Adaejah Hodge leads Top 12 sports stories from 2022 | Island Sun

Adaejah Hodge leads Top 12 sports stories from 2022

After winning the 200m, Adaejah Hodge signals her 3rd Carifta Games gold medal PHOTO: Anthony Foster 

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

What a year of firsts 2022 was for our sportsmen and sportswomen.

Adaejah Hodge had a Carifta Games debut like no athlete in BVI history since participation began in 1976 and few others regionally have ever done in the history of the event that began in 1972, in their debut.

Hodge won the U17 Girls 100m in 11.29 seconds;  the Long Jump with a windy leap of 6.20m (20’4’) between rounds of the 200m after lurking in 3rd place, then bagged the 200m final in 23.42 seconds into a -3.0 mps wind, to claim the coveted Sir Austin Sealy Award, for the most outstanding boy or girl in the region’s premier U20 Championships, now in its 49th year. “It’s great to win three gold medals, I’m proud of myself. I’ve been working hard for this moment and for it to come through, is a great relief,” Hodge said. “It’s really special. I think I brought really great pride to my country and I’m happy for that.”

BVI Spring Regatta returns

San Diego Calif., resident Victor Wild, dominated the 49th BVI Spring Regatta’s Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) 1 division on his Boltin 52 “Fox,” just as he won the same division in the St. Thomas International Regatta a week earlier, as the event returned from a 2-year hiatus.

“It’s just been an amazing race week. God listened and brought us a little more wind that I anticipated but the sailors loved it,” Regatta Director Judy Petz said. “The waters were filled with the most fabulous boats from around the world.”

Dispute closes Ellis Thomas Downs

Just over a month after the August Festival horse races were held for the first time in six years, featuring a card that honored horse owners, trainers and investors, a dispute between government and the Thomas family brought an abrupt end to horse racing. Premier Natalio Wheatley said there were some “anomalies” noted during the rent review.

“Certainly the family has indicated they want an increase in the rent for the track,” Wheatley said. “The increase in what was described to me in one instance would have been 15 times what we pay now. There are some questions about the sustainability of that. So these are some of the challenges we have.”

BVI Women 2nd in ECVA Volleyball

BVI Women overcame their No 9 seed and claimed a silver medal falling to defending champions St. Lucia—their first time in the ECVA Volleyball tournament since 2014. “To get to the medal stand after 19 years, is definitely an achievement for volleyball in the territory. Every member of the team was instrumental in our success,” team Captain Henrietta “Henrie” Alexander said.

McMaster’s double Repeat

After an injury knocked him out of the World Athletics Championships 400m Hurdles semis, Kyron McMaster went on to become the first Commonwealth Games repeat champ in over 50 years, then repeated as NACAC champion in 47.34 seconds—the 2nd fastest time of his career.

Women Football in Concacaf

BVI fell to Haiti  21-0, in the historic first CONCACAF Women’s FIFA World Cup qualifying match ever played in the territory. “To be honest, we need to work on understanding our positions more in order to play better and understand each player,” Goalkeeper Britney Peters said.

Leroy wins Pan Am Masters Cycling title

Phillippe Leroy pedaled to a memorable 48 seconds victory in the Pan Am Masters Time Trials Cycling Championships in Baranquilla, Colombia. He had a winning time of 49 minutes 04.27 seconds over his Colombian challenger, Gerardo Moncada. “I cycled as hard as I could, paced myself very well, my bike computer didn’t work so I was judging by the feeling in my legs making sure I didn’t go too hard,” Leroy, 62 said. “I was very pleased, completely exhausted  when I finished.”

Phillip bags CUSA Swimming gold

Florida International University Swimmer Elinah Phillip, won the Conference USA 50m Free, in a personal best and National Record time of 22.33 seconds, breaking her previous best of 22.41 at the Big Ten Championships swimming for Rutgers.

Women debut in Commonwealth 3×3 Basketball

Joy Victor, Shaliqua Fahie, Keithrece Smith and Mahkyala Pickering,  made their Commonwealth Games Women’s 3×3 debut against England, Canada and New Zealand, after also debuting in the Caribbean U23 Games in Guadeloupe.

Brathwaite in World 60m semis

Afterwinning NCAA D1 Indoor Championships 60m silver for Indiana in a school, national record and personal best 6.52 seconds, Rikkoi Brathwaite became the first BVI male to advance to the semis in the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, when he finished second in his heat in 6.66 seconds. An injury kept him from running in the semis. 

Gumbs bag Caribbean Games medal

After becoming the 1st BVI male athlete to qualify for the NCAA DI Championships in two field events for Northwestern State, Djimon Gumbs bagged a Shot Put silver medal in the inaugural U23 Caribbean Games held in Guadeloupe.

D’Moi Hodge helps Vikings to NCAA Tourney

D’Moi Hodge helped the Cleveland State Vikings to its 2nd NCAA D1 Men’s Basketball Tournament, where they fell to Houston, 87-56.