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Government to unveil 2017 IAAF World Relays program this week
The bickering behind the scenes is no longer of any consequence. I have been informed that the government of The Bahamas, in conjunction with representatives from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the local track and ...
 
 
2017 World Relays Committee forges ahead
There are a few different players on the Local Organizing Committee for the 2017 International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Relays, but it is still a body fortified with knowledge and experience. Keith Parker remains the chairman...
 
 
National Sports Authority not favored by sports fraternity
The National Sports Authority (NSA), from the very beginning, was never able to forge a good relationship with the rest of the sports fraternity. The Sports Authority Bill of 2010, gave birth to the NSA and it’s been a rocky road ever since. There...
 
 
Government silent on preparation for 2017 IAAF World Relays
In the past, for the two previous International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Relays, the Government of The Bahamas had the Local Organization Committee of the event (LOC) mobilized and early preparations were visible. We are ...
 
 
Archer has high expectations for golf in Northern Region
Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) President Glen Archer spoke the words “Northern Region Golf” and followed with a question. “What does that really mean? We, for a long time now have been speaking about regional golf development, but we haven’t ...
 
 
Jamaican athletic scholarships for high school being refused
Jamaica is the world’s leading athletics sprint nation. Of course, that country boasts Usain Bolt, the greatest in history over the 100 meters (m) and 200m distances, but, other than Bolt, there just seems to be this revolving door through which ex...
 
 
Adherence to anti-doping rules critical for national sports teams
The price being paid by one of the mightiest sports nations in world history is a compelling lesson. The strong power base of the Russian Athletics Federation and the arrogance of that nation’s leader President Vladimir Putin, combined could not s...
 
 
Grenada depending heavily on Chris Brown to entice top athletes for historic invitational
Grenada has embraced Chris “The Fireman” Brown and is leaning on him for administrative and marketing support as that country aims for regional sports history. The Grenada Track and Field Invitational is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 and our ...
 
 
Sherrick ‘Sharky’ Martin relates to American football’s golden era
Basil “Bar” Davis, Bruce “Dick Brown” Russell, Sherrick “Sharky” Martin, Jesse Ferguson, Allan Ingraham, Jeff Williams, Jim White and Don Huyler are names from a past era of American football that breathe nostalgia. Very often these days...
 
 
Jonquel Jones enters 2017 on a roll
Jonquel Jones, the 6’6” Bahamian center/forward from Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama, is blasting along in the Women’s Korean Basketball League (WKBL), carrying the Woori Bank Wibee team to one of the greatest regular season runs in league history. ...
 
 
American football in The Bahamas poised for new era of exposure
For quite a while, American football in the country was stuck in a tug-o-war battle, regarding just which organization owned “international recognition” status. The now seemingly defunct Bahamas American Football Federation (BAFF) seized an oppo...
 
 
Coach McPhee calls for new Bahamas Games’ structure
Politicians think they are the authorities on everything.” So said the notable coach Gladstone “Moon” McPhee on Friday while commenting on the absence of the Bahamas Games since 2001 He prefaced his remarks by emphasizing the important role p...
 
 
Failure to revive the Bahamas Games amounts to national sports tragedy
It was 15 years ago when the last version of the Bahamas Games took place, under a Free National Movement (FNM) Government, in 2001. It is indeed ironic, that the political party that gave birth to the Bahamas Games, which connected all of The Bahama...
 
 
BFA program strives for world recognition
When the 2017 FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) Beach Soccer World Cup takes place in Nassau, from April 27-May 7, the sports host reputation of The Bahamas will be at stake, in truth, but there is another factor, in my view, th...
 
 
Sports challenge faced by government
On Friday past, Old Dominion edged past Eastern Michigan 24-20 to capture the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. The game was exciting by all accounts. It fit the brand established for the National Collegiate Athletic As...
 
 
The Chris Brown era coming to a close
Chris Brown has been the most influential Bahamian quarter miler by far, in the country’s 16 year-run as one of the world’s men’s 1600 meters relay powers. As his era moves towards the sunset, Brown is a cause for much reflection. There are q...
 
 
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl significant to country’s sports host reputation
The third version of the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will take place today at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Teams from Old Dominion and Eastern Michigan will clash in one of the high profile college football contests under the jurisdiction of the Nat...
 
