The first event on the race calendar for 2021 is the Virtual Butterfield & Vallis 5K on January 24th.
This event is usually one of the largest running/walking events with close to 1,000 participants but due to the restrictions in place, this year residents are being encouraged to stay safe…stay strong…stay healthy and run (or walk) either 5K or 2K in their own bubble and neighborhood.
Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Bermuda Heart Foundation.
Parents are encouraged to sign up their children and name the school they attend as the Primary, Middle, and Secondary school with the most entries will receive $500.
Drive-through number, shirt, and goodie bag collection is on Saturday, January 23rd at Butterfield & Vallis on Woodlands Road from 10 am to 2 pm.
Masks and hand sanitizer are required and participants are urged to stay in their cars. The first 1,000 participants at number pick-up will receive a goodie bag filled with products from Highland Spring, Planters, Jif Peanut Butter, Axe, Ronzoni, Pepperidge Farm, Hefty, and Silk PLUS this year’s safety orange dri-fit shirt is bound to be a hot ticket item.
Draw prizes include two bikes from Winners’ Edge, Sportseller vouchers, Bookmart vouchers, plus BF&M have kindly donated 7 activity trackers (Garmins and Fitbits)
AIBA Set to Roll Out Anti-Doping Educational Programme
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the International Testing Agency (ITA) is set to roll out a large-scale anti-doping educational programme for the boxing community.
Set to launch next month, the programme will be part of the framework of AIBA's Continental Forums.
AIBA renewed its contract with the ITA for 2021 earlier this week to ensure anti-doping compliance for the year.
AIBA President Umar Kremlev and ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen signed the agreement at the ITA headquarters.
Kremlev said the educational programme will be an important part of the cooperation between the two parties.
"We have agreed with the ITA to hold at least four seminars per year, not only for representatives of national federations, but also for athletes and coaches," Kremlev, elected AIBA President last month, said, "We kick off our initial educational programme during the AIBA Continental Forums, which will be organized virtually in February and March.
"This is an important step towards making boxing a completely doping-free sport."
Cohen said the ITA had begun talks with AIBA "to ensure that this partnership becomes a long-term one to further strengthen AIBA's clean sport efforts".
"The ITA has been managing AIBA's anti-doping programme for some time now and I am extremely grateful that our organizations have renewed this partnership for 2021," he added.
"AIBA is committed to promote a clean sport of boxing and deliver education programmes to all its athletes and communities.
"We look forward to implementing innovative education activities for AIBA and in close collaboration with their continental and national associations."
Kremlev has promised he develop his "favorite sport" since his election as the first permanent AIBA President since Gafur Rakhimov stood down in March 2019 following allegations he was involved in heroin trafficking, which he denies.
The Russian spearheaded a series of Continental Forums last year to increase dialogue with AIBA's membership.
AIBA was suspended as the Olympic governing body for the sport by the IOC in June 2019.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Pope Francis Pays Tribute to "Very Precious" Paralympic Movement
Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic church, has praised the power of the Paralympic Movement and efforts to give sporting opportunities to all.
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Pope referenced how many Paralympians demonstrate the virtues of commitment, sacrifice and loyalty.
"When I see what certain athletes are capable of, who have some disabilities imprinted on their physique, I am amazed by the power of life," said Pope Francis.
"The Paralympic Movement is very precious; not only to include everyone, but also because it is the opportunity to tell and give citizenship rights in the media, to stories of men and women who have made disability their weapon of redemption.
"When I see or read about some of their business, I think that the limit is not within them but only in the eyes of those who look at them.
"They are stories that give birth to stories, when everyone thinks that there is no longer any story to tell."
The head of the Catholic church resides in the Vatican City, a microstate located within Italian capital Rome.
Friday, January 08, 2021
World Para Athletics Announces 2021 Provisional Calendar
World Para Athletics has announced a provisional calendar for the 2021 season, with seven Para Athletics Grand Prix events confirmed.
Bermuda Paralympian Jessica Lewis will be looking to see if and when she would be able to compete as she begins her preparations for the upcoming Paralympic Games.
