CARIFTA triathlon team holds successful fundraiser; ready for competition
Over the weekend, the Bahamas Triathlon Association (BTA) in conjunction with the Rotary Club of East Nassau, held its superhero challenge at the Jaws Beach and Albany loop.
The proceeds from the event will go toward its national team attending the upcoming CARIFTA Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships at Turtle Beach, Tobago, on September 29 and 30.
Dorian Roach, president of the BTA, said: “It was a great and fun event. We did something for the first time where it was a triathlon but everyone dressed up as superheroes. We saw some fun costumes out there. The participants really enjoyed it.”
He said the event was successful and they were able to raise enough money for the team. This was the team’s final fundraising activity as they are set to leave next Thursday.
Participants were all locals except one – Steve Moore. He is a former professional Welsh rugby player. He was here doing a clinic for the Buccaneers, a local rugby club. The kids really enjoyed seeing him participate.
Participants dressed up as Batman, Superman, the Power Rangers, Wonder Woman and Hulk.
There were three races – an adult race, a race where the CARIFTA athletes raced against each other, and an age 10-and-under race. The youngest participant was three-years-old.
As for the CARIFTA Championships in Tobago, Roach thinks the team will do well.
“Trinidad and Barbados have really strong programs. I think those countries will dominate. I am hoping that we can get a couple of our athletes on the medal stand to improve our results from last year. The team has been training hard for a number of months now. We don’t have a full-time coach. They only do once-a-week coaching. The kids get together and do their own thing during the week,” Roach said.
Last year, The Bahamas sent a four-member team and picked up a bronze medal. Noah Roach won that medal in the age 11-12 Aquathlon race.
This year the team is bigger. There will be 12 athletes making the trip.
These athletes are Erin Pritchard (11-12 girls), Anjaleah Knowles (11-12 girls), Kami Roach (11-12 girls), Taliyah Bowe (11-12 girls), Enea Gervasini (11-12 boys), Jordan Cheetham (11-12 boys), Zane Munro (11-12 boys), Matthew Reid (11-12 boys), Jason Cates (13-15 boys), Basil James McGee (13-15 boys), Jamin Sawyer (16-19 boys) and Duran Roberts (16-19 boys).
The team’s coach and male chaperone is Dorian Roach. The team manager and female chaperone is Lori Roach.
Kami Roach is the only returning member of the team. Roberts, McGee and Sawyer are from Spanish Wells. Dorian Roach is excited that the sport has gained interest from the Family Islands. He believes the Spanish Wells kids will do very well.
Last year was the first year for the CARIFTA Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships. It was held in Barbados. Trinidad and Tobago won the inaugural event and Barbados was second.
The Bahamas will compete against 28 other invited federations.
The sponsors for the CARIFTA team and the fundraising event are Corner Bank (Overseas) Limited, the Rotary Club of East Nassau, Julius Baer, Think Simple, JS Johnson Insurance, Powerade, KFC, Creative Relations, Lawnscapes, Albury’s Locksmith and KPMG.