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Triathlon Season Kicks Off with TSC Tri

on Thursday, 04 February 2016. Posted in Olympics

Triathlon Season Kicks Off with TSC Tri

The TSC Tri, the first event of the BVI triathlon season, is on Sunday 7th February, 2016 and it’s open to individual men and women, Open Teams and Corporate Teams and consists of a 750m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run.

In the tenth edition of the TSC Tri last year, Antony Spencer successfully defended his 2014 title, Tash Ruscheinski topped the ladies field, and Appleby snatched the Corporate Cup from Deloitte setting a new corporate team record in the process.

This year there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all Categories as well the awarding of the Corporate Cup, which will take place over breakfast at the Sports Club

THE COURSE

The triathlon starts on the beach at Baughers Bay (the small beach next to the WoodShop at the Peter Island Ferry dock).

SWIM 450 metres

 the swim racecourse begins and ends at the Baughers Bay beach (the swim course will be clearly marked).

BIKE 20 km

The bike ride begins at the Baughers Bay beach and proceeds left out of Baughers Bay beach along the dual carriageway. At the end of the dual carriageway continue through town on Waterfront Drive past Pussers.. Once past Prospect Reef it continues along the Ocean Road though Duffs Bottom and Sea Cows Bay, until the turn around point which will be around 500 meters past the Ocean Reef Apartments (there will be a marshal there to tell you to turn around and to check you in).

The second half of the race is from the turn around point back the same way to TSC.

RUN 5 km

The run starts and ends at TSC. And runners turn left along the dual carriageway all of the way to the end of the dual carriageway (by the Quomar Building). Runners will then  run around the roundabout and run down the other side of the dual carriageway all the way into town, before  turning left onto De Castro Street and heading down that road past Bolo’s and Scotia Bank. At the crossroads runners will go straight over and follow the road past Island Video and Ample Hamper. At the the new Banco Popular the course takes a right up Administration Drive past FirstCaribbean International Bank. At the top of Administration Drive (a marshal will be there to check you in) turn right and run up Waterfront drive up to the roundabout then run up the dual carriageway all of the way back up to TSC.

Rey O'Neal receives Pierre de Coubertin Trophy

on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Posted in Athletics, Olympics

Rey O'Neal receives Pierre de Coubertin Trophy

Reynold ‘Rey’ O’Neal, OBE was the guest of honour at a tribute evening hosted for him by the BVI Olympic Committee on Saturday, January 23. The formal affair celebrated Mr. O’Neal’s lifelong work in sports with the presentation of the Pierre de Coubertin Trophy

The Trophy was awarded to him by the BVIOC on behalf of the International Olympic Committee in recognition of his outstanding efforts in promoting and encouraging the practice of sports in the BVI and the Caribbean.

145 guests attended the event held at Maria’s by the Sea including the Premier, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and Mrs. Lorna Smith, Mr. O’Neal’s family, Olympians, athletes, coaches, colleagues, friends and members of cabinet.

Four notable regional leaders in international sporting organisations were also in attendance. Dr. Amadeo Francis, Vice President, IAAF was the guest speaker and was joinedby Sir Austin Sealy, International Olympic Committee member and founder of the Carifta Games, Mr. Victor Lopez, Vice President Puerto Rico Olympic Committee, President of NACACAA, and Mr. Keith Joseph, founder and General Secretary, St Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee, Vice President of PASO and Vice President of NACACAA.

Dr. Francis took the audience through the timeline of the history of sports in the Caribbean, explaining the challenges that were prevalent in the 1960s and the introduction of international standards, increasingly competitive games and the early days of doping control. He went on to recognise Mr. O’Neal’s determination and efforts alongside those of his counterparts, Mr. Khalil ‘Johnny’ Hassan and others in steering the BVI in the right direction to becoming a competitor in major regional and international games. “In light of all the challenges and demands that had to be met, Rey must be congratulated on achieving status for the BVI,” said Dr. Francis. “It was no easy feat but your perseverance paid off with becoming the smallest nation and youngest NOC to become a member of the IOC in 1982.”

