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35 selected for GB Sports Hall of Fame

  • A total of 35 athletes, administrators, officials and personalities will be inducted into the Grand Bahama Sports Hall of Fame during a gala show on July 6, 2013 at the Regency Theatre, in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Current hall of famers are shown unveiling the 2013 promotional banner. COURTESY OF GREGORY CHRISTIE

For The Nassau Guardian

Published: Jun 11, 2013

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — The 3rd edition of the Grand Bahama (GB) Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will feature 35 athletes, administrators, officials and personalities during a gala show on July 6, 2013 at the Regency Theatre, in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The GB Sports Hall of Fame Committee, an entity of the City of Freeport Local Government Council, made the announcement on Wednesday as it unveiled this year’s theme: Legends 2013 – ‘Better... Stronger... Faster’.

Harold Williams, chairman of the committee, said that the upcoming induction as the country celebrates its 40th anniversary of independence as a nation, is significant as it will serve as “a reminder to those who want to compete that they must be better; they must be stronger and they must be faster” in order to be honored and recognized as a Hall of Famer.

“We want to share our patriotism during this anniversary year, and we promise that the event will not be the usual sit down dinner but more of an energetic show featuring these past athletes who thrilled Grand Bahama during their more active or playing days,” he said.

The committee used this opportunity to unveil its promotional television commercial and banner which features some past inductees, namely former all-around athlete Anita Doherty; softball star Candice DeGregory; basketball standouts Basil ‘The Kid’ Sands, Derek ‘Bookie’ Nesbitt and Charlie ‘Softly’ Robins and bodybuilder Sam ‘Zulu’ Williams.

Also on hand for the announcement were the administrator for the council Alexander Williams, Chief Councilor Kevin Ferguson, Councilor Derek Sands and softball administrators and Hall of Famers Churchill Tener-Knowles and Gregory Christie.

Inductees in the Class of 2013 come from a cross section of Grand Bahama sports and include not just athletes and coaches, but also administrators, officials and the media. Elected from basketball are James ‘Goon’ Culmer and Terry Wildgoose; Baldwin Darling and Henry Charlton from bodybuilding; Bernard ‘Spinks’ Rolle from powerlifting; Calvin Martin from baseball; Arlington Thompson from boxing; George Curtis and Reginald Sears from cycling; Carlton Harris and Ambrose Gouthro from golf; Brad Bethel and Arthur Parris from soccer; Leona Roach, Carolyn Ferguson, Viola Roker and Lenny Newton from softball; Robbie Butler from swimming; Olivia Mackey and Steve Dillet from tennis; Sherick ‘Sharky’ Martin and Phil Grant from American football; Dudley Parker and Audrick Lightbourne from track and field; Joe Harris from rugby; Helena Cooper and Oriel Knowles from volleyball and sports media personality Ricardo Lightbourne.

Several persons were elected posthumously – Bernard ‘Bunny’ Levarity from basketball, Melanie Feaste from bodybuilding, Basil Hanna from boxing, Nicole ‘Niki’ Johnson-Hepburn from track and field, sports media personality Watewell Rigby and Elson ‘Dusty’ Miller from cricket.

Tickets for the event are currently available through the office of the City of Freeport Council, and as there is limited seating; patrons of the event are asked to get theirs early.

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