URGENT–NatWest Island Games 2015. The NatWest Island Games for 2015 will take place in Jersey from 27 June – 3 July. There are a limited number of flights in and out of Jersey so it is imperative we know of your intent as soon as possible. If interested, please email Tim (email@example.com) by 20 August 2014 ; YES NEXT WEEK !!
The individual triathlon event (men and women) will take place on Sunday 29 June 2015
An optional relay (400m swim, 6km cycle and 1.5km run) will be scheduled later in the week.
Both events will be non-drafting, and ITU rules will apply.
Competitors must be 18 years of age by 31 December 2015.
Competitors will be responsible for their own expenses.
Interested athletes will need to meet qualifying times (provisionally 2:30 for women and 2:20 for men).
The past two days have been spent visiting the race site for triathlon and getting to practice on the course. Tyler and Erica’s bikes were delivered to the race site from the airport, so we were relieved to see them in the triathlon tent waiting for us. Some other athletes were not so lucky as their bikes were delivered to the road cycling venue in error. Count your blessings as anyone who travels with a bike knows the uncertainty in it arriving!
The race course is stunning. The swim is in a small warm (25C non wetsuit) lake called Lake Xuanwu , just outside the gates of Nanjing’s dynasty wall. The wall was built 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty and has been well maintained. The finish line is just at the gates and provides a stunning backdrop. Xuanwu Lake is also a beautiful park in the middle of a busy city. No cars have ever driven in there. The road is narrow and was cobblestoned but has ben paved for this race. It’s a very technical course with 180 degree turns, going across 5 ancient bridges and a looped overpass. Both Tyler and Erica like the 4 looped course and think it will be fast. The run is equally beautiful and follows part of the bike course before running through the gardens. The two loop run will provide lots of excitement for the spectators.
The opening ceremonies are on Saturday evening. Tyler and Erica have another short training session in the morning. Erica races at 9am on Sunday (10pm Saturday Bermuda time) and Tyler races at 9am on Monday (10pm Bermuda time on Saturday). Life is busy in the village .
Erica and Tyler are both very responsible athletes and handling the experience with maturity, and have finally realized that they are the stars of the show.
Flora Duffy, who is competing at the ITU World Championships in Edmonton in the womens professional division, will be joined by 14 age group hopefuls, including mum and dad Maria and Charlie, competing in Age Group divisions in both the Sprint and Olympic (Standard) distances :
Competing on August 29th in the Sprint event will be :
Steven Petty ( 60-64),Joel Matthews (30-35).
Competing on 1st September in the Olympic (Standard) distance will be :
Maria Duffy (60-64), Charlie Duffy ( 60-64), Jen Wilson ( 35-39), Alex Wilberz (40-44), Kandis Mathews ( 35-39), Kristen Palmer ( 25-29), Amber Mehta (35-39), Duncan Scott (50 – 54) and Ben Lau ( 45-49), Seamus Fearon (30-34), Neil Lupsic ( 35-39) and Philip Mace ( 35-39).
Thanks to team manager Karen Smith for this update on Tyler and Erica :
I was hoping to get an update in before now, but the first two days were all about travelling and getting to the Olympic Village and basically not losing anything! We are happy to be in our residence for the next few weeks and Katura (our Chef de Mission) has made us feel at home with lovely posters of Bermuda beaches and our names and pictures posted everywhere
Both Tyler and Erica have handled the 30hrs of travel well and are trying to adjust to the time change (11 hrs ahead of BDA). I’m pretty sure that we were on the longest possible flight segment that exists, that being JFK to Shanghai for 15 hrs. Luck was on their side as they both had an empty seat beside them on that flight. They have bonded well with the other Bermudian athletes and we have a strong sense of team here.
There are an extra ordinary number of volunteers and all are very eager to help, almost to the point that they are tripping over each other (and us)to assist. Today, we took the bus to the triathlon training venue where Tyler and Erica did their swim workout and I think we had 11 volunteers helping us.
Tomorrow we are headed to the triathlon competition venue Xuanwu Lake where they will have a bike and swim course familiarization. It’s been raining all day so we’re not sure about the water temperature and wet suit use yet. Tomorrow will be a key day for them to get a better sense of the course layout and what to expect race day. I will attend the triathlon manager’s meeting as well tomorrow and then they have the athlete’s briefing right after that.
The Olympic Village is really a special place. There are thousands of athletes here from every part of the world. Our athletes are starting to realize the magnitude of these Games and are so proud to be wearing the Bermuda uniform. There is a lot of activities to do and things to see within the Village and just getting to the dining hall seems to be a challenge in itself.
Tyler and Erica are very focused, excited, and realize this is an special opportunity. I have every bit of confidence that they will do us proud.
Flora Duffy will be hoping to continue her remarkable winning streak in XTerra Triathlons as she competes in the 4th ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships just outside the town of Zittau, Germany on Saturday 16, a race which has attracted a strong elite field . So far, 533 athletes from 30 nations have signed up, including about 100 elite/U23 starters. Alongside defending champions Helena Erbenová (CZ) and Conrad Stoltz (RSA), the male participants will include Asa Shaw (GBR), Ruben Ruzafa (ESP), Ben Allen (AUS), 2005 Hawaii Ironman Faris Al-Sultan (GER) and Felix Schumann (runner-up in the 2014 German Cross Triathlon Championships). Among the female competitors will be Renata Bucher (SUI), German elite cross triathlete Kathrin Müller (European cross triathlon champion in 2014).
The event will consist of a 1500 two loop swim, 36km cross country bike and 9km cross country run.
You can get more details on the race and follow Flora on this site :
The hard work of our leading juniors, Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith, has paid off as they have both been invited to participate in the Youth Olympics in Nanjing.
They race individually (Erica on Aug 17th and Tyler on Aug 18th) and they will both get to do the relay format on Aug 21st. Teams will be based on ITU regions and determined after the individual races. (*they may or may not get to be on the same team, depends how they finish). This will be a first for Bermuda to have athletes in a relay.
They will be leaving on Monday, Aug 11 with Karen Smith, the team manager for triathlon, going with them.
They’ve both had a great lead up and preparation races all year long and are very excited to represent Bermuda. There are only 32 entrants in each race. Each country can only send one male and one female. The ages are between 16-17 as of the end of the year.
The YOG also have a large cultural and education component and Tyler and Erica will be required to attend seminars, historical sites, etc.