Good day,

The Athletes’ Commission is hosting a 1st Annual Athlete Forum on February 16th, 2020 for athletes, coaches and parents!

Please share with your athletes, and encourage them to attend and participate in this Athlete Forum. There will be random prizes available for those athletes attending (such as Digicel Gift cards and more!). No age limit; must be registered as a National Sport Governing Body!

Panel discussions will include the topics attached and more information regarding panelists and their background in sport will be shared at the event. There will be a Q&A at the end of each panel for the athletes to ask questions.

We are excited to bring our athletes together, to try and improve our athlete development and build this bridge between our athletes and the resources from the International Olympic Committee.

There is so much to learn! We will start with some presentations at 12PM about the role of the Athlete Commission, and how to get involved. Please arrive early so that we can begin on time! Parking is at the National Stadium lot.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Julian Fletcher
Athlete Commission Chair

Julian Fletcher, OLY

BDA: +1-441-504-5858 | Skype: bermyfletch


For those of you who were unable to attend the BTA AGM, the following people have kindly agreed to act for the coming year and hopefully beyond.

Board of Directors with executive position

Sharon Hammond – President

Alec Shepherd – Vice President

Caroline Wright

Martin Bolton

Jon Herring

Steve O’Reilly

Other members of the Executive will be

Charlie Duffy – Treasurer

Tina Rowse –  BSADA and Newsletter

Secretary and BOA/ITU representatives to be determined




Date: Saturday, 22nd February 2020
Location: Fourways Inn
Tickets will be available on Race Day World at

Guest speaker is Kris Gemmell from New Zealand…he is now head of Marketing for ITU and General Manager of the WTS series.

kris gemmell

He is a former elite triathlete with 107 ITU starts..29 podiums and 6 wins. He competed in 2 Olympics and 2 Commonwealth Games for New Zealand and is known for his great sense of humour.


Mike Neil / Jasper Blake Adult Triathlon Camp

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The 2018 camp with coaches Jasper Blake ( left) and Mike Neill (right) kneeling.

The hugely successful Mike Neill / Jasper Blake Camp has been running for over 10 years now and returns in 2020 to coincide with the Annual Prize Giving Dinner.

The camp is for all abilities and includes swim, bike and run sessions designed to accomodate all abilities including complete beginners who have never participated in a triathlon.Dates: 21st through 29th February, 2020
Locations: Various – NSC Pool, Track, Clearwater, Etc.
These sessions are normally held outside of normal office working hours in the mornings, lunchtimes, evenings and weekend.
For full details and registration, please contact Alec Shepherd at


agmA reminder that the BTA – AGM will take place this Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 6PM on the 2nd floor of the Robin Hood Pub, 25 Richmond Road .

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With President Steve Petty and Vice President Ian Pilgrim stepping down, this meeting is of special importance as the BTA looks to continue the good work in recent years.

Ian Pilgrim


In a rare move up to longer racing Flora Duffy today competed in the Ironman 70.3 South Africa, her debut Ironman event, and produced a hugely impressive performance to dominate the field, winning by 7 minutes from the talented UK athlete Emma Pallant.

Flora’s overall time  was faster than all but 9 of the professional men and she emerged from the water in 25:43 which matched all but a couple of the top professional men’s times.

What was most impressive however was Flora’s run time showing that the hard work she has put in during the off season on her running is paying dividends. Her time for the run was 1hr 20 min 37 secs within two minutes of the 2nd and 3rd place male professional times and seven minutes better than Emma Palant’s time, who is considered to be one of the top runners over the longer distance.

Flora, after losing most of last season recovering from injury, took on her first career 70.3 with dominating swim and run legs to finish in 4:34:05 with a 2:03 margin of victory over Emma Pallant of Great Britain and 7:12 better than 3rd place finisher Jade Nicole of South Africa.

While Duffy was noted for dominating the bike leg during her 2015 and 2016 World Championship seasons at the Olympic distance, that was not the case in her first try at the 70.3 distance as she surrendered 11:11 to Pallant’s 2:33:01 bike split and a whopping 18:07 to third place finisher and former pro cyclist Jade Nicole of South Africa.

However, Duffy’s women’s-best 25:43 swim was 4:18 better than Pallant and 4:20 better than Nicole, and her 1:20:37 half marathon was 7:01 better than Pallant and 11:04 better than Nicole – more than making up for her off-form cycling leg.



1. Flora Duffy (BER) 4:34:05 S 25:43 T1 2:58 B 2:42:12 T2 2:36 R 1:20:37
2. Emma Pallant (GBR) 4:36:08 S 30:01 T1 2:48 B 2:33:01 T2 2:42 R 1:27:38
3. Jade Nicole (RSA) 4:41:17 S 30:03 T1 3:07 B 2:24:05 T2 2:23 R 1:31:41
4. Natia Van Heerden (RSA) 4:46:26 S 32:19 T1 3:18 B 2:40:29 T2 2:12 R 1:28:09
5. Annah Watkinson (RSA ) 4:48:39 S 30:00 T1 3:08 B 2:42:37 T2 2:20 R 1:30:36
6. Mariella Sawyer (RSA) 5:00:44 S 34:21 T1 2:52 B 2:54:17 T2 2:04 R 1:27:12
7. Kristin Leopold (GER) 5:06:10 S 39:15 T1 4:05 B 2:53:51 T2 4:59 R 1:24:02


