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 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
The Tribune 

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.

Conchman committee prepares for 2017

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Winning Corporate Challenge Cup Team from BTVI

After successfully staging the 30th Annual GBPA Conchman Triathlon a mere four weeks after the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in October, the Conchman committee and title sponsor, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, are already preparing for a spectacular event in 2017.

As the triathlon is held yearly on the first Saturday in November, this year’s event will take place on November 4 and will feature a number of segments that made their debut last year.

“The Corporate Challenge Cup (CCC) and the Secondary Schools Competition (SSC) were very popular additions to the 2016 competition,” said Conchman Committee Chairman Christopher Baker. “We had nine companies take part in the CCC and 16 teams from five schools participated in the SSC. The students were all very enthusiastic and the teachers have told me that they will be back this year with more teams.”

Junkanoo performance following last year’s triathlon

The incorporation of an Olympic distance event – 1500m swim, 40K bike, 10K run – was also well-received last year, but due to the shortage of hotel rooms at the time, many of the Florida-based athletes who registered could not attend.

“I have written to each of them and they have all confirmed that they will take part this year,” Mr. Baker explained.

In total, just over 100 participants took part in the 2016 triathlon, including several Florida residents and about nine athletes from Nassau. 

An especially popular addition to last year’s event was hosting the awards presentation and after-party on Taino Beach immediately following the triathlon and Iron Kids races.

Colourful medals and the traditional hand-blown glass trophies were awarded to the various winners in the individual and team categories. The presentation was followed by a lively Junkanoo performance.

Electronic chip timing, provided by P.R.O.M.P.T. out of Nassau, enabled athletes to know their placement shortly after they crossed the finish line, thus contributing to the festive party atmosphere on the beach.

Participants can expect this to continue moving forward.

Winners of the Olympic distance triathlon Sylvia Bateman of Freeport and Nicolas Blaser of Florida

Conchman purists will appreciate that the 2017 bike course will once again go over the Casuarina Bridge and to the first circle for a distance of 25K as it used to do.

“Crossing over the Grand Lucayan Waterway is a feature unique to Grand Bahama and many people commented that they missed the challenge of the bridge when we shortened the bike course last year,” Mr. Baker revealed. “So they will be happy to know we have reinstated that segment.”

Online and in-person registration will open shortly. Complete information on the race as well as travel information for visitors is available on the website or on Facebook.