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Scheduled for Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23, The Bahamas' Olympic and World Junior Championships Trials should be one of the best national events ever. The meet will also serve as a qualifier for the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships, which will take place the second week in July in Mexico. Less than two weeks before the meet, there are 17 athletes who have made Olympic qualifying standards.
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie should clash with Sheniqua Ferguson and Anthonique Strachan. Ferguson-McKenzie has run 11.09 seconds in the 100 meters (m). She ran 22.76 seconds, last year, in the 200m. Sheniqua Ferguson, on the other hand, has run personal best times in the 100m (11.07) and 200m (22.64). Chandra Sturrup made the final of the 60m at the World Indoor Championships and has run sparingly since.
Anthonique Strachan has run 11.22 seconds for a personal best and 22.75 seconds in the 200m. Last year, she ran 22.70 seconds. Shaunae Miller has dropped her personal best in the 100m to 11.41 seconds, in the 200m to 22.70 seconds, and in the 400m to 51.24 seconds this season. She will be attempting to better her 400m time on the way to the World Juniors in Barcelona, Spain. Whether she will run in any other event is not known at this time.
World 2007 silver medalist in the 100m Derrick Atkins is back. Over the weekend at the USATF National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, Atkins ran 10.09 seconds, his best performance in years. At the NCAA Championships, Warren Fraser ran 10.18 seconds. Both performances are London qualifiers. There are several young sprinters such as Shavez Hart and Jonathan Farquharson who may make a run for all the marbles as they attempt to make the Olympic 4x100m relay team.
Women's long jump
Long jumper Bianca Stuart made the final of the IAAF World Indoor Championships this March. Her 6.66m (21' 10-1/4") jump this season at the Prefontaine Classic demonstrates that she is ready to break her 6.81m (22' 4-1/4") national record set last year.
Athletes will also be attempting to make the 4x100m relay squad. At present, The Bahamas sits tied for 17th, without Ferguson-McKenzie running with the team this season. Only 16 teams will run at the Olympic Games.
The race of the championships should be the men's 400m again this year. For the last two seasons, Demetrius Pinder has won this event. Pinder won the silver medal in the World Indoors in March, and Chris Brown the bronze. Brown recently defeated Pinder in the Prefontaine Classic. In Saturday's NYC Diamond League meet Brown finished in third place in 45.35 seconds and Pinder did not show.
Michael Mathieu, who established a new national record in the 200m, at 20.16 seconds, has the best time in the 400m this season at 45.06 seconds. Brown has the second best time at 45.14 seconds, Pinder the third best time at 45.15 seconds and Ramon Miller, last year's runner-up, has the fourth best at 45.48 seconds. All four have made the Olympic 'A' standard and only three can run in London. Mathieu indicated he will concentrate on the 200m in London.
The Bahamas will be assembling a men's 4x400m relay squad for London. The Bahamas won the silver medal in this event in Beijing. The contenders will make every effort to secure their spot on the team, thus making it a swift 400m to determine the top six.
Men's high jump
In the high jump, both Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry cleared 2.32m (7' 7-1/2") last year. Thomas is the 2007 World Champion with a best of 2.35m (7' 8-3/4") in 2007, and Barry, the 2011 bronze medalist with a best of 2.32m (7' 7-1/2"). A young Ryan Ingraham has cleared 2.28m (7' 6") and plans to challenge both.
Barry finished second in the Rome Diamond League with a 2.31m (7' 7") jump, the best of the Bahamians this season. At the NYC Diamond League on Saturday Barry finished third, again with a 2.31m (7' 7") jump showing that he is ready to jump. Thomas has cleared a best of 2.27m (7' 5-1/2") this outdoor season. This should be quite an exciting competition as it comes with bragging rights.
Men's long jump
Raymond Higgs, once a high jumper, has soared 8.15m (26' 9"), a 'B' London standard last year in the long jump and 8.07m (26' 5-3/4") this season. The sophomore at Arkansas has the longest jump in the world this year, 8.36m (27' 5-3/4") with a 3.4 mps wind reading. Rudon Bastian has a wind aided (2.3 mps) jump of 8.00m (26' 3"). Higgs finished third in last weekend's NCAA Championships at Drake University with an 8.05m (26' 5") performance.