1. Matt Trautman (RSA) 4:02:59 S 25:44 T1 2:31 B 2:17:16 T2 1:15:43 R 1:15:43
2. Bradley Weiss (RSA) 4:05:48 S 25:46 T1 2:35 B 2:17:18 T2 1:57 R 1:18:15
3. Henri Schoeman (RSA) 4:07:30 S 23:27 T1 2:35 B 2:19:46 T2 1:49 R 1:19:55
4. Bart Aernouts (BEL) 4:09:10 S 28:48 T1 2:52 B 2:17:29 T2 2:05 R 1:17:58
5. Kyle Buckingham (RSA) 4:10:17 S 25:53 T1 2:40 B 2:17:01 T2 1:57 R 1:22:47
6. Michael Raelert (GER) 4:11:32 S 25:38 T1 2:19 B 2:17:30 T2 1:53 R 1:24:04
7. Cyril Viennot (FRA) 4:15:50 S 25:54 T1 2:41 B 2:23:12 T2 2:08 R 1:21:57


As already reported, a group of Bermuda’s finest, competed in the Arizona Ironman Triathlon 2019 with mixed results and fortunes. At the time of reporting not all of Bermuda’s triathletes had finished. Here is an update.

Wenda Roberts

The saddest story coming out of the race was that Wenda Roberts suffered a pulmonary edema on the swim and was taken to hospital but I am advised that she was released before the end of the day and is making a full recovery ; stay well Wanda.



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Louise Wells and Geoff Smith (file photo)

Geoff Smith suffered a recurring calf injury on the run and had to pull out at mile 2 after being well placed in 8th going into the marathon.

Chris Eaton finished the race but was sick on the bike.

FULL RESULTS ( for splits go to ).

Marie-Lyne Dore BM 10:27:59 147 OVERALL
Louise Wells BM 10:33:07 166
Christopher Eaton BM 12:08:11 592
Clifford Roberts BM 12:31:56 733
Graham Fowle BM 15:46:15 2,037
Dianna Miranda White BM 00:00:00
Wenda Roberts BM 00:00:00
Geoff Smith BM 00:00:00

Dianna White has returned to her native Canada recently. Dianna only participated in the swim.

Also racing was another Bermuda resident Kevin Ronaldson. Kevin finished in 11:27:18  his first Ironman race and was 52nd in the 35-39 age group. He was shown as representing the UK.

Congrats to all of Bermuda’s competitors.


In winning Ironman Cozumel today in Mexico in 7 hrs 44 mins and 01 seconds Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield recorded the second fastest time in Ironman history.

The previous 2nd fastest time was held by Canada’s Lionel Sanders who’s time of 7 hrs 44 mins and 38 seconds is just 37 seconds slower than Tyler’s time today.

The fastest time recorded is 7hrs 40 mins 23 secs, by the UK’s Tim Don in Brazil. Don was the guest speaker at the Bermuda Triathlon Association’s Prize Giving Dinner last year and is a good friend of Tyler.


A group of Bermuda triathletes are today ( Sunday 24th November) competing in Ironman Arizona and so far Louise Wells and Marie  Dore have got the group off to a fantastic start after impressive performances.

Louise, who after performing extremely well on the international stage in her age group in Ironman 70.3 races, competed in her first Ironman today and was 2nd in the Female 45-49 age group in a fast 10 hours 33 minutes and 07 secs.

Louise was out of the water in 1 :18:08, a good swim in her weakest discipline, but after a typically fast bike of 5:22:20 she had moved up to 3rd. Louise then ran a very strong 3:39:54 marathon to finish a comfortable 9 minutes ahead of 3rd. Louise had trailed eventual leader Rebecca McKee by nearly 20 minutes but her run brought her to within 81/2 minutes of McKee at the finish line. McKee has been outstanding in this age group in multiple races and is a well recognised triathlon coach. Louise was also the 33rd woman to finish overall. Louise now needs to see if she qualifies with this result for the Ironman World Championships, her stated aim going into this race.

Marie Lyne  was racing in the very competitive 35-39 age group and got off to a flying start with a strong 1 hr 3 min 46 sec swim which put her in 6th place in her age group. She then moved up to 4th going into the run after a solid 5:24:16 bike and was able to maintain that position to the finish with a 3:46:41 run for an overall time of 10:27:59, good enough for 29th overall out of all women competitors.

Kevin Ronaldson, also in his first Ironman, was a respectable 52nd out of 223 in the mens 35-39 age group in 11:27:18. He was 34th after the swim in 1:07:35 and 57th off the bike with a 5:34:12 clocking but made up 5 spots on the run with a 4:31:06 marathon.

Dianna White did not complete the race, which was expected as she entered the race knowing that she might not do so. Geoff Smith was an impressive 8th at mile 16 on the run but has not recorded a time since suggesting that a recurring calf injury may have forced him to pull out.

Still out on the course are Clifford Roberts who at the time of writing has just passed the 18 mile marker on the run, Chris Eaton, who is into mile 22 of the run and Graham Fowle, who has gone through mile 7.6 of the run.

Full results and photos to follow.