Are you a triathlon junkie? Why not take in your next one in the beautiful Bahamas!? Join American para-triathlete and motivational speaker Hector Picard, the ﬁrst and only “Double Arm Amputee” 3x IRONMAN will be visiting Grand Bahama Island March 24th – March 31st. This will be a return visit for Mr. Picard who visited Grand Bahama Island in 2010 to compete at the Conchman Triathlon. While there, Mr. Picard spoke at and was inspired by the children and staff at The Beacon School.
I was fortunate enough to connect with Hector via Facebook prior to that visit and our news team (The Bahamas Weekly) met up with him and conducted an interview before and during the race.
“I visited the Beacon School of Grand Bahama Island in 2010. I was invited by Coach Bert Bell to speak to the students in the hopes of inspiring them. The students ended up inspiring me. Their smiles and questions made for an emotional experience,” said Picard. “The Beacon School provides an education for these special needs children. As a double arm amputee, swimming, cycling and even running are difficult but are nothing compared to what these children will face in life. My goals for the “Triathlon for The Beacon School” (group) IRONMAN distance event on March 29th are to raise funds and awareness for the school as well as show the children that Anything is Possible!”
Triathlon for The Beacon School will be a one day event starting on Saturday, March 29th at Taino Beach at 7am. Bahamian residents and tourists are invited to join Mr. Picard as he swims 2.4 miles, cycles 112 miles, and runs 26.2 miles throughout beautiful Grand Bahama Island. This event will raise funds and awareness for the children of The Beacon School. Athletes of all levels can join Mr. Picard throughout the course and be a part of this inspiring event. Finish line festivities are being planned with times and locations to be announced shortly.
Grand Bahama is a short half hour flight from Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I’d suggest the boutique hotel, The Pelican Bay, or the Grand Lucayan, both located in the central hub of the city for tourists and entertainment and only a short 10 minute cab ride from the location of the Triathlon. The Bahamas uses the American dollar at par and interchangeably with Bahamian money. You will need your passport.
On March 29, 2014 Let’s show the children of The Beacon School that Anything is Possible!