Sprinter King named BVI's 2012 Female Athlete of the Year

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Sprinter Karene King has won the BVI Athletics Association Senior Female Athlete of the Year award.

King is a Portland State University graduate who led the 100- and 200-meter rankings for the first time and had a consistent season despite narrowly missing the Olympic Games qualifying standard.

Sol sponsors the AOY award.

The association's fourth Awards Gala was held on Dec. 28 at Moorings Mariner Inn, where a variety of awards were presented, including Lifetime Achievement Awards to the track and field Olympians. Those awards were sponsored by Gatorade.

In the most competitive division, which saw four in the running for the first time, shot putter Trevia Gumbs walked away with the Sol Junior Female Athlete of The Year award at the event, which also recognized young athletes.

Gumbs competed with her twin sister and javelin thrower Tynelle, sprinter Nelda Huggins and half-miler Lakeisha Warner for the award, so the choice wasn't as clear cut as in the previous three years. Trevia's performances during the season saw her winning U17 CARIFTA Games silver, Leeward Islands Junior Championships gold and CAC Junior Championships silver.

Huggins won 100-meter silver in all three competitions, while Tynelle bagged CARIFTA and Leeward Islands gold and was fifth in the CAC Junior Championships. Tynelle collected the BVI Athletics Foundation's Most Improved Athlete award and became the territory's first 30/30 meter thrower in both the javelin and discus throw.

Warner snatched CARIFTA 800-meter bronze and Leeward Islands gold but did not compete in the CAC Championships. All four athletes set personal bests, and with the exception of Huggins, all established national junior records in their respective events.

Koen Penn was the Sol Youth Male Athlete of the Year, with his sister Kala Penn the female recipient. There was no award presented in the male division, which lacked quality performers for the third successive year.

Eric Matthias, a 2008 Beijing Olympian, won the BVI Athletics Foundation's 2012 Coach of the Year award for his work with the Gumbs sisters. Matthias was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award along with his fellow Olympians.

Veteran Zebalon McLean won the Blenheim Trust Road Racing Male Athlete of the Year Award with Nimande Oniash the female recipient. For his effort, McLean was also recognized by the BVI Athletics Foundation, as the overall Road Racing Athlete of the Year.

The 2013 BVI Athletics Association season begins on Jan. 12 with the Gatorade Development Series, which runs through March 1.

The BVI Athletics Association 2012 awards recipients are as follows:

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