Guide To Commonwealth Games: Team Bermuda

July 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Bermuda’s athletes who will compete in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham are below, including Dame Flora Duffy, Tyler Butterfield, Erica Hawley, Tyler Smith, Caitlin Conyers, Kaden Hopkins, Conor White, Nicholas Narraway, Emma Keane, Jah-Nhai Perinchief, Caitlyn Bobb, Dage Minors, Sakari Famous, Tiara DeRosa, Madelyn Moore, Jack Harvey, and Emma Harvey.

Bermuda 2022 Commonwealth Team June 13 2022

Dame Flora Duffy

  • Age: 34
  • Sport: Triathlon
  • Event[s]: Women’s individual and mixed relay
  • Venue: Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield
  • Date[s]: Friday, July 29 and Sunday, July 31

Bermuda’s greatest-ever athlete needs little introduction.

A three-times world champion, six-times Xterra world champion and two-times ITU Cross Triathlon world champion, Duffy won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last summer and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia four years ago.

Duffy, who will carry the nation’s medal expectations on her shoulders, will be among the favourites for gold in Birmingham. She will, however, face stiff competition from Team England pair Georgia Taylor-Brown, who won silver in Tokyo, and Sophie Coldwell.

Bermuda will hope Duffy can put the island at the top of the medal table, albeit fleetingly, with the women’s triathlon the first medal event in the programme in Birmingham.

Duffy will team up with Tyler Butterfield, Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith in Bermuda’s mixed relay team, which finished fifth on the Gold Coast.

Tyler Butterfield

  • Age: 39
  • Sport: Triathlon
  • Event[s]: Mixed relay
  • Venue: Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield
  • Date[s]: Friday, July 29 and Sunday, July 31

Butterfield is the oldest member of Bermuda’s squad and, along with Duffy, the most experienced.

Having become the island’s first professional triathlete in 2002, Butterfield made his debut at the Commonwealth Games in cycling in Melbourne in 2006.

The two-times Olympian [Athens 2004 and London 2012] returned to triathlon for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, placing nineteenth, and finished eighteenth on the Gold Coast in 2018.

The inclusion of the mixed relay to the programme four years ago has encouraged Butterfield to prolong his international career. It is the discipline he will focus on in Birmingham.

He is not the only member of his family to have competed at the Commonwealth Games; his father, Jim Butterfield, represented Bermuda in the marathon in Edmonton in Canada in 1978.

Erica Hawley

  • Age: 24
  • Sport: Triathlon
  • Event[s]: Women’s individual and mixed relay
  • Venue: Sutton Park, Sutton Park
  • Date[s]: Friday, July 29 and Sunday, July 31

Hawley heads to Birmingham in top form after claiming her first podium finish in the elite women’s Continental Cup, coming third at the recent Americas Triathlon Cup Long Beach in California.

Hawley has had an encouraging year, claiming successive top-five finishes on the World Triathlon Cup circuit in Chile in February at the Americas Triathlon Cup in Viña del Mar and the South Americas Championship in Villarrica.

She has already gained valuable top-level experience at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 and the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in 2019, finishing sixteenth and 21st, respectively.

Hawley will look for signs of improvement against some of the world’s top triathletes and will serve as one of the four cogs in Bermuda’s mixed relay machine.

Tyler Smith

  • Age: 23
  • Sport: Triathlon
  • Event[s]: Men’s individual and mixed relay
  • Venue: Sutton Park
  • Date[s]: Friday, July 29 and Sunday, July 31

Tyler Smith’s preparations for Birmingham have been less than ideal, having suffered a broken wrist after being knocked off his bike during a casual ride in Nice, France, in May.

Smith is no stranger to injury woes. He missed the Pan American Games in Lima because of a stress fracture in his foot.

By his admission, it has been a season for setbacks for Smith, whose bad luck continued at the Europe Triathlon Cup Rzeszow in Poland last month, crashing on the bike and finishing eighteenth.

He does, however, have experience at this level, having competed on the Gold Coast, where he came 21st in the individual event and played a key role in Bermuda’s superb fifth-place finish in the mixed relay.

