Bahama Paradise Cruise Line offers amazing cruise prizes for GBPA Conchman Triathlon winners

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Athletes have even more reason to look forward to the 32nd annual GBPA Conchman Triathlon on November 3rd as Bahama Paradise Cruise Line (BPCL) have come on board as a major sponsor offering a number of cruise prizes.

“We are pleased to announce that Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line have generously given us eight tickets for their two-night, three-day cruise between Palm Beach and Grand Bahama,” said GBPA Conchman Triathlon committee chairman Christopher Baker. “These amazing prizes will be presented to the overall winners of the triathlon’s Sprint and Olympic distances race, both male and female. To make the prizes even more generous each winner will receive two tickets so they can bring along their favourite travel partner!

“We believe that this will provide a real boost to triathletes in the Bahamas and the US to participate in our wonderful event,” he continued. “We are delighted that the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has agreed to support the event in this very real way. It will be a great incentive to bring triathletes and their families to Grand Bahama for the GBPA Conchman.”

In addition to their support with the magnificent prizes BPCL are also offering all participants who travel on one of their cruises to the event:

  • Free carriage of their bike if they book a cabin, otherwise a charge of just $25.
  • A 20% discount on the regular price if they book a cabin.

Christopher Baker added that he expects to see overseas numbers grow this year. “This has really made it attractive for triathletes to come and take part, especially for those living in Florida. Thanks to BPCL for making this another reason to participate in this wonderful event, now in its 32nd year,” he concluded.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line sails daily from Palm Beach and Freeport. Learn more and book on https://www.bahamasparadisecruise.com.

PharmaChem brings additional safety to sports with Conchman Triathlon donation

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — PharmaChem have been a major sponsor of the GBPA Conchman Triathlon over the last three years. The company has always focused on the safety of its employees and the Grand Bahama community and they also try to encourage people to stay healthy and active.

When Hans Schuhbauer, COO at PharmaChem, heard that the GBPA Conchman Triathlon Committee were going to insist that all participants of the event wore cycling helmets when competing, including all the children taking part in IronKids, he was keen to help by donating helmets for participants to use.

“Safety is not only good practice, it’s a person’s right. All we want is for people to be safe so can get back home to their families every single day”. Safety does not have to begin and end at work. Safety needs to be lived with everything that we do, including when we go exercise. Being aware of one’s surroundings, wearing lights when walking or running at night, and wearing a helmet when riding a bike can make a difference.

Randy Thompson, CEO of PharmaChem, says that they are always keen to help local events, especially those that encourage Bahamians to keep fit, while at the same time keeping an eye on safety for participants.

Ravanno Ferguson of FastTrack Management, who are now closely involved in organizing the November 3rd event at Taino Beach, expressed his gratitude to PharmaChem for their contribution “it is great that PharmaChem have seen the need for participants to be safety conscious by donating the helmets to the Committee.”

Photo: IN ORDER (L-R) Hans Schuhbauer from PharmaChem with Ravanno Ferguson, FastTrack Management & Triathlon Committee member & young Navi Ferguson, a keen supporter.

Bahamian Glass Blower Creates Works of Art for Conchman Triathlon

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 FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — Sidney Pratt, Grand Bahama’s own glass blower, has been making the unique and highly-treasured Conchman Triathlon trophies for the last 30 years. He now has his shop in Port Lucaya where tourists are able to view and purchase hand-made Bahamian glass pieces.

Mr. Pratt’s works of art are one of the reasons why so many overseas competitors keep returning to Grand Bahama to participate in the Conchman Triathlon each year, hoping to win one of his special glass trophies. No other triathlon event in the Caribbean can boast of such spectacular awards and in so many categories! The trophies are presented to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall male and female winners of the Sprint and Olympic distance races. The top 3 in each age group of the Sprint distance also receive a lovely glass treasure.

Sidney has again outdone himself this year with this beautiful trophy for 2018’s event, held on November 3 at Taino Beach. On the base of a conch shell Sidney has mounted a turtle, many of which can be seen swimming in the waters around Grand Bahama.

GBPA Conchman 2017 Special Trophy

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Our superb glass artist Sydnet Pratt has come up with another stunning design for the GBPA Conchman Trophy for 2017. See below Sydney with his Parrot Fish.

  

So make sure you are entered to win one of these special trophies.

Scotiabank Sponsors GBPA Conchman Triathlon

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Scotiabank has generously agreed to become the Run Event Sponsor for the 31st Anniversary of the GBPA Conchman Triathlon, taking place on Taino Beach on November 4th.

Scotiabank was pleased with its sponsorship of the event in 2016, and particularly the success of the inaugural Schools Competition driven by the Bank’s global philanthropic focus on youth. Five schools in Grand Bahama took part last year with 15 teams participating. The committee expects more schools to participate this year with additional teams, such was the enthusiasm of those who took part.

Bruno Styles, Manager, Scotiabank Freeport said that the Bank was keen to encourage children into more sporting activity and believed that the GBPA Conchman Triathlon was a worthwhile event in this regard.

Christopher Baker, Chairman Conchman Triathlon Committee is delighted to have Scotiabank as the Run Event Sponsor. He said that he expected to have Scotiabank enter a team in the Corporate Challenge Cup with one of the executives from the Freeport Branch already committed to participate in the Run.

