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Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to launch new program in the summer

  • Dr. Daniel Johnson, minister of youth, sports and culture.

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: May 18, 2013

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson has launched a new developmental program, designed to get more young Bahamians involved in sports.

The new initiative called ‘Playground to the Podium’ will be unveiled throughout The Bahamas this summer. The fun and active program is expected to bring young Bahamians outside on a daily basis, providing them with opportunities so they can eventually compete in more high-level competitions.

“This is really a wonderful thing for us to get involved in you know the ministry is always involved in this,” said Johnson. “We are focused now, almost exclusively on developmental programs. My one mission is at the top of this program and another at the foundation of the podium. We are going to build this program from the bottom up and calling it the Playground to the Podium. This is where you will have sports for all. Mrs. Oria Wood has designed a wonderful program that will be unveiled this summer.

“We want to make sports fun again, where everyone can come out and everyone can do something. We don’t know what it is, but we really have to get back to just going outside and playing around. This is for all including children between the ages of two and six. We want them to go back outside. Too many of them are inside and we don’t see them anymore. They are good with their fingers and the rest of the body doesn’t work.”

The minister said that the program would bring and uplift the spirits in the various communities in the country. He is hoping that the persons who will join this program will eventually enroll in the National Sports Academy Centers of Excellence. These centers will be built in the Family Islands and will be made available to all young and upcoming stars.


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