 
Major pushes for boxing revival
Puerto Rico’s Roberto Acevedo was not able to get his way with Bahamian Meacher “Major Pain” Major. Last Friday night at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium in New Providence, the Puerto Rican employed craftiness and borderline tactics d...
 
 
Grand Bahama companies consistent with support for Marathon Bahamas
Over the January 14-15 weekend of 2017, in New Providence, the eighth version of the Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas will take place. Marathon Bahamas weekend will include, of course, the biggie, the 26.2-mile grand event, but also the half-marat...
 
 
The Bahamas, Haiti boxing rivalry on the horizon
The performances of two Haitian boxers in particular, and a third before he was knocked out, as two Caribbean nations, The Bahamas and Haiti, faced off on Friday night at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium, could set the stage for an exciting ...
 
 
Eric Gordon, healthy, playing quality basketball for the Rockets
Eric Gordon, the shooting guard for the Houston Rockets, had one of his best stat lines in recent times on Saturday night, and signaled that, once healthy, he is one of the quality performers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6-foot-...
 
 
Bahamian Champ Williams now eager for chance at Commonwealth crown
He was a Commonwealth Heavyweight Boxing Contender for many years, but Bahamian Champ Sherman “Tank” Williams, never, before, consistently made an effort to go after the title. Over the last two years, he fought infrequently and dropped out of t...
 
 
A ‘Golden Boy’ emerged on the local sports landscape
It was 50 years ago when international sailing was the prime world sports identity for The Bahamas. Star Class sailors Durward Knowles, Sloane Farrington and Cecil Cooke were the major Bahamian world stars. They were recognized, more so, than other ...
 
 
Pennerman, Charlton get back on track for Purdue
Coming off injury-plagued 2016 seasons, Purdue track stars Keanu Pennerman and Devynne Charlton are both looking forward to strong seasons in 2017. Both competed at the Hoosier Open at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Indiana, over the weekend, ...
 
 
‘Bay Street Boys’ played significant sports role
The ‘Bay Street Boys’, a tag synonymous with the first governing party of the country, the United Bahamian Party (UBP), will probably forever be linked primarily to a rich business history. A group of elite white businessmen controlled the polit...
 
 
Uphill fight for Bahamian women in sports
Generally, the powers that be, patronize them and fellow members of their species often gloss over their milestone achievements. I refer to the sporting heroines of The Bahamas, those determined, courageous, accomplished daughters of the soil whose ...
 
 
Local women’s basketball in crisis
At a time when Grand Bahama’s Jonquel Jones has climbed to the highest point ever attained in women’s world basketball by a Bahamian, the female element of the game in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is in crisis. It is ironic that, despite the ...
 
 
National Sports Academy still not in place
Unquestionably Prime Minister Perry Christie is one of the most successful politicians in the history of The Bahamas. He is for sure in that elite circle, one of just four prime ministers/premiers. However, justifiable or not, his legacy includes cla...
 
 
The Ernie Banks/Andre Rodgers connection
When Ernie Banks passed away, he closed out a chapter that included an element about Bahamian legend Andre Rodgers that never got much attention. Banks was a veteran star at shortstop when Rodgers became a member of the Chicago Cubs in 1961. Banks w...
 
 
McPhee pleads for support of female athletes
Noted basketball coach and sports stalwart Gladstone “Moon” McPhee has gone on record, calling the current “system”, a blatant prejudice against female athletes. “I don’t understand it. Those who lead and go out of their way to be presen...
 
 
Sports leaders challenged to identify true heroes
Today, for emphasis, I focus once again on the statistical shortcoming within the national sports program. It has been generally, a shabby effort when it comes to recording official records of teams and individual performances. Once ago, sports lead...
 
 
The Bahamas is becoming a sports mecca
Prime Minister Perry Christie and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson have proclaimed The Bahamas the sports host mecca of the future. Certainly it is being proven that this country is becoming quite popular. There is an increas...
 
 
Case could be made for Tiger as ‘greatest’ golfer in history
Tiger Woods himself set the standard for ultimate greatness in golf. From the outset, it was clear that his sights were set on matching or surpassing the 18 major tournaments Jack Nicklaus has won. Well, Woods, who has been hampered by a series of i...
 
 
Thompson Foundation donates hurricane relief food certificates
Today, the Mychal Thompson Foundation will present hurricane relief $100 food certificates to 40-plus registered members at the Eight Mile Rock High School Gymnasium, in West Grand Bahama. As chief executive officer (CEO) of the foundation and speak...
 
