Bermuda

Persona de contacto / Contact person:

Sarah Manuel - BMSA President: smanuel@ibl.bm
Duncan Newby: htech@ibl.bm

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Historia / History:

Bermuda is an island group about 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina. It has a sub tropical climate and is 1 square miles surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters.

Bermudians are known locally as "Onions", a reference to their agricultural past when the Island was famous for exporting Bermuda onions. Today Bermuda is renowned as a centre for international business and as a tourist destination.

Masters swimming in Bermuda has only recently been formalized, but has had a strong following for many years. Initially Masters swimming was an open water activity with swims along the coastline and in Harrington sound, a unique inland saltwater area 6 miles in circumference. Swimming training became more organized in the early 1980ís when two outdoor 25 meter pools were built.

Although Masters swimmers took part in local open water and triathlon competitions, it was not until 1995 that Bermuda sent a Masters team overseas to compete. This was in the III Latycar Championships in Barbados.

In 1997 a Bermuda team competed in Mexico at the IV LATYCAR and are now looking forward to renewing friendships and rivalries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Bermuda is in the throes of building a 50 meter pool and perhaps Bermuda could be a future host of this competition.

We do however, have an annual long distance open water swim. This yearís event is scheduled for Sunday 3rd October (The distances are: 2k, 4k, 7.25 k and 10 k) If you are interested in joining our growing international contingent please speak to Kevin Insley of the Bermuda team, during these championships.