The Barbados Federation of Island Triathletes (BFIT) hosted the fifth Kids Series Race of the season and the first qualifier for the upcoming October CARIFTA Championships last Sunday.
The first ever CARIFTA Triathlon and Aquathon Championships will be held here on October 7 and 8. The age groups will range from juniors (age 16-19) and youth (age 11-15) and Barbados will select five males and five females per age group in both triathlon and aquathon.
The fifth Kids Series Race was the first of three qualifying opportunities. The second will be the sixth Kids Series race on June 11 and the final qualifying event will be on July 16, all races being held at the Aquatic Center.
Barbadian elite triathletes Jason Wilson and Matthew Wright were in attendance at the Kids Series Race this weekend, showing support and providing inspiration to young and upcoming triathletes.
BFIT has produced qualifying times for each age group distance and automatic selections will be made for the three fastest athletes subject to a time cap for their age groups. Athletes can also qualify on a discretionary basis through their potential and performance in previous events this year (BFIT Age Group Sprint and Caribbean Championships in Miami) as well as upcoming regional competitions (Rainbow Cup in Tobago and Tri de Spice in Grenada).
The Kids Series Races are open to all ages and abilities. The CARIFTA qualifying events are open to all citizens or residents of one year.
The final team will be announced on July 21, after all qualification opportunities have passed.
Thirty kids participated in the first CARIFTA qualifier, in age groups ranging from under 7 to 16 and over. The under-7 age group girls and boys race (25m swim, 0.75km bike and 0.5km run) were won by Ali Banfield (9:59) and Zayne Galt (10:44).
In the 7-8 age group (40m swim, 1.5km bike and 05.km run), the top girl was Maris Klufas (24.14) and the top boy was first timer Matthew DaCosta Hinds (17:29). In the 9-10 age group (100m swim, 3km bike and 0.75km run) it was Olivia Treasure who was the top girl (18:13) and Asher Lashley the top boy (13:45).
The events that had CARIFTA contenders were the 11-12 triathlon (150m swim, 5.25m bike and 1.25km run), 11-12 aquathon (150m swim and 1.25km run), 13-15 triathlon (200m swim, 7.5km ride and 2km run), 13-15 aquathon (200m swim and 2km run) and 16-19 triathlon (400m swim, 9.75km bike
and 3km run).
In the age 11-12 triathlon, it was Daria Klufas (32:00) who won it for the girls and Lucas Austin (24:41) who won for the boys. The top finishers for girls and boys in the aquathon were first timers India Gray (13:51) and Seamus Burges-Sims (11:17).
The 13-15 age group races were fiercely contested, with strong showings from athletes with swimming backgrounds. In the triathlon event, the top boy was Nathanial Roach (29:10) and the top girl was Danielle Treasure (32:14). In the aquathon, the top girl was Barbadian national swimmer Ashley Weekes (11:15), who was a first timer in this event.
In the 16-19 age group, the top girl was Hannah Lashley, who finished in a time of 50:36 and the top boy was upcoming triathlete Noah Kirby, who finished in a time of 44:05.