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After the World Indoor Games in Paris in 1985, the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) inaugurated the World Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, in March of 1987. This was just four years after the inaugural World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland in 1983.
Rutherford makes history
Frank Rutherford made history when he won the bronze medal in the triple jump in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 8. Rutherford popped a 17.02 meter (m) - 55' 10-1/4" - jump.
This was the first time ever that a Bahamian won a medal in an IAAF Championships or in athletics at the Olympic Games. Tommy Robinson had made the final of the 100m in Tokyo in 1964 and several other Bahamian athletes had made finals in World Championships and Olympic Games up to that time. Rutherford made the podium.
Since then we have had Bahamians win two gold medals, three silver medals, and six bronze medals. Interestingly, none have come from the 4x400m relay or the triple jump or high jump. No indoor competition is held in The Bahamas but Bahamian track and field athletes attend U.S. colleges where the sport is popular.
The tracks are much smaller so for events longer than 60m, efforts of negotiating tight curves are most important. Also, competitions are held early in the season, from December to March, when most athletes are just preparing for the outdoor season.
Medals won by Bahamians in the World Indoor Championships are:
1987 Indianapolis - Frank Rutherford - triple jump bronze - 17.02m (55' 10-1/4")
1995 Barcelona - Pauline Davis - 200m silver - 22.68 seconds
1997 Paris - Chandra Sturrup - 60m silver - 7.15 seconds
1999 Maebashi, Japan - Pauline Davis-Thompson - 200m bronze - 22.70 seconds
2001 Lisbon - Chandra Sturrup - 60m gold - 7.05 seconds
2003 Birmingham, UK - Christine Amertil - 400m silver - 51.11 seconds (national record); Dominic Demeritte - 200m bronze - 20.92 seconds
2004 Budapest - Dominic Demeritte - 200m gold - 20.66 seconds (national record); Tonique Williams-Darling - 400m bronze - 50.87 seconds (national record)
2006 Moscow - Christine Amertil - 400m bronze - 50.34 seconds (NACAC record); Chris Brown - 400m bronze - 45.78 seconds (national record)
Amertil was the third Bahamian in history to hold a NACAC record. The other two were Tommy Robinson in the 300m and Danny Smith in the 50m hurdles. All were Indoor.
2008 Valencia, Spain - Chris Brown - 400m bronze - 46.26 seconds
2010 Doha, Qatar - Chris Brown - 400m gold - 45.96 seconds
Since 1995, The Bahamas has won a medal in every World Indoor Championships. Chris Brown has won three consecutive medals.
Chandra Sturrup, Dominic Demeritte, Pauline Davis-Thompson and Christine Amertil have all won two. Amertil decided to skip the 2004 Championships to concentrate on preparation for the Athens Olympics where she finished seventh.
As of this writing, it is less than three weeks before the championships in Istanbul, Turkey, the city that straddles Asia and Europe.
Which Bahamian(s) will win a medal(s) in Istanbul next month? The competition will be held Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11.
Maybe because it is an Olympic year, there is not the usual activity of Bahamian athletes at this time. That does not mean that there are not several outstanding performances though.
Grand Bahamian Demetrius Pinder has the fastest time in the world in the 200m at 20.50 seconds at altitude. This event has been dropped from the World Indoors because of the difficulty of staggering the lanes equally for all the competitors. Dominic Demeritte was the last World Indoor Champion in this event.
Pinder's 20.50 seconds at altitude is a new Bahamian indoor record. He has done 45.40 seconds in the 400m, which is third on the world list so far this year. It is also a new Bahamian national record as is his 200m. His 45.40 seconds was done on February 11, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was the NCAA Indoor Champion for his college, Texas A&M last year. His eligibility has now finished.
The world leader in the 400m is World Champion Kirani James from Grenada, who has run 45.19 seconds this year. This was done in Fayetteville with Pinder trailing behind in second.
The other Bahamians on the IAAF list are: Chris Brown - 10th - 46.17 seconds - Birmingham, UK - February 18; Michael Mathieu - 27th - 46.62 seconds - Birmingham, Alabama - February 10; and Jeffrey Gibson - 56th - 47.14 seconds - Lincoln, Nebraska - February 4.
In the high jump where we have never won an indoor medal, World Championships bronze medalist Trevor Barry has a personal best of 2.30m (7' 6-3/4") in Brno, Czech Republic. This jump on Valentine's Day puts him in 16th place worldwide. The world leader is Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar, who has a best of 2.37m (7' 9-1/4") done Sunday in Hangzhou, China. The 20-year-old was seventh in Daegu at last year's World Outdoor Championships.