 
Meacher Major goes back in the ring to highlight December 16 show
Bahamian super featherweight king Meacher Major is scheduled to highlight a boxing show on Friday December 16 at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium. Former heavyweight champion Raynaldo Minus is promoting the event. Major is one of the staple...
 
 
NCAA-sanctioned Junkanoo Jam event might never return to Grand Bahama
Reports coming out of Bimini indicate that the highly regarded National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-sanctioned Junkanoo Jam was well received. I have been informed that the Basketball Travelers folks, who own the product that showcases som...
 
 
Tabernacle continues to boost nation’s high school basketball image
The most prolific institution in Hugh Campbell Basketball Tournament history, the Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons, out of Grand Bahama, placed another glowing feather in the cap of Bahamian high school basketball over the Thanksgiving weekend. Th...
 
 
‘Bahamas Junkanoo Jam’ event provides dollar bonanza for Basketball Travelers
The official reasoning given for the change of venue for the 14th annual Junkanoo Jam Basketball Tournament was a damaged Grand Bahama due to Hurricane Matthew. The truth of the matter is that, with focused attention to preparation of the St. George...
 
 
Bahamian Jones dominates WKBL
The lead story on the Women’s Korean Basketball League’s website captured the big picture of the 2016-2017 season thus far. “Woori Bank looked to continue their winning streak against visiting Shinhan Bank. Shinhan Bank has struggled recently,...
 
 
Jones is WKBL first round MVP
Jonquel Jones is playing at the highest level of her basketball career. To be sure, the Women’s Korean Basketball league (WKBL) is not at the competitive standard of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Jones acknowledges that. St...
 
 
Moore’s Island sports project unfolding
In July of 2012, just a couple of months after he became Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson took a fact-finding team into Moore’s Island to meet with Coach Anthony Williams and look for the most feasible location to cons...
 
 
Jonquel Jones evolving as star player in Korea
With seven games under her belt in the 2016-2017 Women’s Korean Basketball League (WKBL), Grand Bahamian Jonquel Jones is the best player. Playing either center or power forward, Jones is averaging an impressive double/double (17.4 points and 11.4...
 
 
Golf focus by Ministry of Education huge national boost for the sport
Fred Higgs, Dr. Cleveland Eneas, Calvin Cooper, Ken Francis and Dr. Jan Steele-Perkins would be so delighted. The aforementioned are all deceased, but their devotion to the sport will always be remembered. The Ministry of Education and Science Techn...
 
 
Track and field, cricket most influential in regional sports
Baseball, sailing, softball, athletics, swimming and basketball are very prominent in The Bahamas today. This has been the case since the Golden Era of Sports (1930s-1970s) began. Cricket and boxing once rivaled the power sports in the country, but h...
 
 
Wilchcombe, Johnson establish dynamic sports/tourism team
The general election for the country is scheduled for May of 2017. Depending upon how the wind blows, a year from now, new occupants would be in the chairs of governance for tourism and sports. If the governing Progressive Liberal Party is not succe...
 
 
Jones holding court in South Korea
Through six games in the Women’s Korean Basketball League (WKBL), nothing much has changed for Grand Bahamian Jonquel Jones. She is still the dominant force at center against all opponents. Jones is a double/double threat for every game, averaging...
 
 
Advanced schools sports program built by innovative Evon Wisdom
Governance continues across political lines and through respective central administrations. When former Cabinet Minister Desmond Bannister (minister of youth, sports and culture and also minister of education under former Prime Minister Hubert Ingra...
 
 
The Strikers Boxing Club represents vibrancy for a struggling sport
Ronn and Arlene Rodgers run the Strikers Boxing Club. Several years ago, Ronn invited me to see the facility in the Golden Gates Shopping Centre, on the capital island of New Providence. I was impressed, but advised of the challenge of maintaining ...
 
 
‘Tank’ Williams highly beneficial to The Bahamas in sports marketing
In Europe, in particular, Sherman “Tank” Williams is a superb sports marketing vehicle for The Bahamas. He is strong evidence of an athlete worthy of being in the Subvention Program, funded by the Government of The Bahamas. The Bahamas has one o...
 
