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FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Promotional Poster Revealed
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Promotional Poster Revealed

March 29, 2017

To mark the beginning of the 30-day countdown, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 Promotional Poster was presented at the National Beach Soccer Arena at Malcolm Park.The poster perfectly reflects all the individual elements offered by The Bahamas...

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Excitement building as beach soccer world cup looms

March 29, 2017

Given the excitement brewing for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017, and the coming on stream of the 'Fan Zone', members of the Local Organizing Committee for this global event (LOC) are anticipating more than 6,000 fans on a nightly basis for the duration of the tournament.
The beach soccer world cup, the first FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) global sporting event ever to be held in the Caribbean, is now less than 30 days away, set for April 27 to May 7, at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Stadium.
The stadium itself houses up to 3,500 patrons and the Fan Zone which will be directly east of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge, adjacent to the stadium, could accommodate another 3,000. It will be outfitted with jumbotrons, and there will be food and drinks available, a merchandise store, and interactive games for the kids. Although the event is free of charge, the LOC is encouraging fans to register for tickets early online at the website http://www.fifa.com/beachsoccerworldcup/organisation/ticketing, obtain vouchers, and pick up their tickets from the stadium on game day or the day before. The portal is yet to open.
"Beach soccer is a made for TV event. The indication is that we are going to have a lot of people coming in for this event, so Bahamians are urged to get their tickets early," said Bahamas Football Association (BFA) President Anton Sealey. "It's a free event, so one of the things that you have to be aware of is that you leave, you risk giving your seat up to someone else. We have 16 of the world's top teams playing in this event, and we expect 14 days of intense competition. This is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase what makes us a popular destination in the world."
The Bahamas will play in the featured matches on three of the first five nights - Thursday April 27 against Switzerland, Saturday April 29 against Senegal and Monday May 1 against Ecuador. The quarter-finals will be held on Thursday May 4, the semis on Saturday May6, and the third place game and final on Sunday May 7, bringing the event to a close.
"This is an exciting time for the LOC, for the entire football community, for The Bahamas, and indeed for all of our global partners," said LOC Chairman Jeffrey Beckles. "We are happy to be a part of it, and we look forward to Bahamians coming out and supporting Team Bahamas. We are bringing the world to The Bahamas and we want Bahamians to experience that."
Last week, the LOC launched the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 Trophy Tour, sending the winner's trophy off to a number of islands in the archipelago of The Bahamas. It has already been to Grand Bahama, and will travel to Eleuthera, Cat Island and Abaco before returning to New Providence for the start of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.
This week, a number of national suppliers came on board - BTC, Scotiabank and Kalik Beer. The international partners of FIFA, Coca-Cola and Kia Motors, will play an integral part in the staging of the event as well.
"We would like to recognize the fantastic work of our local partners," said Beckles. "This has been a powerful collaborative effort on behalf of the BFA, the Government of The Bahamas, CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) FIFA. We are very happy that the strength of this partnership has caused The Bahamas to be placed as the choice host destination in this region. Our thanks to all of our partners for making that possible.
"We recently held a very successful CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships which led us to this point and the team has been working diligently in preparing for this world cup experience. The transformation of the stadium is going to be resoundingly different and more exciting. Over the next 30 days, you will see the city of Nassau being transformed. You will see the pageantry on light poles and billboards and also an increased presence in the various digital platforms."
LOC member Bruce LaFleur, the architect behind the creation of the national beach soccer stadium, said that the upgrades are about 93 percent complete.
"The team is pushing along," he said. "We have good collaboration from the government, and all of the local agencies have been doing their best to ensure that everything runs smoothly for this mega event. There is just some last minute infrastructural work to be done. The intent is to put on the best world cup that the world has ever seen."
As opposed to the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships in February at the same venue, fans will enter the stadium from the Fan Zone this time. The Fan Zone is expected to present a tremendous atmosphere and experience for fans of all ages and ethnicity groups.
"The Fan Zone will be ready. There will be a lot of space for people to get involved and see the matches live on the jumbotrons, and the rhythm and the vibes will be just as strong as inside the stadium," said Beckles. "The pageantry for this world cup will be distinctly different from the qualifier (CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships). I believe that you will see the elements of the world cup and aspects of our Bahamian culture expressed in that pageantry from the Fan Zone to the actual physical stadium structure. The color and the vibrancy will be totally different. What we want to do is to make sure that the experience of the fans, our international guests, and the local and international media houses is top notch."
As for Team Bahamas, BFA President Sealey said that the guys have been working out twice per day, and are committed to give a good account of themselves on the world stage.
"I think that everyone was quite pleased with what we got from the team at CONCACAF, and that level of performance should go up a notch for this tournament because of the competition they will be going up against," said Sealey. "The guys are working very hard. Coach Soares (Head Coach Alexandre Soares) is very pleased with their attitude toward training, and once again, Bahamians will be very pleased with the performance of Team Bahamas. They have demonstrated their ability to make the The Bahamas a major player in beach soccer. This is the highest level of beach soccer that you would see in the world, and we are encouraging Bahamians to come out and support Team Bahamas and be a part of this exciting event."
Whereas the make-up of Team Bahams is expected to stay primarily the same as that of the CONCACAF Championships, Sealey said that there could be one or two more players added. The team will be named in short order, as the deadline for final entry of the roster is April 14.
The LOC is inviting Corporate Bahamas to continue to get on board with this event.
Once again, fans are asked to collect their free tickets at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Stadium's entrance gate on or before game days, and are asked to follow the latest updates of the tournament and track Team Bahamas' progress on social media at Facebook.com/beachsoccer2017.
The official promotional poster of the tournament was revealed yesterday, as mentioned the winner's trophy is on a tour to various islands in The Bahamas, and the official song of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 'Pure Good Vibes' has been a hit on the airwaves and on social media.
There is now less than 30 days before the start of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.