Caitlin Conyers

  • Age: 32
  • Sport: Cycling
  • Event[s]: Road race and time-trial
  • Venue[s]: Myton Fields, Warwickshire [road race] and West Park, Wolverhampton [time-trial]
  • Date[s]: Thursday, August 4 and Sunday, August 7

Caitlin Conyers has enjoyed a meteoric rise in cycling since taking up the sport five years ago.

Not content with dominating the local scene, winning the Presidents Cup, the Bermuda National Road Race Championships, the BBA Time-Trial National Championships and the Butterfield Bermuda Grand Prix in her first competitive season in 2018, Conyers has also made her mark internationally.

She won silver in the road race and bronze in the time-trial at the Elite Caribbean Championships in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 2018, which qualified the island for the Pan American Games in Lima in 2019, where she came seventh in the time-trial and tenth in the road race.

Last summer, she enjoyed more medal glory, winning gold in the time-trial and bronze in the road race at the Pan American and Caribbean Cycling Championships in Santa Domingo.

Conyers, who competes for California-based LUX/CTS p/b Specialized Team, returned home to compete in the recent CG Insurance Bermuda National Championships, winning the time-trial, road race and criterium.

She will be hoping for two strong performances in Birmingham.

Kaden Hopkins

  • Age: 22
  • Sport: Cycling
  • Event[s]: Road race and time-trial
  • Venue[s]: Myton Fields, Warwickshire [road race] and West Park, Wolverhampton [time-trial]
  • Date[s]: Thursday, August 4 and Sunday, August 7

Having spent the past two years competing on the European circuit for Spanish outfit Equipo Essax, Hopkins should have a strong platform to build upon in Birmingham.

Improving upon his debut season for the Spanish Sax Cycling Club’s elite under-23 team, Hopkins helped his outfit win the Volta Portugal in April and has claimed two podium finishes in interclub competitions.

Hopkins finished last year strongly, winning silver in the time-trial at the Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia.

He also enjoyed plenty of success at the regional level, winning gold in the under-23 time-trial at the Caribbean Cycling Championships in Havana, Cuba, in 2019 and the junior time-trial when the championships were held in Bermuda in 2018.

Conor White

  • Age: 22
  • Sport: Cycling
  • Event[s]: Road race and time-trial
  • Venue[s]: Myton Fields, Warwickshire [road race] and West Park, Wolverhampton [time-trial]
  • Date[s]: Thursday, August 4 and Sunday, August 7

Conor White has prepared for Birmingham by competing for CS Velo Racing Philadelphia elite under-23 amateur team alongside Bermuda teammate Nicholas Narraway.

Having spent the previous two seasons riding for the Canadian team, X-Speed United Continental, in the UCI Continental Circuits in Europe, effectively the third tier of cycling, White will be keen to test himself at a major multi-sport event.

White won gold in the time-trial for Bermuda at the combined Pan American and Caribbean Championships in the Dominican Republic last summer.

He, too, has experienced several victories on the domestic scene, winning the VT Construction Individual Time-Trial, Gnosis Criterium and the President’s Cup last year and claimed victory in the recent CG Insurance Bermuda National Championships time-trial and road race.

Nicholas Narraway

  • Age: 20
  • Sport: Cycling
  • Event[s]: Road race and time-trial
  • Venue[s]: Myton Fields, Warwickshire [road race] and West Park, Wolverhampton [time-trial]
  • Date[s]: Thursday, August 4 and Sunday, August 7

Narraway heads to Birmingham on the back of winning bronze in the road race at the recent inaugural Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico, where he also finished a respectable fifth in the time-trial.

He will have benefitted from regular racing with CS Velo Racing Philadelphia elite under-23 amateur team this year, having impressed for the pro-outfit during the second half of last season.

Narraway experienced elite-level competition at the UCI Road World Championships in Belgium last year, competing alongside Hopkins and White, and also represented Bermuda at the Junior Pan Am Games in Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.

He enjoyed medal success at the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships in Guyana in 2019, winning silver in the 17-18 time-trial.

