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BVI Olympic Committee officials thank Olympic Solidarity
August 28th, 2008 8:15 AM
BVI Olympic Committee officials thank Olympic Solidarity

By Dean Greenaway

BEIJING, China - British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee 1st Vice President John Lewis, made a presentation to Olympic Solidarity officials, thanking them for their assistance in helping the territory over the years.

Lewis presented deputy director Nicole Girard-Savoy with an encased official supporter team pin, other Olympic pins and a copy of the BVI Welcome Magazine, which featured a story on BVI sprinter Tahesia Harrigan.

A first day cover of the BVI Postal Authority Stamps that were issued on Aug 1 featuring Harrigan and Olympians Robbie Hirst and John Shirley, were also presented.

"I think the presentations were well received and they probably never received anything like that before," Lewis said. "It demonstrated a simple fact, that when people help you, you show your appreciation by giving little tokens. It also shows that with a vibrant National Olympic Committee, we can achieve more. With a vibrant and dynamic NOC, we should be able to get all the federations active. And with active federations, there are a number of benefits," he noted. "One, some money is brought into the economy. Two, our athletes, officers, officials, trainers and managers would be better prepared and three, in the long run, it puts in the position where we can host meaningful activities," he said.

The BVI's Tahesia Harrigan and the USVI's Laverne Jones, benefitted from an Olympic Solidarity Beijing Olympics Scholarship in their preparations for the Olympic Games. Several USVI and BVI young athletes are also on a London 2012 subsides program, funded by Olympic Solidarity.

Olympic Solidarity is the independent body responsible for administering and managing National Olympic Committees share of revenue from the sale of broadcasting rights to the Olympic Games. Olympic Solidarity uses the money to develop assistance programs.

Over the past four years, the total amount allocated has been just under a quarter billion dollars. Four years ago, 583 athletes from a total of 939 awarded scholarships, qualified for and competed in the Athens Olympic Games. Of those, 54 won a total of 57 medals including 17 gold.

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