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Some of the BVI’s finest athletes, as well as those who aspire to be, will be on display later today, December 23 at the A. O. Shirley Recreational Grounds participating in a Development Meet organized by the BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA).
Both junior and senior athletes from across the Territory will put their training on the line, in performances that will determine their strengths and weaknesses, in addition to whether or not they may be eligible to be among the few to represent the Territory in athletic events in the near future.
President of BVIAA, Steve Augustine noted that the event, which boasts of many gains, was introduced for the purpose of giving athletes an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities after months of training, in addition to a fair chance to hone in on their skills.
“The event will cater to fine-tuning athletes' skills so they can be the best they can be in their sport, before and going into the sporting season in 2017. This event puts all their training to the test for them to know where they are as athletes and the way forward for improvement.”
Augustine noted that athletes are anxious to get better and be the best, as they are focused on the upcoming World Athletic Championships, which is the highlight of 2017.
“We have seen athletes who stand a very good chance in attending and doing well, so from this meet, we can monitor the ones we know of and pinpoint others, and work to ensure that everyone is capable of performing on the level they should be performing,” said President Augustine.
The highlight of this evening's event, as mentioned by Augustine, will be the relays, which will see a heated competition between some of the newbies and some of the veterans.
He added that athletes who are currently studying abroad and have returned home for the Christmas season will also participate in the meet.
“I want everyone to come out and give the association and the young athletes the support they need.”