Emma Keane

  • Age: 26
  • Sport: Squash
  • Event: Women’s singles
  • Venue: University of Birmingham
  • Date[s]: Friday, July 29, Saturday, July 30*, Sunday, July 31*, Monday, August 1*, Tuesday, August 2*, Wednesday, August 3*

Emma Keane will have the distinction of becoming Bermuda’s first-ever women’s squash player to grace the Commonwealth Games.

Ranked 286th in the world, Keane experienced high-level competition at the Chubb Bermuda Squash Championships in Devonshire in May, losing in the second round against No-8 seed Diana Garcia of Mexico.

Keane clinched a maiden national title in March when she pulled off an upset by defeating two-times defending champion, Rachel Barnes.

Jah-Nhai Perinchief

  • Age: 24
  • Sport: Athletics
  • Event: Triple jump
  • Venue: Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr, Birmingham
  • Date[s]: Tuesday, August 2, Wednesday, August 3*

Perinchief is widely considered the “bright young thing” of Bermudian sport.

He has made a sensational start to life as a professional athlete, finishing fifth on his debut at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, in March with a personal best of 16.95 metres.

Carrying his impressive form into the outdoor season, Perinchief won silver at the USATF San Diego-Imperial Association Championships at the Olympic Training Centre in Chula Vista.

Unsurprisingly, he also claimed victory at the recent Bermuda National Championships.

Perinchief heads to Birmingham after finishing 22nd at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, with a best leap of 16.38.

Such is the unwavering confidence of Perinchief, will hope to challenge for a medal in Birmingham.

Caitlyn Bobb

  • Age: 19
  • Sport: Athletics
  • Event: 400 metres
  • Date[s]: Wednesday, August 3, Friday, August 5*, Sunday, August 7*
  • Venue: Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr, Birmingham

Bobb is another of the prodigiously talented youngsters in Team Bermuda.

She has tasted plenty of medal success at the Carifta Games, winning gold in the Under-17 400 and bronze in the 4×100 in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, in 2019. Stepping up to the Under-20 division this year, Bobb claimed bronze in the 400 in Kingston, Jamaica, and anchored Bermuda’s 4×400 girls’ relay team to a third-place finish.

Last month, the University of Maryland Baltimore County freshman finished seventh in the semi-final in her debut at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, in 51.84sec.

Her time was the seventh-fastest by a female collegiate athlete in the United States this season.

Bobb ranked tenth in the world in the 400 in the Under-20 division and won the 100 and 200 at the recent Bermuda National Championships.

Dage Minors

  • Age: 26
  • Sport: Athletics
  • Event: 1,500 metres
  • Venue: Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr, Birmingham
  • Date[s]: Thursday, August 4, Saturday, August 6*

It has been a season to savour for Dage Minors.

A career-defining display at the USATF Bermuda Games, finishing third in front of a packed house at the Flora Duffy Stadium in April, has instilled a newfound confidence in Minors.

After recovering from a bout of Covid-19, Minors hit another high-water mark at the Portland Track Festival, Oregon, last month, setting a personal best in the 1,500 in 3min 42.87.

Minors’s year got even better at the weekend after breaking another national record at the British Milers Club Track Meet.

Competing in the Men’s A Division, Minors placed seventh in the 1,500 in a time of 3:41.24.

Minors has already tasted elite-level competition at the Pan American Games in Lima in 2019, finishing eighth in the 800 and eleventh in the 1,500.

Momentum is in his favour as he prepares for his first Commonwealth Games and will be striving to advance beyond the first round of the 1,500.

Sakari Famous

  • Age: 22
  • Sport: Athletics
  • Event: High jump
  • Venue: Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr, Birmingham
  • Date[s]: Thursday, August 4, Saturday, August 6*

Famous is fresh off a stellar season in college athletics, having finished joint fifteenth in the high jump final at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last month.

The McNeese State University junior holds both the national outdoor and indoor records, 1.82 and 1.77 metres, respectively, and will look to jump even higher in Birmingham.

Famous was a dominant force during her years competing at the Carifta Games, medalling in all six of her appearances at the Caribbean region’s top junior athletics meet.

