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BVI Olympic Committee Says It Will Send Ten Athletes to Commonwealth Games in Australia

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GOLD COAST — The British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (BVIOC) said today that it will send ten athletes to April’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Ashley Kelly, a 400 meter runner who competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Rio 2016 Olympics, is the headline athlete on the list.

Kelly will be joined by fellow Glasgow 2014 athletes Chantel Malone, a long jumper, and Eldred Henry, who competes in discus and shot put.

Twin sisters Trevia, in discus and shot put, and Tynelle Gumbs, in discus and hammer, have also been selected on the athletics team along with 400m runner Khari Herbert, 400m hurdler Kyron McMaster and 100m sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott.

Glasgow 2014 participant Joe Chapman and 55-year-old Neville Sorrentino will represent the British Virgin Islands in the singles and doubles squash events.

BVIOC President Ephraim Penn congratulated the athletes on their selections.

“We have a restriction on the number of athletes that can take part in the Games based on our past participation, and the selected sportsmen and women should be justifiably proud that their hard work and commitment has paid off,” he said.

“We are excited to be heading off with what is perhaps one of the largest and strongest teams to represent the territory at these Games.”

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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