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Women in sports honored

BOC ceremony to highlight achievements
  • Pauline Davis-Thompson.

  • Laverne Eve.

  • Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie.

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Oct 11, 2013

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Forty Bahamian female athletes who have dedicated their lives to the development and administration of sports in the country will be honored at the Bahamas Olympic Committee’s (BOC) Women in Sports awards banquet.

The nomination list of honorees was released yesterday, weeks ahead of the banquet.  It will be held with the theme “Celebrating the Success of Women in Sports” on November 9, at the Atlantis Resort, under the patronage of special honorees Betty Cole, sports philanthropist, and Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt, an outstanding athlete, coach and mentor.  Pratt was also the first female deputy prime minister of The Bahamas.

A number of the top female athletes, past and present, are listed in the Honoree Awards, Administrators or Future Names to Watch divisions.  Athletes such as Laverne Eve, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Pauline Davis-Thompson, Shonnell Ferguson, Waltiea Rolle, Linda Woodside, Hattie Moxey, Jackie Conyers, Tonique Williams, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Lorie Lowe, Florence Rolle, Yolette McPhee-McCuinn and a few others are in the honoree division.

The administrators’ list includes Monique Leary, Kim Rolle, Thora Sweeting, Vicky Knowles, Jeanie Minus, Judy Hamilton, Dianne Woodside, Jenny Isaacs-Dotson, Winnie Russell, Mynez Cargill-Sherman, Edna Forbes, Oria Wood, Jennifer ‘Jann’ Mortimer and Laurie Lightfoot.

The final list, Future Names to Watch, is comprised of mostly current athletes – professional or amateur.  These female athletes are Shaunae Miller, Krystel Rolle, Kayla Johnson, Davia Moss, Alicia Lightbourne, Alana Dillette, Nikia Deveaux, Dr. Tia Wilson, Larikah Russell, Anthonique Strachan and Sheniqua Ferguson.

Cora Hepburn, chairman of the BOC’s Women in Sports Commission, admitted that there are hundreds of female athletes and administrators deserving of the recognition, but only a few can be honored at this first event.  She thanked all for their contributions and encouraged those who are still active to continue to make The Bahamas the most dominant country in sports.

Hepburn said: “Women have always played a key role in sports in this country and the majority of them are not looking for any recognition at the end of the day.  As women in sports, we all get our self-gratification knowing that we have assisted in molding and developing individuals who move on to be leaders and contributors in the country.”

The awards banquet is the first in a series of events listed on the BOC’s Women in Sports Commission calendar.  The next initiative is to honor those men who serve as coaches to female teams in the country.

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