The BVI Athletics Association hosted its annual awards gala at The Moorings on December 30.
The event honoured Virgin Islands athletes of all ages for accomplishments throughout the 2019 season.
The awards ceremony began in 2009 by former BVIAA President Dean Greenaway. However, the awards ceremony was put on hiatus in 2017 and 2018.
Three-time Olympian Sheron Simpson was the guest speaker.
She ran the 4 x 100 metres for Jamaica. She won the gold in the 4 x 100 metres in 2004 and took silver in the 100 metres in 2008.
In 2015, she was a Pan American champion in the 100 metres.
“It is very important that countries can have athletes that they look up to,” Ms. Simpson said. “And the British Virgin Islands must be very proud that the younger athletes have older athletes to look up to. Tahesia Harrigan for example has been a trailblazer for this country in all that she has achieved.”
Ms. Harrigan-Scott received the BVI Athletics Life Time Achievement Award, while a slew of other track athletes took home other awards.
Most Outstanding Track and Field Performances
Girls Under-9 Track and Field Athlete: M’Leah Smith
Boys Under-9 Track and Field Athlete: Bryson Walters
Girls Under-11 Track and Field Athlete: Chelsea Edwards
Boys Under-11 Track and Field Athlete: Tiondre Frett
Girl Under-13 Track and Field Athlete: A’Sia McMaster
Girl Under-13 Track and Field Athletes: A’Sia McMaster and Jah’Kyla Morton
Boys Under-13 Track and Field Athlete: Latriel Williams
Girls Under-15 Track Athlete: Adeajah Hodge
Girls Under-15 Field Athlete: Jahtivya Williams
Boys Under-15 Track Athlete: Jabari Pemberton
Boys Under-15 Field Athlete: Mychael Claxton
Girls Under-17 Field Athlete: Palesa Ceaser
Boys Under-17 Field Athlete: Orlando Douglas
Most Outstanding record breaker Girls Under-18 Track Athlete: Akrisa Eristee
Most Outstanding Girl Under-18 Field Athlete
Most Outstanding Record Breaker Boy Under-18
Most Outstanding Most Improved Boys Under-18 Field Athlete
Most Outstanding Boys Under 20 Track Athlete
Most Outstanding Girls Under-20 Track Athlete
Most Outstanding Boys Under-20 Field Athlete
Most Outstanding Girls Under-20 Field Athlete
Most Outstanding Men’s Open Track Athlete
Outstanding Women’s Open Track Athlete
Most Outstanding Men’s Open Field Athlete
Women’s Open Field Athlete
Combined Track Events Male Athlete
Combined Field Events Male Athlete
Combined Track Events Female Athlete
Combined Field Events Female Athlete
National Record Breakers
Deya Erickson, Akira Phillip, Kaelyaah Liburd, Akrisa Eristee, Jaytivya Williams, Ariyah Smith
Premier Dental Collegiate Athlete of the Year
BVI Road Racing Female Athlete of the Year 2019
BVI Road Racing Male Athlete of the Year
Most Improved Male Athlete
Most Improved Female Athlete
Coaches of the Year
Youth – Ericca Frederick; Junior- Burt Dorsett; Senior Willis Todman
BVI Athletics Life Time Achievement Award
Sol Athletes of the Year awards
2019 Sol Youth Female Athletes of the Year
Adaejah Hodge and Akrisa Eristee
Sol Youth Male Athlete of the Year
Sol Jr. Female Athlete of the Year
Sol Jr. Male Athlete of the Year
Sol Sr. Female Athlete of the Year
Sol Sr. Male Athlete of the Year