 
Back to basics approach advocated for Buddy Hield by initial coaches
Unquestionably, Buddy Hield is struggling to find his footing in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The No. 6 selection in the NBA Draft this past June, by the New Orleans Pelicans, Hield has not yet shown the flash that made him the top col...
 
 
Sherman Williams in full preparation for December bout
At 44, Bahamian Heavyweight Boxing Champion Sherman “Tank” Williams is experiencing a resurgence of a career that has already been one of the finest in the nation’s history. On several fronts, Williams is functioning as a Bahamian sports ambas...
 
 
Miller advocates comprehensive national outlook for youth games
The Commonwealth Youth Games will take place July 19 – 23, 2017 with a concentration in New Providence. At least, it is planned that New Providence would be the host city for all of the disciplines, inclusive of athletics (track and field), aquatic...
 
 
Government financial rewards for Rio de Janeiro Olympics processed
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has processed the payouts for successful national representatives at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, inclusive of athletes and entitled coaches. Calvin Balfour, permanent secretary (PS) in the ministry...
 
 
Jonquel Jones clearly a rising Caribbean sports star
The Caribbean Sports Journalists Association (CASJA) recently announced the contenders for the 2016 awards. The winners will be announced on Friday, November 18. A relatively new organization, CASJA has proven to be a great fit in the region’s spo...
 
 
National Sports Hall of Fame fraternity due greater focus
Jayson Moxey, Roosevelt Turner, Freeman “The Natural” Barr, Frank Rutherford, Burkett Dorsett, Patrice DeGregory and Ivan Johnson are among the luminaries who will be inducted into the National Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, November 11 at Govern...
 
 
Jonquel Jones’ game advances
Just out of her rookie season with the Connecticut Sun of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Grand Bahama’s Jonquel Jones came home and worked out in four sessions with the man who first groomed her for the game of basketball. J...
 
 
Boxing fraternity mourns George ‘Boo’ Wilmore
Charlie Major Jr. called two days ago with the sad news that George “Boo” Wilmore had passed. The name would not be familiar to the latest generations of sports fraternity members. Also, the majority of the boxing family who came on the scene du...
 
 
Pressure mounting for Chavano ‘Buddy’ Hield
He’s not yet in rhythm. Just three games into the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2016-2017 season, the pressure is mounting for New Orleans Pelicans’ shooting guard Chavano “Buddy” Hield. The No. 6 selection in the NBA Draft earlier th...
 
 
Silence prevails regarding sports facilities’ restoration
Hurricane Matthew, the storm that left monstrous damage on Grand Bahama, New Providence and Andros, has been gone for several weeks now. At the outset, Prime Minister Perry Christie acted in accordance with the mindset of most Bahamians. He was proa...
 
 
Spirit of togetherness lacking in sports
The sporting image of The Bahamas continues to be enhanced by individual performances, team excellence, sports leadership outreach, and of course the growing reputation as the most vibrant host nation in the Caribbean. Yet, a thorough examination of ...
 
 
The Bahamas challenged to maintain growing image for sports hosting
The sports hosting image of The Bahamas is indeed quite compelling. This became evident to me when I experienced an air of appreciation during a meeting in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands earlier this week as the disclosure of The Bahamas’ schedule of...
 
 
Boxers cry out for regulated schedule at Nassau Stadium
The Nassau Stadium is the venue most synonymous with boxing in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Charlie Major Sr., the eternal dean of boxing in the country, established the Nassau Stadium as the mecca for pugilism way back in the 1950s, after utili...
 
 
Boxers cry out for regulated schedule at Nassau Stadium
The Nassau Stadium is the venue most synonymous with boxing in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Charlie Major Sr., the eternal dean of boxing in the country, established the Nassau Stadium as the mecca for pugilism way back in the 1950s, after utili...
 
 
Cayman Islands’ sports minister says national lottery significant
The clamor for a national lottery is sounding louder in the region. While in the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman to be exact, this past weekend, I engaged in an interesting conversation with the Honorable Osbourne Bodden, the Minister of Community Affa...
 
 
Strong calls for national lottery; sports would benefit abundantly
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and former Gaming Board Chairman Dr. Andre Rollins have gone public advocating a national lottery. Rollins did so on Wednesday in the House of Assembly. On Thursday in the continued House of Assembly session, Wilch...
 
