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T&T secures Carifta Triathlon & Aquathlon bronze

Rachel Grosberg leads the pack in the girls 16-19 triathlon at the CARIFTA Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships which took place in Tobago over the weekend. Grosberg finished third to help T&T to third spot behind winner Guadelope and Bermuda, respectively.

James Castagne-Hay excelled on the weekend to help T&T place third at the CARIFTA Triathlon & Aquathlon Championships in Tobago despite challenging race conditions.

Due to rough seas and high swells, the swim was cancelled from the 11-12 and 13-15 Aquathlon events, which converted them to run races and the 750 metres swim for the 16-19 triathlon was shortened to a 500 metres swim.

In the second staging of the event which had athletes from 11 countries participate. Guadeloupe emerged the winner with 100 points, followed by Bermuda with 43, third was T&T with 28 and fourth, Barbados with 25.

Castagne-Hay added a bulk of points for T&T after winning the boys 11-12 Triathlon which included a 200m swim, 5km bike and 1.25km run. He also raced in the 11-12 Boys 1.25km run and finished third.

Rachel Grosberg also had a third-place finish in the 16-19 girls Sprint Triathlon (500m swim/ 20km bike/5km run). The boys' version of the race, T&T had two top-five finishes with Liam Trepte and Logan Raymond placing fourth and fifth, respectively.

During the closing remarks of the awards presentation on Sunday, the T&T Triathlon Federation (TTTF) recognised Ian Gooding, past president, vice president, creator of Rainbow Warriors Triathlon Club (RWTC), the Rainbow Cup event, coach to his son Jason Gooding, and the driver of all things triathlon.

TTTF president, Paul Hee Houng invited Jason Gooding, race director for the CARIFTA Championships to say a few words about his father. He urged the junior athletes present from the Caribbean to appreciate their parents as they are their greatest supporters.

Triathlon stalwart Diane Henderson gave a few words about working with Ian and his contribution to the development of the sport and a plaque was presented to Jason on behalf of his father.

It read: "The TTTF gives its heartfelt appreciation to Mr Ian Gooding for your dedicated and unfailing service to the development of Triathlon and Multisport in T&T 2018".

Ian has been battling cancer in recent months and the Federation wished him well.

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