By Chris Ghiorse
On Saturday March 16th, 27 young and enthusiastic competitors, all of who were under 14, gathered at Trellis Bay, Beef Island to take part in the first triathlon youth development event of the season which was hosted by BVI Triathlon Federation (BVITF) and BSAFE.
Last year I felt that many children were stuck at home when they wanted desperately to attend the events I was hosting. This year the BVITF is focusing on providing children free transport from a designated location, to get to each event we have scheduled on the calendar.
I think the biggest reason these races are so much fun for everyone is due to the community effort being made by all involved; from the parents/guardians and volunteers who help with a variety of tasks to Karl Scatliffe’s bussing, it truly would not be possible without their commitment.
Since these events are designed to help learn about triathlons I like to keep everything very short. My primary concern at this stage is safety for all.
From the events we have scheduled this year I hope to find a few keen individuals who will want to start specific training for triathlons. This is a new sport and from my experience our biggest challenge is going to be swimming. Swimming is the shortest leg of triathlons, but without some experience in the water you can’t even get to the next leg.
The next youth event will be held on Saturday March 30th at the same Trellis Bay Beach location. We will start at 7:30am. We will be hosting a training day aimed at introducing triathlon concepts (swim, bike, run and transitions) to all children under 17. We are trying to encourage participation, regardless of their individual ambitions.
For more Youth Triathlon information please contact Chris at 542-1981 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESULTS for Event 1 Youth Development Triathlon 16 March 2013
Under 8 and Under 11 individuals and relays run simultaneously (14 compettitors)
1st Gethin Jones (7th o.a.) 5:50 boy
2nd Hannah Bridson (13th o.a.) 7:05 girl
Participated Catherine Anthony (swim-run) only 5 years old
Under 11 individual all boys
1st Dominic Munro 4:29
2nd Jelani Lewis 5:36
3rd Bradford Green 5:45
4th Lawton Green 6:12
5th Tai Thomas 6:13
Under 11 relay all tagged off of Jelani Lewis or Bradford Green swim
1st J’mari Duhaney 4:47 boy
2nd Aneil Caines 4:50 boy
3rd Demani Cupid 5:37 boy
4th Rennisha Rodgers 6:25 girl
5th Jhaniqua Collymore 6:54 girl
6th Ebonique Crooke 9:35 girl
Under 14 Individuals and relays run simultaneously
Under 14 individual
1st Kaheem Callwood 4:52 boy
2nd Kadeem Callwood 4:57 boy
3rd Charlotte Mason 6:00 girl
4th Keron Matthew 9:30 boy
5th Shakudo Pickering 5:36 boy
Under 14 relays Keron Matthew was swimmer for bike-runners (2nd – 6th )
1st Nicole Munro- Lucy Mobbs-Tallulah Kinkead 3:55 all girls (fastest time of day)
2nd Keon Frederick 3:58 boy
3rd Jamoi Bertham 4:48 boy
4th Wayne O’Neal 4:48 boy
5th Dejaughn Duncan 4:50 boy
6th Antoine MacMillan 4:53 boy
All comers run-bike-run (duathlon) 15 competitors
1st Tallulah Kinkead 3:28 girl
2nd Dominic Munro 3:45 boy
3rd Keon Frederick 4:00boy
4th J’mari Duhaney 4:00 boy
5th Kaheem Callwood 4:21 boy
6th Wayne O’Neal 4:29 boy
7th Jamoi Bertham 4:30 boy
8th Kadeem Callwood 4:30 boy
9th Aneil Caines 5:29 boy
10th Gethin Jones 5:29 boy
11th D’Mani Cupid 5:29 boy
12th Rennisha Rodgers 6:00 girl
13th Antoine MacMillan 6:40 boy
DNF Shakudo Pickering
DNF Ebobnique Crooke