 
A Commonwealth boxing stalwart passes on
Boxing in The Bahamas is rooted in a long relationship with the Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth of Nations is a collection of countries that once belonged to the British Empire. On the night of October 10, 1963 at the Empire Pool Arena in ...
 
 
Harper still an active sports connoisseur at 78
There he reclined, in his bed at The Pines Nursing Home in Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands. Because of the “fatcalves” varicose veins health issue, he doesn’t get around much, like before. No, Jerry Harper can’t vault on scooters and zip fro...
 
 
Bimini’s sports image boosted by relocation of Junkanoo Jam
The relocation of the Junkanoo Jam Basketball Tournament to Bimini is a major sports/tourism boost for the island. Junkanoo Jam, a product of the Basketball Travellers group, had become synonymous with Grand Bahama. It is one of the more prestigious...
 
 
Sports reflections on Leroy ‘Uncle Lee’ Archer
Out of St. James Road in the middle sector of East New Providence came a young lad named Leroy Archer who would overcome humble beginnings to be regarded as the greatest soccer player in Bahamian history. He rose to stardom at the height of World Wa...
 
 
Sports reflections on Vince Ferguson
San Salvador now has a thriving Club Med operation that is driving the economy of the island. In fact, the far-flung southern island in the Bahamian chain, per capita, is doing quiet well. Island patriarch, Clifford “Snake Eyes” Fernander always...
 
 
Sports reflection on Tom ‘The Bird’ Grant
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, residents of The Bahamas are dealing with varying challenges. The damages have been quite severe for many, less critical for others, but nevertheless bothersome. Those who came through Hurricane Matthew virtual...
 
 
Sports reflections on Yama Bahama
Previously in this column, William “Yama Bahama” Butler has been given his just due as the first prime time Bahamian sports ambassador. It is with deep-rooted national pride that I hasten to point out that Charlie Major Sr., the high jump great,...
 
 
Sports reflection on Sir Durward, Sloane Farrington
Today, with Hurricane Matthew and its 145-150 mile-per-hour winds gone from The Bahamas since last Thursday, a nation grapples to recover. As Bahamians throughout the country show resilience and embrace the spirit of togetherness, it is indeed time f...
 
 
Meacher Major nears end of productive pro career
Meacher Major will be 35 in just another two weeks. On October 28, the super featherweight champion of The Bahamas will hit that age mark after 16 years in the ring. It seems just a short while ago, that a young product of the Kemp Road Community c...
 
 
Sports organizations getting in help mode after hurricane
The Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations (BAAA) was out at the sound of the gun, with a quick start to develop a program to assist those in need, following the passage of Hurricane Matthew. On Tuesday, according to a BAAA statement, “Proj...
 
 
BAAA sets prime example for national sports family
Congratulations are in order for the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA)! On Monday morning, before 10 a.m., came the announcement that the BAAA had launched a Hurricane Matthew relief effort. With “Project Quick Relief in immediat...
 
 
Sports associates extend best wishes
Of the many calls I received following the passage of Hurricane Matthew through The Bahamas, included were those from noted sports associates with a close connection to this country. Gomeo Brennan called. The 77-year-old former double Commonwealth m...
 
 
Government should stand firm with sports LOC appointments
The third version of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships is scheduled for The Bahamas, April 22-23, 2017. The Bahamas hosted the first two events, the inaugural competition in 2014 and the second th...
 
 
Job of anti-doping agencies becoming quite challenging
The present dilemma faced by world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is indicative of the wide scope jurisdiction of anti-doping bodies throughout the world. Fury, of Great Britain, currently holds the World Boxing Organization (WBO), World Boxing Ass...
 
 
Government’s financial shortfall threatens national sports growth
The government of The Bahamas is in a financial bind. Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis, who is the point person for that important element, continues to try and present a comfortable picture as it relates to money that is available to t...
 
 
Efforts being made to revitalize Nassau Stadium boxing program
The Government of The Bahamas, through the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, has arranged for jurisdiction over the Nassau Stadium Gym. Accordingly, the facility has been handed over to the Bahamas Boxing Federation (BBF). Wellington Miller, th...
 
 
Veteran ‘Tank’ Williams set for two fights in Denmark
Grand Bahamian native Sherman “Tank” Williams keeps trudging on. The 44-year-old heavyweight champion of The Bahamas is not as nifty as he once was. He does not launch that vaunted overhand right (conch punch) with constant effectiveness, as befo...
 
