The Bahamas is set the host the 2023 CARIFTA Triathlon and Aquathlon at Goodman’s Bay this Saturday and Sunday. The Bahamas has selected two strong teams to represent the country.
The other countries that will be participating are Bermuda, Barbados, Jamaica, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda. Teams have already started arriving.
Action gets underway on Saturday with the triathlon starting at 7:30 a.m. On Sunday, the aquathlon will be held, starting at 7:30 a.m.
The Bahamian triathlon squad consists of Nai’a Belton, Taylen Nicolls, Lenika Hamilton, Tessa Knowles, Sibby Potter, Lauchlan Menzies, Mathis Bournas, Kendrick Cargill, Taylor Knowles, Issa Bournas, Chelsea Smith, Emma Barigelli, Malcolm Menzies, Ayden Bain, Lenin Hamilton, Jayden Smith, Callum Pritchard, Kami Roach, Erin Pritchard, Anjaleah Knowles, Sienna Culmer-Mackey, Launy Duncombe, Enea Gervasini, Barron Musgrove, Jason Cates, Ellie Gibson and Ralph Wood Jr.
There is also the aquathlon that features athletes swimming then running only. They include Nicholls, Alissa Ferguson, Blue Gray, Tessa Knowles, Lenika Hamilton, Lauchlan Menzies, Blair Thompson, Potter, Kriston Rolle, Kyle Murray, Madison Gilbert, Alanna Murray, Taylor Knowles, Emma Barigelli, Chelsea Smith, Malcolm Menzies, Bain, Will Farrington, Lenin Hamilton, Brian Burrows, Grace Farrington, Layla Saidi, Anjaleah Knowles, Culmer-Mackey, Erin Pritchard, Duncombe, Gibson, Gervasini, Cates and Musgrove.
The head coach is Marcos Aballi, and the assistant coaches are Justin Higgs, Grand Menzies and Dorian Roach. Ilaria Gervasani is the team’s manager.
The athletes will be competing in the 11-12, 13-15, 16-19 and 20-21 age groups which are divided into boys and girls.
The 2022 CARIFTA Triathlon and Aquathlon was held in Runaway Bay, Bermuda. Some of the athletes who were in Bermuda know what to expect from this year’s competition.
Erin Pritchard captured a silver medal in the 13-15 girls division in the triathlon in a time of 37:25. Also securing a silver medal last year in the triathlon was Malcolm Menzies in the 13-15 boys division in a time of 31:55. Wood placed third in the 20-21 male division in the aquathlon last year when he crossed the finish line in 37:27. He also won bronze in the triathlon with a time of 1:12:02.
There is no doubt that the Bahamian contingent will look to put on a show this weekend as they look to defend home turf.