|Coaches Deserve Financial Gestures|
Guardian Columnist/Sales Executive
Published: Aug 18, 2012
Much has been made about the exciting 1600 meters relay gold medal performance at the London Olympics by the “Golden Knights”, namely Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller.
Their success that captured the full attention of the world and spread joy throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is commendable and of incredible high market value for this country.
However to a lesser degree, accolades rightly should go also to those finalists and semi-finalists, and also to all those who competed under the colors of The Bahamas.
Significant too, were the efforts of the coaches. Coaches Henry Rolle, David Charlton, Dianne Woodside, etc. who contributed to the worthy achievements of the athletes from Team Bahamas are due some gestures of appreciation, financial as well.
The extent of the gestures is debatable, but there should be no question at all about some form of compensation for their expertise that led to medals and finals. Some years ago this matter came up for the first time. Officially no structure was announced and if there is a policy in place at present regarding coaches, then perhaps the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture ought to inform the public.
All the gestures come from public funds in any event.
The system has made funds available to medal winners and finalists at the Olympic Games and World Championships.
Coaches who verifiably are directly responsible for accomplishments of the successful athletes ought to be put into the mix for financial gestures.
Bahamians across the length and breadth of this country are grateful for the presence of Brown, Pinder, Mathieu and Miller at this moment in time. Their capacity to succeed at the highest level of world sports is to the benefit of every Bahamian. We all enjoy the positive exposure their high profile has given this country.
So, yes let the main focus rest on them. They are entitled to the spotlight.
We must not forget though, the key coaches, particularly those decisions that figured prominently in the ultimate success. For instance, Coach Rolle’s decision to adjust the lineup for the final is huge.
The youthful semi-finalists like Anthonique Strachan and Ivanique Kemp, advanced with the help of their mentors. There are encouraging signs indeed that The Bahamas, particularly our track and field representatives, could be a significant entity capable of producing a record haul of medals (for the country) at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
We must remember though to factor in the coaching expertise that we expect to make the difference.
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