The Bahamas tied for fifth overall along with Aruba with 11 points at the 3rd Annual CARIFTA Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships at Runaway Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica.
The championships were held Saturday, August 17, and Sunday August 18, 2019.
Winning the championships was Guadeloupe with 64 points. Barbados was second with 51 points. Trinidad and Tobago was third with 37 points.
Bahamian Ayden Bain won a silver medal in the 11-12 boys’ aquathlon race. His time was 10:45.40. The gold medal was won by Barbados’ Luke McIntyre who posted a time of 10:36.70. The bronze medal was picked up by Guadeloupe’s Bryan Bigord who recorded a time of 10:50.20.
Head Coach Dorian Roach thought the team performed better than expected.
“I was really happy with the team’s performance,” Roach said.
“I think we performed better than I thought which was great. Looking on what we have to improve this year, it depends on the athlete. We had a lot of good swimmers this year. They came out of the water very well.”
In the triathlon, Erin Pritchard picked up a bronze medal for Team Bahamas in the 11-12 girls’ division. She recorded a time of 23:12.20.
Winning gold in that division was Guadeloupe’s Ruth-Ea Balon with a time of 22:37.90. The silver medal was won by Barbados’ Heidi Baker who posted a time of 22:58.80 seconds.
In the aquathlon, Anjaleah Knowles won the bronze medal for The Bahamas with a time of 12:07.90 in the 11-12 girls division.
Baker won the gold medal with a time of 11:36.10. Balon was the silver medalist with a time of 11:54.20.
Roach knows what the team needs to work on both individually and as a group for next year’s championship.
“Now just some of them need to work on their bike and their run,” Roach said.
“We have some others that need to work on their swimming. So, it just depends on which athlete because we had some athletes that were competitive in all areas and some not as competitive as some.
“So, it’s an individual thing that we need to work on now. In general, though, I think if we had to work on one thing the most it might be the cycling, that’s probably where generally we dropped off most. Like I said, swimming we held our own and we had some good runners, in general we probably could improve on the biking again. So that’s probably what we’ll look on improving.”
According to Roach, who is also the Bahamas Triathlon Association (BTA) president, Bermuda is the only country that has put in a bid to host next year’s championships. He added that The Bahamas decided to push back its bid for 2020. They will look to host it in 2021.
He added that if The Bahamas wins the bid for 2021, they really want to make sure they have a good team and make sure that they have a developmental program in place.
They also want to get enough sponsorship and help from corporate Bahamas as well as governmental agencies such as the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Bahamas Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Tourism and other agencies.
Roach wants to make sure that it is planned correctly and do a good job with it.