SMALL ISLAND GAMES 2017 – 30TH SEPTEMBER 2016 ACCOMODATION DEADLINE ! + HOW TO QUALIFY FOR BERMUDA

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LAURIE ORCHARD TOOK BRONZE AT THE 2013 ISLAND GAMES IN BERMUDA WHILST THE TEAM OF LAURIE, MARTINA OLCHESKI-BELL AND LAURA NORMAN TOOK SILVER

2017 NatWest Island Games

Calling out for interest in participating in the 2017 NatWest Island Games Olympic Distance triathlon in Gotland.
When: June 24-30, 2017
Where: Gotland
Qualifying time: 2.20 (M) and 2.35 (F) in a recent race.
The Bermuda Island Games Association (BIGA) needs preliminary numbers to confirm accommodation for all Bermuda teams by the end of September 2016 (tomorrow !). If you are interested in racing please send an email to races@. There is no commitment needed at this time though we do need an idea of numbers so we can secure accommodation. Even if you are just a little bit interested or want some more information please send an email now so we can register interest, as booking accommodation at a later date may be difficult.
The BIGA are also planning a raffle which will be drawn on November 24th at a wine tasting event. Funds from both the raffle and wine tasting will benefit all athletes from all sports competing in Gotland and go towards accommodation costs. The BTA has been asked to contribute a prize to the raffle. Anyone that could contribute something please send an email to races@bermudatriathlon.com

ERICA HAWLEY OFF TO A FLYING START – JOINS ELITE COACHING PROGRAMME IN BOULDER

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ERICA HAWLEY, 4TH FROM THE LEFT, SHOWN ON ONE OF HER FIRST TRAINING SESSIONS IN BOULDER WITH ORIGIN PERFORMANCE, HER NEW COACHING SET UP

Erica Hawley has got her collegiate triathlon career off to a flying start at the University of Boulder, Colrado. Erica raced for the university raced in the USA Triathlon draft legal collegiate  regional  sprint triathlon just outside Boulder on Sunday (25th September) and took 1st place with her team also winning the collegiate trophy.

Erica came out of the 750 meter swim in th lead  in 10 min 54 secs with Liberty Ricca.The two of them opened up a big gap over the chasers coming into transitions over 3 minutes ahead. Erica posted a time of 33:38 for the 20km bike entering transition some 15 secs ahead of Ricca. Erica then showed her experience racing in the draft legal format as she gained a further 12 seconds on Ricca in T2. She then ran the 2nd fastest 5km run split of the day, 20:25 , to fonish in 1 hr 6 mins 25 secs, 40 seconds ahead of Ricca .

For full results go here

Erica’s win comes soon after the news that she has been offered an amazing opportunity to work with a new coach, Ian O’Brien, in Boulder/Colorado Springs. Erica and her parents acknowledged the fantastic work done by Canadian coach Kelly Guest to get Erica to the junior elite level but with Erica based in Boulder they felt that she could not turn down this opportunity.

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IAN O’BRIEN

The coaching company founded by O’Brien, ORIGIN Performance, is one of the leading coaching organisations in Boulder. O’Brien is originally from the UK and is also a consultant working with USA Triathlon. Erica’s new  team consists of top level triathletes  racing for the USA at U23/Elite and Junior Elite level including junior sensation Taylor Knibb who, as the defending champion, easily won the junior elite World Championships in Cozumel and was 2nd to Flora Duffy in the Montreal World Cup Triathlon just before the Olympics. O’Brien  asked Erica onto the team when he heard she was in Boulder ( he had known her from a USA Junior camp a few years ago where he had done some coaching). Here is what he wrote to the Hawleys….

“I cannot wait to see where we can take her. She is a great person and athlete. I really focus on coaching good people first then everything else comes later. so I am really looking forward to working with Erica! I will also ensure she gets to the next level with complete consideration for her academic load.
There will be opportunities to be analyzed by some of the Olympic sports scientists here at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. I use as many specialists as possible to ensure ultimate performance progression, as I have with Taylor Knibb and all my elite athletes  Its going to be an epic first year and then a continuous developmental pathway.
My ultimate focus is 2020. I really want Erica to progress through the elite ranks and racing circuits effectively over the next few years, gradually building success and doing it right. It’s going to be great to see her develop as an athlete and as a person!Thanks for allowing me to coach her. It is going to be my pleasure.”

LAST THURSDAY SPRINT SERIES IS THIS THURSDAY – 29TH SEPTEMBER

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The last Thursday Super Sprint Series race will take place this coming Thursday 29th September 2016 at Clearwater Beach , St. Davids

Start time is 6.30 PM but be there early to set up. Entry fee is $10 for adults and $2 for juniors. Please have exact cash.

Ian Pilgrim and before him Dawn Johnson have done a great job in organising the series this year so a big thanks to them and to all of the people who helped out marshalling and time taking etc.

LET’S HAVE A BIG TURNOUT FOR THE LAST EVENT OF THE SERIES.

ITU WORLD CHAMPS – STANDARD DISTANCE AGE GROUP RESULTS

Apologies for the delay in publishing ; I was travelling !

5 Bermuda triathletes represented Bermuda at the ITU Age Group World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico over the standard distance of 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run.

Steve Smith was 32nd  in the Men’s 40 – 44 Age Group in 2:13.41.
Becci Shepard was 37th in the 40-44 age group  in a time of 2:33:28, while Louise Wells  (2:42:06) was 49th and Sarah Ruberry (2:56:15) was 61st in the same age group

Maria Duffy  finished 18th in the Women’s 60 – 64  Age Group  in  3:27:54.

For full results in each age group and to see the Bermuda finishers split times go HERE

THURSDAY 22ND SEPT SPRINT SERIES RESULTS

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OTIS INGHAM – 3RD ACROSS THE LINE ON THURSDAY

Thanks to Ian Pilgrim for organising and for results

BTA Super Sprint 22 September 2016
Results
Distance: 200m swim; 3 laps bike; 2K run

# Time Name
1 27.56 Caleb Ingham
2 28.32 Matthew Viney
3 29.31 Otis Ingham
4 31.57 Zoe Roberts
5 32.53 Aaron Casnnonier
6 33.18 Wenda Roberts
7 34.08 Gary Joel
8 37.10 Earlina Ingham
9 41.46 Judith Tucker

ATLANTIC CITY IRONMAN 70.3 RESULTS

All of Bermuda’s contingent to the Atlantic City Ironman 70.3 finished today, Sunday 18th September.Big Congrats to all of them . Hopefully, a race report and pictures to follow.

SORRY ABOUT THE COLUMNS NOT LINING UP – AM WORKING ON IT !! Hopefully you can follow the times !!

FULL RESULTS (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SWIM WAS SHORTENED FROM 1900M TO 1100M due to strong currents.)

Div              Ov            swim    bike         run         ov time

Men 30-34 Ian Henderson         90                848          21:09    2:47:42   2:53:41   6:09:54

Men 35-39 Karl Wilson                21                 126          26:57    2:31:23     1:54:09  4:57:41

Men 35-39 Ben Wright                137               1206        39:06    3:11:46    2:39:40   6:37:26

Men  45-49 Jonny Betts              21                 117            23:06    2:31:39    1:57:03    4:56:03

Men 45-49 Alec Shepherd         25                133            24:33     2:30:21    1:56:36    4:58:07

Men 50-54 Tim Palmer              20                267           31:07      2:40:26   1:58:51     5:18:10