Men's triple jump
Leevan Sands has a 16.99m (55' 9") jump in the triple jump this season, done at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, and a 17.21m (56' 5-3/4") jump last year in Daegu. The Beijing bronze medalist holds the national record of 17.59m (57' 8-3/4"). IAAF World Youth Champion Latario Collie-Minns will tune up for the World Juniors by taking on Sands. Collie-Minns has a best of 16.55m (54' 3-3/4") done last year and has jumped 16.47m (54' 1/2") this season.
Women's 100m hurdles
Arkansas' Ivanique Kemp made quite a historic breakthrough last week in the 100m hurdles. At the NCAA Championships, Kemp smashed her national record of 13.20 seconds with a blazing 13.13 seconds, which is a 'B' London qualifier. Never in the history of Bahamian track and field, has a female made the qualifying standard for a hurdles event.
Men's 400m hurdles
At the NCAA Championships in Iowa last week, Nathan Arnett ran 50.53 seconds for 10th overall in the 400m hurdles. Grand Bahama's Jeffrey Gibson ran 50.72 seconds for 12th. Arnett has a best of 50.27 seconds. Gibson has a best of 50.69 seconds. Last year Gibson upset Arnett in Grand Bahama. We await the result of this clash.
Whichever athlete sets a new national record, and is not subjected to NCAA rules, will win $2,000 for his or her feat.
Bahamas Olympic Committee team
Once again, we must note that the Olympic team is the responsibility of the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) who alone can ratify the team. The BAAA can only recommend the team based upon its performances. The BAAA alone has responsibility for the World Junior team and the NACAC Under-23 team.
Great performances and excitement
We encourage Bahamians from all walks of life to attend and encourage our athletes to perform well as they march on to London, Mexico and Barcelona. They will be thrilled and pleased and will never forget the excitement and great performances for years to come.
She has represented The Bahamas as a national track and field athlete, and won a number of medals in the heptathlon at the CARIFTA level, for glory not only to herself, but to the country. Sasha Joyce hung up her cleats for high heels and takes on another arena of competition -- the 61st annual Miss World Beauty Pageant.
Mike Sands is the president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA).
He also, is arguably the most knowledgeable Bahamian today about open sprinting and sprint relays. In the aftermath of the poor "relay" decision-making of the selected coaches at the recent International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Outdoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Sands clearly needs to take charge of that part of the national track and field program.
It is true that Sands has a general character that rubs a lot of people the wrong way. In the BAAA the feelings run hot and cold for him. There is hardly a middle ground. Either they support him or they don't.
Make no mistake though. Sands is a solid track and field individual, through and through. Athletics has been about 70 percent of Sands' 58 years of life. He was an elite performer and the most versatile sprinter in our history. Nobody has been as good from the 100 meters to and inclusive of the 400 meters. I wish to give that backdrop because the time has come for the BAAA President to assign himself another responsibility.
He needs to take full charge of the sprint program in the country, with a strong concentration on the relays. Yes indeed, when it comes to an overall understanding of sprints, no other Bahamian is better and few others deserve to be spoken of in the same breath with Sands. This position I have taken, might very well surprise those who know of the many disagreements we have had in the past.
It's just that this is the time for the nation to ensure that in all instances, it puts its best forward. The world's competitive nature, the emergence of countries like Grenada and St. Kitts & Nevis as meaningful regional players in track and field demand as much.
If Sands had the jurisdiction to make the relay decisions in Daegu, there is no way he would have put the nation's 1,600 meters fate in the hands of our three slowest runners. Just how Chris Brown knew instinctively that something was wrong with our first round 1,600 meters line-up, Sands would have had the same gut feeling.
Rather than having to be the diplomat, he needs to call the shots for our national sprint relay program. At least two of our best runners ought to have been placed in that opening line-up. I believe if the final decision was his alone Sands would have acted accordingly. We would have advanced and I believe won a medal, but, he was not in a position to be envied. Had he pulled rank, it would not have been good protocol.
