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Twenty proud security personnel representing 17 airports in 13 Family Islands received Train the Trainer certification at the closing ceremony of the five-day “Excellence in Screening Techniques Course,” held January 21-25 at the SuperClubs Breezes Resort.
Local coaches have been encouraged to come out and participate in the USATF Coaches Courses, as it is a great opportunity to further their skills in the sport.
The course, which starts today, will be held at Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium instead of the Ministry of Education building. It was reported that more than 100 people have expressed interest and signed up for the course. At the completion, coaches will be awarded with their certifications from the USATF. The course is sanctioned by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) and will be hosted by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches (BAAC).
"We are very excited about the response for the coaches course. Our target was to reach the government schools and see if we can get a program started where the inner-city kids could stay at the schools and start their development from there.
"We are of the opinion that we lose too many kids from the younger kids because there is not enough interest," said Shaun Miller, a member of the BAAC.
"We probably will be looking at doubling the amount of athletes that The Bahamas can produce on the world class in the long run.
"We really want to target the Family Islands. We are a little disappointed that we don't have the funding to bring more coaches, not just teachers, out of the Family Islands. We wanted to target all of the major Family Islands to place coaches in strategic points because I believe that a kid doesn't have to move to Nassau to further his training career in track and field. Hopefully one day we will have more coaches clinics set up on the Family Islands to accomplish that goal."
A week of activities is planned, starting with the distance clinic, scheduled for Monday, November 4 at Fort Charlotte, starting at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, coaches will visit the Bahamas Association of the Physically Disabled, and Wednesday is Coaches Appreciation Day. The Bay Street Mile will take place on Saturday, November 9, followed by a coaches grill-out at Goodman's Bay.
The week will end with a church service at Bahamas Faith Ministries on Sunday.
Nicholls Town, North Andros -- For six years he's been a real life hero, saving lives, catching bad guys and keeping law and order -- all in a day's work.
But for Owen Hanna, while he's working his dream job as a police officer, it's not enough.
The 24-year-old crime fighter, who is stationed at the Nicholls Town Police Station in North Andros, dreams of obtaining a Governor General's Youth Award (GGYA) medal.
While he wouldn't exactly qualify as a youth, Hanna is approaching the GGYA's age limit of 25. That has not deterred him from becoming involved in the self-development program.
GGYA participants take part in hiking expeditions, community service, a physical activity and develop a skill. Depending on the time invested in the program, participants can earn Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.
"During my time in high school, I wasn't aware of GGYA. After reviewing a participant's application form, I noticed the age ranged from 14 to 25. Being 24, I was eager and more excited to be a part of GGYA. I also wanted to further my development," said Hanna, who now serves as a GGYA unit leader.
"After telling people I was going to join GGYA I got positive feedback. I don't think there are many people who would have, at this age, gone for the Bronze. The GGYA welcomed me with open arms. They were eager to receive me and teach me what they know. But, you know what, it's never too late."
Even though he doesn't have his Bronze yet, Hanna has already set his sights on a Silver Award.
But, he knows that his age will pose a problem.
He's now hoping GGYA officials will subscribe to the theory that age 'ain't nothing but a number' and allow him to continue on in the program.
"I've done so much in my life, but there's still so much to do and honestly, I'd really like to go all the way to the Gold," he said. "I'm hoping GGYA will make an exception and allow me to pursue the Silver and Gold. That would be a dream come true."
Hanna, who trained extensively to become a police officer, said the GGYA expeditions would be "a piece of cake".
"I'm prepared for anything; I'm not afraid of challenges. I'm willing to overcome any challenge if it will be beneficial in the end. Being a police officer I have already been through rigorous training. On numerous occasions I go on hikes. So, right now, I'm excited to hike," he said.
Besides eventually earning a law degree, Hanna said he has a passion for helping the nation's youths and wants to "save the lives of some of these young men".
He also wants others to know it's not too late to join GGYA.
