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Bermuda's sports

Soccer and cricket are most popular. Water sports are shown separately

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By Keith Archibald Forbes (see About Us) at e-mail exclusively for Bermuda Online

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This is a basic file. As Bermuda is only 21 square miles in total land area, it  seems appropriate to exclude all Water Sports in this file. Unlike in Britain, there are no leisure centers, only the organizations shown below.

Bermuda Sports Organizations

Bermuda Amateur Softball Association. P O Box HM 1528, Hamilton HM FX

Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association. Suite 1407, 48 Par la Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11.

Bermuda Badminton Association. P O Box DV 730, Devonshire DV BX. 

Bermuda Ball Hockey Association (BBHA). 

Bermuda Basketball Association. P O Box HM 2346, Hamilton HM JX.

Bermuda Bodybuilding Federation. P O Box HM 2131, Hamilton HM JX. 

Bermuda Amateur Boxing Association. P.O. Box HM 1611, Hamilton HM BX.

Bermuda Bicycle Association. P O Box DV 192, Devonshire DV BX.

Bermuda Bobsled, Skeleton and Luge Association. Turtle Cove, 33 Church Bay, Southampton SN 01.

Bermuda Bowling Club. Warwick Lanes, P. O. Box WK 128, Warwick WK BX, Bermuda, at telephone (441) 236-5290.

Bermuda Bowling Federation. P O Box HM 2626, Hamilton HM KX.

Bermuda Cricket Board, 48 Cedar Avenue, Hamilton HM 11, phone 292- 8958, fax 292-8959, or P. O. Box HM 992, Hamilton HM DX.

Bermuda End-to-End Charitable Trust.

Bermuda Equestrian Federation. P O Box DV 583, Devonshire DV BX. 

Bermuda Football Association. P O Box HM 745, Hamilton HM CX. Phone 295-2199 or by airmail at Cedarpark, 48 Cedar Avenue, Hamilton HM 11, or P. O. Box HM 745, Hamilton HM CX, Bermuda. Fax (441) 295-0773. Voicemail (441) 291-0690. Bermuda Registered Charity 331.

Bermuda Gymnastics Association. P O Box FL 293, Flatts FL BX. 

Bermuda Hockey Federation. P O Box HM 2885, Hamilton HM LX. For Field Hockey, not ice hockey.

Bermuda Karate Institute

Bermuda Karting Club. Call 234-2473 or 235-0803 or 236-8788 or fax 236-0505.

Bermuda Lacrosse Association.

Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association. 2 Marsh Folly Road, Pembroke HM 13. P O Box HM 341, Hamilton HM BX. 

Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNNA). Cedarpark Building, 48 Cedar Avenue, Hamilton, HM 11. Telephone: 441-296-0951. P O Box HM 2156, Hamilton HM JX. Since 2012 the new name of the Bermuda Track and Field Association founded in 1946.

Bermuda Netball Association. P O Box HM 1416, Hamilton HM FX.

Bermuda Olympic Association, Suite 405, International Centre, 26 Bermudiana Road, Hamilton HM 11. Registered Charity 047. 

Bermuda Paralympic Association (BPARAS). Jeni Southern, Secretary, phone (441) 238-1741, email southern@logic.bm or Ann Lindroth (441) 535 2832. PO Box PG 73 PG BX Paget, Bermuda

Bermuda Roller Hockey League (BRHL).  Phone 236-9710 or fax 232-0699. 

Bermuda Rowing Association. Suite 532, 12 Church Street, Hamilton HM 12.

Bermuda Rugby Football Union. P O Box HM 1909, Hamilton HM HX. 

Bermuda Sailing Association. P O Box HM 1418, Hamilton HM FX. 

Bermuda Squash Racquets Association. P O Box HM 176, Hamilton HM AX. Phone 292-6881, fax 295-8718, has own Bermuda Squash Racquets Club at 11 Middle Road,  Devonshire DV 06, just east of the Montessori Academy. It is open to the public, welcomes new members, charges an annual fee, plus an initiation fee, has coaches, more. Registered charity 549. 

Bermuda Table Tennis Association. P O Box HM 1636, Hamilton HM GX.

Bermuda Tae Kwon Do Association. P O Box HM 2467, Hamilton HM JX. 

Bermuda Target Shooting Association. P O Box HM 584, Hamilton HM CX. 

Bermuda Triathlon Association. Suite 547, 48 Par La Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11.

Bermuda Volleyball Association. Suite 885, 48 Par La Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11.

Bermuda Winter Ski Association. 101 Front Street, Hamilton HM 12.

Bermuda Youth Sports Program (BYSP). 

Commercial Bowling League

Gaelic Football League, planned since October 2006, began in June 2007.

Mid Atlantic Athletic Club, P. O. Box HM 1745, Hamilton HM GX. Founded 1977.

Moresby Squash Club, Dockyard. Call 234-5794. Newcomers are welcome, from beginner to expert. It too welcomes new members and charges an annual fee, plus an initiation fee.

Queen's Club.

St. David's Cricket Club.

St. George's Cricket Club. 

Somerset Cricket Club

Warwick Workmen's Club.

Links to the websites of the organizations concerned and their email addresses, will be shown gladly once they reciprocate the link.