The coaches are on teams for a purpose. It's not about joy rides. They are supposed to make the tough decisions. They blew it. Sands must not allow such shortsightedness in coaching again on his watch. He needs to take over the sprints.
Does he have the strength of character to take such a bold step? Who knows? Time will tell. Whatever the case, Mike Sands in charge of the national sprint program with emphasis on the relays is the way to go.
(Part two in this series will be published tomorrow. To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at email@example.com)
The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) organization is proud to announce its 2nd Annual Golf Invitational to be held at Albany's 18-hole championship golf course, designed by golf icon Ernie Els, on Friday June 8, at 1:30 p.m.
"The BIFF Golf Tournament at Albany is designed to help raise funds for the film festival. We'd like to thank our host, Albany, and all of the tournament's sponsors and players, whose support is essential for the continued success of BIFF and its efforts to promote Bahamian and international filmmaking and to advance The Bahamas as an international film-making destination," said Andrew O'Brien, BIFF chairman.
For the second consecutive year, BIFF has partnered with CIBC FirstCaribbean, "We welcome CIBC FirstCaribbean's participation at this significant level, for the second consecutive year. With the bank's backing, BIFF is better able to support and promote the arts, independent film and culture within The Bahamas and the world," said Leslie Vanderpool, founder and executive director.
Retail Director Richard Phillips said, "CIBC FirstCaribbean is delighted to continue to assist BIFF with hosting the 2nd Annual Golf Invitational. We are pleased to assist and support BIFF's work, especially when the youth are involved. Promoting noteworthy activities within the communities in which we operate is key to our success, and this is a great opportunity to show our support."
This year's tournament promises to be even more exciting than 2011. CIBC FirstCaribbean will be well represented at the event with a team of four enthusiastic golfers and will also provide the players with gift bags filled with golfing gear.
All participants in the tournament will be poised to win the hole-in-one prize of a Mercedes Benz provided by Tyreflex Bahamas.
BIFF is also honored to provide an opportunity to promote our other partners in the spectacular setting of Albany. We wish to thank CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Coca Cola, SkyBahamas, Tillerman Securities, Western Hardware & Lumber Co. Ltd., RBC Royal Bank, Summit Insurance, Bahama Island Realty, Scotia Private Client Group, Majestic Tours, Credit Suisse, J.S. Johnson, Glinton Sweeting O'Brien, Everykey Global Partners, Bahama Islands Realty, Tyreflex, Mercedes, Nat Moore & Associates, Bahamasair, Bahama Divers, Bahama Hand Prints, Dermalogica, Schooner Bay, Bahama Ferries, A Stones Throw Away, JetBlue, Blu Restaurant, Olives, Winter Haven Hotel, Bimini Market Restaurant, Seafront Sushi, Old Fort Bay Club, Wyndham Resort, Poop Deck, Esso Bahamas, SandyToes Rose Island and Sign Post.
A wonderful addition to the fun-filled day on the links course will be the Bahamas National Junior Golf Team. Nat Moore will be sponsoring four players from this team to play at the BIFF Golf Invitational at Albany.
The players selected from the National Junior Golf team are Bijan Lockhart, Anecia Rolle, Brian Coakley and Chad Clarke. "I knew Nat would jump at the opportunity to sponsor the Bahamas National Junior Golf Team, youth initiatives have always been a very important part of Nat's philanthropy. While living in Miami many years ago, I worked for Nat, planning Celebrity Golf Tournaments and NFL Superbowl kick off events for the Youth, Nat continues to be a role model and a close friend," said Vanderpool.
"The Bahamas has always been a friend to me and the Miami Dolphins. My philanthropy efforts have made it possible to support many kids in the South Florida Community and beyond. My foundation mission is 'Helping Kids Help Themselves' and it is with great pleasure that I am able to support these young scholars, and hope they continue to strive for success and encourage them to pay it forward later in life," said Nat Moore.
Moore is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons during the 1970s and 1980s. He played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.