World 2007 Champion Donald Thomas has a season's best of 2.24m (7' 4-1/4") done in Fayetteville on February 11.
In the men's long jump Raymond Higgs, who attends the University of Arkansas, jumped 7.93m (26' 0-1/4") in Fayetteville for 23rd place on the world's list, on February 10. The world leader is Aleksander Menkev of Russia with a 8.24m (27' 01/2") distance in Moscow on February 5.
Bianca Stuart, the new Bahamian outdoor record holder in the long jump at 6.81m (22' 4-1/4"), jumped 6.79m (22' 3-1/2"). That placed her in sixth on the world's list this season. It was done in Fayetteville on February 11. The world leader is Russia's Olga Kucherenko who jumped 6.91m (22' 8") in Krasnodar.
Chandra Sturrup came back after a year off with a 7.29 performance in the 60m. This places her in 44th place worldwide. Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie ran 7.33 seconds last week at Millrose in New York. This places her 70th worldwide.
Nivea Smith is the only Bahamian on the women's 200m list. She ran 23.69 seconds, which places her in 29th place worldwide. The 200m is not a World Indoor Championships event anymore.
Chris Brown will be defending his championship. That should put him up front and center with Pinder.
Who else will step up to the plate prior to the championships? Who is your guess to win a medal for The Bahamas in Istanbul next month?
By KELSIE JOHNSON
NG Sports Reporter
The 23rd Annual Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships is set to get underway today at the beautiful Lucayan Country Club in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and from all indications, Team Bahamas is ready to show off its hard work that was put into the preparation for the event, over the last three months.
The 12-member team named by the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) will play against some of the Caribbean best junior amateur golfers. Players from countries such as Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands are set to tee off on two 18-hole golf courses ...
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) includes just 10 nations that are not from the Caribbean. The powerful North American Zone of CONCACAF is made up of the United States, Mexico and Canada.
In the Central American Zone of CONCACAF are Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama and El Salvador. For the most part those two aforementioned zones have programs that have always been more progressive and productive than teams from the Caribbean.
Yet, the meeting that Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter has scheduled for December 21 for Caribbean representatives is very significant.
The Caribbean's 30 members make up a large section of the voting block of CONCACAF that is at about 17 percent. So, their CONCACAF partners will be very interested in what happens in Zurich on December 21.
As expressed in part one of this series, the presidency of the CFU is one of the matters that will receive a lot of attention. For the kind of harmony that FIFA desires, the CFU needs to be properly structured first. Important to the process is a new and fully accepted president. Jack Warner's resignation due to the investigation into bribery charges that stemmed from a CFU meeting in Trinidad this past May has left that organization unsettled.
The same is true for CONCACAF.
One of the positions Warner resigned from was the presidency of CONCACAF. Barbados' Lisle Austin moved up upon Warner's resignation to acting CONCACAF president. He was voted out by executives after he tried unsuccessfully to fire the then general secretary Chuck Blazer.
Austin was later suspended by FIFA for taking the issue to court and Honduras Alfredo Hawitt took over. The issues that surround Warner have stained the reputation of the soccer leaders from the Caribbean. Warner, and Austin, in their many statements following the start of the FIFA investigation have not helped to bolster confidence in Caribbean leadership.
Therefore, there is a great deal of interest to see just what comes out of the meeting in Zurich and how the power structure in Caribbean soccer shapes up following the parley with Blatter.
Warner was the most influential regional soccer leader in recent generations. As head both of CFU and CONCACAF, he was tremendously powerful. As a result, despite him being out of the mix, there is a loyalty base that remains. The December 21 meeting certainly will determine whether that base is beginning to erode.
The view here is that Caribbean soccer officials would do well to conclude that life must now go on without Warner.
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Bahamas Medical Center's (BMC) Clinical Exercise Physiologist Sharad Johnson is the 2013 recipient of the Medical Fitness Association's (MFA) Rising Star Award -- International Region.
Johnson, one of the key team members at Medical Fitness Center at BMC on Blake Road, received his award at the annual MFA Conference in San Diego, California in November.
"MFA is thrilled to have such strong leaders dedicated to helping their communities become healthier through medically based fitness programs," said Bob Boone, president and CEO of the Association. "We are proud to recognize centers and individuals who are making a difference through the provision of individualized fitness programs and services that impact lifestyle-related chronic diseases within their community."
The Rising Star Award -- International Region recognizes outstanding individual achievement and leadership by front line staff within the medical fitness community.