Swim Challenge – Friday 28 July

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This Friday July 28, the public is invited to come and cheer for GBPA Conchman Triathletes, Romeo Seymour & Ray Cumberbatch as they compete in a short Swim Challenge, to be broadcast live on Facebook and Instagram to promote the 2017 GBPA Conchman Triathlon.
Cheer and party on Taino Beach, by Junkanoo Beach Bar at 6pm. Sands Beer, Pink Radlers and refreshments available. Have some fun.

GBPA Conchman Triathlon promoted at Miami event

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — Instead of the usual Father’s Day activities, GBPA Conchman Triathlon Committee Chairman, Christopher Baker, travelled to Miami, Florida in June to participate in the Key Biscayne Triathlon, part of the Multi-Race Triathlon Trilogy series. While in South Florida Christopher took the opportunity to canvas interest in the GBPA Conchman Triathlon by distributing colourful postcards to those registering pre-race and to many of the triathletes at the event. A lot of interest was shown in participating in the 31st annual Conchman, which takes place on beautiful Taino Beach, November 4th, 2017. The committee are hopeful that Mr. Baker’s trip will result in a lot of new faces at Conchman this year.

In addition to promoting Grand Bahama’s triathlon attributes, Christopher bumped into Hector Picard, a double arm amputee and motivational speaker, who participated in Conchman in 2010 and has gone on competing in Ironman triathlons in the USA. At the Key Biscayne Triathlon Hector took part in the Duathlon, pulling his physically-challenged friend around the swim course and then pushing her in a wheelchair on the 3-mile run. After meeting Christopher at the event Hector said he would definitely try and make it over to Freeport for the GBPA Conchman Triathlon in November.

Registration for the 31st annual GBPA Conchman Triathlon is now open, and offering a special 10% discount for early-birds until September 1st. Visit www.ConchmanTriathlon.com or on Facebook.

Photo: GBPA Conchman Triathlon Committee Chairman, Christopher Baker (L), and double arm amputee and motivational speaker, Hector Picard, meet at the Key Biscayne Triathlon. Hector guided his wheelchair-bound friend around the duathlon course and Christopher competed in the triathlon – winning second place in his age group.

Team Bahamas posts top times at the 2nd Caribbean Triathlon

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Congratulations to all the Bahamian triathletes who competed in the 2nd Caribbean Triathlon Championships in Key Biscayne on April 30th. We look forward to seeing you all in Grand Bahama on November 4th for the 31st running of the GBPA Conchman Triathlon

Written by Renaldo Dorsett
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Team Bahamas delivered a series of impressive performances against the top triathletes in the region last weekend.

The team turned in some of the top times at the second edition of the Caribbean Triathlon and Duathlon Championships, hosted April 30 in Key Biscayne, Florida.

In the Olympic Triathlon, Mark Dietrich and Simone Bertoldo led the Bahamian contingent and finished second and third overall respectively. Dietrich finished in a total time of 2:22:29.19 secs while Bertoldo followed closely behind in 2:22:47.35 secs.

Simon Lowe finished fifth in 2:30:47.69 secs and first among the Male 30-34 Age Group.

Kelly Kramp was seventh overall in 2:31:27.65 secs and second amongst his group, Male 55-59. His pace was less than one second behind the division’s top finisher.

Jonathan Pendlebury also finished second in his age group, Male 35-39 and was 15th overall in 2:52:30.98 secs.

Among the competitors in the Sprint Triathlon, Sean Andrews was first among Male Masters and seventh overall in 1:00:46.06 secs. Just behind him was Cameron Roach who finished first in the Male 35-39 and eighth overall in 1:00:55.42 secs.

Mark Davies was the top finisher in the Male 55-59 and 15th overall in 1:04:56.18 secs followed by Mario Carey, second in the division at 1:08:19.53 secs.

Elizabeth Shaddock was the second female to finish the course with her time of 1:11:22.25 secs and Ben Derbyshire was third in the Male 16-17 in 1:11:43.48 secs.

Lori Roach finished first overall in the Female Masters with her time of 1:12:17.02 secs, No 21 in the field while Katherine Bowers finished one spot behind at 1:15:46.70 secs for the top spot in the Female 40-44 division. Sarah Farrington won the top spot in the Female 45-49 in 1:22:21.22 secs while Thomas Bowers was fourth overall in the Male 14-15 in 1:23:23.08 secs.

In the Sprint Duathlon, Kathryn de Sousa was the top Female finisher and was fourth overall in 1:15:10.82 secs.

Justin Higgs finished one spot behind, fifth overall and first in the Male 18-24 division in 1:18:22.64 secs.

Kordero St Cyr was the first finisher in the Male 30-34 and seventh overall in 1:19:42.16 secs.

The lone competitor for the Bahamas in the Aquabike, Dorian Roach took first place in 1:54:56.60 secs.

The event featured athletes ages 12 and older. Male and female winners in each event, each age group and division received an award and will be named Caribbean Triathlon/Duathlon Aquabike Age Group Champion.

The standard triathlon included a 0.5 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike and 6.2 mile run. The sprint triathlon comprised a 0.25 mile swim, 10 mile bike and 3.1 mile run while the duathlon includes a one mile run, 10 mile bike and 3.1 mile run.

The event consisted of triathletes from several Caribbean islands, including the Bahamas, Granada, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, US Virgin Islands, Haiti, and Barbados.

In 2016, the Bahamas’ team came away with 16 podium finishes, including 11 first places awards.

Several races now fill the country’s triathlon calendar – three brand new in the last three years.

With the Conchman, Potcakeman, Pineappleman, UWC, Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend, Breeze-a-thon and BMC Dri Tri, the popularity of the sport has increased over the years.