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The Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) congratulates the Freedom Farm Baseball League (FFBL), its executive team, coaching staff, and most importantly, the players for their outstanding performance during the Grand Bahama Port Authority's (GBPA) 10th BBF Andre Rodgers Baseball Championships.
The Farmers captured four of the six age divisions up for grabs at the recent championships. The BBF hosted over 700 boys and girls from June 20-24 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The tournament paid dividends for Grand Bahama. A total of five hotels on the island were impacted, and most if not all of the rental cars were booked out.
There were some dominating pitching performances in the 13-15 and 16-18 divisions. In the 13-15 division, Anthony Russell from the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) threw a perfect game, and Justin Sweeting and most valuable player (MVP) Michael Sands tossed no-hitters.
In the 16-18 division, a no-hitter was thrown by MVP Dwight Rahming from Freedom Farm. Rahming barely missed a perfect game, as he gave up a walk to the ninth batter in the fifth inning. The federation is excited to see the level of pitchers being developed in the country as it prepares teams to represent The Bahamas in the international arena.
Freedom Farm won gold medals in the Insurance Management Coach Pitch Division, the BTC 9-10 Division, the GBPA and Bommer George Trucking 11-12 Division, and the Summit Insurance High School 16-18 Division. In the Coach Pitch Division, a very powerful team of seven and eight-year-olds from Freedom Farm, who know and understand the game of baseball, dominated the division. In the 9-10 Division, one of the best games of the tournament was the gold medal game between JBLN and the Farmers. Freedom Farm won a close game, 7-6.
In the 11-12 Division, Freedom Farm went undefeated, advancing to the gold medal game with a 4-2 win over Grand Bahama Little League.
They won the gold with a 10-4 victory over the JBLN. In the 16-18 Division, Freedom Farm advanced to the gold medal game after being down in a rain-shortened game on Saturday night against the Grand Bahama Amateur Baseball Association (GBABA) team.
Both teams went into that game undefeated. Freedom Farm Manager Jeff Francis went with southpaw Dwight Rahming, who turned in an outstanding pitching performance. He led the Farmers to an 8-1 victory over the GBABA team.
In The Shoe Village Junior Division (13-15), the JBLN benefitted from outstanding pitching performances and steady play to win the gold medal. They defeated the Grand Bahama team in the gold medal game, 4-2.
Finally, in the FOCOL College Division (25-and-under), the gold medal game proved to be one of the most exciting games of the tournament a previously unbeaten JBLN team lost a nail-biter to the defending champions Legacy, 3-2. Southpaw MVP Leon Cooper turned in a strong pitching. He held the JBLN bats at bay.
The BBF thanks its corporate sponsors for their contribution, and congratulates its lifetime achievement recipients, and high school and college award winners.
The BBF lifetime honorees are: Adrian Rodgers, the late Arthur Thompson, the late George Mackey, and the late Vince Ferguson. The most outstanding high school player was Theodore "Trae" Sweeting, from JBLN, while Byron Ferguson, also from JBLN, won the most outstanding high school pitcher award. Sweeting attends Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, and Ferguson attends Trinity Christian Academy in Florida.
The most outstanding college player award was shared between Jervis "Champ" Stuart, out of Bimini, and Brandon Murray, from the JBLN. Stuart plays his collegiate baseball for the Brevard College Tornados, and Murray who was a DI player of the year this year, plays for the College of Charleston Cougars.
Desmond Russell, from Legacy, who was also a DI player of the year this year and who plays for the Jackson State University Tigers, won the most outstanding college pitcher award.
In other baseball news, the New Providence Amateur Baseball League (NPABL) is all set to host the NPABL Senior Summer Baseball Jamboree.
Draft Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, at the JBLN Senior Field at noon. Games are scheduled to be played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
All senior players in New Providence are invited to take part. The contact persons for the jamboree are Jeff Francis and Bertram Murray.
Now that the former member of Parliament for the Golden Isles constituency and former minister of youth, sports and culture in the Ingraham regime, Charles Maynard, has passed away, the opposition Free National Movement (FNM) must now decide who it wants to be its new national chairman.