Johnson played a lead role in the development of the new Medical Fitness at Bahamas Medical Center. He focused on establishing customer service standards, developing a pricing structure and was instrumental in strategic development decisions, and is praised by his clients and colleagues for his enthusiasm and ability to motivate. By helping to establish hiring standards for Medical Fitness at Bahamas Medical Center, he ensures a high quality of services will be delivered to clients and patients.
"We are very pleased to have Sharad working at the Bahamas Medical Center to lead the team providing medical fitness," said Barry Rassin, president of Doctors Hospital Health System of which Bahamas Medical Center is a part. "He is a knowledgeable, energetic and dedicated young man who wants to be a part of the change to improve health in The Bahamas. He truly is a star in medical fitness and we are happy that the Medical Fitness Association has recognized him for his contribution so early in his career."
Medical Fitness at BMC offers personalized fitness assessments and training, sports training, nutrition consultation, chronic disease management, physical therapy, cancer rehabilitation and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation as well as corporate wellness and their customized obesity management program, weight loss solutions.
The Medical Fitness Association is a professional association representing fitness facilities that believe in and promote the medical fitness difference and integrated care as the prescription for better health. MFA serves facilities and professionals who are committed to providing individualized health and fitness programs that help people manage their health risks, proactively work on primary and secondary prevention of lifestyle related chronic disease and post recovery step down programs.
A non-profit organization founded in 1991, the MFA is the only provider of a high quality facility certification process provider of industry standards and benchmarks, educational programs, professional development and networking.
THE Big Game Club on Bimini yesterday said its re-opening had sparked a number of new tourism opportunities on the island.
The resort is continuing to build its own tourism-focused base in 2012, promoting its traditional water sports activities, along with a new push for meetings, weddings and group-related programs.
The recent completion of its Gulfstream Conference Centre and Hemingway's Rum Bar & Social Lounge will be heavily promoted as a convenient Family Island venue for corporate, scientific and social group events.
The resort said airlift into Bimini continues to improve into 2012. Silver Airways, a new regional carrier launched with assets from the former Gulfstream Internati ...
What does it mean to make art from a place or from a nationality - especially when it's changed beyond stereotypical recognition? Does that limit the understanding of artwork before it's fully explored? Such questions lie at the very heart of a collection of recent work by Holly Parotti that will be on display in a London gallery next month.
The exhibition at the gallery@oxo in Oxo Tower Wharf at London's vibrant South Bank October 4-21 is a culmination of a residency shared by the five artists last year as the 2011 recipients of the Commonwealth Travel Scholarships, awarded through an invitation-only process by the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Arts.
After applying to Commonwealth Connections, an international arts residencies scheme, Parotti's portfolio made it into the hands of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Arts committee, who contacted her for a five-week long residency in London, England and Arbroath, Scotland.
"I was taken aback - is this for real? How did my portfolio get to this point of being invited to such a prestigious program with great past artists?" said Parotti, remembering the initial invitation.
"The more I spoke with the organizers, the more I learned just how important this was going to be for my work and career. It's such a great opportunity. It's still surreal to me."
In August last year, Parotti and the four other artists from around the globe - Nick Olsen, Sunil Sigdel, Prathap Modi and Samantha Donaldson - spent a week absorbing the melting pot of contemporary art culture in London galleries before heading to northeast Scotland to work intensely on their artwork.
Blown away by the facilities she was able to use at the ROSL partner Dundee Contemporary Arts, Parotti decided to make as much work as possible in her medium of printmaking. Staying true to her original proposal, Parotti set about making five bodies of artwork that examine everyday understandings of "Bahamianness."
"I don't want people coming to the work and saying oh, here is a Bahamian artist - because already that is putting me in a category," said Parotti. "That's not to say I'm not proud of my heritage - I am. It can be a contributing factor but it is not the end of my work."
Indeed the five collections of work Parotti will display at the exhibition rely on the power of juxtaposition to present dualities in the contemporary Bahamian physical and cultural landscape in order to make common Bahamian signifiers redundant in a globalized world.
In collections like "Safety in Numbers", "Safety is No Longer a Concern" and "Forest for the Trees", the now ubiquitous orange safety cones - in tight, well-organized rows or crushed by cars - as well as towering cranes pepper or in some instances completely eclipse the Bahamian landscape.
With cranes next to palm trees in an idyllic Bahamian pastoral and cones making clean new routes over charming old island roads, Parotti finds a chilling new beauty in an industrialized Bahamas, calling for a reevaluation of paradise. Yet at the same time, deeper knowledge of who is changing the land - building these roads and new Cable Beach developments - may inspire in viewers a new understanding of Bahamian history, one that repeats itself under the guise of 'independence' in a globalized and post-colonial world.