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Buddy catching on with the Kings

March 28, 2017

Bahamian professional basketball player Chavano "Buddy" Hield has found a home in Sacramento.
The starting 6'4" two-guard of the Kings has seen his production skyrocket since being traded to Sacramento during the National Basketball Association's (NBA) All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He was a part of a six-player deal that saw the oft-disruptive, but very talented, DeMarcus Cousins end up in New Orleans.
In 16 games with the Kings, Hield is averaging 14.8 points per game and is shooting 44.2 percent from behind the three-point line -- a stark difference from the 8.6 points and 36.9 percent shooting (three-point range) he was recording in New Orleans. Hield's numbers are up across the board. He is averaging more rebounds, assists and steals per game.
On Friday night, he had his best game as a professional, finishing with a career-high 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists against the Golden State Warriors. The Kings lost that game, 114-100. Two nights before that, Hield had 21 points while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from three-point land. The Kings were defeated by the Bucks in that game, 116-98.
On Sunday night against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Hield spurred a fourth quarter comeback of historic proportions. Going into Sunday night's game against the Clippers, only one team in 6,746 attempts had erased an 18-point lead in the last five minutes of a game in the past 20 years. Hield and the Kings became the second such team on Sunday.
The streaky Bahamian started the game 0-for-5 from downtown, but went 3-of-3 in the final minutes on Sunday including a game-changing sequence featuring back-to-back treys in a span of eight seconds that cut the Clippers lead to three, 96-93, with 2:10 remaining. Hield had 11 points in total during the Kings 22-3 scoring run to end the game. He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 23 minutes of play. Hield shot 5-for-12 from the floor and was 3-for-8 from distance.
"We saw they started chirping with each other and we were able to see them collapse," said Hield via the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones, following their dramatic victory over the Clippers on Sunday.
Willie Cauley-Stein's game-winning tip-in with less than two seconds left sealed the game for Sacramento, and ended a four-game losing streak for them. Point guard Darren Collison led the Kings with 19 points on Sunday, and Hield and Anthony Tolliver contributed 15 apiece. DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul had 17 apiece.
The Kings hosted the Memphis Grizzlies last night, but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time. Going into last night's game, the Kings sported a 28-45 win/loss record, and were seven games out of a playoff spot in the NBA's Western Conference.
For the season, Hield is averaging 9.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He is shooting 42 percent from the field, and 38.8 percent from three-point land.
Hield is currently having his best month of the season. In March, he is averaging 15.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He is also shooting 49.3 from the floor and 46.6 percent from three-point land this month. Hield started 37 out of 57 games for the New Orleans Pelicans, and nine out of 16 for the Kings.
He is sixth on the NBA's Rookie Ladder scale for the Kia Rookie of the Year Award after being as high as third this season. He ranks fourth among rookies in scoring, first in three pointers made, third in three point percentage (at least 100 attempts), 13th in rebounding and 23rd in assists.
Hield and the Kings have eight more games remaining on their schedule. A couple of featured games remaining on their schedule would be Friday night's contest against the Pelicans, and the season finale against the Clippers. Hield will return to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday for the first time since being traded at the All-Star break.
On Wednesday April 12, they will travel to L.A. to play the Clippers again, this time in the season finale. There's no doubt that the playoff bound Clippers will be looking for retribution in that contest.

