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Jah-Nhai Perinchief to lead Bermuda team to Nacac Championships in Bahamas

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Jah-Nhai Perinchief will be the star attraction for Bermuda at the Nacac Senior Championships in Bahamas

Jah-Nhai Perinchief, the Commonwealth Games bronze medal-winner, will head a ten-member team to the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association Senior Championships in Freeport, Bahamas, from August 19 to 21.

Perinchief, the converted high jumper who reached the pinnacle of what has been a short but spectacular career in the triple jump in Birmingham over the weekend, will be joined by Commonwealth Games team-mates middle-distance runner Dage Minors, discus thrower Tiara DeRosa and high jumper Sakari Famous.

In full stride: sprinter Suresh Black, seen in action at the recent National Championships, has been named in the Bermuda squad for the Nacac Senior Championships in Bahamas this month (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Sprinter Caitlyn Bobb was selected for the team, but, after a gruelling collegiate indoor and outdoor season, which also included the Commonwealth Games when she tweaked a hamstring, she has decided to end her season and take time to rest and recover.

The Bermuda National Athletics Association has also introduced some first-timers to senior level competition in the team, with sprinters Antonio Bailey and Suresh Black selected along with long jumper Mikal Dill and middle-distance runner Ryan Outerbridge, the pair who represented Bermuda at the inaugural Caribbean Games in Guadeloupe in July.

Bailey will compete in the 200 metres and 400 metres in Bahamas while Black will take part in the 100 metres and 200 metres. Dill and Outerbridge will be in action in the long jump and 1,500 metres respectively.

Keturah Bulford-Trott, a sophomore sprinter at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will be running the 200 metres. Shayla Cann, a secondary school senior, will be competing in the girls 1,500 metres.

The Nacac Senior Championships is introducing mixed relays this year, with Bermuda planning to field a team made up of Bailey, Bulford-Trott, Minors and Cann.

Gerry Swan, the former Bermuda coach seen here speaking with discus thrower Tiara DeRosa and throwing coach Terry-Lynn Paynter at the recent National Championships, will be one of the coaches of the squad in Bahamas for the Nacac Senior Championships (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Gerry Swan, who was national coach up to 2012, will lend his experience to the team as a support coach under Devon Bean, the BNAA athletics director, who will head up the coaching team. Allison Outerbridge, the BNAA vice-president, will serve as team manager.

“The team is elated to have Coach Swan as part of this effort,” said Freddie Evans, the BNAA president.

“Coach Swan’s knowledge of every aspect of athletics, will only enhance the collective efforts of this team.”

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Published August 10, 2022 at 7:16 am (Updated August 11, 2022 at 8:22 am)

Jah-Nhai Perinchief to lead Bermuda team to Nacac Championships in Bahamas

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