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.

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.

MIDDLE REGION—Thirteen year old Jeu-Viensley Gerardus, nine year old, Mathew Persaud and seven year old Maxim Persaud each earned two gold medals each at the 24th Puerto Rico International Open Tae kwon do Championship.

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.

Team St. Maarten, from the King Yen Tae kwon do School,  won 16 gold medals, six silver and three bronze at the  24th Puerto Rico International Open Tae kwon do Championship over the weekend. The team was also named second Best International Team.

MARIGOT--A triumphant Shindokai team returned home to St. Martin on Thursday, after winning a total of six medals in the Coupe de France championship held in Nice, France, March 10-11.

Ten Teams are preparing for the St. Maarten Pro Softball Association knock-out staring Saturday, March 18 at  John Cooper\Jose Lake Sr. Ballpark.  Games will be played on Thursday's to Sunday's. The female teams are : Steelers, Bush T Spinners, Survivors, Crushers and Jets. The male teams are: Controllers, Illigales, Kings, Lions, Zodiacs, Stars and Mariners.

A run scores for Elle si Belle as they faced The Daily Herald in age 12 and under Little League Baseball at the Ballpark on Pond Island yesterday. Elle si belle won 21-6. Action continues this afternoon as Scotiabank faces Photo Gumbs. First pitch is set for 5:00pm. (Emma Croes)

MARIGOT--Avenir Sportif Club’s fifth edition of La Saint-Martinoise 5K run and walk held on Saturday exclusively for women drew 255 participants, organisers noted, and the record was broken in the Under 40 category by Cecilia Mobuchon from Inter Generation Runners completing the distance in 20:58.
  Felicia Paines of the Future Sportif Club was second in 22:07 and Sarah Houtsema third in 22:36.

TOKYO -- Four years ago, the Netherlands were the World Baseball Classic's surprise team. Now, the Dutch are an offensive powerhouse, trying to slug their way back to the semifinals.

SIMPSON BAY—Novices, or anyone used to practising one sport may find tackling three disciplines in a Triathlon too daunting but the way Mini Triple Triathlons are set up, the short sprint distances give anyone with an average level of fitness an opportunity to complete one to three races, or complete all three, depending on fitness and motivation.

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