Coach Sanya Penn and two junior athletes, Mr. J’mari Duhaney and Ms. Nickelia Drummond have been selected to represent the BVI at the 2018 Association of National Olympic Committees of the OECS (ANOCES) Sports Academy in Grenada.
According to the BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC), the Academy will focus on coaching and teaching the fundamentals of hurdling.
“Considering the possibility of not having the availability of the A.O. Shirley Grounds for the entire month of December, I see this as a golden opportunity for these athletes to continue their preparations for 2019,” said Ephraim Penn, President, BVIOC.
Coach Penn was overwhelmed and excited that she was selected to attend the hurdles camp.
“I look forward for the experience. I will utilize the experience gained at this camp to help improve my coaching skills and pass on the knowledge to other coaches back in the BVI,” she said.
Meanwhile, the athletes are looking forward to attending the camp. “We feel excited and hope to learn a lot from this camp,” said athletes J’mari and Nickelia.
BVI Athletics Association’s President, Steve Augustine commented, “Over the years, the BVI has shown that our athletes have great potential in the hurdle events. With the continued interest of our athletes and the continued training of our coaches, our possibilities in the hurdle events are limitless."
He added, "With athletes like Kyron McMaster and Lakeisha Warner making marks on the world and collegiate stage, it’s reassuring to know that the younger generation is willing to take on the challenge."
Augustine said that he is certain that J’mari and Nickelia will benefit greatly from this type of exposure.
"I am also certain that Coach Penn will gain a great deal of sound hurdle knowledge while in Grenada," he stated.
The BVIOC stated that the delegates departed the territory on Sunday, December 9th, 2018 in route to the Spice Island, Grenada.
The camp started yesterday, Monday, December 10 and runs through the week up to and including Saturday, December 15, 2018.
The delegates return to the territory on Sunday, December 16th, 2018.
The programme will be conducted by Mr. Alwyn Babb of Barbados.