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BOC looking to implement new sports health program

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: May 02, 2013

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One item that sits high on the agenda of the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC), in short order, is the implementation of a sports health program.

The new initiative is very broad as it encompasses a healthy eating plan, workout sessions and creating activities for all persons, not just athletes. Secretary general in the BOC Romell ‘Fish’ Knowles was unable to reveal the exact start date for the program, but said the newly elected members will meet shortly and discuss it.

He said: “We have not sat as a group as yet and set out the priorities, but I can tell you that our message is very clear on all levels. The BOC will be very proactive in ensuring that, especially in the extended hours, that we take advantage of those opportunities to interact with schools, women in sports and visit all of the Family Islands. Our message will be sports for all. We are going to speak to the fact that if you participate in sports some of the many benefits like getting a higher education (are there), and also highlight how competitive play can deter some of the social conflicts that we have in our communities. We will be going to the grassroot areas and encourage our kids to get involved in sports. The committee understands that everyone is not athletic, and there are those who may not be medal contenders or move on to becoming Olympic champions. The fact that they are competing in sports is key.”

Wellington Miller, along with Vice Presidents Derron Donaldson and Cora Hepburn, recently joined other sporting leaders from around the world at the summit being held by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Peru. The preliminary sessions covered a number of important issues including the social benefits of being active in sports, sports facilities and public spaces, partnerships and networking and the IOC ‘Sports-for-All’ Grant.

According to reports, a number of sporting leaders in the world agreed that sports have had social impacts in various countries in direct and indirect ways. Some noted that a lot of chronic illnesses and diseases could be curbed through sports, if a healthier lifestyle is promoted.

The BOC plans to adopt some of the ideas discussed and incorporate them into local programs. According to Knowles, several green spaces will be laid out for persons interested in working out.

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