Several of the top placers at the 2016 edition of the Fittest on the Rock competition.

PHILIPSBURG-The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) is putting together a program to boosts efforts to promote St. Maarten as a Sports Tourism destination. Entitled “St. Maarten Summer of Sports” campaign, STB has targeted three events that it will seek to partner with and support for June and July. 

Head of the STB Rolando Brison explained that STB has met with the Fittest on the Rock, the 7th annual Inter Islands Body Building Competition, and the Battle of the Fittest Basketball Tournament.
The events attract athletes from around the Caribbean, and take place in the slow seasons, between June 1 and mid-July. “We are seeking a fourth event in the summer to support a create a series of sporting events in the summer that will be collectively marketing the entire island as an ideal place to enjoy fitness and sporting competitions,” Brison said.

Fittest on the rock
Fittest on the Rock is a strength and endurance workout competition. Previously the event had a total of 60 registered athletes, 35 males and 25 females, with participants form neighboring islands.

Inter-island Bodybuilding and Fitness
The 6th edition in 2016 had an important impact with 12 participating countries and 52 athletes. This year, organizers are expecting an increase to 100 athletes. This event has also attracted representatives of two outside media sports magazine, Hybrid Caribbean Fitness and Wellness Magazine out of Trinidad and Muscular Development Latino Magazine which covers the entire Latin region. The grand showdown will take place at Maho Casino Royale.

Battle of the Fittest Basketball Tournament
The purpose of Battle of The Fittest Basketball Tournament is re-instill the love for basketball and inspire and motivate younger generation to showcase their skills and possibly offer them an opportunity to do so on an international level. Battle of the Fittest brings the greatest collection of basketball talent within the region and surrounding Islands. Ten countries are confirmed to be attending.

The Photo Gumbs runner is out at the plate. Photo Gumbs faced The Daily Herald in age 12 and under Little League Baseball at the Ballpark on Pond Island yesterday. Photo Gumbs won 11-0.

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CAY HILL --CrossFit SXM suffered a small set back as their members compete in the CrossFit Open. Team St. Maarten dropped from 69th place last week in the five week long competition to 76 out of 227 teams.

MARIGOT--President of the Football League of St. Martin, Fabrice Baly, accompanied by Council League member Aristide Conner and other presidents of French overseas leagues recently engaged in a series of meetings with the French Football Federation (FFF) since the beginning of last week to discuss the choice of an FFF president.

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