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Just a couple weeks ago, The Bahamas' senior men's national volleyball team were on the cusp of qualifying for the prestigious FIVB (International Federation of Volleyball) Men's World Championship, which would have been a historic first for the country, but they didn't qualify. The women haven't been on the same level as the men for quite some time.
The Bahamas' women finished sixth at the last Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championships, while the men were victorious. Not only that, but the men advanced all the way to the final round of the world championships qualifying process, finishing first in the first round, second in the second and third in the third, while the Bahamian women failed to get out of the first round in their group.
What is causing the huge disparity? Bahamas Volleyball Federation (BVF) President Joe Smith believes that sponsorship plays a significant part, and it is incumbent upon them to get more financial support behind the women's program in the country, like it is done for the men.
"Sponsorship is very important," said Smith. "The bottom line is that our women are not going to get better by just playing local teams here at home. We have to be able to get them more exposure and more experience, but we are well on the way. We are seeing a rebranding of the women's program now. I think that this is the year for them to excel.
"When you look at the program, a lot of youth is integrated into the team, ages 21-22.
"With the men, most of the guys who are excelling now, joined the program at a very young age, and they just grew together. I can see the ladies advancing to the third round of qualifiers (world championships) in the very near future. We have a good crop of athletes who can do it. It's just up to us to get some financial support behind them and allow them to get some international exposure. We are working on that."
The senior men and women's CAZOVA Championships are set for this summer, July 15-28, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
Both Bahamian squads would have to win in order to qualify for the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Championships, set for next year. The Bahamas' men are the defending CAZOVA Champions, and finished seventh at the last NORCECA Championships. The women still have a lot of work to do, just to get to that level.
"I think that we are on the way. We just have to go out there and continue to recruit talented athletes," said New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) President DeVince Smith.
"We want to give the ladies the same opportunities that the men had in terms of international exposure, where they will be faced against some of the best players in our region. To play against your own can only take you so far. The guys got together, made the sacrifice, and went international to play international teams. That built their confidence. Once we do the same with the female program, you will see the same thing happening with them in the future."
The Bahamas' men's national team is one of the favorites going into the CAZOVA Championships this year. BVF President Smith feels that this is the year for the women to make a statement. The implementation of youth and agility into the program could be a major component for the women going forward. The addition of collegiate players such as Je'Nae Saunders, Avoni Seymour and Terae Sweeting into the national picture is expected to bolster the women's volleyball program here in the country.
"When you look at the men, they began to excel when a number of them went off to college. We see that happening now with the women, and we can see a difference in their play," said women's veteran player and coach Margaret 'Muggy' Albury. "I think that we are definitely on the right track in terms of getting the women more established. The collegiate players will only add to the women's national program in the country, so the future looks very bright."
The CAZOVA Championships are about a month away, and it will be interesting to see how The Bahamas fare against the rest of the region, particularly the women.
Funeral service for Kathleen Mary Allen, 61, a resident of Garden Hills Estate #1, who died at 30th January, 2012, will be held at New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Baillou Hill Road South, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Alfred Stewart. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Survived by 5 daughters: Karen Williams, Vonchelle Ettiene, Erica, Melanie and Tamara Allen; one son: Glenroy Saunders Jr.; two Stepdaughters: Inez Knowles & Lanette Gray; two Sons-In-Law: Daylen Williams & Raphael Ettienne; two step-step-sons-in-law: James Knowles & Shawn Gray
Four Sisters: Patsy Joseph, Lydia McSweeney, Cynthia Gibson & Vera Chase; two brothers: Christopher Nottag ...
Funeral service for Eunice Lorraine Anderson, age 59 years, of Petrea Street, Eastwood Subdivision will be held on Saturday May 19th, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., at New Lively Hope Baptist Church, Jerome Avenue and Chesapeake Road. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. A. Shelton Higgs, Rev. Hilbert Flowers, Rev. James Pennerman, Minister Julian V. Anderson and Minister Paula Moncur. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Solider Road.