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CARIFTA swim team ready to reclaim title at home

March 28, 2017

There's now less than a month to go before the 36-member team selected by the Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) represents the country at home at the 2017 CARIFTA Swimming Championships. According to recently appointed head coach Travano McPhee, the swimmers are peaking at the perfect time and are in a great position to reclaim the regional title. Team Bahamas won two consecutive CARIFTA swimming titles in 2014 and 2015, but fell short of a three-peat last year, finishing second to Guadeloupe in Fort-de-France, Martinique. This year's championships are set for April 15-19 at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Aquatics Centre in New Providence, here in The Bahamas.
With a team filled with members from last year's squad, team coaches feel that this is the year for them. Their main goal is to reclaim the CARIFTA swimming title.
"This year's team has been looking really good in the practice sessions," McPhee said. "The kids are working hard, and I think we are in a good position to defend our home turf. We'll have the home field advantage, which will play a major factor. It's an advantage we plan to make the most of. Last year, in Martinique, we barely lost to Guadeloupe. We had a bit of a drop off in a couple areas, but we feel that we corrected a few things and now we're ready to compete. We have a lot of younger swimmers who had good performances last year returning to this year's team. I think they'll be even better than they were last year, because now they know what to expect. All of the nerves and jitters are out of the way, so now it's time to get down to business."
Along with the action in the water, McPhee said that being a part of Team Bahamas also has a lot to do with attitude and team spirit. He said that the way the athletes interact outside of the pool is almost as important as how they perform inside of it.
"The newer athletes will learn quickly what it means to be a part of Team Bahamas," he said. "We have developed a winning culture over the last few years, and now it has become a point of emphasis to cheer on your team, to make sacrifices for the team and to be there for your teammates, regardless if they have a good or bad swim. We have some good senior leaders who will help us coaches control things out of the water, so I know we'll be okay in that regard."
The Bahamas finished a close second to Guadeloupe at last year's CARIFTA Swimming Championships. Guadeloupe ended the meet with 796 points, while The Bahamas had 774.5 points. Host country Martinique finished third with 586.5 points.
Team Bahamas
Swimming (36)
Abayomi Brown
Salene Gibson
Rachel Lundy
Liya Moncur
Zaylie Elizabeth Thompson
Katelyn Cabral
Jamila Hepburn
Anya MacPhail
Jolise Newbold
Katherine Slatter
Jasmine Gibson
Lilly Higgs
Margaret Albury Higgs
Brianna Nesbitt
Victoria Russell
Virginia Stamp
Brayden Dam
Nigel Forbes
Jared Reckley
Ishan Roy
Jake Thompson
Erald Thompson III
Trent Albury
DeVante Carey
Kevon Lockhart
Sean Neely
Ian Pinder
Tristan Russell
Lemar Taylor
Miller Albury
Izaak Bastian
Samuel Gibson
Peter Morley
Joshua Roberts
William Russell
Alec Sands

Open Water Swimming (12)
Giovanna Eneas
Anya MacPhail
Jazmine Trotman
Jasmine Gibson
Tenniya Martin
Keitra Lloyd
Rommel Ferguson
Tristan Russell
Lemar Taylor
Darren Laing
Shimon Lopez
Kris Smith

Water Polo (20)
Aidan Johnson
Loron Bain
Johnathon Demeritte
Adrian Burrows
Thor Sasso
Damian Gomez
Gabriel Sastre
Alexander Turnquest
Liam Mills
Nicholas Wallace-Whitfield
Jelani Grant
Gabriel Encinar
Thomas Illing
Stearlin Lewis
Marcel Ingraham
Saequan Miller
Joshua Knowles
Kendrick Stubbs
Adonis Sasso
Sean Knowles