Moore is immortalized in the famous 'helicopter catch' while making a reception against the New York Jets, in Giants Stadium in 1984. He was hit simultaneously from opposite directions by two Jets tacklers, sending his body spinning into the air. The catch was a crucial third-down conversion, leading to a score and a come-from-behind win in a closely contested divisional game. By the time Moore retired, at the end of 1986, in his 13th season with the Dolphins, he had broken almost every receiving record for the Dolphins; his team records, however, were
quently broken by Dolphins wide receivers Mark Clayton and Mark Duper in the 1980s and 1990s. His final career receiving statistics were 510 catches for 7,547 yards and 74 touchdowns. He also rushed for 249 yards and a touchdown, returned 27 punts for 297 yards, and gained 856 yards on 33 kickoff returns.
He is known for his humanitarian work and philanthropy. In 1984, the NFL voted Moore as "Man of the Year", an honor given to a player who gives outstanding service to his community. Moore has also received the Byron White Humanitarian Award in 1986. He created the Nat Moore Foundation, an organization which works with disadvantaged youths in the Miami-Dade county area, in 1998.
On December 5, 1999 he was added to the Miami Dolphins honor roll.
Moore was a football broadcaster for Florida Gators football games on Sun Sports until 2011. As an announcer, he was notorious for adding an "s" to the last names of various players (Chris Leak became "Chris Leaks", Percy Harvin became "Harvins", etc.). In addition, he teams with Bob Griese to provide television analysis of preseason Dolphins games. He also owns a sports promotions firm, Nat Moore & Associates, Inc. He is a vice president in the Miami Dolphins organization and oversees the Miami Dolphins Alumni Association, and also serves as the executive director of the NFL Super Bowl Football Clinic.
About The Bahamas International Film Festival
The Bahamas International Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the local community and international visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. In addition to offering films that might not otherwise be released theatrically in The Bahamas, BIFF will provide a unique cultural experience, educational programs and forums for exploring the future of cinema.
It's going to be an afternoon of elegance and sophistication with fine dining and entertainment not to be missed at The Balmoral on Saturday at the Luncheon on the Lawn.
From the opening cocktail party to a delicious lunch and attention grabbing fashion show, the luncheon to support the Cancer Caring Centre will be spectacular, said Judy Higgs, a member of the organizing committee.
"It will be a very elegant affair that you will remember. It's the kind of event to which you wear a beautiful dress and hat. The afternoon will start off with cocktails upstairs in the club at noon. At 1 p.m., the luncheon will begin," Higgs explained.
"There will be three wonderful courses, then there will be some music and lots of entertainment. It will be a really nice outing for a good cause. Not only will you have a good time but you will be supporting the Cancer Caring Centre, which is a facility that houses Family Island cancer patients who come to New Providence for treatment."
Flat shoes are recommended for the event, which is on the lawn. Table favors for the ladies will be from Jo Malone, donated by John Bull.
Adding to the elegance of the event, a fashion show coordinated by fashion guru Tyrina A. Neely will be held later in the afternoon. Neely said it will be absolutely fabulous and will feature the hottest looks from the Spring 2012 fashion and resort wear collection.
"We have partnered with numerous local boutiques like Cole's of Nassau, Bahama Handprints, Rubins, Tommy Hilfiger and Splash Dance to show the latest in casual and resort wear. There are lots of great things that are new and vibrant this season that will catch your eye from the bright colors to the graceful styles," she said of the event which will also include The Plait Lady as a partner.
"Currently, colors like tangerine, turquoise, coral and shades of green like lemongrass are the hot colors. Pink is also still big this season, and pastels are also popular. A lot of the fashions that will be shown are new arrivals and are available in the boutiques that are sponsoring the event."
Expect to see Grecian-inspired pieces, casual fun cuts and asymmetrical designs. There will also be handmade accessories by Cute Confections, and some of the latest prints and bags for the season will also be displayed.
"People can really look forward to a beautiful showcase of spring pieces and the hottest trends. This will be spectacular. This event is something for people who just love to give back and are dedicated to helping others. They can attend knowing they will get an event they can thoroughly enjoy," said Neely.