Left to cherish her fondest memories are her daughter: Ashley Lorell Sweeting; one sister: Marjorie Anderson of Miami Florida; one brother: Claudius Anderson of Chicago Illinois; one sister-in-law: Patricia Anderson, nieces and nephews: Sandra, Terrence and Julian Anderson, Michelle and Freddie Robinson, Todd Anderson, Carla and Jason Hollis, Amber and Anishka Anderson, Patrice, Sherryann, Shantell, Charlene, Gwennie and Shenique Anderson, Silrita and Timothy Knowles, Claudette Anderson and Catherine Webb; grand nieces and nephews including: Khalin, Julian, Calvin and Julianne Anderson, Kasha, Alicia (Donnie) and Fred (JR) Robinson, Erica and Thomas Irvine, Rodney Williams, Percival (PJ) Curry, Deann Anderson and Christian Burrows; great grand nieces and nephews; other family members: Olive Vernett, Antoinette Curtis and family, Carolyn Sands, Myrtle Dean, Lucy Sands, Laverne Marche, the Andersons, Thompsons, Gibson, Sands and Delancy descendants of Deep Creek, Eleuthera, the Penn family, Ball's Alley family, Miriam Finley and Sheniqua Saunders, Leonie and Mavalo Duncanson, Vernell and Marsha Fawkes and family and The Pratt family; Special Friends and Neighbours: Tyrone Sweeting and children, Rose Thompson and family, Lillian Smith and family, Helen Rolle and family, Shirley Knowles and Wilfred Dorsett, Idamae Williams and family, Mary Clarke and Louise Ritchie, Vera Bain, Sonia Knowles and Veronica Jones, Mr. Harry and Audrey Knowles and children, The neighbours of Petrea Street and Angel Road, Eastwood Subdivision, Judy Knowles and Sharon (Sherry) Williams and family, Carolyn Seymour and Family, Jane Davis and family, Jackie Brice and family, Steve and Charlene Simmons, Steven and Magdalene Wilson and family, Lynette Minnis and Glynnis Rolle, Dulcie Armbrister and family, Clara (Mama) Dean, Valarie Dean and Dorothy Smith, Geraldine Higgs, Deborah Hall, Roscoe Sturrup, Persis Mackey, Dorothy Kemp, Randy and Christa Thurston and family; god children: Anndra Alday, Alvardo Deaveaux, Eugene (Ghandi) Clarke, Brunee Dorsett and Aldreco Rolle, Friends from Miami Florida: Margaret Brown, Janet Brown and family; Former colleagues of Batelco Poinciana and Camperdown Offices, Colleagues from the Telephone Department of Princess Margaret Hospital: Marina Laing -Supervisor, Grace Stubbs, Christine Toote, Eva Roker, Sandy Bethel, Deondra Butler, Keisha Pinder, Tabitha Josey, Nadia Saunders, other staff members of Princess Margaret Hospital, Nurses and Doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital: Dr. Eugene Gray, Dr. Akeem Minnis, Dr. Magnus, Dr. Munroe, Dr. Colette Thompson, Dr. Farquharson, Dr. Ricky Davis, Nurses of the Eye ward, Sister Pinder and Sister Butler; Church Family: Rev. Dr. A. Shelton and Lady Ingrid Higgs, Rev Hilbert and Victoria Flowers, Rev. James and Margaret Pennerman along with Ministers and the officers and members of New Lively Hope Baptist Church.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday May 18th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday May 19th, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
The AID Clay Court Championships are well into its first week with play in three divisions continuing at the Gym Tennis Club in Winton Meadows.Two finals took place yesterday evening, but the results were unavailable up to press time. Both the ladies singles and the men's doubles finals were played.In the men's doubles, the number two seeded team of Kevin and Philip Major were set to go up against the unseeded team of Jamal Adderley and Ceron Rolle, who happened to brush aside the defending champs, Derron Donaldson and Robbie Isaacs, 6-2 and 6-4. Meanwhile, the Majors endured a strong challenge from Marvin Rolle and Robert Smith in their semi-final match. They prevailed in three sets, 6-7, 6-3 and 10-4.Danielle Thompson, the number one seed in ladies singles, was scheduled to meet Tanya Butler in the final yesterday. Thompson has not lost a game so far in the tournament, while Butler survived a marathon against the number two seed Melissa Roberts. Butler won in three sets, 1-6, 6-4 and 6-4.Both men's singles semi-finals will be played this afternoon. Also today, the men's junior veterans division gets underway. In men's singles, number two seeded player Jamal Adderley will meet number four Shannon Francis, and number one Kevin Major Jr. awaits the winner of Harrington Saunders and the number three seed, William Fountain.The championships continue until Saturday August 23, at the Gym Tennis Club in Winton Meadows.
