Promising young athlete mourned by sports world
An 18-year-old record-breaking runner was yesterday identified as the victim of a fatal weekend crash.
Clevonte Lodge-Bean was named by the Berkeley Institute, where he studied, in a letter to staff and pupils.
The Bermuda National Athletics Association said: “Regrettably, the roads of Bermuda have claimed the life of one of our top male junior athletes this past weekend with a promising future and we mourn his loss.”
The association offered condolences to Mr Lodge-Bean’s friends and family as well as to “our athletic family”.
Mr Lodge-Bean emerged as a promising athlete in the Bermuda Pacers Track Club under the guidance of coach Norbert Simons.
He travelled overseas several times with the club, and was a consistent top performer.
The association said: “ He had become one of our most outstanding junior athletes.
“Clevonte qualified for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, but unfortunately was not able to complete the race as he pulled his hamstring.
“In that same year, he was awarded the Male Athlete of the Year by the Pacers Track Club.
“In 2019 he was awarded one of the Government junior achievement awards as acknowledgement of his outstanding performances throughout the previous track and field season.”
Mr Lodge-Bean represented Bermuda in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Carifta Games in the 100m, 200m and 400m, as well in the 400m relay race and made the finals several times.
He was selected for the 2020 Carifta Games team in the male under-20 category for the 100m, 200m, 400m and 400m relay.
The association said: “This event would have been held in Bermuda in front of his home crowd.
“We are confident that he would have put on a performance as he found added motivation through competition and always rose to the occasion, and as we say ’he showed out’ for a crowd.
“Clevonte was committed to the sport of track and field.
“We are confident that had he chosen to pursue track and field in university, he would have received an athletic scholarship and gone on to do great things.
“We will miss Clevonte’s enthusiasm, excitement and showmanship.”
The association added that Mr Lodge-Bean’s efforts were exemplified by his “stellar” performance at the 2019 High School Inter School Sports.
The association spokesman said: “All who were in the stadium can likely visualise him coming down the home stretch in the 200m or 400m fighting all the way to that finish line. He was a true competitor.”
The BNAA said it would present Mr Lodge-Bean’s family with his 2020 Carifta uniform, numbers and a Carifta medal.
The spokesman added: “We are so deeply saddened that he will not get his opportunity to compete in the 2021 Games in Bermuda.
“His indelible impact on the sport of track and field will never be forgotten and he will be in our thoughts.”
Mr Lodge-Bean died after his motorcycle was in collision with a car on Somerset Road near Morgan Hill about 9.30am on Sunday.
He was rushed to hospital, but later pronounced dead by doctors at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
The woman driving the car was uninjured.
A police spokesman said inquiries into the crash continued and appealed for witnesses.
He added: “A family liaison officer has been appointed to assist Mr. Lodge-Bean’s relatives during this difficult time.
“The Bermuda Police Service extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”