Tiara DeRosa

  • Age: 24
  • Sport: Athletics
  • Event: Discus
  • Venue: Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr, Birmingham
  • Date: Tuesday, August 2

DeRose will be making her debut at a major multi-sport event when she competes in Birmingham.

She did, however, represent Bermuda at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in 2015, finishing fifth in a personal best throw of 39.59.

DeRosa, who set a new national record at the Flyers Track Meet in 2016 with a throw of 42.60, also competed at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia in 2018, placing ninth [45.45].

The Georgia Institute of Technology student’s form has been impressive building up to Birmingham, winning the Bahamas National Championships [47.57] and the Bermuda National Championships [46.20].

Madelyn Moore

  • Age: 21
  • Sport: Swimming
  • Event[s]: 100 metres butterfly, 100 metres backstroke, 50 metres free, 50 metres butterfly, 50 metres backstroke
  • Date[s]: Friday, July 29, Saturday, July 30, Sunday, July 31, Monday, August 1*, Tuesday, August 2, Wednesday, August 3*
  • Venue: Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Smethwick

Moore will be the most experienced of Bermuda trio of swimmers, having represented the island at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in 2019, finishing sixth in the B final in the 50 metres freestyle [26.52], and fifth in her heat in the 100 butterfly [59.02].

She had hoped to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last summer but was left frustrated after the Bermuda Olympic Association rejected an official invitation from Fina, the world governing body, of a universality spot – a wild card providing opportunities for athletes from smaller nations who have not qualified.

Moore put the disappointment behind her to win four gold medals [50 butterfly, 50 free, 50 butterfly and 100 free] at the Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships in Puerto Rico last summer.

The two-times Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year made her debut at the World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi last December, placing 31st overall in the 50 free and 40th overall in the 100 free.

Last month, she competed at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, finishing 27th in the 50 free and 36th in the 50 butterfly.

Moore has recently moved from the University of Northern Colorado to Virginia Tech in a show of ambition as she builds towards the Olympics in Paris in 2024.

Jack Harvey

  • Age: 19
  • Sports: Swimming
  • Events: 100 metres backstroke, 50 metres backstroke, 200 metres backstroke
  • Dates[s]: Friday, July 29, Saturday, July 30*, Sunday, July 31, Monday, August 1*
  • Venue: Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Smethwick

Harvey is another making the step up to the elite level.

He was in dominant form at the Bermuda National Championships in May, setting personal bests on route to winning the 50 backstroke [26.89], the 100 backstroke [56.76] and the 200 backstroke [2:04.89].

Harvey also showed his potential at the Piranhas Senior Invitational in Florida in March, winning gold in the 100-backstroke final and finishing third in the 50 backstroke and the 100 free.

At the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados, in 2019, Harvey won silver in the boys’ 15-17 backstroke and bronze in the 200-freestyle relay team.

The Pennsylvania State University student also claimed bronze in the boys’ 11-12 backstroke at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Fort-de-France, Martinique in 2016.

Emma Harvey

  • Age: 21
  • Sports: Swimming
  • Events: 100 metres butterfly, 100 metres backstroke, 50 metres free, 50 metres fly, 50 metres backstroke
  • Venue: Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Smethwick
  • Date[s]: Friday, July 29, Saturday, July 30, Sunday, July 31, Monday, August 1* Tuesday, August 2, Wednesday, August 3*

Harvey also heads to Birmingham in fine form, having won three titles at the recent Bermuda National Championships [50 back, 100 back, 100 butterfly].

The 21-year-old competed alongside her brother Jack at the Piranhas Senior Invitational in Florida in March, winning bronze in the 50 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

Harvey, who also attends Penn State, represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in 2017, winning bronze in the 50 butterfly and the 4×100 mixed freestyle relay.

She also won five medals at the Scottish Age Group Championships, silver at the British Junior Championships and gold at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet in 2017.

Harvey showed the promise of things to come at the Carifta Games in Martinique in 2016, claiming ten medals, including seven gold, and setting four championship records in the girls’ 13-14 age group.

*Subject to athletes advancing in their events

The full Team Bermuda Commonwealth Games event schedule follows below, it was provided by the BOA who noted the “time is in Birmingham time, so subtract four hours for the Bermuda time” [PDF here]

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