Ephraim Penn, President of the BIVOC in his remarks said “As the BVIOC’s longest serving president from its inception in 1980 to 1984 and again from 1989 – 2006, Rey continues to work tirelessly behind the scenes. His efforts have ensured national representation in all major Games held since 1982 including the Pan American Games, the Carifta Games, the Central American and Caribbean Games, and the Olympic Games, as well as the Commonwealth Games. His opinions, suggestions and willingness to help at every turn are invaluable to me, the BVIOC and many other organisations and individuals.”Penn also reiterated the call from a written tribute by two-times Olympian, Keita Cline in the event booklet who called for the naming of the track at the A.O. Shirley recreation grounds as the ‘Rey O’Neal track’.

Premier, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE spoke of Mr. O’Neal’s sporting legacy in the BVI and the wider Caribbean region and shared congratulatory remarks.  “Mr. O’Neal opened the doors for the BVI flag to be proudly represented whenever our athletes competed during regional and international sporting events abroad. On behalf of the Government and people of the Virgin Islands, we salute Mr. Reynold ‘Rey’ O’Neal for his outstanding sporting legacy, and his monumental contributions to our sports tourism product,” said Premier Smith

O'Neal to receive Olympic Honour

on Thursday, 07 January 2016. Posted in Olympics

O'Neal to receive Olympic Honour

The BVI Olympic Committee Executive will be hosting a tribute evening for Mr. Reynold ‘Rey’ O’Neal, OBE on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Maria’s by the Sea, Tortola.

The BVIOC will celebrate O’Neal’s lifelong work for the advancement of sports in the BVI and in the region with a formal dinner when he will be presented with the prestigious IOC Trophy named in honour of Pierre de Coubertin – “150 Years, Pierre de Coubertin, Sport as a School of Life”. The trophy will be awarded to O’Neal in recognition of his outstanding efforts in promoting and encouraging the practice of sports in the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean, and for being an inspiration to all involved in sports.

The tribute evening is open to all persons who would like to attend. Ticket proceeds will benefit a scholarship to be awarded to a deserving athlete in honour of Rey O’Neal’s contribution to sports in the territory.

O’Neal, along with Khalil ‘Johnny’ Hassan, Derry Maduro-Fahie, Jim Morris, Mark Vanterpool, and Roy Pickering was one of the founding members and served as the first President of the BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC) which now enters its 34th year of service since its recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1982.

Known locally to many as a leader and fount of knowledge in all things sport, Rey O’Neal is recognized as a key figure in the history and advancement of sports not only in the BVI but also in the Caribbean, helping to create the foundation on which today’s Caribbean sporting successes have been built.

O’Neal taught at the Virgin Islands (later Elmore Stoutt High School) from 1969 to 1977 where he served as Housemaster of Lincoln House, later renamed O'Neal House, in the school's intramural competition.

O’Neal was one of the founding members of the BVI Amateur Athletic Association (BVIAAA) in 1970 and became President later that year, a stint that lasted until 1973. In 1978 he assumed the office once more and retained the position until 2004.

In 1975 Rey O'Neal, along with Johnny Hassan, led the first British Virgin Islands team to compete in the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Championships, held that year in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

While the BVIAAA gained international recognition as a member of the IAAF, except for softball, there were no other national sporting associations/federations affiliated to their international governing bodies.

In 1979 the Pan American Games were held in San Juan, Puerto Rico and it became clear that without a national Olympic Committee the Territory would always be excluded from those and other Games.

An Olympic Committee of sorts was formed in 1980 and two years later, with O'Neal as the first President and Hassan the Secretary General, the BVI was accepted as a member of the International Olympic Committee and made its first appearance at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Havana, Cuba. The following year, the BVI made its debut at the Pan American Games.

In 1984 a team of four track athletes and five sailors marched into the Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles, stamping themselves as the first Olympians ever from the Territory.

O’Neal was the complete official team, with one competitor in athletics when the BVI first appeared at the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand in 1990. In his capacity as President, and finally Vice-President of the BVI Athletic Association, he attended the first ten editions of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

Over the years O'Neal has held several positions in track and field, first as a member of the CAC Technical Committee and for several years as a member and then Chairman of the CAC Statistics Committee.

