On Saturday March 17th, 37 young aspiring triathletes gathered at Trellis Bay, Beef Island to take part in the 2nd youth development event hosted by the BVI Triathlon Federation (BVITF) and BSAFE. Children under 15 with interest in any portion of the triathlon – swim, bike, or run – were encouraged to participate regardless of their individual ambitions.
“We had the about the same number of competitors as the first event, but with a few new faces mixed in as well. I found it very encouraging that so many children came out,” said organiser, Chris Ghiorse.
The day started with three age group relays to get everyone warmed up and understanding the course the individuals would face. Most of the relays comprised of a few swimmers tagging multiple riders that were also interested in running. A few of these team competitors said they would like to do the whole thing next time around once they saw how short the swim was.
Most of the swimmers for the relays then took part in their age group individual event. There were 12 individuals in the under 11 and it was really exciting watching the swimmers race for the first turn.
The idea behind keeping the events very short is that it keeps the kids focused on being competitive there are no insurmountable leads generated in any leg, so everyone keeps trying right to the line. Many of the finish times were less than a few seconds apart.
“Trellis Bay is the perfect location for this type of development event, there was a good rhythm to the layout of the course and having radios to communicate with all the volunteers made the event that much safer and easier to run. It was great that Boardsailing BVI and Aragorn’s Studios were so accommodating when we took over their beach front for a few hours.
We have had two great events because of all the volunteers who come out to help,” added Chris. “I would like to thank all the volunteers and parents who turned up to make this event run smoothly. Rochelle and Grant who made a huge effort to get kids pre-registered so competitors arriving on the day were able to find a team to swim, ride or run for easily; Rotaractors Christian and Petal recording results at the finish line with Angelle, who also doubled up as photographer for the day; the radio course marshals – Ken, Richard, Orano and Mobsy; and water marshals Ross and Peter.”
The 3rd youth development event will be held on Saturday April 21st at Trellis Bay. Registration starts at 8:00am, the first race will start at 9:00am. Events 4 and 5 will be held on Saturday May 19th and Saturday June 23rd the venues have yet to be determined.
If you wish to see all 168 photos Angelle Cameron managed to take during the event please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographyatlaw/sets/72157629257479550/
For more Youth Triathlon information please contact Chris at 542-1981 or [email protected].
RESULTS for Event 2 Youth Development Triathlon
Under 8 and Under 11 Relay teams run at the same time 1 lap(names listed in order of swim-bike-run)
1st Lawton Green – Sam Childs – Liam Blok 4:01 all boys U11
2nd Bradford Green – Jahmal Bertie (bike-run) 4:35 all boys mix U8&U11
3rd Nicole Munro – Tallulah Kinkead (bike-run) 4:39 all girls U11
4th Bradford Green – Andrian Baijnauth (bike-run) 5:18 all boys mix U8&U11
5th Ajaalee Malone (swim-bike) – Ajaanii Malone 6:46 all boys U11
6th Hannah Bridson – Alex Richards – Hannah Bridson 6:54 all girls U8
Under 15 Relays 2 laps (names listed in order of swim-bike-run)
1st Dekembe Parsons – Da’Sean Jones (bike-run) 8:19 all boys
2nd Dekembe Parsons – Judah Bertie – John Pettigrew 8:24 all boys
3rd William Richards – Leo Forte – William Richards 8:44 all boys
4th Dekembe Parsons – Layman Johnny – Sheneal Dabreo 9:12 mix boy-girl
5th Dekembe Parsons – Denovté Prentice (bike-run) 9:32 all boys
6th Giovanni Wells – D’quan Christopher (bike-run) 9:51 all boys
Under 8 Individuals 1 lap
1st Bradford Green 5:42 boy
2nd Ella Tekeli 5:51 girl
3rd Connor Maccallum 7:56 boy
4th Noah Cottreau 8:04 boy
Under 11 Individuals 1 lap
1st Derek Pettigrew 4:19 boy
2nd Liam Blok 4:23 boy
3rd Sam Childs 4:58 boy
4th John Pettigrew 5:04 boy
5th Dominic Munro 5:29 boy
6th Alex Richards 5:44 girl
7th Pablo Wells 6:08 boy
8th Lawton Green 6:10 boy
9th Alisha Ayres 6:24 girl
10th Lucie Mobbs 6:35 girl
11th Shakudo Pickering 7:32 boy
12th Shakeba Pickering 9:05 girl
Under 15 Individuals 2 laps
1st Jude Kinkead 7:51 boy
2nd William Richards 7:52 boy
3rd Dekembe Parsons 8:02 boy
4th Joseph Wells 9:27 boy
Retired after swim Yahkhushi Williams