Sports centres and facilities

These include

National Sports Centre pool

Bermuda National Sports Centre pool

Archery

There is a Bermuda Archery group. It represented Bermuda at the 2003 Island Games in Guernsey.

Athletics

Bermuda enters the CAC, Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA Games) - although 900+ miles north of the Caribbean, it has always sent a strong contingent and won medals. It hosted them in 2004. It also enters the Island Games, Olympic Games and other athletic events. Bermuda has its own Olympic Games entrants. W. F. Chummy Hayward was a superb organizer and an inspiration to generations of Bermuda's athletes.

Badminton

Ball hockey

The game is similar to ice hockey in play and rules but on a hard surface instead of ice and with a hockey ball instead of a puck. The teams are mostly Canadians. In 2005 they won the Caribbean Championships for two years in a row, against Barbados, Turks and Caicos and Grand Cayman.

Baseball

Once, baseball was a game played locally only by members of the US Armed Forces stationed in Bermuda and their children. Bermudians and other residents are heavily into the game. Currently, there are 35 teams and more than 600 players. Officials credit the popularity now of baseball in Bermuda to the fact that American television is predominant in Bermuda, American sports have a wider global appeal, and also minor league baseball is family oriented, easy to learn and easy to play. 

Basketball

Visiting teams are always welcome. There are several venues for games. 

Bermuda End-to-End

Since 1989, an annual walking race from one end of Bermuda to the other, the island's largest charity event.  It raises more than $250,000 each year for various local charities. More than 2,000 individual participants walk, cycle or otherwise enroll in the 24.1 miles from St. George's to Dockyard and raise money for various charities. 

Bermuda Marathon Weekend

January every year

For a local and international sporting spectacular organized by the Bermuda National Athletics Association.  

Events include:

Billiards

There are several clubs.

Bowling

Bermuda has many 10-pin bowling enthusiasts and several bowling leagues and lanes. Some of Bermuda's bowling enthusiasts participate in international events. Two won the Silver Medals in Commonwealth Games. 

Boxing

In Women's Boxing, Bermuda's Teresa Perozzi is the North American Boxing Council welterweight world champion. In men's boxing, Troy Darrell was once the former #3 middleweight in the world. Clarence Hill was once an Olympic bronze medallist. There are several gyms.  Events competed for include the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games.

Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships

While not technically in the Caribbean but 800 miles north of it, Bermuda nevertheless enters this even-year event regularly. In the June 23-27 2012 event held in Aruba, Bermuda’s national team finished on a high note by increasing their medal tally to 34.

CARIFTA Games

Bermuda hosted these, in 2012.  April 5, 2013.  Bermuda’s junior swimmers returned home to a heroes’ welcome from the Carifta Swimming Championships in Jamaica. And not even a late arrival from Miami and the loss of half the team’s luggage, which was misplaced en route to Bermuda, could dampen the spirits of the team members on their arrival at LF Wade Airport. Present to greet the team was Sports Minister Wayne Scott who traveled to Jamaica earlier in the week to personally lend his support. Team Bermuda scooped seven medals at this year’s regional championships, including three gold. They also set 63 personal bests in the pool and established 18 national age group records for added measure. Warwick Academy duo Madelyn Moore and Jesse Washington accounted for all of Bermuda’s medals. Moore, Bermuda’s top performer in the Caribbean, won gold medals in the girls 11-12 50 meters freestyle and 50 meters backstroke, silver in the 100 meters backstroke and bronze in the 100 meters freestyle. She also set two national age group records in the 50 meters backstroke (32:84) and 100 meters backstroke (1:14.10) and finished as the high point swimmer in her respective age group. Washington won the gold medal in the boys 13-14 100 meters freestyle, bronze in the 100 meters butterfly and silver in the 50 meters freestyle. He also set national age group records in the 50 meters freestyle (25:21), 100 meters freestyle (54:71), 50 meters butterfly (27:02) and 200 meters freestyle (2:02.83) and swam a personal best (1:01.17) in the 100 meters butterfly.

2013 Carifta athletes from Bermuda with Premier

2013 Carifta Games team with Premier Craig Cannonier

Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships

2013. July 3. Veteran Lisa Blackburn picked up her second gold — and third medal so far — as Bermuda’s swimmers earned two more medals on day two of the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation in Costa Rica last night. Blackburn, who won a gold (100 breaststroke) and silver (200 individual medley) on the opening day on Monday, closed out the second night of finals by winning the last event, the 200 metres breaststroke when she pulled away from the field in the second 100 metres to capture another gold. Earlier, Rebecca Sharpe added to Bermuda’s medal haul by taking the bronze in the 100 metres backstroke final. Also winning medals for Bermuda on Monday were Stephanie Myles with a bronze in the 800 metres freestyle and Shannon Hassell the silver in the 100 metres backstroke.

