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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Countdown to CARIFTA Triathlon & Aquathlon

Wightman, Gabai-Maiato & Desmond
As we begin the countdown to the CARIFTA Triathlon and Aquathlon which will take place September 28th & 29th in Tobago will see Bermuda represented by 20 athletes.

www.islandstats.com daily will bring you bios of the Bermuda team members, today we start with Ava Gabai-Maiato, Fenella Wightman and Daria Desmond.

Ava Gabai-Maiato - 11-12 Girls Triathlon and Aquathlon

Ava became curious about triathlon after hearing about it through a couple of her teammates in 2016 and quickly became hooked. She began regularly attending Tri-Hedz sessions as well as participating in various swimming, cycling and running races in Bermuda. CARIFTA will be her first international competition and she is thrilled to represent Bermuda!

Fenella Wightman – 11-12 Girls Triathlon and Aquathlon

Fenella is in Year 7 at Bermuda High School. She has been competing in triathlon for the past two years. In June 2017, Fenella won the 7-10 girls division of the Clarien Iron Kids Triathlon. She was also part of the Bermuda High School team which won the Primary Division of the Tokio Millennium Re Sprint Triathlon in September 2017. Fenella is an avid swimmer and a member of Harbour Swim Club.

Daria Desmond – 11-12 Girls Triathlon and Aquathlon

Daria is a competitive swimmer who has represented Bermuda at overseas swimming competitions in Canada. This year she also swam at the Irish Summer Nationals. Daria is an avid runner and has competed in various local running and junior triathlon events in Bermuda, including running the Front Street Mile for the last 3 years. She has represented her school in both track and cross-country running. Daria is very excited to represent Bermuda in the CARIFTA Triathlon and Aquathlon and looks forward to meeting lots of new young athletes from other countries who share her love of the sport.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Bermuda's Special WTS Series 2018 Moment

World Triathlon have been celebrating top moments from this years World Triathlon Series as they gear up for this week's World Triathlon Series Gold Coast Grand Final.

Making the cut was this year’s World Triathlon Series Bermuda event, with Bermuda’s very own Flora Duffy not only winning the race in front of thousands of cheering locals, she DOMINATED it!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Countdown to Tokio Millennium Re Triathlon

Previous Winner Nicholas Pilgrim
Cash prizes for schools will be on offer as Tokio Millennium Re (TMR), the organizers of one of the Island’s leading triathlon events, try to encourage Bermuda’s youth to sign up and take part.

The 12th TMR 2018 Sprint Triathlon will take place on Sunday, September 30th, starting at Albuoy’s Point, and TMR would like to see a big increase in the numbers of young people competing. This is a great chance to practice for the World Triathlon Series Kids Duathlon being held in April 2019.

Kathleen Faries, TMR’s Head of the Bermuda Branch, said that in an age of smart phones, it was important to encourage young people to engage in other activities, especially sport.

“As well as the full triathlon, we have a Try-a-Tri which anyone can take part in and complete. We have this category to give people a taste for triathlons, and to let them see it is not that hard, in the hope of encouraging them to do more.”

“TMR believes very strongly in supporting Bermuda’s athletes as we want them to be successful and inspire the next generation of competitive athletes. TMR believes in the benefits of an active, healthy, lifestyle.”

The event this year includes a School Challenge with cash prizes for the first, second and third placed school teams. “We are hoping that this will continue to encourage schools to organize teams to take part as in prior years,” said Martin Bolton, TMR’s Race Director and organizer of this years’ event.

“This is an important event and one that is now very established on the athletic calendar. I am sure there will be a great turn out.”

The categories and race times are:

8:00 a.m. Senior Individual and Senior Team Sprint Triathlon
8:05 a.m. Try-a-Tri
10:00 a.m. Junior Duathlon
10:45a.m. School Challenge Duathlon and Triathlon

Bolton added, “Of particular note for TMR’s 2018 Triathlon: the timing of various categories has been rearranged due to feedback received over the past couple of years. Summarizing, the adults and Try-a-Tri will race early followed by Juniors and Schools – TMR encourages everyone to stay and cheer on Bermuda’s youth – it’s always so exciting to see the effort these young people give to the sport.”
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Bermuda Awarded ITU 2021 Grand Final

The Executive Board of ITU has met during two days in the Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia, just ahead of the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final to debate and decide on several important issues, including the 2019 competition calendar, the new services for National Federations or the cities that will host the 2021 and 2022 Grand Final.

After reviewing the bids of the different cities interested on hosting our mayor events, the ITU Executive Board has decided to award the 2021 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final to Bermuda, with Abu Dhabi hosting the Grand Final in 2022.

The Board also discussed the 2020 edition of the Multisport Championships, and decided to award it to Almere, in the Netherlands.

“I am really satisfied of the intense work we have done, especially on two main aspects for our future as an organization: the cities willing to host one of our major events, and the development programmes and the way we work with the National Federations in order to continue to push our sport and bring it to the next level of participation and engagement”, said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado.

“I feel really confident that with the work that we have been doing during last year, and the commitment from all the Board members and ITU staff, we will continue to push our organization even further. We do have more presence and impact now on both the Olympic and the Paralympic movement, our financial statements are on track, we still are a role model on good governance and we have our Strategic Plan in place and setting up the path for the next few years, so we can proudly say that 2018 has been an excellent season by all means for us”, she said.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Blackburn Wins Trilogy Bonus Age Group Title

Lisa Blackburn won the Female 45 – 49 Mack Cycle Sprint Triathlon Trilogy Bonus Age Group title.

Blackburn clocked a winning time of 1:05:06.59, Jessica Oreamuno was second in 1:05:12.60 and Laura Camacho was third in 1:17:30.68.

Blackburn came out of the Swim in a time of 4:45, Blackburn clocked 29:26 on the Bike course and then 28:31 on the Run course.
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