Twin sisters Trevia and Tynelle Gumbs signed letters of intent with the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando last week Tuesday, November 15.
While furthering their athletic career, Trevia will pursue a Mass Communications Degree, while Tynelle will pursue a Psychology Degree with a minor in Coaching at UCF beginning January 2017.
Head coach of UCF Jeannette Bolden said she is “extremely pleased” with the efforts of the university in recruiting eight young ladies” including the two BVIslanders.
Bolden further said: “The three joining us in January will have an immediate impact on our team. This is one of the best, balanced recruiting classes at UCF.”
In telephone interviews with BVI Athletics Association Public Relations Officer, Cleave Farrington, both sisters expressed how happy and excited they are to be attending UCF.
Tynelle will continue to focus on her field events in the hammer and discus throws outdoors, and the weight throw indoors.
Trevia will focus on the discus, shot put and weight throw, and possibly the hammer.
“They expect their distances in the throws will improve significantly at the University of Central Florida,” said the university. “We feel it’s a great opportunity, a great family atmosphere much closer to home, and an institution that will focus on them individually, added the university.”
The twins’ foundational coaches Angeleta Bernard and Omar Jones noted how proud they are of Trevia and Tynelle, and wish them much success at UCF.
“They have the eagerness, drive and motivation to do very well, with the extra work it will surely pay off,” they said.
BVIAA President Steve Augustine, in the meantime, said he is proud of the twin sisters. “It’s a great accomplishment for the twins joining UCF – a Division 1 college,” he said.
Now that the young athletes are in a better environment moving from a junior college to a Division 1 college, it can only be expected that the intensity of the training and the exposure will be greater than what they had in Central Arizona.
Lynelle Gumbs, the biggest fan of her twin daughters, said: “it is exciting and it has been a long journey; and thank God for giving them the opportunity. We, their family, are so happy that they are sticking together.”
Both twins expressed gratitude to all supporters including their foundational coaches from Top Notch Track Club, coach Eric Matthias, as well as their coach at Central Arizona Junior College Tony Dougherty for the significant roles they have played in their development.
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