BNAA name Island Games squad
Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) have named a 32-strong squad for next month’s NatWest Island Games on home soil.
Although top performers Tyrone Smith, Arantxa King and Aaron Evans will not be returning to Bermuda for the Games, several seasoned athletes, including splinter Tre Houston and heptathlete Shianne Smith, have made the squad.
Ashley Estwanik will be looking to put her May 24 disappointment behind when she competes in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres while Rose-Anna Hoey, who was the first female finisher in last month’s Marathon Derby, will run the 5,000 metres and half-marathon.
Veterans Jay Donawa (10,000 metres), Victoria Fiddick (half-marathon), Deon Breory (half-marathon) and Stephen Allen (5,000 metres and half-marathon) will also compete in the biennial event — the first to ever be held outside Europe.
Although disappointed that several of the Island’s elite athletes would not be competing, BNAA president Donna Watson was confident the team could win a slew of medals.
“Unfortunately we were not able to include several of our elite athletes as they will be competing in meets overseas as they try to reach the standard for the World Championships,” said Watson.
“Tre Houston and Shianne Smith, however, will be competing, and this team is a mix of youth and experience which bodes well for our sport as we are grooming our young athletes for major competitions.
“We are pleased with the selection of our team and feel we should be able to come out with several medals from this competition.”
Bermuda’s next generation of track and field athletes will also look to make a mark on the international stage with many of this year’s Carifta Games team included in the squad.
Watson added: “We have the likes of Kyrah Scraders, Bruce DeGrilla, Dage Minors, Chas Smith, Tiara DeRosa, Rachel Fox, Ethan Philip, Quinn Simons, Jahnai Perinchief from our Carifta athletes. We then have Ashley Berry, Tristan Joynes, Kerri Furbert our university athletes.
“We then have our adult athletes Tamika Williams, Ashley Estwanik, Rose-Anna Hoey, Victoria Fiddick, Deon Breary, Stephen Allen, Jay Donawa, Chris Harris and Nick Strong — our top road racers.
“Overall we have a balanced team and we have no doubt this team will represent Bermuda and put on a great show.”
The Island Games run from July 13 to 18.
Natasha Trott (100m, 200m), Shianne Smith (200m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, javelin), Rachel Fox (400m), Tamika Williams (800m, 1500m), Kyrah Scraders (800m), Ashley Berry (1,500m), Ashley Estwanik (5,000m, 10,000m), Rose-Anna Hoey (5,000m, half marathon), Khianda Pearman (high jump), Kerri Furbert (long jump), Jasmine Brunson (triple jump), Akeila Richardson (triple jump), Tiara DeRosa (shot put); Victoria Fiddick (half-marathon), Deon Breary (half-marathon).
Men: Tre Houston (100m, 200m), Kidane Callendar (100m), Jaret Simmons (200m), Darico Clarke (400m), Dage Minors (800m, 1,500m), Juma Mouchette (800m), Stephen Allen (5,000m, half marathon), Jay Donawa (10,000m), Tristan Joynes (110m hurdles), Chas Smith (high jump), Jahnai Perinchief (high jump), Bruce DeGrilla (long jump), Ethan Phillip (long jump), Quinn Simons (shot put, discus), Jaquan Hatherly (shot put), Chris Harris (half marathon), Nick Strong (half marathon).