Bermuda Elite and Senior athletes still have a lot to compete for this summer. Jah Nhai Perinchief will be at the World Championship, in Eugene, Oregon July 16th – 24th. Following World’s Perinchief, Caitlyn Bobb, Sakari Famous, Tiara DeRosa and Dage Minors will be competing in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, August 2nd – 7th.
However, Bermuda National Athletics Association’s (BNAA) President, Dr Freddie Evans says that all attention will be focusing on NACAC Open Championships, August 19th - 20th the last meet of the season, for BNAA.
Evans explains that winners of individual events at the 2022 NACAC Open Championship will, be treated as having qualified for the World Athletics Championships scheduled for Budapest, Hungary, in 2023.
Recently, President Evans approached the NACAC leadership to confirm that the regulations had not been changed from allowing NACAC Champions an open invitation to the next World Games. This is an exciting opportunity for Bermudian athletes, and BNAA hopes to send a team of 20 or more to this championship.
Although late in the season, it is a great opportunity for aforementioned athletes as well as collegiate stars like Ryan Outerbridge (5000m), Mykal Dill, (Long Jump) Katura Bulford Trott (200m, 400m) ZaKayza Parson (100m, Long Jump) and Nirobi Smith Mills (800m). Bermuda is eager to see how our National Record holders in the Women’s 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m Relays teams fair in the competition. Also BNAA is expecting to send a men’s 4 x 400m team to these games.
Clearly, NACAC is anxious to have its best athletes at the Open Championships in Grand Bahama, August 19th – 21st. What better reason to be there than a guaranteed qualifying sport for the World Championships in Hungary.