The BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA) said it is pushing to have part of the A.O. Shirley Recreational Grounds in Road Town renamed in honour of local coach Dag Samuels.
Samuels, who is popularly known for coaching 400m-hurdles sensation Kyron McMaster, perished during Hurricane Irma last September.
President of the BVIAA Steve Augustine said the association has come up with a number of initiatives to honour the fallen coach.
“We have decided amongst ourselves that we will put forward a formal recommendation to government to formally name the pavilion at the A.O. Shirley recreational grounds the Dag Samuels Pavilion,” Augustine said.
He added that the association is hoping to have the change made when the hurricane-damaged facility is rebuilt.
Another initiative being put forward by the BVIAA to honour Coach Samuels is to put on an annual ‘large scale’ track meet. The track meet would also be titled in the coach’s name.
“The revenue that the association would collect from the track meet would allow us to do other things in Dag’s name,” Augustine said.
“One of the things we came up with instantaneously was to develop a few scholarships in Dag Samuels’ name that would go towards the youth being able to live out their athletic dream by offering some additional financial assistance to those who want to truly pursue athletics professionally.”
He continued: “Dag is a guy that we loved and that really worked with us and definitely worked towards building a bigger and better sport and his name will live on.”
Samuels guided young Kyron McMaster to a world-leading and unmatched 47.80-second run at a track meet in Jamaica last year.
McMaster was the only athlete in the world to run below 48 seconds for 2017.
Coach Samuels, in the meantime, was laid to rest on October 21.
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