"I really hope it sheds a new light on colonialism," she said. "It's such a dirty word but at the end of the day, we are a product of it and if we don't accept we or us the way we are today, when are we going to do that?"
"I focus on objects as metaphors for human emotion and the human condition, so these pieces on the surface deal with the choices of our changing environment," she added. "What does reclaimed land mean? Are we going to keep letting these investments happen? What will investment by other countries like the Chinese in our land mean for our future? What residual effect does that have?"
In Parotti's newest body of work on display, "Passing Ports", similar dynamics are at work to examine the very fabric of Bahamian society and identity. Inspired by the application process for gaining her U.S. visa in her passport and her own cultural duality as Italian-Bahamian inherent in her last name, Parotti decided to use the passport object to engage a new discussion about the fallacy of a true Bahamian identity.
In "Passing Ports", a series of passports showcasing Bahamian names with loyalist refugee roots (Sweeting, Albury, Bethell) juxtapose modern Bahamian names with different cultural roots (Schmid, Petit-Homme, Antoni, Klonaris). In a place where the answer to "who ya people is?" will be everything a Bahamian cares to know about your identity, "Passing Ports" helps both Bahamians and foreigners alike examine the validity of the "true-true" Bahamian in a region of people always from somewhere else.
"I struggle with my Bahamian identity," she admitted. "I think labels make it more comfortable for people to understand you, and I've always been so uncomfortable with that because often those labels are so misconstrued. The identity issue was looking at whether I considered myself a Bahamian artist or an artist from The Bahamas because there is a difference to me."
"Why do I have to say if I'm a female artist? Why can't my work just speak for itself? Why do gender and cultural identity have to be a part of the finality of the work?" she continued. "So I think with the passport object I now had a vehicle and certain visual cues to speak about these issues metaphorically, to begin to address them - because it's not over. This is the route I will be taking."
Yet in her final piece, "Undercurrent", a film installation, Parotti finds a temporary reconciliation between strained dualities through a connecting factor in the globe's landscape: the ocean.
Though an entity completely different from our shallow Caribbean waters, the ocean Parotti became familiar with in the English Channel near her residency provided a somewhat calming continuity of existence despite the change in landscape and culture. With side-by-side films of the ocean approaching and retreating from the shore, "Undercurrent" comfortably surrenders to the relentless push-and-pull of rapid change.
The film takes a departure from her printmaking medium in the rest of the work on display, but Parotti is no stranger to film - in fact ARC Magazine will show her 2010 short "Breathe" at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival this month in the "New Media 2012" experimental film exhibition.
Despite these big achievements for Parotti, she knows her work has only barely begun - the time spent in Scotland and London have sparked more ideas than she could finish in her few weeks there. Thankful for the experience, she now looks forward to continuing the dialogues she has started.
"This was an experience where I created a lot of work but I also collected a lot of information from which to create more work, just based on my time there," she said.
"I don't think my work is ever a be-all statement - I just want to begin a conversation or dialogue and whatever is generated from that is fine by me."
For more about Holly Parotti's work, visit www.hollyparotti.com. For more about the Royal Over-Seas League Arts, visit www.roslarts.co.uk.
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A Tribute to The late Hon. Charles Maynard Street Legends Presents: StreetLegends Bridging The Gap Constituency vs. Constituency Community Basketball League Season 4 June 15th Thru August 30th 2013 Saturday June 16th 2013 Grand Openning 6:00pm Teams Playing HON. Hope strachan sea breeze blowers vs Hon. Hubert chipman st. Annes queens Venue: Sir Kendall Issac Gymnasium Street Legends Organization is a group of Sports enthusiast who believe that through organize sports we have the ability to bring together communities as well as nations. The Street Legends Organization (S.L.O.) has successfully hosted basketball tournaments throughout New Providence for the past 8 years as an act of community service. We have just concluded Season # 3 over at the Anatole Rodgers Gymnasium on August 30th 2012, We are now embarking on our 4th year of operating a large scale basketball league; under the theme “Bridging the Gap”. Each constituency is allowed to enter three teams to represent their community in our 3 different divisions. Our organization uses basketball as a means to unite people under one umbrella, and have witnessed the narrowing of the divide between all walks of life. The success of last year’s Basketball League has broadened our reach into all of the constituencies within New Providence. Therefore for 2013 we have included all 15 family Islands constituencies to participate in our summer league. 2013 Street Legends league is scheduled to start on Saturday June 15th - & runs through Saturday August 30th 2013. ( 10 weeks ) This event is highly anticipated by players and fans alike. Click HERE Street Legends: Season 4 Basketball Schedule page one Click HERE Street Legends: Season 4 Basketball Schedule page two. Click HERE Family Island StreetLegends Schedule Page one. Click HERE Family Island StreetLegends Schedule Page two.
