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Funds on the horizon for Bahamian sports

BOC through Olympic Solidarity assisting local sporting bodies
  • From left, secretary general of the Bahamas Olympic Committee Rommell Knowles; legendary swim coach Betty Cole; BOC vice-president Cora Hepburn; BOC president Wellington Miller; and Anthony Miller of Integra MRI at a press conference on Thursday. The BOC will hand out financial grants to seven local sporting bodies. TORRELL GLINTON

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Sep 13, 2013

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Seven local sporting bodies will be awarded with development grants, designed to propel them toward Olympic status and qualification, as announced yesterday.

The provisions, according to president of the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) Wellington Miller, were based on the recent success and growth in programs by the federations. The grants were awarded to the Bahamas Volleyball Federation (BVF), the Bahamas Judo Federation (BJF), the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), the Bahamas Rugby and Football Union (BRFU), the Bahamas Cycling Federation (BCF), the Amateur Boxing Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB) and the Bahamas Wrestling Federation (BWF).

“We are pleased with the recent success of the Bahamas Volleyball Federation’s junior and senior men’s teams in regional competition in St. Martin and Guadeloupe,” said Miller. “As a result of the volleyball federation’s success, the Bahamas Olympic Committee, through its partner Olympic Solidarity, is pleased to provide a team assistance grant of $60,000. Similarly, our young tennis players have performed remarkably well in international competition, resulting in the Bahamas Olympic Committee, through Olympic Solidarity, providing a coach’s development grant for level one courses of $9,000 to tennis. This grant can be expanded up to $12,000.”

The BOC is hoping to strengthen its relationship with the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF), making the necessary provisions for them to educate more coaches, and players “before they step onto the court”. Miller believes that the new partnership with the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) will make it easier for the BOC to assist federations with hosting international coaching clinics and courses.

Miller said: “The Bahamas Olympic Committee has partnered with the Pan American Sports Organization to offer international coaches courses in the sports of weightlifting, handball and very soon horsemanship. We are pleased that the Bahamas Powerlifting and Weightlifting Federation has been energized by its new president, Robert ‘Bob’ Brown. He is committed to ensuring that his athletes compete in the Olympic sport of weightlifting. We welcome this initiative in weightlifting and we will do all we can to support Mr. Brown’s transition from powerlifting to Olympic weightlifting. We look forward to seeing his athletes on the medal podium in short order.

“The Bahamas Olympic Committee welcomes the introduction of new Olympic sports to the sports calendar in The Bahamas. We welcome sports such as rowing, handball, fencing, horsemanship, badminton and archery. Through the International Fencing Federation, we have been able to provide the local fencing federation with equipment.”

It was also confirmed, by Miller, that a president has been appointed to head the Bahamas Fencing Federation (BFF). A new initiative, which will officially announce the partnership with the BFF and the BOC, will be launched in the coming weeks.


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