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FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup just 30 days away

March 28, 2017

With just 30 days to go before the start of one of the biggest sporting events to ever be held in The Bahamas, excitement is building in the lead up to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017. The global event is set to kick off on April 27, and one of the 16 teams is already in Nassau preparing for the tournament.
Tahiti has made the long journey to The Bahamas to get accustomed to the sand, and the seventh ranked team in the world recently faced Team Bahamas in a friendly practice match.
The official winner's trophy has begun making the rounds throughout the islands of The Bahamas, the official song 'Pure Good Vibes' is dominating the airwaves, and in the next few days, the entire city of Nassau will be dressed in the official look of the tournament. According to the tournament's Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chairman Jeffrey Beckles, there is a lot more excitement to come for beach soccer fans.
"We will be introducing the world cup national team to The Bahamas shortly at an exciting event that will be open to the public. We want everyone to come out and be a part of that to support Team Bahamas and get a taste of what the 'Fan Zone' will be like during the tournament. We will be revealing more details in the coming days," Beckles said.
President of the Bahamas Football Association (BFA) Anton Sealey is encouraging all Bahamians to get in the spirit of the tournament, which will attract thousands of visitors to the country.
"Let's all get ready to welcome the world to our beautiful country for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 and show them that we know how to put on a world-class event. We're just 30 days away from kick-off, and we're asking you to wear your Bahamian colors and your warmest smiles as all eyes will be on us during the exciting event. It's not too early to start preparing," said Sealey.
Tickets to the event are free of charge. Fans are asked to collect their free tickets at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Stadium's entrance gate on game days, and are asked to follow the latest updates of the tournament and track Team Bahamas' progress on social media at Facebook.com/beachsoccer2017.
The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 is the first FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) global sporting event ever to be held in the Caribbean.

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BTC named as title sponsor for Commonwealth Youth Games

March 28, 2017

Just days after making donations to both the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays Bahamas 2017 Local Organizing Committee and the 2017 CARIFTA swimming and track and field teams, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has stepped up once again, supporting another local event that's set to improve The Bahamas' profile as a sports tourism destination.
BTC's CEO Leon Williams made the announcement that the company would serve as the title sponsor for the upcoming Commonwealth Youth Games (BAHCYG) on Friday, at the first cocktail reception for potential sponsors of the event. The reception was hosted by the BAHCYG Local Organizing Committee at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
The 2017 BAHCYG will run from July 19-24, and will be staged at various venues around New Providence here in The Bahamas.
LOC Chairman Wellington Miller told those in attendance at the reception that he was encouraged by BTC's dedication to the development of youth sports in the country. He added that he's excited to see what other corporate entities come on board to help make this event a memorable one. A number of other potential sponsors have expressed interest in the games.
"The kids are our future and we must harness their talents now if we want to have any hope for the next generation," he said.
Romell Knowles, chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director of the event thanked BTC for its support for the games and their belief in the youth of the country.
"I say this without fear of contradiction that these will be the best Commonwealth Youth Games ever held," he said. "This is an opportunity for our young people to showcase their talents in front of their friends and families. Often, our young people have to travel to compete. Now, they have that opportunity at home and I'm sure they will be looking forward to it."
Echoing the sentiments of Miller and Knowles was Deputy Head Boy at C.V. Bethel Simeon Farquharson, who encouraged his audience not to give up on the nation's youth.
"We want The Bahamas to believe in its young people once again and we want you all to support these prestigious games," said Farquharson.
With the hope that these games can shine the light on some local athletes who may not be involved with some of the country's core sports, the LOC is utilizing a schematic approach to the event, adopting a 'Who's Next?' campaign as the driving force behind their mandate to address common issues among the youth around the Commonwealth, especially the challenges with regard to development and education among that demographic.
Drumeco Archer, the deputy managing director of the event with responsibility for legal affairs and marketing, encouraged everyone to go beyond the sponsorship stage and come out and be a part of this youth movement.
"It's greater than a sporting event," he said. "This is a rally to engage young people at all levels. We wish for this to be a youth cast who will be developing these games and programs and we encourage you all to be a part of it."
The 6th Commonwealth Youth Games, set to be the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in The Bahamas, will feature about 1,250 athletes from the 71-member nations of the Commonwealth, competing in nine sporting disciplines - aquatics, athletics, boxing, cycling (road), judo, rugby sevens, tennis, beach soccer and beach volleyball.
The Nassau-centric games will mark the first Commonwealth Games to be held in the Caribbean in over 50 years. The only other time was in 1966 -- the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Four the magic number for Taiarui
Four the magic number for Taiarui

March 27, 2017

Heimanu Taiarui is a famous figure in his native Tahiti, thanks in no small part to his life-changing exploits at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015...