Commonwealth Games

Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 2014, July 23 through August 3. Every four years. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Commonwealth_Games. See http://www.glasgow2014.com/sports. Over 70 nations and territories from all  over the British Commonwealth of Nations participate in over 17 sports, including several non-Olympic sports.  Bermuda had an 18-member team, selected by the Bermuda Olympic Association. The athletes were in six sports. The team comprised four triathletes, with Tucker Murphy and Jonathan Herring joining Butterfield and Duffy, while there was also a six-member track and field team led by Arantxa King, Shianne Smith, Aaron Evans, Tre Houston, Tyrone Smith and Shaquille Dill. Nicole Mitchell and Dominique Mayho represent Bermuda in cycling, Gemma Lightbourne the lone gymnast, Micah Franklin, Robert Maycock and Nicholas Kyme were the squash contingent along with swimmers Julian Fletcher and Dominique Mayho. Bermuda first competed in the Commonwealth Games in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada, and has only missed four editions, one in Edinburgh when the Bermuda team which had already arrived pulled out in protest over apartheid. See http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140722/SPORT/140729950. Bermuda's first medal came in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1966 with a silver medal for John Morbey in the men's long jump final. The 1990 Games in Auckland produced the first gold for Bermuda when Saunders jumped a Commonwealth record 2.36 meters, a record that still stands. The 2014 team was supported by ten officials and a medical team of three under Stan Douglas, the chef de mission. Officials include Robert Oliver, Troy Douglas, head coach, and physio Sandro Fubler for track and field, Peter Dunne and Philip Trussell for cycling, Amanda Baughman for gymnastics, Runa Reta for squash, Ben Smith for swimming and Steven Petty and one official for triathlon. The medical staff included physio Maureen Ryan and massage therapists Richard Johnson and Seth Pearman. Earl Basden was the press attaché.

2014 Bermuda squad, none of whom won medals:

For the 2010 Games, held in India, competitors were Kiera Aitken, Roy-Allan Burch, Tyrone Smith, Nick Thomson, Tre Houston, Gavin Manders, David Thomas, Tara Lambert, Jacklyn Lambert, Nick Kyme, Ross Roberts, Sinclair Raynor, Carl Reid and Nelson Simons.

Cricket

A British game that originated in England centuries ago, not unique to Bermuda. It originated as a sport of the British Royal Family, possibly with King Edward II in the year 1300. By 1550, the business of the Dukes of Penhurst included making cricket balls. The earliest surviving bat and ball date back to 1729, with the word cricket appearing in an Italian-English dictionary in 1595. Nowadays, the game is popular throughout the British Commonwealth of Nations. Perplexing to American visitors - 85% of all tourists to Bermuda -  who are used to a baseball or football game lasting no more than 3 hours. Most do not see why a match played for the whole of one day or two days or three days or five days (as is the case in Test matches) can result in a tame draw.

Cricket Cup Match 2011, Royal Gazette photo

Cricket teams in either the regular or Commercial League include Centurions; Cleveland County; Devonshire Recreation Club; Devonshire Stars; Flatt's Victoria; Forties; Jamaican Association; Leg Trappers; North Village; PHC; Police Recreation Club; St. David's; St. George's Cricket Club; Somerset Bridge; Somerset Cricket Club; Warwick Workman's; Watford; West Indian Association;  Willow Cuts; and Young Men's Social Club. 

Its local season is from late April to late September. This sport was first brought to Bermuda in the 1840s by British Army soldiers stationed here. Long before cricket became the hugely popular sport it is today, a match played between the fleet team of the then- resident Royal Navy base and the British Army garrison regimental team was a major event in the social calendar of the Town of St. George. Black persons at the local dockyard, who had been taught the game, included it as part of their picnic activity. The Bermuda Cricket Club was founded in St. George's in 1845 and played its first game against the garrison.

1872. August 8.  Bermudians first celebrated their emancipation from slavery in a new way - by making a point of including the British game of cricket in their celebrations. The unique match was to commemorate the annual August "Emancipation" Carnival-like celebrations after Britain enacted in Bermuda and the rest of the-then British Empire its formal, official and final Abolition of Slavery Act on August 1, 1834. Was this inclusion of British cricket into their celebrations a belated acknowledgement to Britain which had ended slavery after the strenuous efforts of the British politician William Wilberforce had finally been successful after many years of trying? Or was it simply because Bermudians wanted to make cricket as much of a Bermudian sport as a British one? We may never know for sure. What is known is that this cricket match was the very first of its kind in Bermuda between a cricket "eleven" (the number of men in a cricket team) representing Alexandrina Lodge No. 1026 of Hamilton and a similar "eleven" from the Victoria and Albert Lodge No. 1027 of Somerset. It may also have been the first time in the cricketing world that non-white teams are recorded as having competed in what was, until then, a mostly-white if not wholly white British sport. If so, Bermuda is certainly due some long-belated cricketing and socio-economic credit. Both Masonic Lodges there and then had played a leading role in getting former slaves recognized as real men despite their darker complexions and in getting them jobs, self-worth and respect for them as individual contributors to the human race in their own distinctive ways, not as people to be looked down on racially. All black members of both teams were Masons, members of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows. The event took place at the Naval Cricket Ground in Somerset and was won by 43 runs by the Somerset side. Both sides played in fraternal friendly sporting rivalry, not in the win-at-any-cost way many cricket matches overseas are played today.

Local legend has it that when the local working class began en masse to take a day off to attend the game, Government declared the first day of the two-day cup match an official holiday. After the second day, Somers Day, was also designated as such,  the second day became an additional public holiday.