 
Miller has high hopes for boxing resurgence
Wellington Miller called recently to inform that a new election within the Bahamas Boxing Federation (BBF) is to take place either at the end of this year or very early in 2017. At present, prospective candidates for all of the executive positions ar...
 
 
Davis- Thompson’s matriarchal character evident quite early
The year was 1985 and a young Bahamian girl, with a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the sprint star named Pauline Davis, ran up to her, quite excited for the opportunity. “Ms. Pauline Davis, I want to be just like you when I grow u...
 
 
St. George tourney builds national golf enthusiasm
Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) President Glen Archer and associates were a collective prominent presence at the inaugural Edward St. George Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament, staged in Freeport, Grand Bahama, over the weekend by the Grand Bahama S...
 
 
Golden treatment for Davis-Thompson
It was one of the magical happenings that all of Grand Bahama, with Freeport as the centerpiece, was once accustomed to. Pauline Davis-Thompson, the grand dame of world track and field and our very own icon arrived in Freeport on Friday past as the ...
 
 
Government should consider benevolent fund for sports
Prime Minister Perry Christie’s plate is quite full now. His cabinet ministers are feuding in public. He has burdensome national issues to deal with and additionally Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson has come out in public with...
 
 
High jump world champ Thomas issues challenge to BAAA, BOC
In recent years, senior athletes in particular, have been demonstrating a deep interest in their voices being heard. There is a change in the administration of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), in part because of the general v...
 
 
New era unfolds for American football
It’s the beginning of a new era for American football in the country. This past Saturday in the Paris Congress, the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) officially endorsed The Commonwealth of The Bahamas as a member. The elected p...
 
 
The Bahamas endorsed as a ‘new’ member of the international flag football structure
Tommy Wiking, of Sweden, the man who stood at the helm of International Federation of American Football (IFAF) when The Bahamas was initially made a member at the turn of the new millennium, is back in full control. According to a release that came ...
 
 
Clearing up the ‘school’ baseball issue
Tony Scriven, one of those gallant mentors who sacrifice time and money to help with positive development of our young in the inner city, is quite right. The Ministry of Education and Science Technology, while proactive and progressive with an After...
 
 
Down memory lane with former triple jump star Norbert Elliott
Today, we take a stroll down memory lane to connect with Norbert Elliott. I remember him as the unassuming discovery of Martin Lundy at St. Augustine’s College (SAC), who surprised the region by dominating the CARIFTA Games triple jump competition...
 
 
Comprehensive national outlook advocated for sports celebrations
Hopefully, at some point, our governments will get far beyond the capital-centric attitude regarding the celebration of our sports heroes. It makes sense economically and logistically, for the National Hall of Fame, Walk of Fame and National Airport ...
 
 
A plea sent out for baseball
Within the sporting fraternity in The Bahamas there are proactive leaders who are ever mindful of the limitations they have to deal with and the shortsightedness demonstrated too often by those whom governments charge the national sports responsibili...
 
 
Governments’ sports imbalance hampers national development
Through successive central administrations since 1992, there has been a glaring imbalance in the approach to national sports development. The one-sided perspective, overly favoring track and field, has been a deterrent to the advancement of other cor...
 
 
Bahamas Athletics ‘online’ highlights salute to Olympic medalist Gardiner
The Bahamas Athletics online creation of noted sports photographer Kermit Taylor has become the prime avenue for track and field business in the country. Taylor, through his forum, provides an incredible service. The Bahamas Association of Athletic ...
 
 
Davis-Thompson exemplified patriotism during long career
There is not now, or was there before, another Bahamian who has demonstrated more patriotism than Pauline Davis-Thompson. Of course, there are those who compare with her but none has carried the Bahamian banner more reverently and passionately than t...
 
 
NSA’s role underscores need for new sports financial focus
The acting chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA) Lynden Maycock traveled to Grand Bahama on Wednesday for an overview of the island’s primary sports complex. There was also interaction with the Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darvi...
 
 
Fair outlook regarding men’s 1,600 meters relay matter
Demetrius Pinder, one of the stellar 400 meters (m) runners who hail from Grand Bahama, was naturally disappointed when he was not selected to actually compete during the 1,600m relay cycle recently at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In the past, coach...
 
