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Sports Minister hails World #1 U16 athlete Adaejah Hodge

Sports Minister hails World #1 U16 athlete Adaejah Hodge

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), while acknowledging the accomplishments of Virgin Islands athletes on the international stage, has hailed the recent accomplishment of teen track sensation Adaejah Hodge who has been making headlines for her dominant performances in track and field.
World #1 U16 athlete


Hodge, representing Alexander High School, recently established a new National record in the U17 Girls 200m, in placing first in 23.64 at the Georgia Class 6A Championships.

She is also the National Record holder in the 100m with her best time of 11.70 in April 2021.

Hodge is the World #1 U16 female athlete in the 100m and 200m.

“I must also share the accomplishments of our newest rising star, 15-year-old Adaejah Hodge, Mister Speaker,” Dr Wheatley said in a statement during the Ninth Sitting of the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

Dr Wheatley also pointed out that Hodge is ranked #10 in the world in the Under 18 Girls 100m.

“Additionally, Mister Speaker, Adaejah dominates in the 400m, where she holds the current World U16 girls number 1 rank and the current World number 13 ranking for Under 18 girls. She also performs outstandingly in the long jump, where she ranks number 3 worldwide and 13th when ranking with Under 18 girls worldwide.”

Olympic hopefuls


Dr Wheatley had also praised the accomplishments of Long Jumper Chantel E. Malone, Hurdler Kyron A. McMaster and thrower Eldred Henry, who will represent the VI at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Sports Minister said it was on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, that Government provided $25,000 each to McMaster, Ashley N. Kelly, Henry and Malone towards their athletic training.

“As our athletes continue to prepare, Mister Speaker, let us cheer them on once again as they strive to bring home the Gold,” Dr Wheatley urged.

Adaejah Hodge is the World #1 U16 female athlete in the 100m and 200m.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), while acknowledging the accomplishments of Virgin Islands athletes on the international stage, has hailed the recent accomplishment of teen track sensation Adaejah Hodge who has been making headlines for her dominant performances in track and field.

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