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Matthew Oliveira’s special gift

At age fourteen not too many junior triathletes can say that they have raced on a team with two time Olympic medalist Bevan Docherty but Matthew Oliveira, one of Bermuda’s very talented juniors, did just that here in Bermuda.

And now, family friend Gordon Benson, who is one of the UK’s leading triathletes who was on the GB Olympic team, has autographed Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee’s book (Swim, Bike, Run) AND….got them to autograph the book and sent it to Matthew. For those of you who don’t know, amongst many other achievements, Alastair Brownlee won gold in the 2012 London Olympic Triathlon and his brother Jonathan won bronze in the same event..

Now, that’s one way to inspire a junior !! Keep up the good work Matthew and enjoy !!

Matthew Oliveira's autographed book.
Matthew Oliveira’s autographed book.
Matthew Oliveira
Matthew Oliveira

Another ocean swim group you can join

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Louise Wakefield has sent me the following :

I thought you may want to share this:

I organize weekly group swims – so if there is anyone who can’t make the Sat 4pm swim at Harrington Sound Dock I have a Sat at 10am Group and a Wed at 6pm Group. Distance and swim levels vary depending on what people want to do. I call the swim location the day before – depending on wind direction – locations range from Admiralty Park / Aquarium / HSD / Shelly Bay and John Smiths. To join the email notification all they need to do is subscribe to join the email group

Visit this group at


For those of you who are ocean swim training please note that I have spotted a lot of Portuguese Man o War (called jellyfish but not actually of the jellyfish family) on South Shore this week so watch out for them and note that they have long tentacles below the water surface. They cause a very painful sting. See below from Wikipedia and how to treat stings.

Portuguese Man 'O War
Portuguese Man ‘O War

This from Wikipedia :
Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin that normally last two or three days after the initial sting, though the pain should subside after about an hour. However, the venom can travel to the lymph nodes and may cause, depending on the amount of venom, a more intense pain. A sting may lead to an allergic reaction. There can also be serious effects, including fever, shock, and interference with heart and lung function. Stings may also cause death, although this is extremely rare. Medical attention may be necessary, especially if pain persists or is intense, the reaction is extreme, the rash worsens, a feeling of overall illness develops, a red streak develops between swollen lymph nodes and the sting, or either area becomes red, warm, and tender.

avoid further contact with the Portuguese man o’ war and carefully remove remnants of the organism from the skin (taking care not to touch them directly with fingers or any other part of the skin to avoid secondary stinging)
apply salt water to the affected area (not fresh water, which tends to make the affected area worse
follow up with the application of hot water (45 °C/113 °F) to the affected area from 15 to 20 minutes which eases the pain of a sting by denaturing the toxins.
if eyes have been affected, irrigate with copious amounts of room-temperature tap water for at least 15 minutes, and if vision blurs or the eyes continue to tear, hurt, swell, or show light sensitivity after irrigating, or there is any concern, seek medical attention as soon as possible

Vinegar is not recommended for treating stings.Vinegar dousing increases toxin delivery and worsens symptoms of stings from the nematocysts of this species. Vinegar has also been confirmed to provoke hemorrhaging when used on the less severe stings of nematocysts of smaller species


First batch of pictures of Aon 2014 (140 ) posted and many more to follow. Go to Bermuda Triathlon Photos link in LINKS section of this blog to view.

Below is Alex Pilgrim yesterday (Saturday 28th June) competing at the Bowood House 13/14 year old draft legal Tri Stars Triathlon where he finished 5th.



There were no surprises today at the Aon National Sprint Triathlon Championships as Tucker Murphy and Karen Smith took the male and female national titles as 76 individual competitors took to the start line under humid conditions at Clearwater.

Photos below and at Bermuda Triathlon Photos link on this blog in LINKS section in next 48 hours.

Karl Wilson was the early men’s leader after the 750m swim (which appeared to be about 125 meters long) but was soon caught by a fast charging Murphy,veteran triathlete Kent Richardson, Mark Robinson and Matt Thompson. Richardson put in a blistering 20km bike (fastest by over a minute) to catch Murphy but only entered the bike to run transition with a slender lead and with Murphy much the stronger runner the writing was on the wall. Murphy moved into the lead on the first lap of the 5km run and was a comfortable winner in 1hr 7 mins and 1 sec. In an exciting finish Richardson and Robinson sprinted for the line with Richardson seeming to cross the line first but the official results show Robinson 1 sec ahead of Richardson with a time of 1hr 10 mins 21 secs. Thompson was a comfortable 4th.

The women’s race was predictable with nothing to chose between Smith and Laurie Orchard going into the run but Smith slowly pulled away on the run to win in 1 : 12 : 04 (5th overall) with Orchard 2nd in 1: 13:33 (6th overall). In another tense finish Belinda Castree held off a fast finishing Amber Mehta by 6 secs to take 3rd overall with Mehta in 4th.


Aon National Sprint Triathlon Championships 2014 results

Over 400 pictures will be posted in the next 48 hours and can be viewed by following the Bermuda Triathlon Photos link on this blog in the LINKS section.

Here are just some pictures


Argo Re. Super Sprint today and Saturday swim

Get ready for Sunday’s AON Sprint National Triathlon Championships with some speed work at tonight’s (Thursday 26th June) Super Sprint event at Clearwater Beach at 6.30 PM.

Saturday is a great day for an easy 750m or 2km swim at Harrington Sound School Dock at 4PM. Swim at your own risk as this swim is not an official event.

Saturday SWIM AT 4pm at Harington Sound School Dock
Saturday SWIM AT 4pm at Harington Sound School Dock

Former Bermuda resident Naude 1st in age group in Victoria Triathlon

Riaan Naude, who enjoyed great success as a triathlete and runner whilst a resident in Bermuda including multiple wins in local triathlons took first place in his 35-39 age group in today’s (June 15th 2014) Victoria Olympic Distance Triathlon.

Naude, a former Bermuda Triathlete of the Year and National Triathlon Champion who now resides in Vancouver with wife Kim McMullen and family, completed the 1.5km, longer 45km bike and 10km run in 2hrs, 26 mins 05 secs for 7th overall. He recorded splits of 24.48 – 1.19.47 – 37.44.

Riaan’s equally talented identical twin brother Evan continues to reside and race in Bermuda.

Riaan Naude whilst racing in Bermuda
Riaan Naude whilst racing in Bermuda