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Katura DivingKatura Horton-Perinchief made history without realising it. In 2004 she became the first black woman, in the world, to compete in the Olympics as a diver.

She had a humble start in the sport at the age of seven in Canada, but it wasn’t her only focus.

“I ended up doing figure skating, gymnastics, diving and swimming,” she told Bernews.

“I was always good at things like gymnastics. As long as it wasn’t a ball sport I was good [at it].  As a kid, I did, as most Bermudian kids did, jumped off of boats and bridges.

“I was doing both diving and gymnastics for a long time, but I quit gymnastics when I was 13 because both diving and gymnastics wanted me full-time, so I had to make a decision.”

When she went off to the University of Texas after high school, it was because of her book smarts rather than her diving talents.

Image by: Bernews

CGF logo Gender parity in the number of medal events between women and men for first time ever: 133 Women’s events; 133 Men’s events; 9 Mixed/Open events

Basketball, Hockey and Swimming to feature over 50% female Technical Officials: a first in international sport

Launch of first Women’s Coaching Internship Programme will build women’s coaching capacity across Commonwealth

For immediate release, 8 March 2018

With just four weeks to go until the start of Gold Coast 2018, and to mark International Women’s Day, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) today announced that the XXI edition of the Commonwealth Games will be the most gender equal in major multi-sport event history.

Equal Medals for Women and Men
For the first time ever, there will be an equal number of women’s and men’s medal events at a Commonwealth Games. As a core part of the CGF’s far-reaching gender equality strategy, the Federation approved seven additional women’s event categories to the Gold Coast 2018 sports programme to ensure that men and women compete for an equal number of medals (133 women’s events; 133 men’s events; 9 mixed/open events). The strategy, launched at the 2016 CGF General Assembly in Edmonton, Canada, strives to ensure that women and girls are equally represented, recognised and served across all areas of the Commonwealth Sports Movement. It also sets the benchmark for gender equality standards seen anywhere in international sport.

Louise Martin, President of the CGF said: “International Women’s Day is the right time to reflect on how far we have come with gender equality and how far we still have to go to ensure real balance and fairness in both sport and society. The Commonwealth Sports Movement is proud to be setting the pace for equal gender representation and opportunity in sport, by ensuring that an equal number of medals will be up for grabs at Gold Coast 2018 for women and med. With significant steps forward like this, we believe our unwavering commitment to gender equality is a core value that differentiates the Commonwealth Games from any other international sports movement. Indeed, it is our committed work in areas such as gender equality that make the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Sports Movement more relevant than ever before.”

Panam SportsThe Panam Sports Executive Committee concludes a productive meeting in Lima, Peru with an eye towards the future.

Revitalized marketing, communications and development strategies will enable Panam Sports to increase and enhance its presence in the global sports market.

LIMA, PERU (March 15, 2018) — The first Panam Sports Executive Committee Meeting of 2018 concluded March 14 in Lima, Peru with a renewed focus towards establishing the organization as more than a regional leader of sport.

The path that will lead Panam Sports to an elevated position in the Olympic Movement and the world market was outlined in great detail to the executives throughout the two-day meeting in the host city of the 2019 Pan American Games.

Panam Sports President Neven Ilic led the Executive Committee through a thorough budget analysis that indicates a strong and positive financial outlook for the organization. Included in the budget is the more than $1 million in relief efforts that Panam Sports and the International Olympic Committee are delivering through 2017-2018 to National Olympic Committees in the region that were struck by natural disasters.

The commitment to supporting the 41 National Olympic Committees of the Americas is more evident than ever, with an increased emphasis being placed on developing their sports infrastructure, facilities and sport performance programs.

1. BahamasHigh jumpers Sakari Famous and Elisha Darrell have been appointed as the girls’ and boys’ captains of Bermuda’s Carifta Games team that was unveiled at the National Stadium yesterday.

Bermuda will send a 14-strong team to compete in Nassau, Bahamas, from April 1 and 2.

“We are very pleased with the team that has been selected and have no doubt they will represent us very well,” said Donna Raynor, the Bermuda National Athletics Association president.

“We have a quality team with athletes who have committed themselves to this sport and have given their best to gain a place on the team.

Multiple Carifta medal-winner Famous and Darrell were among the first to reach the qualifying standards back in January. Another athlete making the standard was runner Brianna Mendes who was forced to withdraw because of school commitments. Accompanying the team are coaches Rohaan Simons and Wayne Bean, manager Mia Black and Raynor in the capacity as organisational delegate.

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