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EYES ON THE BAHAMAS-Iran
EYES ON THE BAHAMAS-Iran

March 27, 2017

ran began their bid to succeed Oman as Asian champions by topping Group A at the AFC Beach Soccer Championship, held in Malaysia on 4-11 March. In racking up four impressive wins in the section, they struck 35 goals and let in just three...

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EYES ON THE BAHAMAS-Senegal
EYES ON THE BAHAMAS-Senegal

March 27, 2017

Having been beaten by Madagascar in the final of the 2015 edition, Senegal headed to the 2016 CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations with their sights firmly set on reclaiming the title, which they did in style...

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Dejected!

March 26, 2017

There are no more Bahamians remaining in the men's and women's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball tournaments.
Dwight Coleby and the Kansas Jayhawks' hopes of a Final Four appearance were dashed on Saturday, as the Oregon Ducks upset them 74-60 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Coleby, who played a major role for the Jayhawks in their Sweet Sixteen win over Purdue on Thursday, played just four minutes in Saturday's loss. He was 0-for-1 from the floor, and didn't score but had a rebound.
Higgs and the Texas Longhorns fell to the Stanford Cardinals 77-66 in their Sweet Sixteen match-up on Friday. Higgs came off the bench to score five points and had one assist in that loss.
In the men's game, sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey dropped in six three pointers and poured in 27 points in the win for Oregon over Kansas. Dillon Brooks added 17 points and Jordan Bell finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks for the Ducks, who captured the lead with 16 minutes left in the first half, and never relinquished it again.
The Ducks three-point shooting was the biggest factor in the win. They wound up shooting 51 percent from the field and hit 11-of-25 from behind the three-point line.
At the start of the second half, the Ducks' lead ballooned to 55-37 on a three from Brooks. Every time the Jayhawks gained momentum, the Ducks quickly responded with baskets of their own.
After Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk hit a three from the corner to cut the lead to six, 66-60, Dorsey answered on the other end of the floor with a three-pointer of his own.
The Jayhawks went over two minutes down the stretch without scoring, which allowed the Ducks to pull away in the waning seconds of the game.
National Player of the Year candidate Frank Mason III led the Jayhawks with 21 points.
This was the second consecutive year that the Jayhawks lost in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Despite the fact that the Jayhawks will lose Mason and big man Landen Lucas to graduation, and freshman sensation Josh Jackson is likely to turn pro, they will still be stacked for the 2017-18 season.
Udoka Azubike, Carlton Bragg, Mykhailiuk, Lagerald Vick and Devonte Graham are returning, and Coleby could be the first or second man off their bench. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and wasn't 100 percent for most of this season. His huge performances against Michigan State, in second round, and Purdue, in the Sweet Sixteen, showed what he could do once fully healthy.
As for Higgs, she will be returning for her junior year with the Longhorns.

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BAAA membership overwhelmingly approves changes to constitution