But among the cricket-loving nations and territories of the world, only in Bermuda does the whole of Bermuda grind to a complete halt for two days every summer to turn its attention to a cricket game. The festive game began officially in July 1902 between the Somerset Cricket Club in the west end and the St. George's Cricket Club in the east end. Venues of the game change yearly between both clubs. The popularity of the annual game was such that it caused continued absences from employment. As a direct result, the 2-day public holiday was first introduced in 1947 and has been in effect ever since. Since 1999, a celebration of emancipation is now part of the ritual of the first day of Cup Match, formally renamed Emancipation Day. For the 100th anniversary of Cup Match in August 2002, the local jewelry firm of Walker Christopher made cricket bat pendants or pins in 18 carat gold with sapphire and ruby gem stones. St. George's has a light sapphire and dark sapphire and Somerset has a ruby and dark sapphire. About 7, 000 attend the game on each day, broadcast by radio. Despite being referred to in history as the Father of Bermuda, Admiral Sir George Somers is nowadays almost completely ignored  on the second of the 2-day public holiday period, known in his honor as Somers Day.

Whichever team hosts the annual game accepts tenders for the gambling game of Crown and Anchor, one of the many "concessionary" events. It is also an occasion for off-beat mid-summer peculiarities that include awarding a winning batsman with tax-free cash; the wearing of outlandish fashions, much socializing, bands and musical groups participating, and  a carnival atmosphere complete with calypso, reggae, soca, rap and other music.

The official Bermuda team competes in the ICC Trophy against teams from Canada, Holland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates. Bermuda also competes in the World Cricket League. In April 2011 Bermuda were relegated to Division Three of the World Cricket League after losing to UAE in Dubai. Relegation means a loss of ICC High Performance status for Bermuda, and some $350,000-$400,000 worth of funding that goes with it. The result also puts the future of head coach David Moore, and Bermuda Cricket Board chief executive Neil Speight in some doubt, especially with the significant reduction in the sport's grant from the Bermuda Government.

Cricket is a major local sport for local youth. 

The Bermuda Cricket Annual is the complete local guide. In Sandys, the Western Counties Cricket Association is at telephone (441) 236-9000 ext. 4314. All its cricket games are at the spacious White Hill Field. 

There are four streets in Bermuda named in honor of cricket. One is Fielders Lane, in Smith's Parish. It is halfway up Flatt's Hill on the left, veering south from Middle Road. The track takes its name from the nearby playing field of Flatts Victoria Cricket Club. The other three are Bat 'n' Ball Lane, Cricket Lane, and Grandstand Lane, all in Sandys Parish. They diverge from Scott's Hill Road, near the Somerset Cricket Club.

Alma Champ Hunt

Alma (Champ) Hunt (above) was the outstanding Bermuda cricketer of the 20th century and such a capable cricket administrator that he led Bermuda's triumphs in the ICC tournament he helped found in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was Champ Hunt who drove the idea home at the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) to have smaller countries such as Bermuda compete against each other for the right to qualify for the World Cup. He, plus Nigel (Chopper) Hazel, made the long journey across the Atlantic to Scotland north of the English border to contribute their talents to the game there. 

Later Cup Match legend Clarence (Tuppence) Parfitt followed in their footsteps. In 1977 he became the professional at the Arbroath Cricket Club in Arbroath, Scotland. In 1984 Parfitt returned for a period of five years. Again both his playing and coaching abilities brought success to the Club as they were able to bring the younger players through into the senior teams as they won the Scottish First division championship in four of the five years, being runners-up in 1987, and also winning the Three Counties Cup in 1985 and 1986 while the second eleven also won the Two Counties Cup in 1986. On 17th April, 87 the cricket club celebrated the 100th anniversary of the opening of its Lochside playing ground with Parfitt amongst the honored guests. By then Arbroath United, the club moved up to the Scottish Counties League (SCL) in 1989, playing under the name of Arbroath County. Parfitt moved to Stenhousemuir in the East league of the SCL but returned in 1992 and also played in 1993 as an amateur to provide experience to the young senior side. 

Other Bermuda cricket legends are Cal (Bunny) Symonds, Dennis Wainwright, Colin Blades, Albert Steede and brothers Sheridan and Lee Raynor and Dwayne Leverock. Sheridan Raynor was the first Bermudian batsman to score a century on the international stage

Cycling

Bicycles first arrived in the l9th century. Despite humid weather and steep hills, this is a popular sport. Bring your own or rent one locally, one of the best ways to explore the Bermuda Railway Trail. In competitive cycling, there are numerous local adherents and races. Visitors are always welcome. Several Bermudians are in demand overseas as professionals. One local cyclist, Kris Hedges, cycled for Bermuda at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Darts

There are several clubs.

Field Hockey

Often referred to, wrongly, in the USA as a "ladies game." This is the third most popular seasonal sport in Bermuda, with a Field Hockey Carnival and a number of teams playing each other competitively in two leagues. Once - but no longer - there was a Bermuda Men's National Team. In the Men's League, they include BCS Panthers, Chameleons, Police Polecats, Rebels, Upstarts and Wasps. In the Women's League, they include Bluebirds, Canaries, Cardinals, Orioles, Ravens, Swallows and Swifts. They also compete in the Central American & Caribbean Games. There is a governing Field Hockey is played at three schools. 

