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OBE DuffyThe Bermuda Olympic Association congratulates Flora Duffy, who was recently named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Flora was awarded with the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), for her services to sport in Bermuda.

1. BarnesRachel Barnes was almost destined to be Bermuda’s best female squash player, but she is more than just the national champion. In what she says is “male-dominated sport”, Barnes is determined to close its gender gap.

She regained the MHB National Squash Championship last month at Bermuda Squash Racquets Association — where she “grew up”. The 2016 champion beat Laura Robinson 11-7, 3-11, 11-3, 11-5 in the women’s final this year after Susie Lacey won last year’s crown, but Barnes does just as much off the court for the women’s game.

“It’s really tough because traditionally squash is a really male dominated sport,” she said. “There are a lot more male pros and there are a lot more resources for men’s events, so I’ve recently got the club to commit to a more gender-equal situation where we have the same-size trophies, we have the same air time on show courts, we have the same coverage on social media.

LeBron James Flora DuffyDAPHNE, Ala. – American basketball star LeBron James and Bermudan triathlete Flora Duffy have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for April.

James led the Cleveland Cavaliers in all five major statistical categories in its NBA playoff series win against the Indiana Pacers in April 2018. He averaged 41.8 points in the Cavaliers’ four wins against the Pacers and finished the series averaging 34.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1 block per game. He shot 55.3 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three-point range.

Duffy dominated in women’s triathlon events on the international stage in April 2018. She took gold in the women’s event at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series (WTS) in Hamilton, Bermuda, on 28 April 2018.  She also took gold in the women’s triathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier in the month.

The second place finisher on the men’s side was Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi and third place went to American golfer Patrick Reed.

Kawauchi battled harsh weather conditions and finished the prestigious Boston Marathon with a time of 2:15.58, becoming the first Japanese man to win the race since 1987 and the first Asian to win since 2001. This was Kawauchi’s first major title.

Reed won The Masters at August National in Georgia to capture his first major title on 8 April 2018. Reed shot a 15-under-par 273 to win after taking the lead in the second round and never relinquishing it.

The second place finisher on the women’s side was American runner Desiree Linden and third place went to American basketball player Arike Ogunbowale.

photo BNAA for press releaseTHE BERMUDA OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES
Bermuda National Athletics Association receives New Equipment

Hamilton, Bermuda–—18 May 2018: The Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) today announced that the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) has received new equipment for its athletes. Attributed to the partnership between the BOA and the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), new athletic equipment was purchased to help the BNNA in support the development of Athletics in Bermuda.

The following outlines the equipment that the BNNA received through this program;
Three (3) Laptop Computers: - These are required to support Fully Automated Timing (FAT) which capture the photo finish of each race, manage the data to compile the race results with athlete’s names and event and to interface with electronic scoreboards, wind gauges and displays boards that one might have at a meet. They allow us in real-time post results to the web.

Two (2) Lynx Wind Gauges: Lynx wind gauges can be line or battery power to replace the older GILL model units which were just battery power. This improves their reliability. The new wind gauges can function, as standalone units for events, such as Long Jump and Triple Jump. It will also allow for automatic, electronic integration into the FAT system to provide the wind readings. The wind gauge is used to measure the wind force at the time of an event to ensure any record breaking attempt conforms or is within the required wind requirements.

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