Eugene Cyril Smith III is the latest in a long list of athletes who have caused excitement on the Bahamian scene.
Bahamians like sports. During the 1930s when the British civil servants introduced cricket to this country in a substantive way, Bahamians gravitated to the sport in a big way. During the 1940s, heavyweight Joe Louis (Brown Bomber) and welterweight/middleweight Sugar Ray Robinson, plus a number of other exciting American boxers developed a strong fan base in The Bahamas.
In the mid 1940s, news of a young American baseball player named Jackie Robinson who performed in the negro leagues with a number of other black luminaries of the day, reached The Bahamas. In 1947 when he broke the color barrier in the previously totally white major leagues by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson immediately captivated Bahamian sports fans.
He started the passion for baseball in this country. Down through the years, Bahamians took their place on the world stage in a variety of sports disciplines. A little known fact was the success of Charlie Major Sr. as one of the best high jumpers in the world during the late 1920s and the 1930s on the collegiate circuit in the United States.
Inside the country, Bahamians reveled in the success of star class skipper Durward Knowles and his crewmen Sloane Farrington and later Cecil Cooke. In boxing, Yama Bahama was the nation's first prime time television star. He was followed by Gomeo Brennan and Elisha Obed.
Andre Rodgers pioneered a small elite group of six Bahamians who played in the major leagues. He started the ball rolling in 1957. Subsequently, Tony Curry, Wenty Ford, Ed Armbrister, Will Culmer and last year, Antoan Richardson joined the rank. Tommy Robinson carried an entire nation on his shoulders by being the lone member of The Bahamas delegation to the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales, winning a gold medal (220 yards) and silver (100 yards) to boot. He formally, at that meet, sent the message to the world that there was quality track talent in The Bahamas.
Of course, later, world class hurdler Danny Smith, Frank Rutherford, the 'Original Golden Girls', the deep quarter-mile group, Tonique Williams-Darling, high jumper Donald Thomas and juniors Shaunae Miller and Anthonique Strachan greatly excited Bahamians. In swimming, most recently, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace rose to the level of being the best in the United States and one of the top world sprinters in the pool.
Ed Smith, back during the 1970s, took the Bahamian banner to the National Football League (NFL). He was followed by Samari Rolle, Devard Darling, Alex Smith (Ed's son), Myron Rolle, and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, as the Bahamian flavor got stronger in the NFL.
Sterling Quant was drafted to the old American Basketball Association (ABA) that merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1976. Two years later, Micheal (Mychal) Thompson was the first player selected in the NBA Draft. He was followed by Dexter Cambridge and Rick Fox. Now two of Mychal sons, Mychel and Klay, are on NBA teams.
What about Eugene Cyril Smith III?
Well, now he is under the microscope. His excellent showing in carrying his West Virginia squad to victory in the Discover Orange Bowl Championship over Clemson recently has made him the new sports darling for Bahamians. His granddaddy is Larry Smith, the brother of Danny. His great granddaddy is Cyril Smith I.
He is a junior at West Virginia and figures to play a senior year there and come out as one of the top products in the 2013 NFL Draft. What are they saying about Geno?
After the West Virginia/Clemson game, the tweets and the blogs went wild about the kid with strong Bahamian roots.
"Geno does have certain skills that are NFL quality (arm strength, accuracy), but he does have to work through his progressions a little, and know when to scramble at times."
"He is constantly shuffling in place in the pocket because he is reading plays and needs to make a quick throw off his front foot. This can be confused by an amateur as 'happy feet' when in fact it is perfectly fine. He does it more often because college WRs (wide receivers) are slower and reading coverages is also slower."
"One thing that will help Geno in the long run is he tends to stay in the pocket more often than not, and doesn't run out immediately. NFL scouts want to see QBs hang in the pocket to make passes, but, with that being said, I still don't think he's quite ready. After a year, he will be improved."
"In all fairness to Geno, he really didn't have a great offensive line. He is still one of the best college QBs."
"Geno, when given proper blocking, is an exceptional QB with a lot of resolve."
"Geno has good size (6'3", 214 pounds), good mechanics, good feet, strong arm, and has shown nice resolve in bringing the team back late in games. My only question is, how well does he read and diagnose the defense?"
There you are. That's only a small portion of the comments following his sensational seven-touchdown (six passing and one running) effort against Clemson. Smith will indeed be a big focus for Bahamians during the next collegiate season.
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