Football (American)

Bermudian linebacker for the New York Giants for their successful 2011 Super Bowl final was Antonio Pierce. He is the first Bermudian to play in the prestigious event and the second Bermudian behind Ralph (Rocky) Thompson to wear a Giants uniform.

Gaelic football

A game best described as a cross between soccer and rugby. It was introduced by Irish expatriates resident in Bermuda. The balls, slightly smaller and heavier than a footballs, have been imported from Ireland. Posts are H-shaped but with a soccer goal at the bottom defended by a goalkeeper. Smash the round ball past him and you get three points, punt it over the bar like a rugby conversion and you will get one point. The ball can be kicked around or thrown but not carried like rugby, unless the player drops the ball and kicks it back to himself on the run, a technique known as soloing. A runner can also bounce it.  

Golf

Gymnastics

Horseback riding

A popular Bermuda leisure sport. There are over 900 horses in Bermuda.  Visitors and locals of all levels of experience can ride horses from stables along bridle and other paths. On a horse, avoid the constantly busy, noisy and made dangerous to visitors by constant speeders on main North Shore Road and Middle Road and South Road nearby. See Transportation for Visitors. Horse back riding on certain beaches is seasonal, in winter months only - not in the summer when the great  majority of visitors come. Other places beyond the beaches have horse back riding all year. It's a leisurely way to enjoy Bermuda. For the curious, there are no race horse meetings in Bermuda but there is a well attended amateur harness racing track. A prominent Bermudian rider is M. J Tumbridge, who won Bermuda's first-ever gold medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada in 1999. 

Harness racing

There is no longer any horse racing in Bermuda of the type common in other countries. In the 19th century and until the mid 20th century, this was another popular sport and entertainment pursued eagerly by the British military, members of which had a near monopoly on the island's fastest riding horses. The St. George's Stakes were held on January 28, 1846 and featured 10 horses and riders racing in sprints and hurdles. There was a ball after the races. Racing was mostly at the Shelly Bay Race Track, now no longer in use. The only racing today is harness racing, by locals only, but visitors are welcome to watch, at the National Equestrian Center on Vesey Street in Devonshire Parish.

International Show Jumping

Local events are held regularly in Bermuda. And at international level, young local jumpers compete in the Children's International Show Jumping Competition at the National Equestrian Centre on Vesey Street.

Island Games

2013 Island Games in Bermuda

2012. July 13-19, 2013. Bermuda welcomed Island Games participants and their media. See official website of the International Island Games Association at http://www.iiga.org/links.html. Final Results, see http://www.royalgazette.com/section/sport23. Bermuda came second in the gold medal tally. The 2013 Games in Bermuda involved athletes from 22 of the 24 member islands, with more than 1,500 competitors, coaches and officials. They competed in 14 sports. Represented islands were as large as Greenland, 1.2 million square kilometers but with a population of just 56,000, and tiny Gibraltar, 7.2 square kilometers with almost 30,000 people. Bermuda has 35 square kilometers, with 64,000 people. Only two of the Island Games members, Rhodes and Sark, were missing. The Channel island of Alderney brought just five athletes. As expected, Bermuda as the hosts had the biggest contingent, 219, who between them took part in all of the events. But they can had some stiff competition from the group of 80 from the Channel Island of Jersey which will host the next Games in 2015  and from nearby Guernsey. 

The Island’s hotels, guest houses, and even schools, were full for the Nat West Island Games - so-called because they were funded principally by Britain's National Westminster Bank (owned by Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland, mostly owned by the UK Government). In Bermuda in 2013 they are sponsored principally by the Bermuda Government's Ministry of Tourism, then NatWest Bank with others. If Government hadn’t come in and offered $ million in support it would have been impossible for Bermuda to put the Games on. The Bermuda budget for the event was close to $3 million. 450 athletes stayed at CedarBridge Academy, which was cleared of desks, and chairs, and turned into a dormitory. Other athletes stayed at Saltus Grammar School in Pembroke Parish and Warwick Academy in Warwick Parish, while a few lucky ones managed to find space at both Fairmont Hamilton Princess and Fairmont Southampton locations on the Island. Those staying at the schools had catering firms on hand to supply their meals. Their athletes were bused to and from their various events. Collectively, the athletes stayed at 15 different places including the Bermuda Regiment's Warwick Camp. Considered a mini-Olympics by some, or an Island version of the Commonwealth Games, an economic impact study has revealed that the Games gave Bermuda’s economy a $10 million boost. The competing Islands are:

All participants and spectators with Island Games Accreditation can travel on Bermuda's Public Bus and Ferry system during the Games for free. They must carry carry their Accreditation ID with them. 

Sports competed are 

Most of the track and field and swimming events took place at Bermuda's purpose-built National Sports Centre, photographed below, which includes a 50 metre pool completed in 2012. 

Bermuda's National Sports Centre

The International Island Games Association (IGA) is the event's organizing body and comprises  25 member countries.   To represent an Island, a competitor may qualify by any of the following:

Karate

Karting

For young racers of miniature cars. 

