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Promotions not ongoing for BAAA nationals in Grand Bahama

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Published: May 08, 2013

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The year was 2010 and the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ (BAAA) National Championships held in Grand Bahama turned out, in the view of many, to be the finest ever, especially concerning participation.

For the entire weekend of competition, the Grand Bahama Sporting Complex was packed to capacity. Cars lined virtually the entire West Coral Road where the complex is located and much of Settlers Way, stretching out in all directions from the round-a-bout. Thousands of spectators from Grand Bahama proper, New Providence and other islands were in place to view the biggest annual track and field spectacle in the land.

There was a bit build-up to the event and the BAAA got a tremendous revenue boost. It is my understanding that there was not a good balance in revenue sharing to the benefit of the Grand Bahama Amateur Athletic Association (GBAAA) however. This time the GBAAA should ensure that there is a difference.

The national track and field organization has a great opportunity for an infusion of needed capital. It must be pointed out that thus far nothing much is happening to capitalize on a wonderful opportunity to showcase the finest of Bahamian junior and senior track and field athletes.

This is May and the event is not yet resonating in Grand Bahama. When we spoke very recently on the matter, Gladstone ‘Moon’ McPhee, who is the Deputy Director of Sports, Northern Region, had no official dates for the nationals. As the one who has authority for the daily functioning of the GB Sports Complex, he needs the dates in order to complete his scheduling for the month of June.

The BAAA is late once again. The organization created a very tight situation with the recent CARIFTA Games. The BAAA appointed a Local Organizing Committee for CARIFTA but lateness was the order of the day and led to many shortcomings. If not for the diligence of the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Dr. Daniel Johnson and his associates in the ministry, the CARIFTA Games would have been an organizational disaster.

As it was, there were many complaints to go around. Here we are again!

The 2013 BAAA Nationals in Grand Bahama should be a bonanza of an event. My advice to the GBAAA is to press the national organization to speed up the promotion of the event. The GBAAA ought to take the lead in this initiative because the BAAA seems bogged down in a personal war between its executives.

This is a product that could be a shot in the arm economically for Grand Bahama. It is an event that could spark the environment and excite the entire island. It would be a travesty to fall short of maximizing such an opportunity.

Once again, poor administrative leadership is coming out of the BAAA. It is sad that an organization with such a powerful product has that element countered by personal agendas on the part of some that have nothing at all to do with a quality development process. A much stronger focus needs to be given immediately to the BAAA 2013 Nationals, scheduled for Grand Bahama in June.


• To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com

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