Dubai is expected to host the opening Grand Prix event from February 10th to 13th at the UAE’s Fazza International Athletics Championships.
Athletes will then head to Tunisia to compete in the Tunis Grand Prix from February 18th to 20th.
Italy is scheduled to host the third Grand Prix event of the season between April 16th -18th, before China’s capital, Beijing stages competition from April 23rd - 25th.
The provisional calendar concludes with Grand Prix events in Paris and Nottwil.
The French capital is due to host the competition from May 5th – 7th, with the sport’s best wheelchair racers, expected to headline the competition at Nottwil in Switzerland from May 14th to 16th.
Săo Paulo in Brazil is also set to host one of the Grand Prix legs, but dates are yet to be confirmed.
The Grand Prix events build-up to the European Championships, which are due to take place from June 1st – 5th in Bydgoszcz.
The Polish venue had been due to host the event last year, but the competition was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Athletes will also use the Grand Prix events to hone their preparations for the rescheduled Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which are set to take place from August 24th to September 5th.
The coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the 2021 World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe, which will now be held in 2022.
The 2020 Para Athletics Grand Prix was also severely disrupted and organizers will hope that the global health crisis subsides to allow more competitions to be staged this year.
The Junior World Championships have also been moved from 2021 to 2022, with a host city and dates to be confirmed at a later date.
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Remembering Earl “Gabby” Hart LIVE @ 6pm
Mr. Hart touched so many people in our sport, we asked them to say a few words about their memories of him.
Norbert Simons - Mr. Hart was a giant among men in education, and sport in particular Track and Field and football. His support for track, especially CARIFTA was known throughout the region. I recall the very first CARIFTA Games in Barbados when he along with the other members of the association did all they could to ensure Bermuda would participate in it. Mr. Hart proudly led the team to the inaugural event and needless to say the rest is history. From a personal point, Mr. Hart supported me professionally. When I became Director of the Department of Youth Sport and Recreation, he often would give me an encouraging word. He often attended the Sports Awards and many other sporting events. Mr. Hart’s jovial personality and support of sport will be greatly missed. Bermuda has lost a Legend.
Debbie Jones-Hunter - Back in the day and to present, Mr. Hart, a staunch advocate for the continued progress and growth of Athletics for our island home spoke volumes with his involvement in the initial phases of the Carifta Games 1972. To present, many athletes have benefited from the fruits of his labour of love.
He was also our very own ‘live sports commentator/announcer’ who at times was so excited during the competition that his everlasting infectious laugh could clearly be heard throughout the ‘Stadium’ and how one could not help but giggle as well.
Branwen Smith-King - "I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Earl "Gabby” Hart. Gabby was well known as a leader in the community, for he had a vibrant personality and a relentless commitment to the youth of Bermuda. As a founding member of the Bermuda Track & Field Association, Gabby set his sights on helping young athletes reach their potential in the sport. For example, in the 1970's, Gabby was instrumental in making sure our athletes had the opportunity to represent Bermuda internationally. Without his leadership, the success and development of Athletics simply would not have happened. Advocate, teacher, coach, and confidant are just a few of the roles he played in a legacy that will last forever. Gabby's sense of humour, passion for sports, and love of others can never be duplicated - he will be sorely missed. "
Gerry Swan - Earl Hart was dedicated to the development and progress of people and, in particular, ‘young people’ of Bermuda. Those desires and commitment to help, advise and encourage others were clearly demonstrated and evident throughout the decades of professional service that he provided as an educator and as an administrator and/or representative in various sports. Earl ‘Gabby’ Hart was a people person - he loved being with people and enjoyed life.
Devon Bean – I have fond memories of Mr. Hart. He was my Deputy Principal at Warwick Secondary School for the five years I attended there. I vividly recall, in his famous voice “boy where are you supposed to be?... WELL GET THERE!!!”. Mr. Hart was a great educator and role model. He was militant and firm, but he was always fair. We often had long talks about track and field and he always encouraged me to follow my dream of becoming an Olympian. Mr. Hart loved to tell a story and I was always willing to listen. He will be missed.