The St Augustine's College Alumni Association hosted a successful version of the sixth annual Uncle Lou Road Race Saturday morning.
The early morning riser began in front of Rawson Square, traveled east along East Bay Street (including going over the new Paradise Island bridge and coming down the old bridge for runners only), past Montagu Beach, onto Village Road, onto Bernard Road and ended up in front of the administration building at SAC.
Oneil Williams and Sheryl Rolle were the overall male and female winners in the run, while Kimley Saunders and Bernard Hanna topped the female and male competitors in the walk.
Williams clocked 32 minutes, 19.88 seconds to finish well ahead of Mackey Wi ...
Freeport, Bahamas - Rooster's is pleased to present
The Producers, a Blues band visiting from the Bournemouth, England on
Saturday, February 18th, 2012.
'till the mid-90's as one of Britain's best blues bands, the band has
reformed with two original members (Harry Skinner, vocals/guitar, and
Dave Saunders on bass) and two new members (Ray Drury on keyboards and
Biff Smith on drums) after a seven-year break. Since reforming they've
been receiving rave reviews, and are regaining the loyal following which
made them so popular previously. New material is continually being
written and incorporated into their sets which contains many of their
previously recorded tracks.
Funeral Service for the Late Kevin Lorenzo Lightbourne, 44 years of #299 Graham Drive, Yellow Elder Gardens, will be held on Saturday February 11th, 10:00 a.m. at St. James Native Baptist Church, St. James Road, Kemp Road. Rev. Cyril Sands and Rev. Eric Lightbourne, assisted by Rev. Franklyn Lightbourne, Rev. Edgburt Tinker, Minister Rudy Hall and Minister Dexter Cartwright will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories is: His brothers: Rev. Eric Lightbourne, PC998 Anthony, Alpheus, Keith, and PC Devon Lightbourne.; Sisters- in - law: Christine, Annie, Tyrinique; Nieces: Asharan, Mioshi, Shakera, Shaketra Lightbourne, Crystal Ingraham, Kendra Bethel; Nephews: Deanardo, Demerro, Zephaniah Lightbourne and Trevor Bethel; Grand- Nieces: IAnna, Deandrea, Kia, Karrington Bethel
Uncles: Elijah Tinker Jr. of Toronto, Canada and Cyril Hanna; Aunts: Elder Leancezar Hanna, Ettamae Emmanuel Laguere, Marilyn Russell, Bonnie Tinker of Toronto, Canada, Gertrude Lightbourne and Clementina Lightbourne; Grand- Aunt: Maria Martin; Cousins: Shelton, Rose, Michael and Elva Lightbourne, Pastor Edgburt , Adolph, Drexel, Gaylene, Joshua, Lynette and Patrice Tinker, Lynette Forbes, Mark, Marvin and Merisha Emmanuel, Patrick, Corporal Zebulon Sr. and Hanna Sr. PC 1337 Kathon, Audrey Curry, LaVaughn Sands, Charmine, Deanne Ewers of West Palm Beach, Florida, Servina Major, Nicola, Marcia and Monique Saunders, Margaret Lightbourne, Richard Cunningham, Kenneth Moss, David, Franklyn, Cyril, and Leon Ferguson, Rula- Mae Cooper, Treva, Princess Tinker ( include the rest of the family members that I may have forgotten); Other relatives and Friends including: the community of Salina Point Acklins, Rev. Veronica Hamilton and family, Inez McKenzie and family, Mrs. Iva Culmer and family, Allison and Elaine Rolle and family, Ms. Brown and family, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Rolle and family, Mel Dames and the Family of J.D Fish House, Dwayne Lloyd and family, the whole Yellow Elder family, the entire Grove Community, St. Margaret Road Native Baptist Church, Pastor Cyril Sands and the Evangelistic Centre Church Ministry, and Revival Faith Mission (Abaco location).