A traditional auction hosted by Ed Fields will add to the excitement. Prizes to be won include a quilt made by Stepping Stone Quilters; jewelry from Coin of the Realm; a trip to Pineapple Fields, Eleuthera for two; a weekend at Highbourne Cay, Exuma; two nights at Dunmore Beach in Harbour Island and a portrait by artist, A.J. Watson.
"Breast cancer is very high in The Bahamas and it affects so many people, so we hope many people will come out. We're anticipating some 300 people to attend - more would be good, but that's a good start. We really have to do what we can to support those in need and an organization that cares," said Higgs.
Bank of The Bahamas International has also signed on to the initiative as the sole sponsor of the Luncheon on the Lawn.
"The setting alone is fantastic, but more importantly, the cause is so important," said Michael Basden, marketing manager at BOB, who serves on the bank's active sponsorship review committee.
"Cancer is a disease that touches all of us and at BOB, we want to do everything we can to assist in education about its causes, prevention and the care of those afflicted.
"The Cancer Caring Centre is especially critical for cancer patients from the Family Islands, many of whom would not be able to sustain treatment in Nassau were it not for the center providing a home away from home, a place of comfort where they can stay while undergoing chemotherapy.
"We have been told that all 10 beds at the center are always full and there is a waiting list. That waiting list could include people for whom immediate treatment could mean the difference between life and death; it could make a difference in the quality of life."
Tickets for the nearly sold-out lunch are $150 and may be purchased by calling Betty Sands at 393-1797 or Carleton Robertson at 328-2625.
Luncheon on the Lawn
When: Saturday, February 25
Where: Balmoral Club, Sanford Drive
Nassau, Bahamas - Internationally recognised Bahama Hand
Prints, which designs and creates fashions and accessories like the
scarf above, joins the line-up for the nearly sold-out fashion show
and luncheon to benefit the Cancer Caring Centre. BOB (Bank of The Bahamas)
is sponsoring the
Luncheon on the Lawn event set for this Saturday
at Balmoral. Positive response, organisers said, demonstrates the impact
of cancer on so many lives and the desire to assist with prevention...
Sunday 22nd November 2009 2:30 PM
Under the theme “Tea Around The Universe”, The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Ball Committee starts their fund raising activities with the 4th Annual Heart Ball Committee Tea Party & Fashion Show. This fun-filled afternoon of elegance comprises a fashion show, a hat parade and a table decorating contest, with teas provided by the Mikerlene Munroe of Island Rose and Mrs. Beth Stuart of Beth's Kitchen. Moderated and coordinated by Mrs. Phyllis Albury-Garraway, the show features trends from designer houses such as The Seventeen Shop, Bahama Hand Prints, Envy Me Fashions, and Anita's Place. Funds aid in the repair of hearts of children. Begins at 2:30 pm at Government House. For more information, contact Linda Lafleur at 242-327-0806.
Monday 11th February 2013 10:00 AM
Bahama Hand Prints Valentine's Day Sale Beginning this weekend receive 20% OFF All Garments and Silk Scarves during our Valentine’s Day Sale. Hurry only a few scarves left in stock!!! Saturday February 9th-Saturday 16th Bahama Hand Prints was established in 1966 by artists Helen Astarita and Berta Sands and is recognized to this day for its hand printed fabric, its dazzling colours and brilliant designs that capture the beauty and culture of the Bahama Islands. Today the business is managed by partners Linda Brown and Joie Lamare. The company is now centrally located in Nassau and operates both its manufacturing and retail sales from a factory-boutique complex.
LONDON, England - At 40 years old, Chandra Sturrup is back on another Olympic team.
She might not have qualified in either of the short sprints, but she won another national title last month earning consideration for relay duty.
At the end of the day the choice was clear. When the Olympic team was ratified, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Anthonique Strachan and Sheniqua Ferguson, who all missed the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials due to nagging injuries, were on the team along with the ageless one, Sturrup. It's the fifth Olympic appearance for Sturrup and, barring a Merlene Ottey-like legacy, the last.
"To be honest, it is a bittersweet feeling for me. I was hoping to run the 100 meters and the 4x1, but it didn't work out that way," said Sturrup.
