BVI creates history, enters Top 40 as Rikkiya Brathwaite wins Sports Challenge

29 Nov 2019 | Priya Bhardwaj

British Virgin Islands has created history as it has entered the Top 40 spot in Miss World for the first time ever. Rikkiya Brathwaite Miss British Virgin Islands 2019 won the Top Sports woman award at the Sports Challenge held on 28th November 2019.

Rikkiya Brathwaite emerged victorious beating other delegates and won the title of Miss World 2019 Top Sports Woman. The day of the Sports Challenge is called the Miss World’s International Sports Day, and the competition features various gruelling physical activities which tests the strength and determination of the delegates.


BVI creates history, enters Top 40 as Rikkiya Brathwaite wins Sports Challenge


Along with Rikkiya, Nyekachi Douglas Miss World Nigeria 2019 was awarded the second position while Tya Janè Ramey Miss World Trinidad & Tobago 2019 was awarded the third position at the Sports Challenge.

Making the Green Team victorious, Rikkiya beat over thirty delegates to claim this winning title. The delegates were put in four team – Green, Red, Blue and Yellow as they competed against each other. In order to qualify for the Sports Challenge and take the privilege of representing their team, the contestants had to participate in the dreaded Bleep test. The bleep test is a multi-stage fitness test in which the contestants complete 20-meter shuttle runs in time with the bleeps until the bleeps get too quick for them.

Winning the first spot in Top 40 for Miss World 2019 crown, Rikkiya exclaimed, “I’m honestly very overwhelmed. I’m not an athlete by any means! I gave up track and field at the age of seven for ballet shoes and a stage, but I come from a very athletic family so it must still be somewhere in my DNA. I am just truly grateful to come from a Territory with a competitive heart when it comes to sports.

The delegates who participated in the ultimate Sports Challenge were Brezana Da Costa Miss World Angola 2019, Tajiya Eikura Sahay Miss World Cook Islands 2019, Janet Ortiz Oyono Miss World Equatorial Guinea 2019, Anaïs Lacalmontie Miss World Guadeloupe 2019, Alysha Morency Miss World Haiti 2019, Melanie Heynsbroek Miss World Luxembourg 2019, Elizaveta Kuznitova Miss World Moldova 2019, Agustina Ruiz Arrechea Miss World Panama 2019 Rikkiya Brathwaite Miss World British Virgin Islands 2019, Naomi Colford Miss World Canada 2019, Bhasha Mukherjee Miss World England 2019, Ophély Mézino Miss World France 2019, Marika Sera Miss World Japan 2019, Nyekachi Douglas Miss World Nigeria 2019, Enid Jones-Boston Miss World Sierra Leone 2019, Tya Janè Ramey Miss World Trinidad & Tobago 2019, Ghislaine Mejia Miss World Aruba 2019, Anastasia Laurynchuk Miss World Belarus 2019, Jessica Jiménez Miss World Costa Rica 2019, Nini Gogichaishvili Miss World Georgia 2019, Maria Wavinya Miss World Kenya 2019, Ekaterina Zabolotnova Miss World Kyrgyzstan 2019, Marharyta Pasha Miss World Ukraine 2019, Emmy Cuvelier Miss World USA 2019, Ana Grisel Romero Miss World Honduras 2019, Lucy Brock Miss World New Zealand 2019, María Teresa Cortéz Miss World Nicaragua 2019, Lauren Eve Leckey Miss World Northern Ireland 2019, Inês Brusselmans Miss World Portugal 2019, Keryn Matthew Miss World Scotland 2019, María del Mar Aguilera Miss World Spain 2019 and Oliver Nakakande Miss World Uganda 2019.