As a member of the International Association of Track and Field Statisticians, O’Neal often functioned as a resource person for several regional Federations and helped to select the teams that would represent the Americas at the IAAF World Cup. He became Vice-President of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (NACAC) confederation in 1997 and held the position until he resigned in 2003.

O’Neal was a member of the Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association Confederation (CACAC) Executive Committee for nineteen years. He was also chosen to lead the Oraganisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Athletics Commission in 1991, ironically, the last year in which the OECS Championships were held.

In 2003 O’Neal was awarded the IAAF Veteran's Pin and the following year was named to the CAC Hall of Fame. In 2005 Rey O'Neal was honoured as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and received his medal from Princess Anne, daughter of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and a two-time member of Great Britain's Olympic equestrian team.

Oliver falls in 2nd Rnd, Penn reaches 100m 1/2 Final at Commonwealth Games

on Wednesday, 09 September 2015. Posted in Olympics

Oliver falls in 2nd Rnd, Penn reaches 100m 1/2 Final at Commonwealth Games

Competition for local Athletes in the Youth Commonwealth Games, including Kala Penn, K'Cei Moses and Paul Oliver, in Samoa started on Monday, September 7 at the Apia Park Sports Complex with Paul Oliver beating Edgell Tigona of Vanuatu 6-0, 6-0.

Oliver went on to play Eleftherios Neos of Cyprus, losing 6-0, 6-1.

Kala Penn placed 3rd in her heat of the 100m in a time of 12.53. She then ran 12.69 to finish 12th in the semi finals, to miss out on a final berth. 

She later placed 8th in the Long Jump, recording a best of 5.58 m 

K’Cei Moses placed 6th in the 100m with a time of 11.12s but did not advance. He then ran 22.58 in heat one of the 200m, which was also a non advancing time.

The Opening Ceremony

The Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games Ceremonies followed the overall theme for the Games with Inspiration and Empowerment of young people at their core.

The Opening Ceremony was Samoa’s largest-ever cultural performance, featuring almost 1% of the entire island population.

Dignitaries, spectators and athletes from around the Commonwealth, including the Samoan Head of State, Samoan Prime Minister, Commonwealth Secretariat Secretary General and President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, enjoyed traditional singing, dancing and Pacific entertainment.

Penn, Moses and Oliver off to Youth Commonwealth Games

on Friday, 28 August 2015. Posted in Olympics

Penn, Moses and Oliver off to Youth Commonwealth Games

Up to 1000 young Commonwealth athletes aged 14­-18 will represent their country and compete for 107 Gold Medals in 9 sports over 5 days at the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games, taking place on the Pacific island nation of Samoa from 5­-11 September 2015.

The Commonwealth Youth Games are for some ­ like Kirani James (Athletics), Beth Tweddle (Gymnastics), Chad le Clos (Aquatics) and Caster Semenya (Athletics) ­ the springboard to future Commonwealth Games glory; For many, a formative first taste of an international multi­sport competition; And for all, a joyous celebration of high-performance sport, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships made on the level playing field of sport.

Competing for the BVI ARE Kala Penn, in the 100m and long jump, “I’m really looking forward to it” stated Penn “I want a personal best at least and looking to jump 6.00m; that’s my goal”

Penn also noted that she was looking forward to learning about different countries, different cultures and meeting new people.

K’Cei Moses, making his debut at representative level, will be competing in the 1 and 200m against some of the best young athletes in the World,  commented “I am confident of doing well on such a big stage. The 200 is my best event”

Paul Oliver, who is competing in Tennis, becoming just the second athlete to do so, after Joanne Romney, who took part in the CAC Games, said Tennis is a big part of his life “I’m ecstatic to be going and hope to do the Country proud”

The action takes place in the nation's capital of American Samoa, Apia, across two sporting complexes that will play host to Aquatics (Swimming), Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Tennis and Weightlifting. Like the Commonwealth Games, all athletes stay in athletes' village style accommodation and events comply with the relevant sporting federation's technical rules and regulations, giving many competitors their first taste of international multi­sport Games. World anti-doping standards also apply. Off the field of play, the Youth Games nurtures new sporting global citizens by focusing on friendship, integrity and cross­ Commonwealth inter­cultural exchange ­ learning and living the Commonwealth Games Federation's values of Humanity, Equality, Destiny. 

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