"When I looked at the program itself, it has an excellent structure to develop, shape and mold any young person's character and to steer them in the right direction. That's my goal. Now that I know I have a chance, I want to let people who feel that once they come out of school they can't join this program, that they can and they should go for it," he said.
Nearly 1,700 participants from throughout the country are in the GGYA.
Units are located on Abaco, Acklins, Andros, Bimini, the Berry Islands, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island and Grand Bahama.
This year alone, the GGYA has presented over 400 Awards to various youths.
A chestnut-colored coffin draped with the Bahamian flag attracted the stares of every eye in the packed auditorium, where solemn crowd of uniformed officers, family members, friends and fraternity brothers gathered to say their final good-byes to Corporal 2453 Desmond Burrows.
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
HON. TOMMY TURNQUEST, M.P.
MINISTER OF NATIOAL SECURITY
COMPENDIUM OF ANTI-CRIME BILLS
Wednesday 19th October, 2011
It's not your regular gym workout, in fact, it's not even a gym. Dabox is the newest training facility in New Providence, that comes with a different twist.
There's no need to worry about struggling while doing bench presses because there are no benches, cardio machines, exercise bikes or stairmasters to climb in Dabox. Trainer Charles Johnson is promising a pleasant surprise with fast results for those walking into the cubical training facility, located in the Airport Industrial Park. Johnson, who is also a trainer with G-Fit Performance, said Dabox is a broad based fitness workout.
"Anyone can do it, but it is based on your level of intensity, scaled to fit the person," said Johnson. "I went away about two years ago and got certified for cross fit, what they call a "crave" of fitness. It has blown up worldwide and caught on in the Caribbean. We have the first box in the Eastern Caribbean. They call the workout areas boxes and not gyms. There are other boxes, but they are in the Latin part of the Caribbean.
"I am a certified level one coach. There are two certified Bahamian cross fit coaches, so far, myself and Tiffany Forbes, who was my first client in the box. We started out really small and now we are up to over 150 members. It is functional training, which means there are no machines. The average gym has machines and all their fancy equipment, but there's none in the box. We train functional in there, which mimics the way the body should move, things that you use daily.
"We train daily at a high intensity. A lot of people are coming in now and are getting into this new training. We have three phases of the workout: cardio, gymnastics and weight lifting. When we blend those three together we get a broad based fitness program, like no other. That's what makes it so popular."
Every individual must complete an online registration form before you can step into Dabox. This allows the member to track their progress as well as view available class schedules. Small group classes, led by Johnson, the certified RxCoach, are designed to challenge each member physically and mentally. Johnson promises that no member will be blinded. In fact, six pre-sessions are held before the member is fully enlisted into the program. The monthly fee for the program is $75.
Johnson added: "When you take part in cross fit, you are talking about losing three different body fats a week. It is a high intensity workout. Once you get in what we call 'Dabox', you don't come into the environment to do your own work out or own thing. Everything is prescribed. I write the work out and program the work out. Every day, the workout is different. You can't call a person and ask them what we are going to do because with cross fit, the workouts are programmed differently everyday. Not one person can say that they had the same exact workout on a daily basis because there are thousands of different workouts. It keeps the body guessing, so thrill of not knowing keeps them coming back. It is a big fan fair."
Classes are held Monday to Sunday, at various times. Since class sizes are limited and in high demand, participants are asked to book their workout sessions a week in advance. The website for interested persons is gfitperformance.rxgymsoftware.com.
Twenty-seven students at Dance Bahamas School (DBS) have a reason to pirouette around their house all day long as they successfully passed their Royal Academy of Dance examination -- an international test which assesses the growth and achievement of dancers of all ages and ability levels.
The candidates between the ages of six and 16, acquired exceptional results, achieving either a distinction (gold standard) or merit (silver standard) pass on their exams. For DBS director, Robert J. Bain II, it was great to see the kids do well at the examination which he says is a great means for young dancers to be able to judge themselves and push themselves beyond their limits in a timely and healthy pace.