Bermuda’s swimmers collected another ten medals on the final night of competition at the Carifta Swimming Championships in the Bahamas last night to take the team’s haul to 39, a Carifta record for the island, with three more gold medals.
Prior to last night’s finals Bermuda had already bettered their 2016 achievement of 21 medals with 29 medals already won before yesterday’s competition at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre in Nassau.
Payton Zelkin got the ball rolling with a gold in the opening final, the 11-12 girls 400 metres freestyle, which she won in 4mins 43.68 secs. Elan Daley finished seventh in the same event in 4:58.20.
However, she was soon on the podium again when she added to her medal haul with victory in the 50 metres freestyle in a time of 27.50.
Zelkin was third in that same event, taking the bronze after touching the wall in 28.66.
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Bermuda National Athletics Association President Donna Raynor announced that Bermuda has bid for the 2020 Carifta Games.
Bermuda’s bid is up against the current host Curacao who have also bid, Bermuda and Curacao will find out later this year who will win the bid.
The 2018 edition of the Carifta Games will see the Age Groups revert back to the Under 17 and Under 20 Age Groups, this decision has been made for various reasons but the most important the numbers with the current system in the Under 20 Age Group were beginning to dwindle especially the females.
Triathletes continued to dominate the Government Sports Awards, with Tyler Butterfield and Flora Duffy retaining their male and female Athlete of the Year titles at the Fairmont Southampton last night.
It was the fourth straight win for Butterfield, matching the four victories achieved by triple jumper Brian Wellman between 1992 and 95, while Duffy made it three wins on the trot and four in five years. Butterfield beat out swimmer Julian Fletcher and cyclist Dominique Mayho.
Duffy was an overwhelming favourite for the women’s accolade after claiming three world titles last year: the ITU World Triathlon series, the Xterra World Championship and the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship. She also placed eighth in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was selected ahead of swimmer Rebecca Heyliger and rower Shelley Pearson.
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Hamilton, Bermuda ─ 30 March 2017:
The Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) today confirms that Stanley Douglas has been appointed BOA Secretary General, with administrative responsibility for the BOA and its various programmes.
Mr. Douglas fills the role previously held by Philip Guishard, who passed away in 2016.
Mr. Douglas has been involved with the BOA for more than twenty years in various capacities. He served as a member of the BOA Finance Committee from 2012 to 2016, and he continues to serve as a Member of the Technical Committee. He chaired the Olympic Day Celebrations Committee from 2008 to 2012, the Olympic Torch Relay Committee in 2012, and the Queen’s Baton Committee in 2010.
Mr. Douglas, who is a past President of the Bermuda Track & Field Association, also served as Chef de Mission at several international festivals in which Bermuda was represented: Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014; Olympic Games London 2012; Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 2010, Commonwealth Youth Games Pune, India 2008; Winter Olypmic Games Salt Lake City 2002; and Central American and Caribbean Games Puerto Rico 1993. Mr. Douglas was also Bermuda’s Team Manager, Athletics at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Judy Simons, BOA President, said, “We are pleased to welcome Stan to the role of Secretary General. His extensive experience in sports, locally and internationally, and his involvement with the BOA over many years will be advantageous to all our stakeholders as he takes on this challenging and important role. We are lucky to have him as part of the BOA family.”