During its upcoming Athletes Awards Recognition Gala on December 28th at Drakes Point, the BVI Athletics Association will hand out two Lifetime Achievement Awards. They are to be awarded to Rose Phillips King-Adams, and Theda Bucknor-Forbes, who have contributed a combined 37 years of service to the association.
King-Adams was the territory’s leading female athlete in the 1970`s, and at one time held the 100, 200, 400m and Long Jump National Records. She was on the territory’s first CAC Championships team, finishing seventh in the long Jump IAAF World Championships, and Carifta Games teams. After her career, she served as association secretary through 2002.
Last year, during the association 40th anniversary, Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to all the presidents who guided the association between 1970 and 2008. During the event, the association will dole out numerous awards in eight categories, recognizing athletes and coaches who have served a minimum of five years.
Colonial Insurance will be handing out the Comeback Athlete of the Year award, which recognizes an athlete who has been injured, returns to make a national team and meets the criteria established. Since January 2010, Colonial Insurance has been supporting the association’s athletes rehabilitation program, which assists athletes in getting treatment from injuries. They will also present the Junior and Sr. Division awards while Premier Dental will recognize the Youth Division awards recipients.