L-R: Mark Chapman, Sabinah Clement, Ephraim Penn, Neville Smith, Roy Barry and Lloyd Black
Photo Credit: BVIOC / Cleave M. Farrington
The British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee held its election on December 7th, 2016 at the BVIOC Headquarters, where the board members were re-elected for another term.
According to the committee, two positions were contested, that of Secretary General and Athletes’ Rep. Nominees who contested for the positions were Mr. Dag Samuels, Mr. Dean Greenaway, incumbent Lloyd Black, Ralston Henry and incumbent Ms. Sabinah Clement.
The BVIOC Executive Board members who will serve the next term 2017-2020 are-:President – Mr. Ephraim Penn; 1st Vice President – Mr. Neville Smith; 2nd Vice President – Mr. Roy Barry; Secretary General – Mr. Lloyd Black; Treasurer – Mr. Mark Chapman; and Athletes’ Representative – Ms. Sabinah Clement.
In his remarks, BVIOC President Penn highlighted some main objectives, which included, support elite athletes to achieve Podium finishes; to increase the number of sports participating in major games; to promote the Olympic Values of Respect, Excellence and Friendship, and to promote drug free sport through the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) programme.
Mr. Penn expressed thanks to the board members who worked tirelessly with him since 2008 namely Mr. Mark Chapman, Mr. Neville Smith and Mr. Roy Barry.
“I am proud to have been part of a team that has created a solid foundation that has supported the development of competitive sports in the territory and its continued growth with credible performances from our athletes regionally and internationally,” said Mr. Penn.
He added, “We have come a long way but we still have further to go. I acknowledge the trust that has been placed in me as president and in the other elected officers and members of the Executive Committee to commit to our roles and to deliver on expectations of the BVIOC as a member of the IOC."
The President stated that they stand ready to continue with efforts to achieve the goals of the next quadrennial.