"Due to the injury that I suffered earlier this year, I was unable to qualify in the 100 meters, but it is great being here with the young kids. They are looking up to me because of all the years of hard work that I put into the sport, and it's good to be recognized like that. We're having a real good time, and I'm looking forward to competing in the 4x100 meter relay."
Sturrup, one of the original "Golden Girls", is one of the more revered athletes in the history of The Bahamas. From her Olympic debut at the 1996 Atlanta games to now, she has awed spectators with her speed, her consistency and her drive to excel year after year. She took all of 2011 off, but returned in 2012 with a bang. She made another 60 meter (m) final at the World Indoors, finishing fifth in a season's best time of 7.19 seconds. She improved her time through the rounds, going from 7.23 in the heats, to 7.21 in the semi-finals, and finally to her 7.19 in the final.
"It was great coming back," said Sturrup. "I had a lot of thinking to do about whether or not I wanted to come back, but after I got rolling and had a great indoor season, I was happy that I made the decision to come back and finish my career at the Olympic Games. At nationals, I was running on faith because of a foot injury that was bothering me. It wasn't what I wanted timewise, but to get the win and another national title was great. I'll take that any day."
Sturrup and her 4x100m teammates won't hit the track until Thursday, August 9 when the opening round heats will be held. The final is set for Friday, August 10. The Bahamas qualified in the 15th spot. Only the top 16 teams in the world are eligible to compete in the Olympics.
Vibrant fabrics hand picked and stitched together in a few hours gives Britanni Rolle's line of bags its true authenticity.
Rolle, owner of the newly launched Bags by Britanni line, believes the customization part of business is what will set her apart from the competition, as her customers will not have to be dependent on existing styles but create a bag that is personal and will meet their needs.
"I think the customization part of my business is what sets me apart from other bag lines. You don't have to just pick what is there on the shelf. It all depends on what you want," according to Rolle.
In this week's edition of "Da Plunge", Guardian Business goes behind the seams with Rolle, from the fabric selection straight up to the brand's future. Last month, Rolle officially started her company with 10 bags, which she said can take her anywhere from two hours up to one day to make.
"With my bags, I begin by selecting my fabrics, patterns and colors. I started with one pattern and from there I started to alter the pattern by either adding bows or pockets. Now, I am designing my own bags freehand by drawing the pattern out first and then cutting it. Most of the bags that I make are patterns that I created," she explained. "If I go non-stop, I can do it in about two hours. Usually, it takes me about a day. If someone orders a bag today, if I have the fabric on hand, they can get it the next day. It's interesting because they can customize it. I show them the options but if they want a certain color, then I would go to the store and take a bunch of pictures, send it to them and then they make a selection. They can mix match linings. I do reversible bags so you could have a certain print on one side and a different one on the other."
Just like the Chanel, Gucci, Fendi and Harl Taylor brands, Rolle noted that the Bags by Britanni line will be unveiled in seasons. It began with her summer collection, which has five different styles.
"My bag will be designed and sold by seasons. My first one was a summer collection. Once it's done, I will begin working on my fall line. I am trying to stick with the prints but I will see how it goes," Rolle said.
Rolle said she is excited about the possibilities that her new business will bring, even though she desires to be a dentist one day and is currently a full-time college student studying biochemistry. Despite starting her business only a month ago, this 20 year-old bag lady is making her mark and has gotten two offers to sell her bags wholesale.
"The response has been really good. More and more people are becoming interested in the bags. I have even gotten two offers to do bags wholesale that would be sold to tourists. I found that to be exciting. One is for a resort in the Berry Islands and one from a New Providence based store," she added.
Rolle's bags can range from $18 to $28 in price. Once the bags are complete, the bag is personally delivered to the owner.
"The business has been going for a month. I started sewing my own bags and friends would see them and ask me to do bags for them. The word started to spread. I took it to the business level after someone asked why it wasn't a business. Personally, I have been making these bags for approximately a year before turning it into a business," she said.
As the line expands to include weekender bags, clutches, wallets and makeup bags, she hopes to open a store with another three to five years and supply the products to various accessory stores throughout The Bahamas.