March 26, 2017

With a count of 32-12, and with two absentees last Thursday, the membership of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) has approved changes to the general constitution of the body, which it hopes will take the federation (BAAA) deep into the 21st century and beyond.
Those changes, which executives deem to be long overdue and progressive, will come into effect on April 1, 2017. For starters, the executive body will be restructured, inclusive of a paid chief executive officer (CEO) who will be charged with the day-to-day operations of the federation. The new make-up of the executive body will be one president, a first vice president, a second vice president, a vice president of finance, a vice president of marketing and public relations, a vice president of business operations, and a vice president of technical operations. The appointed positions to the executive team will include the CEO, an assistant CEO, the immediate past president (serving for one year) and two special project officers.
"This is a very historical time for the BAAA," said First Vice President Tonique Williams yesterday. "The BAAA has been around for 65 years and we now have a document approved that will hopefully guide us for the next 65 years, because it is a very progressive document. We started on this journey a little over a year ago, and today we celebrate a milestone accomplishment. It just goes to show how aggressive this administration has been in a very short period of time."
The major amendments to the constitution include: i) removal of executive voting power in general meetings and placing members at the apex of the federation; ii) extension of the length of the executive board tenure from three to four years starting with the 2018 general elections; iii) the introduction of regional associations, moving toward decentralizing athletes by enabling focused development on more Family Islands; and iv) a fixed limit on the length of time an executive or council member can serve - a maximum of two consecutive terms, which is the equivalent of eight years.
Williams said that what will be paramount in the introduction of regional associations is the establishment of the New Providence Athletic Association. That body will be responsible for the day-to-day running of athletics on New Providence, and will fall under the central region in the country. The other regions will be the northern and southern regions. Clubs and island bodies will be responsible for reporting directly to their respective regional representatives, which will collect fees on the BAAA's behalf. They will also be responsible for staging regional events, track meets and championships, thereby taking some of the pressure off the BAAA.
"It's really about putting policies and practices in place so that the BAAA could govern island associations, and be relieved of the day-to-day running of athletics in New Providence," said Williams.
In a document entitled 'United Purpose', the executive body highlighted the points that became a part of the constitution reform process, which initially drew a lot of resistance from the membership of the BAAA. A little over a year ago, a constitution reform committee was established, and the wheels were in motion as it regards enlightening the membership of the BAAA about the relative importance of the proposed amendments. Williams said this is nothing new. The proposed changes have been on the table for a while. She said that the difference is that they have been united in purpose under a new administration - under a lady who has kept them well focused and purposeful.
"It's about taking the power from ourselves and handing it to the people who matters - our coaches, athletes and affiliates," said Williams. "This United Purpose document was not about ourselves, and it was not about self goals. It is a document that centered on where we think the federation should head. This document is all about restructuring and re-vitalizing the organization. The constitution is what governs us, and it was very important that if we wanted to move ahead, we overcome our challenges that had been visible internally and externally. We knew that we had to lay a different foundation, and that is what happened. This document essentially ends the petty politics of track and field in The Bahamas. This is an administration that is charging ahead with purpose."
BAAA President Rosamunde Carey said that now their real work begins. She said that collectively, they have just begun to appreciate what they have been able to produce and what they have worked so hard for.
"The large percentage of votes cast in favor of this constitution reform expresses the members' desire to go away from the status quo," said Carey. "It also expresses confidence in the vision of the executive board and the reform committee. We promised that this executive team would raise the bar, and I say without fear of contradiction, that we have certainly raised the bar. The previous article of the association, which evolved over the past 65 years was never registered, and after careful review, was determined to be inadequate for effective, prudent and purposeful governance. The BAAA was challenged with archaic articles that made it difficult to comply with the standards demanded by the government of The Bahamas and the international governing body for athletics. It was constrained by a culture of politics, a lack of resources, and a structure that stagnated the growth and development of athletics. This new constitution is truly comprehensive, productive and progressive. It will guide the federation into the 21st century."
Carey said that this new document now meets the requirement of the Office of the Attorney General, and the BAAA can now be measured as a non-profit organization so as to comply with government policies. She said that for the first time in its 65-year history, the BAAA is a registered legal entity.
Also, initially, the new four-year period was scheduled to end the year before each Olympics. Carey said that was altered when their members expressed concerns about the length of time in office for the current administration, and also to give the new administration an extra year to prepare squads and ensuing Olympic Games.
"We're an administration that listens to its members," said Carey. "We didn't want to just extend it so that we could be in power for an additional year. It's not about that for us - it's about listening to concerns of our members and acting on them."
The nine members of the Constitution Reform Committee were Chairman Carl Oliver; Council Member in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Pauline Davis-Thompson; BAAA Assistant Secretary General Maybeline Miller; President of the BAAA Parents Association Harrison Petty; coaches Patrick Adderley, Rudolph Ferguson, Kelly Albury and Curtis Pride; and Winifred Russell.
"This historical feat was fueled by their passion for the sport," said Carey. "Members of the BAAA, clubs, coaches and athletes must also be commended for their commitment to this constitution reform process," she added.
Chairman Carl Oliver said: "It was a tedious task. The difficulty was trying to sell this document to the members. That wasn't easy. We eventually got it done. When we put the committee together, we wanted persons to come with their separate views on how they would want to see the BAAA in the next 15 years. It was a complete work in process."
The newly revised constitution that is based on a draft from the IAAF, and from careful analysis of New Zealand's newly revamped constitution, still has to be approved by the government of The Bahamas and the IAAF.
As it relates to the paid CEO position on the executive board of the BAAA, Constitution Reform Committee member Patrick Adderley said that person would have the responsibility of managing the day-to-day operations of the BAAA as well as soliciting sponsorship both locally and internationally. That person is yet to be identified.
"I think it's a very progressive move on behalf of the federation," said Adderley. "That person would be responsible for soliciting funds and other things on behalf of the federation. At the end of the day, more money would be coming in than what would be going out. This would put us in the financial position where we could really strengthen track and field and take it to the next level."
As mentioned, the amended constitution will come into effect on April 1, 2017.

