Bermuda residents over 50 and still with a pep in their step and more than fumes in the tank, the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) has organised a slate of track and field events at Flora Duffy Stadium, set for Saturday, May 20, starting at 1 pm.
“For those who are currently couch potatoes that still want to get actively involved we have free training sessions that have already started at the National Sports Centre on Thursday evenings at 6 pm, with national coach Devon Bean,” revealed BNAA president Freddie Evans, during a Tuesday morning radio interview on Ocean 89. “And that’s the Health Department that is behind that, which is something which can help you get started, so we can make it happen and have some fun.”
The masters competition, coined as “The Fastest Fox On The Rock” will take place in a range of age categories, with Evans highlighting how many seniors can still be found clocking impressive sprint times in various meets for adults still harbouring a ‘need for speed’.
Running and field events, will be a part of the proceedings, while the event is also being set up to possess an international flavour, with visitors from the United States also expected to take part, as they travel to the Island to bear witness to Sunday’s – May 21 – main feature, that is the USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned Bermuda Games.
The Bermuda Games, which had its debut last year, will again bring some of the world’s elite professional sprinters in action as part of the series USATF Grand Prix, with the BNAA operating in local partnership with the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA).
In what shapes up as a carnival of athletic prowess, Saturday will also present many of the Island’s youngsters competing for the title of ‘The Fastest Kid On The Rock’ in an age group, sprint event, with distances relative to children’s ages.
“We’ve surrounded and made this a weekend festival,” said Evans. “As part of the ‘Move-On Bermuda’ plan we have the “Fox on the Rock” for seniors, so we have the opportunity for grandpa and grandson to be both in the middle on the same day.”
Evans has a long history of engaging with the Island’s closest neighbours in assorted sported endeavours that allow for exposure and standard comparisons relative to sporting and educationald opportunities, with the upcoming athletics spectacular another example of his reach.
Those looking toregister for the Saturday events can call the BNAA at +1-441-296-0951 or email email@example.com
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