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Congratulations go out to 10-year-old Savannah Brady for her outstanding accomplishments in the sport of gymnastics.
On January 27, young Brady with her coach Lavette Saunders, attended the Sun & Surf Spectacular Gymnastics Invitational in Coral Springs, Florida. Brady performed exceptionally well. The Sun & Surf Spectacular Gymnastics Invitational is one of the many meets hosted by Twister Gymnastics Club which is located in Ft. Lauderdale. This popular meet attracted 30 gymnastics clubs representing over 600 athletes. Brady was the token gymnast representing Nassau 'Nastics at this meet and she competed along with 14 other gymnasts in her age division, at USAG Level 6, level 10 being the highest level followed by elite.
This is Brady's first season competing as a level 6 gymnast. She began the season at the Atlantis Crown Invitational which was held here in The Bahamas at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort from December 16-18, 2011. Club Head Coach Trevor Ramsey said: "First meets can be very difficult for our gymnasts, especially those who do not have the opportunity to travel abroad consistently to attend gymnastics competitions and this was made quite apparent by her scores at the Atlantis Crown Invitational."
Brady's performance earned her an 8.3 on vault, 8.0 on the balance beam, 8.0 on the floor and a disappointing 5.4 on the uneven bars giving her an all around score at the Atlantis Crown of 29.775.
However, after her first warm-up meet here at home, Brady, now with a newer realization of how much work she had to do in a short amount of time, resumed training at her gym at Nassau 'Nastics. Brady was determined to do better at her next meet, which is exactly what she did. She raised her overall score to 33.20.
"I was so happy with my bar score because I really wanted to do better than I did at my last competition, and I did," she said. At the Sun & Surf Spectacular gymnastics meet, Brady scored 8.3 on the vault, on the beam she scored 8.4, on the floor she scored 8.6 and on the bars she scored 7.9, which was a great improvement from the 5.4 bar score at the Atlantis Crown Invitational.
Brady's coach, Lavette Saunders, was very proud of her performances at the Sun & Surf Spectacular Invitational.
"Savannah came down with a temperature of 103 on the day of the competition and we were not sure if she was going to pull through. I asked Savannah if she would be able to compete and she said in a determined voice that she didn't come all this way for nothing. I was so proud of her."
Brady will also be attending the Gasparilla Classics in Tampa, Florida from February 24-26. She and her mother Michelle Brady have also made plans to attend the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England this summer.
The versatile athlete is that extra dimension that attracts additional spectators to venues. He/she, whether of the multi-sports variety or simply single-sport, normally creates much more excitement than those who are limited talent-wise.
In The Bahamas, Glenroy ‘Flo’ Saunders and Eddie Ford usually come quickly to mind when the subject of sports versatility comes up. There were a lot others also who gave fans a lot for their dollars. On a wider scope, Deion Saunders is one of the ultimate versatile performers. He played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and was a Pro Bowl selection on eight occasions. He won two defensive player of the year awards and two Super Bowl ...
By KRYSTEL ROLLE
Guardian Staff Writer
A Supreme Court jury yesterday found 19-year-old Ebenezer Sherman guilty of the attempted murder of American cop John Casper.
Casper was shot during an armed robbery attempt in 2008.
The jury handed down a 7-2 guilty verdict. However, Sherman's co-accused, Bradley Saunders, 23, was found not guilty by a unanimous vote of the jury on the attempted murder charge.
Both men were found guilty of the attempted robbery of Joan Algios, Casper's friend.
Casper, a sergeant with the Bergenfield Police Department in New Jersey, was shot in the chest when he tried to intervene in a struggle over a purse between the two men and Algios.
The inci ...