an assistant to your wonderful Olympic Committee during London 2012.

I live in a town called Banbury in the middle of England (near the Cotswold) with my family, wife Denise, daughter Courtney (18), and son Jordon (15) and when I heard about the chance to volunteer for “the Greatest Show on Earth” I couldn’t turn it down. I love all sports and want to help all “our” athletes in any way possible so that they enjoy their best games ever. My message to them all is “PB+” Better than your Best. If they leave London having produced their best ever, I would like to think that I and my other assistant colleagues contributed in some small way and will also leave London having produced my best ever for the VI.

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Peter Holmberg won the first Olympic Medal (Silver, Yachting) for the Virgin Islands at the 1988 Seoul, South Korea Games.

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