Taylor Ashley Bean Receives Full Scholarship

June 9, 2011

Taylor Ashley Bean has been offered an athletic scholarship to Virginia State University, and signed the letter of intent yesterday surrounded by her very proud father, sister, coach and BTFA officials.

One of the island’s top young track and field athletes, Ms Bean has competed in a total of six Carifta Games, winning a bronze medal last year in the 3000m. The current BTFA Cross Country Champion, she is also the winner of the 2011 Outstanding Teen Awards in Sports, and the Front Street Mile winner in 2010 and 2011. A well rounded young person, Ms Bean achieved a total of 7 GCSEs while at Warwick Academy.

Taylor Ashley Bean Virginia State University (VSU) Bermuda June 8 2011_wm

Coach Gerry Swan said, “She is the wonderful product of loving, responsible and attentive parents – Mr. Wayne Bean and her mother, the late Mrs. Tammy Bean who died just over two years ago – and a very caring, ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ older sister, Alexis.”

Taylor Ashley Bean Virginia State University (VSU) Bermuda June 8 2011-1_wm

“Bean and her family have every right, and deserve, to feel proud of this significant occasion – an occasion when Taylor-Ashley Bean will sign the documents to a four year athletics scholarship offered her by Virginia State University,” continued Mr Swan.

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  1. Down 'n' Dirty says:

    What a beautiful story to wake up to .My eyes are wide open now ,so inspiring , wonderful Daddy , supportive sister and a well balanced young lady . I,m sure the Spirit of your Late Mother rejoices .Continue to shoot for the stars .

  2. United says:

    You, Ms. Bean, are a beacon of hope and beauty to showcase Bermuda what it IS and what it can become again. It is the stories like yours that fill the human heart with excitement, glee, hope and all those wonderful feelings one gets when sometimes he looks around and is disgusted or a little apprehensive about the future and people like YOU bring reality back to anyone with open eyes that what a great place Bermuda IS and what a GREAT people Bermudians ARE!

    Bermuda should walk a little taller today because of Ms. Bean and the Bean family.

  3. Onion says:

    What a great story. Congratulations to you and your family.

  4. Uncle Boo says:

    Wow. This is such great news!!!! Taylor you are an amazing young woman on her way to greatness. Wayne you have done a smashing job with the girls. Tammy would be over the moon if she were here. The very best to you all.

  5. Awesome!! says:

    It is so refreshing to see another example of a young woman striving for excellence. I don’t know this young lady or her family but after reading this article I feel proud of her knowing that she has worked hard to achieved her goals. Thank you Bernews for posting this inspiring story!

  6. blackbeard de pirate says:

    Gerry Swan has dedicated over 30 years of service to the developement of track and field in bermuda.

    i was once i member of national track program so i know that it is a thankless job.

    heres to 30 more years

  7. neighbour says:

    Congrats Taylor!!! Keep up the good work!!

  8. Patricia says:

    Congratulations Taylor Ashley! You deserve it. Over the years I have seen you work hard for this and I wish you all the best as you begin your studies at University. Your past record shows that you will do well. That and the love and support you have always received from your family. We look forward to continued great things from you, Alexis and Keshan.

  9. Winnie says:

    Congrats, keep on climbing only good things can happen. Well done young lady and your family.

  10. Jamudian says:

    Congratulations Miss Bean and to your family!! Thank you Mr. Swan!!! No one puts in that much time and effort for soo long if they truely didnt care. Mr. swan was my coach at one point. He is a wonderful human being. Congrats again Taylor.!!

  11. A Cleaner - says:

    Congratulations to you Taylor and Congrats to your father, family and supporters. I applaud your spirit and ability to overcome life’s obstacles to realize your dreams. I dont know you personally or your late mother, but can tell you unequivocally that she is rejoicing in your success and that you are all the better for the challenges God has placed before you.

    Much strength to you and your family. I’ll be watching from afar. Make us all proud.

  12. Takbir Sharrieff says:

    First let me say Congratulations to You Taylor Ashley and your Family and your mom I am sure is so proud of you as well and ever present with you in her spirit.Gerry your big smile says it all….. you have mentored many successes and with you helping…every child is a winner.!Pops you are a sterling example of a hard working dad and are now reaping the rewards for your labor of love.!Example of parents nurturing your children from Kindergarten ….to Community Life Garden.What a beautiful picture of our Beautiful Bermuda Community bringing up children………..Now I can sing really loudly……..Proud to be a Bermudian….with my rose colored glasses on with great optimism that Bermuda is in Safe Hands,….Bermuda Wins..!

  13. Congratulations to this young lady for such a wonderful achievement! I wish her even greater success in her university studies and sports training. She has a bright future. These are the kinds of stories we need to hear more of in Bermuda.

  14. Alicia B says:

    Wow, what an awe-inspiring story. Wishing you continued success Taylor-Ashley as you commence your post-secondary education. Stay focus as you have been despite the challenges you have had to overcome leading up to this fantastic personal achievement. With the continued support of your loving family and friends you have the ability to make all your dreams come true. Trust and believe the loving spirit of your mom is with you always. To Mr. Bean, you are the quintessential example of a true loving father…you have done an awesome job! Big props and much respect to Coach Mr Gerry Swan – been at it for years and assisted in the development of great talent through the years.

    Proud to be a Bermudian because of people like yourselves!!!

  15. Kennette Burgess says:

    Congrats Beanie! Go couz. Love you. The family is so proud of you. Do the best in college.

    Welcome to the HBCU Community.

  16. Crystal Burgess says:

    Go Taylor! Gosh, I wanted to cry reading this because I feel so proud of you and your sister’s accomplishments. I only got to know your mom Tammy later in my life and hers, but I’ve known good ole ‘Beanie’ since forever! It just warms my heart to see how well you BOTH are doing. Shoot for the stars Taylor & Lexi.. not only to make your parents proud, but yourselves as well. May God continue to bless and keep you..!

  17. Lisa says:

    Taylor, congratulations on your scholarship – you deserve every bit and we know you will be a huge success!!!!!!

    God bless,

    From the Fox Family
    (Lisa, Rocky, Rachel, & Scotty)

  18. Lisa Talbot says:

    What an inspiration!!! You continue to make Bermuda and your family proud. Your mother is beaming from above as she guides you and your sister. Blessings Beanie to you as a father to Two beautiful young ladies. Job Well Done!!!!

  19. carys caisey says:

    What a great inspiration you are to the youth of this Island….great things do happen for those who strive for excellence and you have clearly worked so hard and proved this. I know your Mom would be absolutely overjoyed….but her spirit will continue to guide you as you move forward in the next exciting chapter of your life….be happy and continue to work at being the best you can be…
    As a family you have much to celebrate and are blessed to be so close to one another.
    always proud of your success….
    The Caisey family!

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    • Beam of light says:

      May God continue to bless you!!! This is just the begining you have worked hard and see what has happen. Remember that you can do all things with Jesus. Hey Beanie, Alexis, Keishen, Ma and all the rest that was and is in the support team look at what has been done. Mr. Swan they can knock you down walk on you talk about you but they can’t keep a good man down, keep doing what your doing you are a man with integrity and a heart of gold. These people you have touch will always love you they may not tell you but they do!!!!!