Lacrosse

Marathon

The Bermuda Marathon Derby, run on May 24 annually, rain or shine, is a classic. The two organizers are Berwyn Cann, a former sprinter and athletics coach, and Richard Tucker. There are many local marathon and half marathon races. Also, many Bermudians and residents habitually enter marathon races in other parts of the world, such as the Boston Marathon.

National Sports Centre and National Stadium

Frog Lane, Devonshire Parish. The Bermuda Government funded entity for track and field and many prominent sports. See photos, plans, work done to-date and more under National Sports Centre at http://www.bermuda-online.org/seedevon.htm 

Netball

An American game very popular in Bermuda. Winter, Summer and Junior Leagues. All games are played at in Bernard Park, in Pembroke Parish, near the City of Hamilton.

Olympics and Winter Olympics

Bermuda always sends a delegation, including to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia;  2012 Olympics in London, 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2008 Olympics at Beijing. For the July 2012 London Olympic Games, athletes from five sports represented Bermuda. They were long jumpers Tyrone Smith and Arantxa King, triathletes Tyler Butterfield and Flora Duffy, equestrian Jillian Terceira, swimmer Roy-Allan Burch and 49er sailors Jesse and Zander Kirkland. For events in which they participated see See http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/bermuda/. Officials who traveled with the Bermuda team included swim coach Ben Smith, Watson and national track coach Brian Wellman and Paul Peerech. Neil de Ste Croix accompanied the triathletes Butterfield and Duffy while Paul Hiles and Mark Asquith went with the sailors. Others attending included  BOA General Secretary Philip Guishard and Stan Douglas, the Chef de Mission, who joined executive delegates from 204 other National Olympic Committees. Premier Paula Cox and Sports Minister Glenn Blakeney accompanied the team. While Bermuda scored no medals there were, however, moments of individual brilliance from long jumper Tyrone Smith and triathlete Tyler Butterfield to ensure the Island did make a small impression on the greatest show on earth. Facing elimination in the qualifying round, Smith reached back and unleashed his best jump of the season, 7.97 metres, to book his place in his first ever Olympic final. He finished 12th overall, but Smith's feat was bettered only by Clarence Hill at Montreal in 1976 who achieved a bronze medal in boxing. (Bermuda legend Troy Douglas never qualified for an Olympic final). Butterfield had a blitzing bike ride in the men's triathlon, coming 34th.  Flora Duffy had her Olympic dream shattered after falling off her bike in the women's triathlon. Long jumper Arantxa King narrowly missed out of reaching the women's final by one spot. Male long jumper Smith was not able to place in the long jump final.

Bermuda at London 2012 Olympics

Bermuda contingent marching at London 2012 Olympics.

Bermuda at London Olympics 2012

Olympics 2012 closing ceremony

2012 Olympics closing ceremony

Bermuda Winter Olympics February 2010, Vancouver

Bermuda in 2014 and 2010 Winter Olympics, Sochi and Vancouver respectively

In the 2012 Summer Olympics some athletes came painfully close to advancing further than they did and others were plain unlucky. Bermuda punches above its weight in the Olympics and other sports. It is the smallest country to have ever won a medal (Clarence Hill’s bronze in 1976) and has come within a whisker of adding to the collection in the past. This has been done with minimal financial support. That was truer than ever in 2012, as the Bermuda Olympic Association struggled to raise the funds it needed, and support for elite athletes was cut in half by Government two years ago. Then-Premier Paula Cox, perhaps enthused with what she had seen in London, promised more support for athletes ahead of the 2016 Olympics. If Bermuda does want to excel in the Olympics, it requires heavy investment. When elite local athletes like Tyrone Smith and Peter Bromby have to work full-time as well as compete, they will always be at a disadvantage. In the UK, Canada, USA, counties not as high on the World Bank's most-affluent list, all elite athletes are government supported, are able to devote all their time to their sport instead of having to work, as is presently the case in Bermuda. In Bermuda, millions of dollars were pledged (although not all was spent, as budgetary realities came home to roost) on cricket and football, but all other sports have continued to receive crumbs, and fewer of those in recent years. Bermuda’s athletes did extraordinarily well in London considering the Island’s size, but to excel against the world’s best, they need enough funding, and the psychological security that comes with it.

In 2012, on August 10, then-Premier Paula Cox congratulated Bermuda’s Olympic athletes and said she is looking into ways to better support Bermuda’s athletes. She said following the impressive showing of Bermuda’s athletes, she is looking forward to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. “Seeing Bermuda’s athletes perform on the world stage has been a phenomenal experience. This evening I shared with them that they may hail from a small Island, but they truly pack quite a punch. This is my first Olympics as the Premier, however I am already thinking of ways to identify what more I can do from the position as Premier to give our athletes more support in preparation for Rio. [Youth, Family and Sports] Minister Glenn Blakeney and I have had a lengthy discussion as to the possibilities and we will follow-through. We recognize that greatness does not just happen overnight. There are building blocks that must be put in place.” Both the Premier and Mr Blakeney yesterday attended a reception at Aspers Sky Bar in the Olympic Park, honoring Bermuda’s athletes. “My message to our athletes this evening was clear: we support them, we thank them and we are tremendously proud of their performances here in London,” she said. A Government spokeswoman said that following the reception, both Ms Cox and Mr Blakeney returned to Olympic Stadium to watch the Olympic Men’s 200 meter final.

