The British Virgin Islands Athletics Association (BVIAA) has unveiled its roster of 25 exceptional athletes set to compete at the prestigious 51st CARIFTA Games in Grenada from March 30 to April 1.

BVIAA General Secretary Stephanie Russ Penn presented the full complement of athletes at a press conference hosted at the Elmore Stoutt High School on Saturday, March 23.

Leading the charge are the Under 17 Girls, a spirited group comprising 6 talented athletes who will not only compete in their respective events but also form a formidable team for the 4×100 meter relays.

Similarly, the Under 17 Boys, consisting of 6 dynamic individuals, will join the fray in the 4×100 meter relays, adding another layer of excitement to their competitive journey.

The Under 20 Girls emerge as the largest contingent, boasting 8 formidable athletes primed to make their mark in both individual events and the fiercely contested 4×100 meter relays.

The Under 20 Boys, comprising 5 exceptional athletes, are gearing up to showcase their ability on the track, with the potential to contribute significantly to the 4×400 meter mixed relay event, where they will collaborate with two members of the Under 20 Girls.

The team’s composition reflects a careful balance of talent and potential, under the expert guidance of Team Manager Annabelle Skelton-Malone, Head Coach Erwin Telemaque, and a cadre of dedicated coaches including Winston Potter, Eric Matthias, and Karene Hodge. Adding to the team’s strength is Physiotherapist Shaun Williams, ensuring the athletes are primed both physically and mentally for the challenges ahead.

Amidst queries regarding the selection process, BVIAA President Steve Augustine emphasized the association’s commitment to nurturing talent, explaining that while some athletes narrowly missed the qualifying standards, their selection was based on observed potential and developmental considerations.

Augustine underscored the significance of providing opportunities for the territory’s youthful athletes to compete at the regional level, highlighting the invaluable experience and growth it offers.

In a demonstration of unwavering support, Honourable Sharie De Castro, Minister of Education, Youth Affairs, and Sports, reaffirmed the government’s dedication to fostering athletic development.

Minister De Castro presented a generous $100,000 cheque to the Athletics Association, symbolizing the government’s investment in the future of sports and the holistic development of athletes throughout 2024.