Madelyn Moore and Jesse Washington will lead Bermuda’s medal quest at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Nassau, Bahamas, in April.
A team of 15 has been selected by the Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association for the championships from April 15 to 19 at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex.
Two notable absentees are Shannon Hassell and Emma Harvey. Hassell is in the International Baccalaureate programme and will miss the trip along with Harvey who won four gold last year as the Bermuda brought back 22 medals from Martinique. She is studying at Millfield School in Somerset, and will be competing in a meet in England in April. It will be Washington’s seventh and final championships.
Tyrone Smith broke his national indoor record in the long jump at the Müller Grand Prix at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England, at the weekend.
Smith, competing in his one and only indoor meet of the season, finished second with a leap of 7.83 metres to edge his previous best of 7.82.
Godfrey Khotso Mokoena, of South Africa, won the event with a jump of 7.99, with Fabrice Lapierre, of Australia, third in 7.76. “Wasn’t super pretty but the approach was money!” Smith wrote on his Facebook page.
It was Smith’s first outing since switching coaches after failing to reach the final at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last summer.
Young Bermudian sailors Ahzai Smith and Christopher Raymond made an impressive showing at the 2017 Forward Sailing O’pen Cup in New Zealand, with both of them winning their divisions.
Minister of Social Development and Sports Sylvan Richards extended his congratulations to the pair. Ahzai won the Gold Fleet with 15 Net Points, while Christopher won the Silver Fleet with 12 Net Points.
“I am so proud of Ahzai and Christopher for their incredible efforts,” said the Minister. “They are both only 12-years-old and it’s not always easy to be away from home at that young age, but yet they have fully embraced the opportunity and, in doing so, have made us extremely proud.
“The competition is tough and they have proven, yet again, that Bermudians can compete on the world stage against the best of the best.
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