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Anatol Rodgers wins NPA Spring Classic

March 26, 2017

Despite playing short-handed in terms of players, and without Head Coach Harcourt McCoy, the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves senior boys basketball team managed to win the Noble Preparatory Academy (NPA) Spring Classic over the weekend at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.
Behind a game-high 33 points from guard Dominic Bridgewater, the Wolverines powered past the NPA Spartans 65-59 in the championship game.
For his effort, Bridgewater was named the tournament's most valuable player (MVP), and was awarded the tournament's ultimate prize -- a full athletic scholarship to Niagara College in Ontario, Canada.
"This game meant a lot. Despite the fact that we didn't have our full team, we fought hard," said Bridgewater. "These guys are like my brothers, so I know once I went out and gave it a strong effort, they were going to follow. I wasn't worried about points or personal stats; I just wanted to get this win for the guys. Our coach called us from away and told us to go out and finish our season strong. We won earlier in the year, and I'm glad we could close with a win."
Anatol Rodgers went up by as much as 10 in the first quarter and held an eight-point lead at half-time. However, behind Stephen Augustin, NPA was able to come back and take the lead for a few minutes in the third quarter. Bridgewater took over in the fourth. Down the stretch, with 30 seconds remaining, he drove through the lane and converted on a tough reverse lay-up to extend the Timberwolves lead to six (65-59). Augustin finished with 28 points in the loss for NPA.
"Our guys gave it a great effort. There were some things I would have like to seen done differently, of course, but nonetheless, you can't take anything away from the game Anatol played," said NPA Head Coach Geno Bullard Sr. "Bridgewater played a great game and showed that he is elite compared to his peers. Now with this opportunity, I hope he goes on to make the most of it and really gets after it in the classroom and on the court. That's what this tournament is all about - creating opportunities."
Along with his MVP honor, Bridgewater was also named to the NPA All-Tournament team. Other players selected to the All-Tournament team were Francisco McKinney (Leadership Academy), Andre Hepburn (C.V. Bethel), Renard McDonald (C.R. Walker), Cordero Seymour (St. Anne's) and Stephen Augustin (NPA).

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TKO

March 25, 2017

Bahamian boxer Tureano Johnson (20-1, 14 KOs) maintained his position as the mandatory number one contender for the International Boxing Federation's (IBF) middleweight title last night, as he scored a second round knockout victory over Fabiano Pena (16-7-1, 13 KOs) on the undercard of Golden Boy Boxing's debut on ESPN.
The match against Pena was Johnson's first fight back since tearing the rotator cuff in his right shoulder in 2015. He was supposed to make his return to the ring last month in a bout against Antonio Gutierrez, however, the fight was scrapped after Johnson didn't make weight for the middleweight division, and his opponent turned down a deal from Johnson's team and walked away from the fight.
Against Pena on Thursday, Johnson put together a solid performance on his opponent, who hit the mat twice during the second round. Pena's corner elected to stop the fight during the second round, awarding Johnson the technical knockout at the 2:38 mark.
"I was pretty anxious to enter the ring after such a long absence, but I was reminded by my team that I am the IBF #1 ranked middleweight contender," said Johnson. "Being absent for so long for my rotator cuff was not ideal, and I know that injuries happen, but now that we got this fight out of the way and we shook out the nerves a bit.
"I am ready to take on the big guys out there and demonstrate that I am still someone to fear in this division."
According to a recent release from the IBF, that it is waiting on the outcome of the bout between Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin and Danny Jacobs next month before stipulating the winner has to then compete against his number one contender in Johnson.
"We expect the winner of Gennady Golovkin versus Daniel Jacobs to do the IBF mandatory next," said IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker.
Johnson earned the mandatory contender spot after he defeated Eamonn O'Kane on October 17, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The only way Golovkin can get around fighting Johnson is if he can force an agreement with Billy Joe Saunders, as unification with the WBO would take priority over a mandatory contender. However, even then Johnson would still be waiting on the other side.
There has also been word of a bout between "Triple G" and Golden Boy Promotions fighter Canelo Alvrez in September.
In order for that fight to happen before Johnson gets a shot, he would have to agree to step aside.

