#Coral Harbour Base, June 17, 2019 – Bahamas – : Able Seaman Gharvis Sturrup proved to be the best all around athlete, as he captured the prestigious Ironman Triathlon competition at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Annual Ironman Triathlon competition on May 31st.
Held at the Coral Harbour Base, the young rookie bested 8 other competitors in a grueling and fierce competition with an overall time of 57 minutes, 15 seconds. Marine Seaman Troy Seymour followed a close second with a time of 57 minutes, 43 seconds and Able Seaman Georgino Bodie rounded out the top three with a time of 1:12.38 seconds. Able Woman Anishka Bonaby was the top finisher in the open female category with a time of 1:28.16 seconds.
To be considered the best all around athlete in this annual competition, both male and female participants must complete a 500-meter swim, cycle eight miles and run a three-mile road race. A number of individuals once again competed for the prestigious Ironman title, which had not showcased since 2012 due to operational obligations by the organization.
“It was a brutal competition, if I must say. I didn’t prepare for it as I should, but I’m glad of the outcome,” said Sturrup. “It was extremely hot today, the bicycle part of it was OK, but the running portion took everything out of me. Although I’m not certain what the future holds, I would like to defend my title.”
A past champion, Able Woman Marine Bonaby was happy to complete the course on top, but for her, more competition is needed.
“It was a bit rough for me, seeing that I didn’t compete in a long time,” said Bonaby. “The guys taking part encouraged me on, which is great for us who are competing. Although there were 3 females taking part, I still wish more females can come out and participate. Although it is a rigorous feat, it is also fun to compete.”
All of the participating athletes were presented with medals and prize monies during a special Morning Colors presentation by Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel. He also witnessed the fierce competition, and commended both organizers and participants for their awesome display of friendly competition.
Header: Able Seaman Gharvis Sturrup receiving a medal and award for his first place overall finish at the RBDF Ironman Triathlon meet on May 31, 2019 from Commodore Tellis Bethel. From Left: Captain Adrian Chriswell, Captain Coral Harbour (Acting); Able Woman Marine Bonaby; Commodore Tellis Bethel and Warrant Officer Geoffrey Miller, Master–at-Arms.
First insert: Able Seaman Gharvis Sturrup sprinting his way to victory in the final leg of the 3-mile run of the RBDF Ironman Triathlon meet on May 31, 2019.
Second insert: Able Woman Marine Anishka Bonaby receiving a medal and award for her first place overall finish in the female category at the RBDF Ironman Triathlon meet on May 31, 2019 from Commodore Tellis Bethel. From Left: Captain Adrian Chriswell, Captain Coral Harbour (Acting); Able Woman Marine Bonaby; Commodore Tellis Bethel and Warrant Officer Geoffrey Miller, Master–at-Arms.
Third insert: Able Seaman Gregory Lockhart sprinting to a sixth place overall finish at the RBDF Ironman Triathlon meet on May 31, 2019.
Photo shows: Leading Woman Marines Shanell Gibson (Bottom) and Denise Oliver competing in the swim portion of the RBDF Ironman Triathlon meet on May 31, 2019.
Photo two shows: Leading Seaman Edney Russell taking part in the cycling portion of the RBDF Ironman Triathlon meet on May 31, 2019.P
(RBDF Photos by Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle and Marine Seaman Wellington Ramsey)