Bermuda Olympians 2012a 

Bermuda Olympians 2012 b

Pan American Games

Next is 2015 games in Toronto, Canada. Last held in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011 and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007. A multi-sport event between competitors from all nations in the Americas, held every four years in the year before the summer Olympic Games. 

Para Pan American Games

Bermuda participates in these, with a limited number of participants in pre-selected sports drawn from Bermuda's physically and/or learning impaired community. Participants are chosen by the Bermuda Paralympic Association (BPARAS). 

Paralympic Games

The London Paralympics 2012 were from August 29th to September 9th, following the Olympic Games. Bermuda participates in these, with a limited number of participants in pre-selected sports drawn from Bermuda's physically and/or learning impaired community. On July 26, 2012 it was announced by the Bermuda Paralympic Association (BPARAS) that Jessica Lewis would be the lone Bermuda representative at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London after Sandy Mitchell withdrew due to health issues. Mitchell was due to compete in the Para Dressage but was forced to withdraw at the 12th hour. Mitchell has been a veteran of three previous Paralympics. He is now focusing on Rio 2016. Lewis will fly the flag solo as she competes in the 100, 200, and 400 metres, reaching at least the ‘B’ standard in all three events while breaking her own personal best times. She previously made history at the 2011 ParaPan American Games in Mexico when she became the first ever track and field athlete to represent Bermuda at a major para-sport Championships. 

Roller Hockey 

Rugby

This British game popular in Bermuda was originally played by members of British Army regiments present until the mid 1950's, and then spread to the civilian sector. There are two types of Rugby - league rugby - for professional players, with this type of rugby originally from the Midlands and north of England - and rugby union for the amateur teams. Only rugby union is played in Bermuda. 

Unlike in American football, rugby teams don't wear helmets or padding Teams include Mariners, the always-exceptional Bermuda Police Rugby Football Club, Renegades and Teachers. From October to April is the season. 

International rugby began in Bermuda 1973 as The Easter Classic and continued as such until 1989, mostly as an Irish Select versus a Bermuda Select on St. Patrick's Day every year. Its finale was always on Easter Sunday at the former National Sports Club in Bermuda, which became such a popular event until Easter began to have a much more crowded overseas sports calendar. Famous rugby players induced to come included Gareth Edwards, Fergus Slattery, Tom Kieran, Rob Andrew and Clive Woodward. In 1989, to keep the friendships developed in Easter Classic Days, it was decided to begin the annual Bermuda-based World Rugby Classic.  The annual Classic is held every November when teams from Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, France, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA compete.

Soccer

Football in the UK and Bermuda.

Soccer The senior men national coach has a UEFA B License or USSF B License or equivalent. There is a National Football coach.

Soccer - for both men and women - was invented in Scotland at least as far back as 1540. The women's version was recorded in Scotland in an all-woman league in 1795 but was not played in England until about 1820. The sport was introduced to Bermuda by the British Army in Victorian times and was originally played locally purely between competing British Regiments and the local facilities - now also gone - of the Riyal Navy. It spread outward and is now a Bermuda national sport. 

Bermuda made the third biggest leap of any country in FIFA’s/Coca-Cola World Rankings in October 2006. Following a successful Digicel Cup first round qualifying campaign in the US Virgin Islands in September, the Island’s national soccer team climbed 41 places from 163rd into a two-way tie for 122nd with Surinam.

Bermudian Clyde Best once played as a striker for the Somerset Trojans, the English team of West Ham United in London, Ajax and Feyenoord Dutch team. He was Bermuda's technical director of soccer until December 1999. Randy Horton, now the Hon. Randy Horton, JP, MP, Minister without Portfolio, played for the New York Cosmos in the USA Indoor Soccer League. David Bascome plays professionally as a mid-fielder for a USA team. Shaun Goater played professionally as a striker for the English Premier League team of Manchester City (It was in the First Division until April 2002) until he officially left the club in June 2003. He returned to Bermuda to lead and coach the Shaun Goater Grassroots Soccer Festival in June 2003. In mid-2003, he joined Reading in the English First Division and in mid 2005 signed for Southend United. He played his last game for them in May 2006, on retirement from UK football. Kyle Lightbourne used to play professionally for Stoke City, then for English Third Division Macclesfield Town until April 2003. Bascome and Goater operate the Bascome/Goater Pro Soccer Clinic at various times when they are in Bermuda. At college level, John Barry Nusum dominated US soccer and now plays professionally in the USA and Ranieka Bean was one of the top five players in women's soccer at Howard University.

Other noted players of the past include Ewing Tucker; 'Scratchie' Lawrence; Raymond Russell; Glen Gilbert; Quinton (Bully) Williams; Bert Bascome; Earl (Townsey) Russell; 'King' Trott; John Beavers Burrows; and Leon Wainwright.