The FNM, it seems, has gotten over the sudden and tragic passing of Maynard. Now the official opposition party must regroup if it hopes to hold onto the North Abaco seat in the upcoming by-election. Maynard's passing has left a huge, gaping void in the opposition. But the party must now find a replacement who would be able to fill the giant shoes that were left by the late FNM chairman. Contrary to what the deputy chairman of the FNM, Dr. Duane Sands, recently said to The Tribune about it being too soon to select a successor to Maynard, I believe the party must immediately find a replacement. Maynard's passing was tragic. But life goes on. I was surprised after reading a report in one of the Nassau dailies that FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis is in favor of former FNM Chairman Carl Bethel being selected to the vacant chairmanship post. I wholeheartedly agree with the FNM leader when he told the press that Bethel has a lot to offer. He is one of the most consummate politicians in The Bahamas. Even though many of his political detractors have been very critical of the former member of Parliament for the Sea Breeze constituency, he has maintained his composure, patience and dignity.
I have never seen a Bahamian politician who is more diplomatic than Bethel. Rather than stoop to the level of his critics, Bethel has remained steadfast in his professionalism, even after suffering a crushing defeat at the polls on May 7 at the hands of an individual who had never been a member of Parliament.
Bethel is a true statesman. Despite what the critics say, I still believe that there is a future for him in frontline politics, especially in the FNM. Perhaps few were surprised that Bethel had lost his contest. It was the second election loss for him in as many as 10 years. In 2002, he lost his seat to a political novice. Many so-called political analysts were predicting that Bethel would go down again in defeat in 2012, and they were right. His last election defeat was another unfortunate setback in his celebrated political career. But I don't really fault him for his loss. What happened on May 7 was a wholesale rejection of the FNM by fed up Bahamians. Bethel lost his seat because he just so happens to be an FNM. I don't think it had anything to do with his individual performance in Sea Breeze. While he was the minister of education, he had taken a lot of flack for several child abuse allegations in the public school system.
His critics were adamant that that was one of the reasons for his removal from that ministry. They have chosen to interpret his removal from that post as a firing. However, FNMs saw it as a much needed restructuring for the betterment of the party. Be that as it may, no one can deny that Bethel is a quintessential FNM who worked himself up through the ranks of the party. During the disappointing eighties when the FNM was so accustomed to losing to the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling, Bethel was there. He is no johnny-come-lately to the FNM. The current leadership of the FNM should not discard him or second generation FNMs like Tommy Turnquest to the political bone yard.
The last five years have not been easy for the former FNM parliamentarian. Not only was he removed from the Ministry of Education under the former Ingraham administration, he also had failed to hold on to the chairmanship post of the FNM in May. What's more, he was the sitting chairman of the governing party that was nearly wiped out of Parliament. But now it looks like he is about to make a comeback to frontline politics. Minnis was dead-on when he told the press that Bethel has "institutional knowledge" that he would not ignore. He is a walking political history book. I think one example of Bethel's erudition will suffice.
I was glad to hear the former FNM chairman, Michael Foulkes and Janet Bostwick defend the record of the FNM on the Wendell Jones radio program, "Issues of the Day", on Love 97.5 FM, some months before the May 7 general election. As I listened to Bethel on the program, I came to the conclusion that he is very knowledgeable on Bahamian history. The trio reminded the host and the listening audience of what The Bahamas was like during the 1970s and 1980s. During that interesting period in Bahamian history, few understood what true democracy was. I was astounded to learn that a Cabinet official wanted the government to rusticate its political opponents to the island of their births. This was nothing short of dictatorship. I am equally amazed that The Bahamian people stood idly by and allowed the then administration to get away with such a dangerous proposal. That the Bahamian people would even allow such a dangerous proposal to even be entertained in the modern Bahamas tells me that they were so afraid of the then opposition FNM and elements of the defunct United Bahamian Party (UBP), who had joined up with Cecil Wallace-Whitfield and his fledgling political organization in the early 1970s, that they were willing to tolerate almost anything from the hierarchy of the then government.
I am glad that this plan never saw the light of day. Obviously somebody within the then government had put a stop to it. The FNM is now, for all intents and purposes, in a rebuilding mode. It has two new leaders, Dr. Minnis and Loretta Butler-Turner. Moving forward, however, the party must see to it that veteran FNMs such as Bethel and Turnquest have a meaningful role to play in the party. The two still have a future in frontline politics. And the FNM needs them.
- Kevin Evans
LONDON, England - Bahamian Trevorvano Mackey was the last Bahamian to qualify for these 30th Olympic Games here in London, England, but he's as comfortable as if he was on the team all along, and as if he's competed at this level before.
These past two nights at separate receptions to honor Team Bahamas, he spoke of how calm he is headed into his first Olympic Games, and how ready he is to compete. Mackey qualified at the 'A' standard for these 2012 Summer Olympics, by running 20.52 seconds in the 200 at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Guanajuato, Mexico, just 30 minutes before the London deadline. Even more spectacular, Mackey ran that time into a headwind.
