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BOC invite the Olympic sport of rowing to training camp

  • READY TO ROW: Young Bahamian athlete Lex Fountain is currently at the Latin America Youth Training Camp and Regatta, which is being held at Lake Llopango in San Salvador, El Salvador. Courtesy of the BAHAMAS OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

Published: Oct 08, 2013

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A local team that practices the Olympic sport of rowing will take off to attend the International Rowing Federation’s (FISA) training camp in San Salvador, El Salvador. The training camp is being sponsored by the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC), FISA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The BOC is pleased to announce that the Bahamas Rowing Association has accepted an invite to participate in the Latin America Youth Training Camp and Regatta, which is currently underway at Lake Llopango in San Salvador, El Salvador. It will run until October 13, 2013. Representing The Bahamas are athlete Lex Fountain and Coach Jason Williams, Bahamas Rowing Association president.

Romell Knowles, secretary general of the BOC, indicated how pleased he was to see the formation of rowing in The Bahamas.

“Jason and the executives of the Bahamas Rowing Association ought to be commended for overcoming all the adversity to get the sport of rowing practiced in The Bahamas,” said Knowles. “Many young Bahamian children skull and enjoy it, particularly in the Family Islands. I'm sure it will be a natural progression to the fine technique associated with rowing.

“I am aware that there is a formation of the Nassau Rowing Club, headed by Kyle Chea, who is working tirelessly with the Bahamas Rowing Association to promote and develop the sport of rowing throughout The Bahamas. Already, two young talented Bahamian ladies attending university are training very hard with the hope of representing The Bahamas in international competition.”

Knowles said that in the coming months, young Bahamians can look forward to a number of Olympic sports being introduced for their benefit.

“One will note the resurgence of sports like wrestling and taekwondo, the recent success of tennis and volleyball and the introduction of new sports like archery, handball, fencing and now rowing to compliment the other Olympic sports being practiced in The Bahamas,” said Knowles.

Knowles said that the president and executives of the BOC are pleased that the Olympic sports practiced in The Bahamas are growing by leaps and bounds, and a concerted effort is being made to grow existing sports and introduce new Olympic sports.

“The Bahamas Olympic Committee just recently awarded eight member federations with a development grant and will be issuing more development grants in the coming months,” said Knowles. “We believe that grants as such will help member federations with talent identification and produce future Olympians.”

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