Since April 20, 2007 there has been a Bermuda Hogges professional football outfit, playing in Bermuda and the USA. Stephen Astwood and Damon Ming were confirmed as the Hogges’ two franchise players, while former English pros and team co-owners Shaun Goater and Kyle Lightbourne were was also included among a squad of 22 players. The non-playing co-owner is Paul Scope. The full squad is as follows: Timmy Figureido, Jason Williams, Darius Cox, Robert Wilson, Jelani Scott, Dennis Zuill, Jared Peniston, Damon Ming, Omar Shakir, Stephen Astwood, Shaki Crockwell, Lashun Dill, Ralph Bean Jr, Devaughn DeGraff, Raymond Beach, Kwame Steede (captain), Michael Parsons, Domico Coddington, Shaun Goater, Kyle Lightbourne, Seion Darrell, Clevon Hill. The team is in the USA's United Soccer League (USL) Division Two.

Shell Youth Soccer League

The three divisions are Under 11; Under 13; Under 18. All are active.

Soccer referees

Bermuda Referees Association P. O. Box DV 176, Devonshire DV BX. Telephone 236 1747 or voice mail 291 0940

Snooker

There is an active league, with Old Colony Club, St. George's Dinghy Club, Spanish Point Boat Club, Queen's Club, Warwick Workmen's Club and Watford Sports Club among the participants.

Softball

A popular game, like baseball but with underarm pitching. Divisions include Central, East, North and South and West. There are about 38 teams in total.

Squash

The British game, more correctly called squash rackets. Similar to US racquetball  - played in Bermuda but on squash, not racquetball - on courts - and played with a different-size ball. Bermuda, with year round squash fanatics, hosts some international events. The Bermuda Open has attracted some of the best-known names in squash and international tournaments are now held periodically in Bermuda, including the Endurance World Open squash tournament held at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel in 2007. Former squash world champion James Stout, the New York Racquet and Tennis Club professional, is a Bermuda resident. Some leading private sector employers also have squash courts, for their employees only; for use only before or after working hours or during lunch hours, and by appointment in advance.

Swimming

Bermuda is well-represented. There are no professional swimming teams. All amateur swimming events. Swimming pool at Canal Road, Pembroke and a White's Island Aquatic Program.

Table tennis

An established sport locally.

Tennis

A racket (racquet in USA) sport. Tennis was a pastime of British Admirals and Governors, their wives and their guests long before it became much more popular. The island's earliest private tennis courts were at Admiralty House, Spanish Point, home and command center of the resident Royal Navy Admiral, and Government House, residence of Bermuda's Governors. Unlike cricket and soccer, tennis was not introduced to Bermuda as a popular sport via the British military apparatus. It was the pastime of its colonial administration. Thus was tennis was exported from Britain via Bermuda to the USA. A Bermudian merchant who visited England in 1871 indirectly pioneered tennis as a popular local sport. Thomas Middleton was impressed by what he saw in England of the game of lawn tennis as a development of a much older game. He acquired in England a set of the equipment with every intention of having his wife play it, to keep her amused and physically active. Then he changed his mind and donated the equipment to his friend, Sir Brownlow Gray. He built Bermuda's first home based private tennis court in the grounds of his manor home in Paget Parish, Claremont, overlooking Hamilton Harbor. His daughter Mary was once Bermuda's first female tennis champion and made it popular locally. However, it was Mary Outerbridge who liked the sport so much in Bermuda that she took her equipment to the USA and managed to persuade the Staten Island Cricket Club to build a court on its grounds.

From there, tennis spread throughout the USA, eventually as a national sport. Davis Cup tennis was established beyond Bermuda for nearly a century before there was any Davis Cup Competition in Bermuda. Top local players battle with the Caribbean or Central America. Tennis is year round on more than 100 public and private courts, some for nights. International invitational tennis events are often in Bermuda.

Australian Pat Rafter, a former champion, has a home in Bermuda.

XL Bermuda Open

W. E. R Joell Tennis Stadium

The only public facility. Cedar Avenue and Marsh Folly Road, Pembroke Parish. Phone 292-0105. Government-owned and known as the Government Tennis Stadium until July 2003. Then it was renamed for the late Bermudian who pioneered the integration of blacks on this tennis stadium's courts. His daughters, Eileen Simmons, Rosemary Cann and Joyce Hayden were present at the ceremony conducted by then-Premier Jennifer Smith. In 1953, his tennis lessons attracted many children and produced two champions, Shirley Davis and Arnold Todd. In 1957, when the Social Welfare Board turned down his request for funds to pay for overseas coaches to come to Bermuda to teach tennis, Mr. Joell organized the Bermuda Tennis Development Fund. As a result, several overseas coaches came and Mr. Joell opened up his own home on Brunswick Street in the City of Hamilton to accommodate them. He was an Associate Member of The Professional Lawn Tennis Association of the USA and the Field Secretary of the American Tennis Association. He helped organize several local clubs including the Castle Harbour Hotel Tennis Club, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Club, Unity Tennis Club and Salvation Army Tennis Club.  He accompanied Bermudian teenagers to the USA to compete in tennis tournaments at Central State College. In 1973, he received the Queen's Certificate and Badge of Honour for his valued services to tennis in Bermuda.

Anyone can play here by appointment and for a fee. (Visitors will find tennis courts at many places to stay). There is a pro. Lessons are $30-$50. There are 3 clay and 5 plexi cushion courts. Tennis attire is mandatory.

Triathlon

This sport has many participants locally. There is a major triathlon every year, one of the most important sports events. There are also others. 

Volleyball

Bermuda is well-represented by separate teams of men and women.

Water Sports

Described here.

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