 
Golf tournament scheduled to salute GB investment icon St. George
When Edward St. George passed away in 2004, Grand Bahama (GB) lost the citizen most synonymous with the island, at that time. St. George, during his lengthy tenure as chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), captured the imagination of lo...
 
 
Opportunity exists for golf resurgence
Glen Archer is the president of the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) at an opportune time. It’s the second time around for him, and he follows on the heels of the great golf sponsor/enthusiast Craig Flowers. It was Flowers who led and financed the in...
 
 
Truth of flag football issue coming out
The chickens have come home to roost. The consequences of missteps and an apparent defiance of Bahamian protocol have caught up to the beleaguered Bahamas American Football Federation (BAFF). Based in Grand Bahama, BAFF interacted with foreign count...
 
 
Flag football controversy bringing American football family together
Today, the Bahamas American football family, inclusive of the highly popular flag format, is the closest it has been in almost 15 years, in coming together and being on the same page insofar as the development of the sport, and proper jurisdictional ...
 
 
Flag football issue politicized by FNM Deputy Turnquest
Perhaps the biggest problem facing the Free National Movement today is the inexperience in leadership. There is Dr. Hubert Minnis as the now unequivocal leader, who clearly has demonstrated shortcomings in his important role as chief of the Official ...
 
 
Williams sports solid market value at age 43
Grand Bahama native Sherman “Tank” Williams, is still marketable in his profession, at the ripe age of 43. The Bahamian heavyweight champion, one of the most decorated athletes in the country, still thrives in an era of older prominent fighters. ...
 
 
The Bahamas getting ready for post Chris Brown 400 meters period
‘The Eternal One’, Chris Brown, might well compel his aging legs to go through one more season of tortuous training to get ready as best as he can, for the 16th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships in L...
 
 
Brown ends final Olympics in relay bronze medal style
Chris Brown is popularly known as “The Fireman” but in essence, he has been “The Eternal One” of world track and field. For a long time, it has seemed as if there was no end to his elite performances in the 400 meters (m). It was 19 years ag...
 
 
Gold in 400m squashes 200m issue about Shaunae Miller
In the end, it just didn’t matter at all! Reference is to the sort of mild controversy that surfaced at the end of week one of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Shaunae Miller reportedly wanted to do the 200 meters/400 meters (m) double. For several da...
 
 
Pedrya Seymour sends strong message
Pedrya Seymour has arrived! She is an authentic elite athlete, one of the world’s best in the 100 meters hurdles, as her sixth place finish Wednesday night in the final of the Rio Olympics indicated. The 21-year-old University of Illinois star hu...
 
 
Sky’s the limit for dazzling Shaunae Miller
To put it simply, she dazzled. Reference is to Olympic 400 meters champion Shaunae Miller. She made an appearance Wednesday on ABC’s popular Good Morning America program, interviewed by T.J. Holmes. All the right questions were asked and Miller r...
 
 
The Shaunae Miller dive!
Shaunae Miller’s dive to glory in Rio is already of legendary classification. All over the world, the finish on Monday night of the women’s 400 meters final at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is of high interest. It’s one of those...
 
 
Beach soccer team making progress
Recently the news surrounding the elevation of Chavano “Buddy” Hield and Jonquel Jones in basketball, plus the preparation for and participation in the Rio Olympics, grabbed the attention of the Bahamian people. Meanwhile upstaged, but valiantly...
 
 
Torch in 400 meters track event passed on to Gardiner of Abaco
The torched has been passed. Steven Gardiner was the only Bahamian male sprinter to move on in the 400 meters at the Rio Olympics. He qualified and ran an excellent race in his semi-final heat, although a 44.72 was good enough only for fifth place a...
 
 
Brown, Thomas, Sands lend vintage flavor to delegation
Chris Brown, the Eternal One; Leevan Sands the triple jump hero; and Donald Thomas, the world champion high jumper, are vintage track performers for The Bahamas. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the host city for this year’s version of the greatest spor...
 
 
Minister Wilchcombe brings order to flag football matter
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe has had a good week. Initially, on Monday in the House of Assembly, he gave quite a passionate and moving presentation on the Grand Bahama Investments Incentives (Port) Bill. On Tuesday, he contributed mightily in...
 
 
Rowing focus is not new in country
The sudden emergence of Emily Morley as an elite performer in rowing has resonated in the country. It is of course, because of her rise in prominence on the collegiate scene, why today, The Bahamas can claim yet another sports discipline added to the...
 
