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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Lewis Releases Tokyo Newsletter #5, 2021 Part Two

Bermuda Paralympian Jessica Lewis has released Part Two of her Tokyo Newsletter #5, 2021 which continued to reflect on her Paralympics experience in Japan.

Lewis wrote, “On the day of the 100m I was keeping an eye on the weather as it was starting to change from hot, sunny and humid, to overcast, a bit cooler and a chance of thunderstorms.

Also because there were only 9 athletes registered to compete in the 100m, and it was a 9 lane track, the race got moved into a straight final. In one sense that was great as I could save energy (as it was supposed to be the heat in the morning and final at night) but in another it would have been nice to have an opportunity to get an extra one in and it made for a very long day waiting.
I was certainly stressed throughout the day but once we finally got to the track to warm up Coach Curtis helped me to relax and focus.

It was drizzling as I was warming up so I made sure to put a bit of klister on my gloves to help me stick better. I was talking to Ken to tell him to sort out the weather so that when we raced it wouldn’t rain, or become heavier rainfall. He came through and when we got on the competition track it was dry.

Click Here to see the Full Jessica Cooper Lewis Paralympian, Newsletter #5, 2021 - Tokyo Part Two

Thursday, October 07, 2021
Jamaica Asked to Host Carifta Games 2022

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has been asked to host the 2022 edition of the Carifta Games, the Region's Premier Junior Track and Field Championships.

Garth Gayle, president of the JAAA, confirmed with OBSERVER ONLINE on Thursday that the association had been approached by the CARIFTA Congress and asked to host the Games that were last held in 2019 but have been on a hiatus since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The JAAA executive met… fully discussed the matter and has given its blessing for us to take on the mandate offered by NACAC to host the Games,” Gayle said, adding “we are now awaiting the government's approval and we are working assiduously with the government and their agencies to make Carifta Games 2022 a reality in Jamaica.”

Guyana had been booked to host the event in 2022 but asked to be instead considered for 2023 after encountering “difficulties”, Gayle said.

The three-day Games had been booked for Bermuda in 2020, when it was canceled due to the onset of the pandemic. It was also scheduled for Bermuda in 2021 but was again shelved after strict COVID-19 protocols including mandatory vaccines were imposed for everyone going into the island. At the time, vaccines were not approved for children under the age of 17 years, and as such the decision was again taken to pull the plug.

Jamaica has hosted the event six times, five times in Kingston (1974, 1979, 1988, 1990, 1996) and once in Montego Bay (2011).
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
Dr. Evans Announces BNAA Board Positions

President, Dr. Freddie Evans announced the roles of the newly elected Directors of the Bermuda National Athletics Association for this term.

Allison Outerbridge has been named Vice-President with Public Relations responsibilities, while Mia Bean has been named to the General Secretary post to also have the responsibility of liaising with the BOA.

Jarita Vickers will resume the duties of Treasurer, while Vanessa Turner has the task of Parental and Department of Youth Sports Recreation liaison.

The Coaches liaison is Terry-Lynn Paynter, while the Immediate Past President Donna Raynor will also have a spot on the board.
Monday, October 04, 2021
Smith-King Honored by Springfield College

Branwen Smith-King was honored by Springfield College over the weekend.

With some of her teammates from the 70's in attendance, Smith-King received the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2021 during the Springfield College Homecoming this weekend.

After 18 years as the Head Women’s Track and Field coach and 15 years as Assistant Director of Athletics at Tufts University, Smith-King moved back to Bermuda to work for the Bermuda Olympic Association as the Secretary General.

Smith-King was a member of the Bermuda National Track and Field Junior and Senior teams from 1971 to 1979 and won Gold for Bermuda at the 1971 Caribbean Free Trade Association Games.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Dr. Freddie Evans LIVE Talking Athletics

Dr. Freddie Evans is set to be elected President of the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) unopposed, having been confirmed as the only candidate for the top job in advance of the Congress set for this evening.

Evans joins www.islandstats.com LIVE, to discuss the challenges of a 2021/2022 Road Running/Track Season, as well as International competition for athletes.

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