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Consultation with successful groups important to academy

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Published: Oct 08, 2013

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The structuring of the National Sports Academy is ongoing. At this embryonic stage, a lot of meetings are taking place, the ultimate objective being a formal plan for the national body, going forward. Significant for the planners will be networking with all who have developed mini academies and like operations, geared to foster the educational and sporting development of young Bahamian boys and girls.

The work of Rev. Anthony Williams with his talented sprinters in Moore’s Island has been applauded. There is Coach Wade Adderley with his Agape Christian program in Central Abaco. James Culmer has been doing a yeoman’s job with the youngsters of West End, Grand Bahama. In Bimini, Jeff Davis is working with the revived Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization’s (PACBO) Yama Bahama Youth Club in Bimini.

In the capital island of New Providence, Harrison Petty and his associates continue to contribute valiantly to the comprehensive development of young Bahamians through the Bahamas Parents Association of Track and Field Athletes. Then, there is the new establishment, the MaxD Sports Academy, that is the largest of the private entities in the country.

MaxD presently concentrates on baseball development, but plans to expand to include tennis, and other sports in the near future. Particularly significant for MaxD is its educational arm. MaxD goes from primary to the 12th grade. Outside of The Bahamas, there is the Frank Rutherford Foundation, based in Houston, Texas, where he resides. Rutherford, the medal-winning Olympic pioneer of The Bahamas, (triple jump bronze in 1992 was first Olympic medal for the country) has been operating his foundation for more than a decade.

The point of all of the above is the fact that the National Sports Academy has a lot to feed off. It is therefore important to ensure that maximum consultation takes place with all of those groups that have been succeeding on different levels, contributing to the development of this country through fostering the growth of Bahamian boys and girls in education and sports.

The suggestion here is that one-on-one sessions take place with all of the groups. They collectively form part of the actual foundation for the National Sports Academy. Speak to Rutherford and examine the process he uses. Find out also about the problems he encountered.

Similarly, the national academy should network with Coach Williams, Coach Adderley, Culmer, Petty, the principals of MaxD, and all other sports/education mentors throughout the country who are working with the youth of the nation in programs, small though they might be.

The academy should get an understanding of what is needed to best contribute to the whole mix. This is the best way for the National Sports Academy to develop a template that will effectively encompass all the groups under one nation-wide umbrella.

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

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