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Conchman Triathlon helps young athletes get a fast start

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — As part of their mandate to support organizations that focuses on youth and sports, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Conchman Triathlon made a donation to the Grand Bahama Amateur

Athletic Association (GBAAA). The GBAAA uses its donations to help purchase track and field equipment as well as to cover travel expenses of athletes and coaches heading to New Providence, and elsewhere, for various competitions.

Chairman of the GBPA Conchman Triathlon Committee, Christopher Baker, said: “We are very pleased to be able to assist the Grand Bahama Amateur Athletic Association. The funds were used to purchase new starting blocks, a high jump bar and other equipment. Many of these young athletes also participate in the Conchman triathlon, so it’s great to give back to them.”

Committee member Ravanno Ferguson, first vice president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), accepted the donation on behalf of the GBAAA. He said: “We appreciate the financial contribution given to the GBAAA by the Conchman Committee. The much-needed funds have been used to purchase equipment for the sporting complex. In the past, we’ve had to borrow equipment from Nassau but now we have our own, and we were able to use it at the recent high school championships.”

The Conchman Committee members unanimously agreed that it was important for the athletes to have the proper equipment to train for competitions. Committee member Donna Idol noted: “We were pleased to see the new equipment being used at the recent Grand Bahama High School Championships and the Fletcher Lewis Invitational. The GBAAA volunteers provide great support to the Conchman Triathlon every year, and we are thankful for their assistance and pleased to help them.”

The GBPA Conchman IronKids Competition is a mini version of the full triathlon. The event is held in November during the Conchman Triathlon, and many GBAAA distance runners use the competition to prepare for race season. The IronKids event is open to young athletes up to 12 years old and the secondary school challenge is open to all high schools on the island.

Registration for the 2019 GBPA Conchman IronKids Competition, the secondary school challenge, and GBPA Conchman Triathlon is now open.

For more information about the competitions, interested persons are asked to please visit the website The Conchman Triathlon is now in its 33rd year, and is always scheduled for the first Saturday in November.

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