The 2018 Grand Bahama Port Authority Conchman Triathlon highlighted this past week’s stories in sports. Shaunae Miller-Uibo was named the top female athlete by the North American Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association. Also, a local private school principal walked away as the winner of a brand-new category introduced by the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation.
This is another edition of The Freeport News: Sports Week in Review.
during 2018 GBPA
Competitors out of Grand Bahama, New Providence and around the world competed to see who would be top Olympic, Sprint, Sprint Relay, IronKids and Secondary School Champions of this year’s triathlon, once again staged at Taino Beach.
Winning the top prize in the men’s Olympic category - a round-trip ticket courtesy of Bahamas Paradise Cruise - was Jason Costelloe. The visitor out of Trinidad and Tobago finished the swim, bike ride and road race in a cumulative time of two hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds (2:24:42). Simon Towend finished in second place with a time of 2:43:56. He too was also awarded a round-trip ticket courtesy of the Cruise line. Nicolas Blaser rounded out the top-three with a time of 2:45:58.
The sole competitor in the women’s Olympic race was Syliva Bateman. The women’s Olympic champion completed the course in the time of 2:58.52.
The men’s individual sprint was ultra competitive among the field of 33 competitors. However, it was New Providence’s Simon Lowe who went on to complete the course in a time of 1:16:35. Sean Farrington followed in second place in a time of 1:21.19. Third place went to Jake Fox, who finished closely behind Farrington in a time of 1:22.48.
The women’s individual sprint title went to Wima Stefanutti who completed the sprint course in a time of 1:32.04. Triathlon veteran Vicki Stafford came across the line to finish in second place and was clocked at 1:33.25. The bronze was won by Tatiana Christie as she finished the race in a time of 1:33.49.
The IronKids edition of the Conchman Triathlon held on Taino Beach expanded across two divisions - male and female - with four age categories in each.
The male age group, one-six, featured two competitors. Nitayo Knowles (six years old) won that category in the time of 17 minutes and 37 seconds (17:37). Second place went to Kamaro Wiggins (five years old) who completed the course in a time of 34:44.
The winner of the female one-six age group was none other than Karis Knowles (five years old), who was clocked crossing the line at 20:12. Kaleha Seymour (six years old) trailed closely behind to take second in the time of 20:29.
Dylan Mellor (age seven) was crowned the top IronKid in the male seven-eight age group. He finished the course in a time of 16:21. Isaac Leal (eight years old) took second place in a time of 16:47. Mason Knowles (eight years old) rounded out the top three in a time of 17:37.
As for the female seven-eight age group, Amelie Dormans (eight years old) finished ahead of Isabela Cuccurullo (seven years old) to take first place in that category. Dormans finished the course in 16:28, while Cuccurullo completed the race in 17:32.
Ayden Bain (10 years old) was the top male in the Nine-10 age group. He bested the field of 10 in a time of 11:57. Brody Thompson (nine years old) came across the finish line in second place in a time of 13:49. Dimitri Lescure (10 years old) rounded out the top three in that category with a time of 15:10.
Passion Daniel finished atop of the female Nine-10 age group. The 10-year-old completed the course in the time of 14:53. Zoe Williamson (10 years old) came in second place and finished in the time of 15:14. Gabriella Thompson (nine years old) took third place and came across the finish line in 17:29.
The top male in the 11-12 age group was revealed to be Marvin Johnson Jr. The 12-year old bested the field in a time of 12:37. Launy Duncombe (11 years old) took second place in a time of 14:18. rounding out the top three was Tafari Fountain (11 years old) who completed the course in 14:30.
The winner and sole competitor in the female 11-12 age group was Seannia Norville-Smtih (12 years old), in the time of 17:47.
Athlete of the Year
While the Olympic champion and other world renowned track and field athletes await to see who will receive top athlete award honors from the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) named their top male and female athletes of the year.
NACAC named the two-time Diamond League champion as the female athlete of the year. Jamaica’s Frederick Dacres. NACAC is one of six area associations of the IAAF which consists of 31 members.
Miller-Uibo turned in one of the most historic years by a Bahamian track and field athlete, going undefeated at an 18-0 mark this year.
Local private school principal Rickelle Albury had her hand raised as the inaugural champion of the Sports Women Spokes-model category at the recently held Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation: Faye Rolle Classic.
Staged at the University of The Bahamas’ auditorium in New Providence this past Saturday (November 3), Albury stole the show as she competed along with two other Grand Bahamian competitors, Daphne Fox, the runner-up and Sanadia Smith, the third place finisher.
Smith also finished third in the Women’s Wellness competition.
The categories were newly introduced by the BBFF, so along with being judged on their physical appearance the ladies were called to introduce themselves, offer information on their sport and answer a random question from the judges.
Albury stated to this daily, “It was a delight to compete in the event. I was ecstatic about winning the category, it being the first time the category was introduced to the Faye Rolle Classic,” she said, “My training was about the same leading up to the competition but I really had to get my diet under control, practicing self-control while also being consistent with both diet and exercise.
“I was not nervous. I was a novice to the event but I was confident and pleased to come away with the win.”
Edward St. George Memorial Golf Tournament - November 10 at the Lucayan Reef Golf Course - 9:00 a.m.
Bernie Russell Memorial Pool Tournament - November 10 at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom - 10:00 a.m.
Air it Out Four-on-Four League - This and every Sunday at the Freeport Rugby and Football Club - 1:00 p.m.
GBSSA Softball continues Monday-Friday at the GB Sports Complex beginning at 3:45 p.m.
Local high school volleyball champions will travel to compete at the National High School Volleyball Championship set for November 15-17 in New Providence.
• The Freeport New Sports Week in Review will return Saturday, November 24, 2018.