New minister of sports sworn in
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: May 12, 2012
The new sporting minister-in-chief has been revealed with the swearing in of podiatrist Dr. Daniel Johnson as minister of youth, sports and culture.
The news, that Johnson was appointed, spreaded quickly throughout the sporting community. Johnson was widely accepted by the various presidents, who all said that they looked forward to working with him.
“The [BAAA] looks forward, with great anticipation, to working with the new minister of sports, as we have worked with all ministers in a spirit of cooperation,” said Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations President Mike Sands. “We hope that Dr. Johnson would come to the table with an open mind and listen to the responses from the respective federations. It is not going to be an easy one. He comes in the middle of a number of seasons, in particularly those ones who are preparing for the Olympic Games. We certainly welcome him into our sporting world. We look forward to working with him in the spirit of cooperation of sports throughout the country.”
There are 10 core sports in the country, inclusive of basketball, baseball, swimming, softball, lawn tennis, track and field, volleyball, sailing, boxing and powerlifting/bodybuilding.
General secretary in the Bahamas Baseball Federation Teddy Sweeting said: “We respect the Prime Minister’s decision and who he has selected for his Cabinet. We feel that Dr. Johnson will do an excellent job. We are hoping that he will come in and seek some advice from the various federations and to make sure that we can continue with the directions. We think that we have had some positive strides, especially in baseball, and in all of the other sports. We are hoping that he sits down with all of us and get a feel of what is happening and we are willing to work together, so we can continue successfully. So the baseball community is pleased and we are looking forward to sitting down in the not too distance future. We are looking forward to discuss the way forward for all sports in the country. Right now, I think the biggest issue in sports is financing. We understand for the future and growth, we need to put a lot more emphasis on sports and attention to the programs so we can see growth.”
The President of the Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) Algernon Cargill said: “We in swimming are happy to work with him. He has wide background in medicine and certainly he will be a good person to work with. So we look forward to the relationship.”