"Well, I always knew I could do it," said Mackey. "Now that I've qualified, I'm just ready to compete. I feel great heading into competition. We were working on some last minute stuff and hopefully, everything will fall into place.
"I know that I have some big shoes to fill when you look at guys like Derrick Atkins and Dominic Demeritte but I'm prepared to just go out there and give it my best shot. I feel like the sky is the limit for me."
Well said. Mackey has been running well all season long, but really started turning heads at the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials, held at the end of June, at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. There, he ran an impressive personal best of 20.68 seconds to win the national title. Then the questions began to surface... well at least one question in particular. Would he be able to qualify 'A' standard for the Olympic Games?
The Olympic 'B' qualifying time was 20.65 seconds, and the 'A' qualifying time was 20.55 seconds. Mackey needed to run the 'A' standard, seeing that three Bahamians had already made that standard this year. Olympic rules state, that once an athlete from a country runs the 'A' standard in any event, for another person to make that Olympic team in that event, they too would have to run the 'A' standard. So for all intents and purposes, Mackey knew what he needed to do, at what turned out to be the region's final Olympic qualifying meet, and he went out there and did it. He finished fourth in that 200m final in Guanajuato, but accomplished his goal of setting a new personal best and running under the 'A' standard for the games.
"Everything is just coming together at the right time," said Mackey. "I know this is my first Olympics but I'm very excited to get out there and just compete. I feel like I can run much faster and these Olympics present the perfect opportunity for me to do that. I'm excited and just ready to go."
The heats of the men's 200m will run Tuesday, August 7. Mackey will be joined by Michael Mathieu in that event. Mathieu is The Bahamas' national record in that event, running a time of 20.16 seconds in Brazil, in May.
As for Mackey, the sky is the limit. At just 20 years of age, he has personal best times of 10.31 seconds in the 100m and 20.52 seconds in the 200m. He will only run the latter at these 30th Olympic Games here in London.
Thursday 10th May 2012 8:30 PM
Thursday Salsa Night ( Bahamas Salsa Group) Havana Night will be hosted at Via Caffe every Thursday night at 8:30pm until 11pm. To continue to enjoy this free night of salsa lessons and dancing we request that you patronize Via Caffé by purchasing food and drinks from their wonderful unique menu inclusive of Italian cuisine. Ask about the drink specials each week. Dress code: casual or come in your BSSN t-shirts. Don't forget your comfortable shoes. SALSA SOCIAL We have been enjoying a Salsa Social every week since March 2010. We started off in The Bullion at the British Colonial Hilton, moved to Hard Rock Cafe in April 2011 and have just completed a succesful twelve weeks in Sharkeez. There have been many memorable nights of fun with locals and visitors from near and far. We continue to see a host of new dancers catch the Salsa bug after which they never miss a week. The free lessons have developed over time to include the basic introductory Salsa steps, Cha cha, now the Merengue Electric Slide (a hit with beginners) and Bachata. See you every Thursday for a night of fun. Vibe at Via this week Friday Happy Hour ( with DJ Alpha sounds) Saturday Ladies Night ( with DJ Alpha sounds) Scotia Bank Bldg Parliament St. & Woodes Rogers Walk 242-322-7210
Dr. Hubert A. Minnis (FNM-Killarney), the leader of the official opposition, has his work cut out for him. He has some big political shoes to fill as he seeks to reconstruct and mold the shell-shocked Free National Movement (FNM) in his own image. The ever pervasive shadow and hologram of Hubert A. Ingraham (FNM-North Abaco) loom large over his shoulders.
I have long predicted that Dr. Minnis would emerge as de facto leader of the FNM, even if, for the time being, the former leader is, in fact, the de jure leader of that defunct party. So said, so done. At a recent press conference or was it a one man, as usual, diatribe, Ingraham demonstrated that he is still of the bogus and mistaken view that he is still relevant in Bahamian politics.
The biggest single reason why the FNM went down in flames in the general election is Ingraham and his abrasive style of leadership. Yes, he used to be relevant, bold and fresh. Today, he is irrelevant, timid and stale, with all due respect. His shelf life has expired but he continues to act and believe that Bahamians still want to purchase a rancid loaf of bread.
Dr. Minnis, however, has what it takes to become prime minister of this nation. Some misguided persons think that it is all about being bombastic. Others, just as deluded, believe that a leader must wear his or her mantle on their shoulders like some big and bad bully.
