The Bermuda Triathlon Association AGM was held last night, Wednesday 25th January, at Docksider Pub and a good turnout of some 50 members elected the new directors as follows :

Steve Petty – President, Ian Pilgrim – Vice President, Aaron Smith, Alec Shepherd, Sharon Hammond, Andrew Davis.

Officers elected were Charlie Duffy, Treasurer and Sharon Craig, Secretary

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Steve Petty, the new BTA President ,with daughter Alison, herself an accomplished triathlete 

Steve Petty, one of the founding members of the BTA, has many years of experience and has been a stalwart of the BTA since the 1980’s. He has acted in various capacities and implemented a number of initiatives including starting the excellent Ironkids Triathlon. He has competed for Bermuda in virtually every age group triathlon world championship and is still racing and assisting with race organisation. He is very knowledgeable of the local and international triathlon scene.

Ian Pilgrim has been a leading light in the association for the past ten years or more and has been involved in numerous roles in particular making a valuable contribution to the junior development and establishing strong international contacts. He is also very involved in assisting with race organisation and has taken responsibility for the popular Thursday night super sprint series.

Alec Shepherd has had experience in event management before moving to Bermuda and is currently in the process of taking over the organisation of the popular Neill / Blake Triathlon camp. He is also a strong age group triathlete who competes both on the local and international scene and has represented Bermuda at the age group world championships.

Andrew Davis, a former national champion, is still an active triathlete and has served on the BTA Executive and acted as race director on a number of occasions. He will be a valuable addition to the board of directors.

Sharon Hammond has only been in the sport for a few years but has already made a big impact on the local scene having helped to set up the Missfits Triathlon Club for ladies which now boasts a large membersip that race both here and abroad. Sharon has represented Bermuda and continues to race in particular over longer distances where she has performed very well in her age group.

Last but not least is Aaron Smith who continues as a director of the BTA. In the last 18 months he has taken on far more responsibility and has worked in the background on a number of important initiatives using his considerable business experience and contacts. He is a former strong age group triathlete and is passionate about continuing to expand Bermuda’s presence on the international triathlon circuit and provide opportunities for our junior triathletes to develop both locally and abroad.

Charlie Duffy, an accountant by training, has worked in club treasurer capacities before and Sharon Craig is and active triathlete who has represented Bermuda at age group championships.

Also in attendance at the meeting was Philippe Schmidt, the man responsible for bringing back World Series triathlon racing to Bermuda from 2018. He gave a presentation on this initiative and I am advised that his presentation was well received.

Having met with various members of the new board in recent months I know that they have very strong views on how take the association forward and are passionate about triathlon so it should mean exciting times for the BTA. Importantly they are also prepared to “get their hands dirty” by being involved in race set up and organisation and all of the work required to make any association succesful.

Hopefully the final 2017 race schedule and other event dates will be announced in the next few weeks.

It only remains for me to thank Jen Gunn and the other retiring board members  for their  hard work in  often thankless roles. I will devote more time to thanking them in a post shortly.

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