2019 Barbados National Aquathlon Championships

The very young, rising stars and experienced comprised the field of over 40 athletes who competed in calm waters and flat roads free of traffic, providing ideal conditions for the 2019 Barbados National Aquathlon Championships.

Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes (BFIT) hosted it’s 3rd Aquathlon event in collaboration with the Barbados Olympic Association BiiG Games on Sunday December 1st, 2019 along Carlisle Bay and Bay Street.

Aquathlon is part of the triathlon family of multi-sport races, it is comprised of swimming and running. This year the event included a National Championship race which meant that world ranking points would be available to the top 5 male and female participants in the 16 and over category.

Sixteen-year old junior emerging athlete Niel Skinner took first place honours in the Open Category building upon his experience and proficiency in the Aquathlon. Skinner finished the 2.5 km run, 1 km swim and 2.5 km run in a time of 34 minutes and 40 seconds, followed by fellow sixteen-year old Eric Lashley in 36:29 minutes. Chara Hinds, the first female to finish, came in third in a time of 39:07 minutes.

With the first-place finish, Skinner’s Aquathlon world ranking will likely improve from 35th to 34th. He competed in Santa Marta CAMTRI Aquathlon American Championships (June 2019) where he finished 3rd in the junior category and 8th overall.

Skinner, Lashley, Hinds along with Cary Banfield, Darren Treasure, Nick Gill and Jen Wosminity who all placed in the top five for their gender, will all receive ITU points towards their Aquathlon world ranking.

Aquathlon start

The other age group categories were dominated with participants ages 15 and under, led by CARIFTA team members such as Fynn Armstrong and Luke McIntyre who are quickly becoming young veterans in the Triathlon/ Aquathlon scene. In the 13-15 age group (500 m swim, 2.5 km run) Fynn Armstrong finished first in a time of 18:07 minutes followed by Amelie Baker in 18:52 minutes and Charlie Williams in 19:09 minutes.

In the 11-12 age group (250 m swim, 1.25 km run) Luke McIntyre won in 9:07 minutes followed closely behind by Cain Banfield in 9:13 minutes and Heidi Baker in 9:48 minutes. In the 9-10 age group (100 m swim, 1 km run) Zindzele Renwick-Williams finished in 07:23 minutes followed by Fayth Jeffrey in 07:48 minutes and Storm Riley in 08:27 minutes. In the youngest category, the 8 and under age group (50 m swim, 500 m run) Laila McIntyre won in a time of 4:49 minutes followed by Ali Banfield 4:58 minutes for second place and Hailey Banfield in 5:02 minutes for third.

The 2019 Barbados National Aquathlon Championships brought a close to the 2019 BFIT seasoned which was packed with exciting events throughout the year. Our first event of the new year will kick off with Pinehill Juice Kids Triathlon in January 2020.

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