The days of such leaders are over in The Bahamas. What we want today is a mixture of both where compassion is combined with laser-like focus on the issues and concerns which impact ordinary Bahamians on a daily basis. Political insecurity and one-man band scenarios have plagued our country for too long and we must move beyond them. Who is Dr. Minnis the man and is he up to the task of unseating the now resurgent Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administration?
I am not a PLP and I would not even talk about the FNM. What I am, however, is a true born Bahamian who has an unequalled passion for my country and the orderly advancement of all who call this nation home, bar none. Political tribalism will be the death blow to the hoped for success of the PLP. Far too many so called PLPs believe that God Himself bestowed this nation upon them and to hell with the rest of us who may not belong to their tribe.
Already one is witnessing the return to positions of influence of the "old guard" within the PLP and already one is able to cringe when one sees how contracts and other governmental favors and perks are being handed out, like candy, to those who bow at the altar of Perry Christie and the boneless sycophants who worship the rest of them.
Mind you, don't get me wrong, in politics this is the way it is. I submit, however, that there must be several slices of the collective loaf of bread available for other Bahamians regardless of political affiliation. It is morally wrong and politically unacceptable for the whole hog to be shared amongst only those who belong to a governing party.
This is the difference which Dr. Minnis will bring to the table. He is a self-made man whose means have very little to do with his political posture or the virtue of his being in the House of Assembly. Whatever he might have he earned it the old fashioned way by hard work, focusing on an agenda and by prudent investments with his own income.
Lynden Pindling, Christie and Ingraham, by contrast, never had to really work hard in their natural lives. None of them, God bless them all, has ever had to work "hard" in the private sector for too long.
Dr. Minnis came from relatively humble beginnings and had to go out to work early in his life. Yes, his father may have been able to do something for him, but basically he came up the rough side of the mountain. He has a tenacity and attention to detail that few frontline politicians seem to possess or have the ability to display. His speaking style is adequate to the task at hand and he is a sharp debater in the House of Assembly. His feathers are not ruffled easily.
In going to meet the man called Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, I am of the firm view that he is more than capable and able to stand his ground in any and all circumstances. I am also aware that some of my PLP friends and enemies (and I have a load of them both) will question why I seek to praise and embellish the abilities of the leader of the opposition but I call a spade a spade. I serve at the altar of no tin gods, iron men or Fruit of the Loom women.
"Going to meet the Man" is the title of a book written some years ago by the now deceased, celebrated black American writer James Baldwin. The sentiments expressed therein by Baldwin are applicable, in today's context, to the leader of the opposition. Dr. Minnis, eventually, will reconstruct and mold the now shell-shocked FNM into a force to be respected by its detractors.
If the PLP fails to deliver on its big gold dream, the average Bahamian will be merciless in his/her treatment of that party come the next general election. The immediate task at hand for Dr. Minnis, however, may well be a hopeless one. The upcoming by-election in North Abaco, in my submission, will be lost, big time by the FNM unless they immediately put certain measures in place.
In going to meet the man, Dr. Minnis must rise to the occasion. If he fails to do so, and I am of the view that he is being set up to so do, his leadership momentum will be subjected to severe challenges. Do I know how they in the FNM would be able to retain North Abaco? Absolutely. Will I so advise them?
To God then, in all things, be the glory.
- Ortland H. Bodie Jr.
Saturday 14th May 2011 12:00 PM
Description: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 12:00pm - 6:00pm at the Western Esplanade. Support 8 year old Ravyn Deveaux in her fight against Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Tickets are $10 each. Available at Aprilanne Shoes, Averill Fabrics, Deveaux Trucking, Louron's Investment, Gomez Catering, Tierra's Collections. Location: Western Esplanade, Nassau, The Bahamas Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011 Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm EDT Duration: 6 hours Category: Health*, Featured*, Special Events* Come on out and lend your support! Email: email@example.com
It's almost summer and most women are looking forward to getting a pedicure and showing off those pretty toenails, but as diabetics, before you kick off your shoes, consider the potential downsides of pedicures.
People with diabetes are at high risk for a number of complications including infections, ulcers and amputations. If there is a break in the skin, it can lead to a leg or life-threatening infection. As podiatrists, we recommend that individuals with diabetes do not receive a pedicure because of the often questionable sanitary conditions of the beauty salon, the skills of the individual performing the pedicure and the cleanliness of the instruments used.
