The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee is pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 “Sport for Life” Photo Contest!



Photo by Naela Hamad

I have countless SUP photos, but this photo is especially one of my favorites because of the feeling of tranquility I get when looking at it. It appears as though there’s no one at sea but them. One would never know upon glancing this photo, that there’s a crowded shore and numerous paddlers just a few feet away. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and with a vision and a camera in hand.


photo-contest-silverSwimming is for Life

Photo by Natalia Kuipers

Once you learn how to swim, you never forget, swimming is for life. It’s important to teach the younger generation to swim because we live surrounded by water. This is a photo of Matthew Lawaetz-Mays having fun and helping out a young Dolphins swimmer.


photo-contest-bronzeSynchronized Start

Photo by Kelly Moore

Ky Odlum, 13, and Max Wilson, 11, have a synchronized start during a swim meet in St Thomas. Both swimmers continue to break their own records in various events and continue to prove themselves to be worthy competitors when traveling abroad. Ky and Max both qualified to participate in the 2016 Carifta Games, to take place in Martinique, March 22-25, 2016.

Sport for Life Photo Contest

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.


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: 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

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.

2015 Virgin Islands Olympic Month Events

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.


Week 1


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


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.

Week 3


1. International Optimist Regatta

Date: 19th -21st
Time: All Day
Location: St. Thomas Yacht Club
Registration: Online*
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


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

Relay and Cleanup on October 4, 2014

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.

Logon to: or for entry form.

St. Croix – 28th Annual Olympic Day Run

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. 

The 27th Olympic Day Run

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
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: for entry form logon to:    


St. Thomas
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:  or logon to:

International Olympic Committee Women and Sport Commission

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

2012 Olympic Day Run

Thank you for participating in the annual Olympic Day activities. On Saturday June 23, 2012 The 26th the Olympic Day Run was held at the St. Croix Educational Complex High School track in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages took part. The participants completed a mile at their own pace. 

  • Walkers started at 5pm and completed four laps around the track
  • The 15 min per mile group started at 5:30
  • The 10min per mile group started at 5:45pm
  • The 7 min per mile group started at 6pm
  • The 6 min per mile group started at 6:15pm. 


V.I. representatives to attend the Athens Olympic Youth Camp

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee recently announced the selection of Sacha Gumbs, a tennis player and Muhammad Abiff, a wrestler,  as the V.I. representatives to attend the Athens Olympic Youth Camp (OYC) to be held during the Olympics this Summer in Athens Greece August 11-26, 2004,  .

The OYC, organized and funded by the Athens Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC), is a cross-cultural exchange that will bring together young people from around the world. They will participate with their peers in learning about other nations and their customs and to share the experience of the Olympic Games.

The program is divided into three sections over 16 days. The youth will participate in activities in Athens, outside of Athens and on a one-day cruise to the island of Saronikos. They will attend the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as Olympic Games competitions, observe athletes training, visit archaeological areas and tour Ancient Olympia.

Youth applicants between the ages 16-18 were required to submit information about their sport and academic achievements, their leadership activities and an essay on “Olympic Spirit” and to be interviewed by the VIOC Executive Board..

The first Olympic Youth Camp was at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden, when King Gustav V invited 1,500 Boy Scouts from five countries to pitch their tents next to the Olympic Stadium to provide help for the V Olympiad. The camps have been a regular feature of the Olympic Games since 1952 in Helenski, Finland, with Melbourne and Los Angeles being the exceptions.