MS Amlin named title sponsor of Bermuda WTS
MS Amlin will be the title sponsor of this year's Bermuda World Triathlon Series for the third consecutive year, with the four-day event adding a new feature, the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, on the second day.
The weekend will begin with a 5K Family Fun Run and Walk on April 16, which has also been added to the schedule, allowing more opportunities for involvement by the local community, regardless of age or fitness level.
The highlight of the weekend will be the international triathlon on April 18 before another new event, the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, takes place the next day.
Through schools outreach, organisers are also looking to attract the largest field yet in the free RenaissanceRe Kids Duathlon on April 17 and the WTS Bermuda volunteer committee is working to engage more people from the wider community.
“We're delighted to be supporting this wonderful event for the third year,” said Chris Beazley, MS Amlin's Reinsurance CEO.
“We have active staff who are involved in a variety of sports and community-based activities and it is important to us as an organisation to promote healthy lifestyles.
“We particularly appreciate that the local community becomes so involved in the four days of the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda and we are looking forward to 2020 being the best event yet.”
Other major sponsors continuing to support the event include the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club, BF&M, NTT, and the City of Hamilton, with PwC continuing as volunteer sponsor.
A new event partner in 2020 is Carey Olsen Bermuda, which joins as an official partner.
The law firm's managing partner, Michael Hanson, believes the sponsorship is a healthy engagement for all of its staff.
“As a relatively young business with many synergies with the ITU's recent success in Bermuda, Carey Olsen is delighted to be able to play a part in this story,” he said.
“It is incredibly exciting for all of our staff, and as a firm, we value the opportunity for our team to focus on their physical and mental health through this platform.”
The BTA's director of sports business development, Hazel Clark, welcomes the event's growth and what it gives back to the community.
“The value of hosting this ITU international sporting event in Bermuda is more than the economic boost in hotel, restaurant and tourism spending,” she stated. “It's also about the legacy of skills developed within the local organising committee and the hundreds of Bermuda volunteers who contribute.
“The event provides an important and meaningful way for corporate supporters to help develop those skills in our community as sponsors of the event.”
Arthur Wightman, PwC Bermuda territory leader, is pleased to see volunteer development in the World Triathlon Series and encourages Bermuda residents to get involved.
“Volunteers of World Triathlon Bermuda can benefit from the development opportunities that the event offers to build transferable skills that will help Bermuda to deliver future large-scale international events,” Wightman said. “This legacy planning is an important aspect of an event such as this.”
n The International Triathlon Union has confirmed that MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda will go ahead as planned next month despite fears over the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
The event, was in doubt after the ITU and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council postponed the first of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as a protection measure against the spread of the virus.