Regardless, many women (and, yes, even men) with diabetes are still heading to salons and spas. Aside from being a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, pedicures can ensure that feet are clean and moisturized, which is important when you have diabetes with dry skin. The reality is that women are going to get pedicures whether they are diabetics or not. If people with diabetes choose to have pedicures. they must be aware of the risk and follow these tips to keep their feet safe.
Know when to skip it: If you are healthy, with your diabetes under control and without complications, getting a pedicure may not pose as great a threat as it does for people with diabetic foot complications. If you have decreased feeling in the feet (neuropathy), an infection or an ulcer, don't book an appointment. An open wound will allow in any bacteria that may be hiding in the foot basin, the water or on the instruments. Further, because of the nerve damage you may not be able to tell if you've been cut or burned if the water is too hot.
Check out the salon: Before scheduling a pedicure at just any nail salon, it is wise to look into the cleanliness of the salon and its practices. It is important to look into all the salon's sanitation practices, the technician's training (make sure he/she is licensed), how the tools are cleaned and how the basin is cleaned. If the salon looks clean, but you're still not sure, don't be afraid to ask them how they clean their basins and instruments.
Foot baths and instruments should be cleaned with a hospital-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant after every client. If the salon or spa does not clean often enough or with the proper chemicals, don't take a chance on going there. There are so many things you can catch at a salon that is not clean including fungus or bacteria. It is recommended that you visit and check out the salon or get a manicure first before getting a pedicure.
Examine the foot bath: Foot baths provide a pool of warm, bubbly water that is relaxing. But they can also be filled with bacteria that can come from the water or from the basin not being cleaned properly after the last client. It is recommended that basins are thoroughly cleansed between each client.
Inspect the tools: Before you let a pedicurist touch your feet, find out how her tools are sanitized. All nail instruments should be cleaned after each use. Dirty instruments used on past customers or soaked in unchanged sterilizing fluid or open containers are very dangerous and can be the source of an infection. Pick a salon that uses stainless steel instruments, which are easier to clean rather than wooden sticks or porous files. To prevent the spread of infection, emery boards and nail buffers should be used once and given to the client or thrown out after each client. To ensure instruments are clean and safe, some people take their own tools to the nail salon. At the end you would take the tools home and clean them yourself.
Give instructions: If you have diabetes it is best to tell the nail technician you have diabetes. Give clear guidelines on how you want them to take care of your feet safely. Tell them that you cannot have your feet soaked in hot water. Request that the technician not clip your cuticles or file your heels or calluses with a blade.
Make sure the water is warm, not hot, and that your toenails are cut straight across. Moisturizing lotions or creams should be massaged into your feet, but not between the toes. Insist that the pedicurist avoid a credo blade or razor on your feet.
Consider the alternatives: These measures may seem a bit excessive, but consider the alternative. Unsterilized instruments can pass bacteria and infections between clients. The first thing to understand when it comes to diabetics is that pedicure risks in healthy people are multiplied in diabetics.
The first thing that a diabetic should do is to consult their podiatrist and ask them if they can have a pedicure. Sometimes patients with controlled diabetes can enjoy pedicures without much more risk than normal healthy people. However, nail technicians must remember that instruments should be cleaned before use and that diabetics are at increased risk for complication and that their skin should never be broken.
In the unfortunate situation that the skin of a diabetic is broken, or if there is pain or soreness you must take immediate steps to clean the wound and place a dressing on the wound. You should see a podiatrist as soon as possible if symptoms persist. When you have diabetes, any injury to your feet is a major concern even if it is caused by the manicurist. An injury is an open invitation for an infection. An infection can lead to higher blood sugars and higher blood sugars can interfere with healing, which can lead to ulcers and potential amputation.
When it comes to pedicures, persons with diabetes must ask themselves if it is worth the risk? People with diabetes should be seen by a podiatrist on a regular basis for routine foot care. It is best to see the podiatrist, regularly so any problem or potential foot complications can be dealt with early.
o For more information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.apma.org or pedicuretip.org. To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street or call 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane or call 394-5820.