 
Commonwealth Boxing forum remains key avenue for locals
The hosting of the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in The Bahamas next year will place new emphasis on the significance of an environment that has been the catalyst for the emergence of The Bahamas as a mighty little sports nation. In the 1950s, the ...
 
 
The Bahamas’ Olympic medal success pace is exemplary
Millions of observers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics opening ceremony were treated to fanfare and an interesting history. In particular, it was quite interesting, hearing that many countries have never captured an Olympic medal and there were others...
 
 
National men’s 1,600m relay reputation on the line in Rio
For 16 years now, The Bahamas has been one of the top men’s 1,600 meters relay nations in the world. An Olympic gold and a World Championships medal of the golden kind along with other Olympic and Worlds hardware have cemented the status of this co...
 
 
PLP govt’s Bahamian-first claim called into question
The Progressive Liberal Party, under the leadership of Prime Minister Perry Christie has come under attack from critics for its policies. The disillusioned ones are multiplying and there is much discomfort in the land. This government has many Baham...
 
 
Miller, Felix rematch the forecast for Rio
The general prognostication for the women’s 400 meters at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games is a final with sensational Bahamian Shaunae Miller and American sports icon Allyson Felix, the favorites for the gold. This forecast is backed by logical i...
 
 
Olympics focus linked to high expectations
Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) President Wellington Miller, in a chat, before he departed for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a little over a week ago, spoke about a competitive scenario for the country. “I see an upbeat delegation representing The Baham...
 
 
IOC’s decision on Russia stains Olympic Movement
Around the world there is a consensus view that Russian officials intentionally encouraged state-sponsored doping. The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) allowed an investigation to take place, followed by meetings and decided t...
 
 
‘Team Bahamas’ complete for Olympics participation
Team Bahamas is structured. For the 16th time, a national team will represent The Bahamas in Olympic competition. The Bahamian Olympic journey started in 1952 and teams have attended every Olympics with the exception of 1980 (The Bahamas joined the ...
 
 
Dr. Johnson’s doublespeak approach hints fear of Prime Minister Christie
The late robust politician and Majority Rule pioneer Oscar Johnson never capitulated. No one could ever get him to change his words or the meaning he intended to get out. Those who knew the man understood quite well, hell would have frozen over befo...
 
 
Stage set for ‘Buddy’ Hield’s stardom in ‘The Big Easy’
They call New Orleans “The Big Easy” for a number of reasons. In New Orleans, the many tastes of food, culture and social trappings, are exquisite. There is an easy way to go about doing everything in New Orleans. There are some who credit writer...
 
 
Holmes Rock community gives big welcome to Jonquel Jones
The Holmes Rock community of the wider Eight Mile Rock settlement responded adoringly to native daughter Jonquel Jones when she was paraded before the residents at a special reception on Saturday. The affair sponsored by the Grand Bahama (GB) Power ...
 
 
Legends walk proves to be special chapter in Bahamian sports legacy
Last year when Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchombe called and informed that something else would happen along with the naming of the roadway into the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in honor of Mychal Thompson, it sounded like he had come up with a...
 
 
NBA rookie shooting guard ‘Buddy’ Hield coming home
The Grand Bahama Power Company took the initiative and agreed to sponsor a welcome home affair to celebrate the return to Grand Bahama of Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) rookie center/forward Jonquel Jones. She is scheduled to land a...
 
 
Grand Bahama ministry handles ‘basketball stars issue’ poorly
The Ministry for Grand Bahama has fallen down badly. Native Grand Bahamians Chavanno “Buddy” Hield and Jonquel Jones crested in collegiate basketball, and elevated to professional basketball, yet, the Ministry for Grand Bahama seemingly failed to...
 
 
GB Power Company shows up PLP government in honoring Jones
The Grand Bahama (GB) Power Company plans a big welcome affair for native daughter Jonquel Jones this coming Saturday. Jones, a product of the Holmes Rock Community in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, is due to land in Freeport around 12 noon this com...
 
 
‘Boston Blackie’ laments death of old foe and friend
Leonard “Boston Blackie” Miller simply dropped his head when told that his old boxing foe and friend Bert Perry had died. This past Friday, I was in New Providence for meetings, one in particular, arranged by the Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC) ...
 

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