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BOC will work closely with Urban Renewal in GB

  • The Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) will partner with the Grand Bahama Urban Renewal program, under the theme “Changing Lives.” FILE

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Sep 14, 2013

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Forming an alliance with Grand Bahama Urban Renewal will allow the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) to officially offer scholarships to residents on that island.

Under the theme “Changing Lives”, the executives in the BOC will be working closely with Michelle Reckley, director of Grand Bahama Urban Renewal. A partnership with Harrison Petty was also forged, this according to BOC General Secretary Romel ‘Fish’ Knowles.

“Not only are we in the BOC thinking strategically, but we are aware that our role requires that we lead and support our member federations and stakeholders in Olympic sports,” Knowles said. “In our leading and supporting roles we understood that change is required in the culture of our organization. Therefore, over the coming weeks and months, not only will we be living in accordance with our strategic plan but we will in addition, form strategic alliances.

“We are aware that sports is big business, and The Bahamas is not only the home of sun, sand and sea, but we are also the home of sports… we will endeavor with our stakeholders to brand The Bahamas as the home of sports, sun, sand and sea. One of the first of many strategic alliances we wish to announce is the alliance with the Grand Bahama Urban Renewal and the able Director Michelle Reckley under the theme ‘Changing Lives.’ The Bahamas Olympic Committee will cause to bear on the island of Grand Bahama the following activities. Through our partnership with Harrison Petty, we will seek to provide scholarships to deserving athletes in Grand Bahama in athletics and will seek to add other sporting disciplines in the shortest possible time.”

The BOC has also partnered with The College of The Bahamas to host a number of combos in various sporting disciplines. During that time, potential student-athletes will have an opportunity to view the campus.

“In essence, under our vice president, Iram Lewis, the Bahamas Olympic Committee will lead and support a talent ID program immediately to identify athletes to compete in next year’s Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. You would have heard from our women in sports chairwoman, who has graciously agreed to host a leadership and training seminar for women. As we all know Grand Bahama has a host of great women who contributed to the development of sports in the country.

“The Bahamas Olympic Committee in collaboration with the Department of Youth and its director will host a youth seminar in Grand Bahama under the supervision of Vice President Derron Donaldson. The youth seminar will focus on college preparation, dispute resolution, preparation for competition, the importance of competing clean, just to name a few.”

A seminar in “Corporate Governance and Leadership in Sports” will be held for federation and association members, athletes and the public. The Bahamas Olympic Committee along with Urban Renewal is about changing lives. We look forward to partnering with the private and public sector in Grand Bahama with a view of turning young dreams into reality.”

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