Caption: Oein Josiah (left) and Jason Wilson (right) after competing at the 14th Annual Massy Rainbow Cup International Triathlon in Tobago on 9th June 2018.
BFIT is the governing body for triathlon in Barbados, sanctioning and organizing multi-sport events like Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon on the island.
The Federation was formed in 1990 by a small group of practicing triathletes who selected the name BFIT (‘be fit’) to describe the fitness involved in the three disciplines of triathlon: swimming, biking and running.
We cater to all age groups of athletes, including children, and our triathlons are designed to cater to all levels of fitness. From the recreational to the more elite triathletes, we welcome all newcomers to our races and encourage triathletes from all over the world to come to our island paradise of Barbados to participate!
BFIT EXECUTIVE 2016 – 2020
President – Darren Treasure
Treasurer – Derek Wilson
Secretary – Lynne Wright
Director – Peter Gibbs
Director – Christine Choy
Director – Kelly Watson
Director – Burkley Lowe
Director – Philip Gaskin
It’s been a busy couple of months for the triathlon with both local and international events showcasing the caliber of talent that’s coming out of Barbados.
Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes (BFIT) President Darren Treasure says that this is only just the beginning, as the federation takes significant steps to expand its reach.
“We are actively looking to attract more support for triathlon in Barbados and for our current and up and coming athletes,” he said. “It’s exciting times for us at BFIT and we have a lot of good things coming up for triathlon. We encourage the Barbadian public get behind our events, triathletes and show your support in whatever way you can.”
On the back of impressive results by both Barbadian Olympian Jason Wilson and reigning National Champion Oein Josiah at the 14th Annual Rainbow Cup International Triathlon in Tobago at the start of the month. Not only did Wilson come in first place and Josiah in the sixth place, but two junior Bajan triathletes also flew the flag high for Barbados in the youth categories, with Zahra Gaskin placing as the first female in the 13-15 years age group and her sister Isis finishing as the third female in her 10-12 years age group.
Local triathlete Matthew Wright is also this weekend continuing his two-year Olympic Qualifying journey to the Tokyo 2020 Games, by heading to Brazil to participate in the Brasilia CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships. Wright’s mission will also include the CAC and Pan Am Games, alongside Jason Wilson, on his road to the Tokyo Olympics.
Next month, two of our finest youth triathletes Noah Kirby and Ashley Weekes will then compete in Ecuador, attempting to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October. The very same Sunday 1st July, Barbados will also welcome both local and international triathletes to Port St. Charles and Speightstown for the highly-anticipated Age Group Sprint Triathlon (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) and Sprint Relay event.
It’s set to be a big year for the sport of triathlon on the island, with Treasure revealing that next month BFIT is additionally bringing in coaches from the UK for triathlon clinics jointly sponsored by the British Triathlon Federation. BFIT is also set to announce their final CARIFTA team selection in July, as well as host the 28th Annual Barbados National Triathlon in October and participate in the Barbados Olympic Association’s BIIG Games in November, to name a few.
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