Thursday 17th May 2012 8:30 PM
Thursday Salsa Night ( Bahamas Salsa Group) Havana Night will be hosted at Via Caffe every Thursday night at 8:30pm until 11pm. To continue to enjoy this free night of salsa lessons and dancing we request that you patronize Via Caffé by purchasing food and drinks from their wonderful unique menu inclusive of Italian cuisine. Ask about the drink specials each week. Dress code: casual or come in your BSSN t-shirts. Don't forget your comfortable shoes. SALSA SOCIAL We have been enjoying a Salsa Social every week since March 2010. We started off in The Bullion at the British Colonial Hilton, moved to Hard Rock Cafe in April 2011 and have just completed a succesful twelve weeks in Sharkeez. There have been many memorable nights of fun with locals and visitors from near and far. We continue to see a host of new dancers catch the Salsa bug after which they never miss a week. The free lessons have developed over time to include the basic introductory Salsa steps, Cha cha, now the Merengue Electric Slide (a hit with beginners) and Bachata. See you every Thursday for a night of fun. Vibe at Via this week Friday Happy Hour ( with DJ Alpha sounds) Saturday Ladies Night ( with DJ Alpha sounds) Scotia Bank Bldg Parliament St. & Woodes Rogers Walk 242-322-7210 Count Down to the second annual dance competition - 23 June 2012 @ Atlantis, Paradise Island Come out and practice your moves so you can compete or enjoy the after party. Click HERE to see more about the event.
There are two things the executives and athletes in the governing body for track and field in the country can now brag about - a pair of medals from the indoor championships and being the first association to host a reception at the new national Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
Silver medalist Demetrius Pinder and bronze medalist Chris Brown in the 400 meters (m) at the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships returned home to a warm welcome on Saturday. The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture hosted the quartermilers to a reception, which was well attended by Pinder and Brown's family. Also on hand were the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard, Director of Sports Tim Munnings,
Permanent Secretary Archie Nairn and members of this year's CARIFTA team.
Running in his first indoor championships on the professional level, Pinder captured a silver medal leaving the defending champion of the event, Brown to settle for third. The Freeport native's time was 45.34 and Brown stopped the clock at 45.90. Both were season's best performances for Pinder and Brown. The winning time was 45.11 turned in by Nery Brenes. The Bahamas placed 16th overall, tied with Belarus, with two medals - a silver and bronze. The championships were staged in Istanbul, Turkey, March 9-11.
"I am so happy to be a silver medalist in my first world games," said Pinder. "Chris Brown [has] paved the way for me and if it wasn't for him I would not have believed. He is just a great, great leader he took me into his arms and showed me the way. We were never rivals. Everything was just team. We just had to do what we had to do at the end of the day. I want to give thanks to Chris Brown."
Two years ago, in Doha, Qatar, Brown won the event with 45.96. If he had ran that time this year, he would have finished fourth. It was the exact time turned in by Tabarie Henry of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the fourth place finisher. Also in the race were Pavel Maslak and Kirani James who were fifth and sixth respectively, with times of 46.19 and 46.21.
The two were expected to run a leg in the 4x400m, but The Bahamas did not field a team since the finals of the men's open 400m was shortly before the relay. As a result, Pinder and Brown are promising to bring home an individual and relay medal from the upcoming Olympic Games.
Brown, who thanked the Lord for giving him the strength and power to continue, described his career as a long journey and said "It is not over yet and no, it is not my last year." He and Pinder thanked God and the BAAA for hosting the event as well as the ministry for their support.
"I was basically still doing off-season training around the time of the indoor championships," said Brown. "I just stepped back onto the track about two weeks ago. A lot of people don't know that I didn't prepare for it (the championships) like I did last year. So my main focus is London 2012.
"I am looking forward to bringing the medal home, individual and 4x400m. I know that I had a job to do, but no one really knew that I was not in spikes today; I am still not in spikes. By then I will definitely be ready to set the track on fire."
Brown will lace-up in his spike shoes two weeks before the Penn Relays, April 26-28. The Olympic Games, set for London, UK, is July 27-August 12.
Maynard, who said he is a big fan of Chris Brown, and congratulated Pinder on his first indoor win, encouraged Bahamians to support the athletes.
He said: "I watched him on television over the years like so many other Bahamians have, and I have always been impressed with his spirit. He has always been somebody who has had that unstoppable spirit like you can do anything. We call him 'Fireman', but it should be 'super-duper fireman'. He's that kind of fellow. You never know what to expect when he lines up on the track and that is something that is very important.
"The Bahamian society need to learn to support our athletes. It is going to come the day, very soon, when we will hold every single club track meet, every single high school meet here at the national stadium with 15,000 people present. We had the opening ceremony for the facility and we got 15,000 plus people in here. That has to be the standard going forward and people are going to have to be willing to pay money to watch our athletes perform."
The outdoor meet for professional athletes will officially open up in May.
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