AUCTION :JAVIER GOMEZ AUTOGRAPHED CYCLING KIT

JGOMEZThanks to Flora Duffy, the BTA has a Javier Gomez autographed cycling outfit up for auction.

For those of you who might not know, Gomez has won the Triathlon World Championships 5 times ( including for the past 3 years) and since 2007 haS not finished out of the top three in these championships. He has also won the overall world cup title three times and the Xterra World Championships (2012) and Ironman 70.3 World Championships (2014). He was  the silver medallist at the 2012 London Olympics.

For details on how to bid for the outfit, contact Charlie Duffy at EMail : duffy@northrock.bm

The winner will be announced at the Neill / Blake Triathlon Camp 2016 wrap up dinner on Saturday 27th February 2016. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Bermuda Triathlon Association.

CAN YOU HELP WITH CAMP DINNER VENUE

The Neill / Blake Triathlon camp is scheduled for 19th to 27th February ( http://www.bta.bm for information) and we still need a host venue for the wrap up party on Saturday 27th February 2016.

Can you host the dinner ? It means providing your kitchen for us to set up a buffet style dinner and to set up coolers with beer and wine. We do all of the setting up, food preparation and clearing up afterwards. We also need reasonable space for people to mingle and some seating ( but not critical) for people to eat off their laps. We usually have about 40 -45 people. It is very civilised so we wont trash your place.

I also need someone to coordinate static trainers for the brick session at the track. It means keeping a spreadsheet of who needs static trainers and who is prepared to lend them and then putting those people in touch with each other so that they make their own arrangements to pick up / drop off the borrowed static trainer.

If you are prepared to host the dinner or coordinate static trainers then please EMail me on dm@uptonmanagement.com

SIGN UP SOON FOR THE CAMP !!

 

GREG WELCH CAMP A BIG HIT

GREG WELCH CAMP DAY 1 - FLORA DUFFY, TYLER BUTTERFIELD AND DAN HUGO ( FLORA'S BOYFRIEND AND A FORMER PROFESSIONAL TRIATHLETE) JOINED IN THE DUNE SESSIONS
GREG WELCH CAMP DAY 1 – FLORA DUFFY, TYLER BUTTERFIELD AND DAN HUGO ( FLORA’S BOYFRIEND AND A FORMER PROFESSIONAL TRIATHLETE) JOINED IN THE DUNE SESSIONS

Greg Welch conducted a camp for 16 triathletes during his visit to Bermuda in November and the camp proved to be a huge success.

Welch, the only triathlete to ever win every triathlon world championship distance and the world duathlon championships, passed on a wealth of knowledge to participants and his enthusiasm for the sport of triathlon was infectious. He also put the camp triathletes through their paces in the pool, on the sand dunes, on the track, in the ocean and in some tough race style short bike time trial sessions and wind trainer/ run intervals at the track. The event culminated in a catered dinner at Aaron and Karen Smith’s place with the last participants leaving in the early hours of the morning. Aaron produced an awesome video of the camp.

A big thank you to the Smiths for hosting Greg and his family so well in their apartment and home and to Sue Edney for the awesome lunch, Neil Lupsic ( booze organiser and transport- ), Julia Hawley ( transport), Kandis Matthews ( treasurer and transport), Aaron Smith ( photos and videos), Sharon Hammond ( surf board and transport), Jen Wilson ( helping to organise caterers and transportation) and the Butterfields for hosting Greg and family on US ThanksGiving. If I left anyone out then my apologies.

FEBRUARY TRIATHLON CAMP ALMOST HERE

We are only a few weeks away from the 2016 Neill / Blake Triathlon camp that will run from February 19th to 27th.

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MOST OF LAST YEAR’S PARTICIPANTS AT HORSESHOE BEACH

Last year’s camp attracted 49 experienced and new triathletes and this year’s camp promises to be equally popular with 40 people already expressing an interest in participating this year and quite a few already signed up.

This will be the 6th annual triathlon camp and every year it has received outstanding reviews. The 2016 schedule, with a few added sessions, promises to be the best yet. With numbers limited to 50 participants don’t risk missing out and get your form in early.

To see details and to access the entry form go to http://www.bta.bm and click on the Neill / Blake 2016 camp tab.

 

SEASON’S HONOURS

Happy New Year everyone. Hopefully you have all made new year resolutions to stick to your training schedules !

After a blogging rest, I am back in circulation so your phone will be pinging again with my blog post notifications ; I know you missed me.

The 2015 season culminated in another great annual dinner at Riddell’s Bay Golf Club in November attended by over 110 adult and junior triathletes and families. Thanks to Deb Narraway, Jen Gunn and Maria Duffy for all of their hard work in organising the event.

A highlight of the dinner was that Flora Duffy and Tyler Butterfield were there and our guest speaker was the triathlon legend Greg Welch, accompanied by his family.

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MARTINA OLCHESKI-BELL

Martina Olcheski – Bell was presented with the National Sprint and Olympic distance cups and was deservedly crowned our 2015 triathlete of the year. Tyler Smith was presented with the National Sprint Champs cup and crowned the male triathlete of the year, after another stellar season both at home and abroad.

Other award winners were :

Jonathan Herring – male National Olympic Distance Champion

Amber Simons and Blake Oliveira – Junior Triathletes of the Year

Rebecca Shepherd and Chris Fosker – Best Newcomers

Tim Patterson and Erica Hawley – Most Improved Triathletes

Club Person of the Year – Janet Harrison

A very popular winner was Duncan Scott, who received the Jim Butterfield Long Service Award after many years of service to the BTA in numerous capacities. I know from experience that he is always the first to volunteer. Thanks Duncan.

And ofcourse Flora Duffy and Tyler Butterfield’s fantastic seasons were recognised with Greg Welch highlighting their achievements.