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Fourteen teams on board for Xtreme Games

Fun and games: action from last year’s Xtreme Sports Games. Business across the island will once more battle for bragging rights at the National Sports Centre’s North Field in April (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Fourteen businesses and organisations have signed up for the second Xtreme Sports Games, and organisers are hoping a few more will join in before the closing date deadline at the end of next week.

Two banks, a number of financial services companies, insurers and reinsurers, and local companies are among the businesses who have entered for the light-hearted day of fun and games on April 1.

Corporate leaders and their staff will battle rivals at a range of zany games, including bubble football, zorb racing and human bowling.

And a prize of $5,000 will be donated to the charity chosen by the winning team.

Last year 16 teams competed in the inaugural event, held at the National Sports Centre’s North Field. Among the games featured were volleypong and human hungry hippo.

This year up to 20 teams can be accommodated, and organiser Marquel Waldron hopes the final six slots can be filled by businesses and organisations stepping forward to take part ahead of the sign-up deadline.

“I’m very excited to have 14 teams registered to compete in the Xtreme Sports Games 2017,” he said.

“As with last year, the business community as a whole have shown great interest in the event and for that I am very grateful. Without the interest from some of Bermuda’s largest companies, the event would not be the success that it is.

“We’re very pleased to have some new companies register this year, and we’re just as pleased that some companies have decided to register again this year. We’re also extremely happy to see that some new charities will be supported this year, and we hope to get this year’s supported charities more involved.”

Among the teams that have entered are HSBC Bermuda, Butterfield Bank, Artex, Ironshore, Endurance, JLT, Aon Group Bermuda, Marsh Management, KPMG, SunLife Financial, Freisenbruch Meyer Group, BAS Group, and Oil Group of Companies.

Each team nominates a local charity to receive the prize money should they win.

Last year WindReach received the $4,000 prize, which was doubled to $8,000 by winners Anchor Investment Management.

Anchor is not currently listed to compete, potentially opening the way for a new Xtreme Sports Games champion.

Businesses and organisations at the 2016 games enjoyed fun team-bonding and being able to interact with other companies and groups they would not normally meet. The games also promoted health and fitness to staff.

Mr Waldron said: “There are still six spaces available, and we’re hoping that we can reach the 20 team target that we set out for, which would see the event grow bigger and better this year.”

He also hopes residents will come along to watch the sports. There is no admission charge for spectators.

Team registration will close on Friday, February 25.

Videos, event details and information on how to enter are available at the website: http://xtremesportsbmd.com/xtreme-sports-games-2017/. You can also e-mail to info@xtremesportsbmd.com