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Barbados was a little livelier in early October, when 13 XO athletes graced its shores to participate in the 26th Barbados National Triathlon, held on Sunday 4th October.

In the hot hot HOT Barbados sun, all members completed their respective races, thankfully with no mechanical issues or injuries. The sprint team of Arman, Miranda, Samantha and Georgina represented well as they all finished in under two hours. In the Olympics, we had Aliya, Navindra, Michael aka Mikey, and Derek giving strong finishes under tough conditions. Last but certainly not least, we had the ebullient relay team of Nisha (swim), Helen (bike) and Swarzuette (run) making their relay debut! This team grinned their way to the finish, no doubt living up to their name, XO Mixed Nutz!

XO had two members taking podium spots this year. Aliya came first in her age group - female 30-34 Olympic distance. Navindra also came out on top in the male 35-39 age group in his first Olympic tri - well done Navindra!

As always, it would be remiss of us not to mention those who had a role to play in the success of the weekend. Thanks to Reed for being our awesome photographer and cooler manager; Sam, for organising a fabulous post-tri cool-down boat cruise; Riana, for updating everyone back home and online throughout the weekend; our fantastic cheerleaders and supporters - Jason and Mikey's wife, Gina. Finally, thank you to everyone for all the well wishes both before and after the race! Without you all this would not be half as much fun.



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