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Coleby, Jayhawks advance to the Elite Eight

March 25, 2017

Redshirt junior Dwight Coleby continues to come up big for the short-handed Kansas Jayhawks during their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament run.
Although the 6'9" forward only registered two points and two rebounds off the bench in Kansas' 98-66 win over fourth-seeded Purdue on Thursday night, he did an excellent job defending Purdue's massive big men Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Hayes, to help the Jayhawks advance to the Elite Eight.
Coleby and sophomore guard Lagerald Vick, were called on to give starters a break less than five minutes into the physical matchup.
"I expected to play a big role," Coleby said of his effort on the defensive end. "I had no idea I'd be the first off the bench or something like that. I just take it as it comes and I'm always ready."
Less than a minute after checking in, Coleby made an assist to Devonte Graham on the wing for one of his five three-pointers. Shortly after, Coleby followed that up with a score on the inside on a post pass from sophomore Lagerald Vick.
Despite Coleby's spirited effort, there were times when Purdue's duo of Swanigan and Hayes got the better of him. However, instead of being scolded for blown possessions, Coleby said he received nothing but positive reinforcement when he went to the bench.
"Just play better defense. Just do your work early and you should be fine," Coleby said of the Jayhawks game plan to stop Swanigan and Hayes.
Despite an up and down first half, the trio of Coleby, Landon Lucas and Josh Jackson helped keep Haas scoreless and limited Swanigan to just six points in the second half.
"He was huge," Kansas junior guard Devonte' Graham said, when asked about Coleby's contributions. "We have been telling him, 'Be ready when your number is called,' and he's been doing a great job in practice. He's been looking ready since the tournament started and we're going to need him to keep playing like that."
Now just one win away from a Final Four appearance, Jayhawks coach Bill Self said he's been pleased with Coleby's effort in the tournament up to this point.
"Obviously, Dwight bought us a ton of minutes whenever Landen was in foul trouble," Self said. "But I thought Carlton came in and did a good job, too. You add those guys together you get 23 key minutes out of that position when Landen can't be in the game. So I think they both kind of bailed us out."
The Jayhawks will take on the Oregon Ducks today for a spot in the Final Four.

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EYES ON ECUADOR-The road to Bahamas
EYES ON ECUADOR-The road to Bahamas

March 24, 2017

Ecuador were drawn in Group B of the 2017 South American Beach Soccer Championship and were determined to make history by qualifying for the global extravaganza for the first time...

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BJF names 37-member CARIFTA squad

March 23, 2017

The Bahamas Judo Federation named a 37-member team that will represent the country at home in the inaugural CARIFTA Judo Championships yesterday.
The two-day tournament begins on April 7, and will be staged at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium. The event is expected to feature over 200 athletes from 10 countries, including Barbados, Aruba, Haiti, Martinique, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao, the United States and host country The Bahamas.
"We are proud that the team comes from all levels of society," said BJF President D'Arcy Rahming Sr. "These athletes have been training hard for the tournament. We are still looking for a title sponsor."
The team members are: under-15 boys - Brandon Cox, Xavion Johnson (under 42kg.); Takeel Murphy, Luca Chiacchaari, Gerald Georges, Tyron Scavella (under 50kg.); Matthew Gittens, Adam Charles, Cameron Forbes (under 60kg.); Trevor Cumberbatch (over 60kg.); under-15 girls - Sarah Thompson, Arianna Mitchell (under 40kg.); Naja Rolle, Alexia Smith (under 48kg.); Trenice Cumberbatch, Asia Bullard, Ryanique Josey (under 57kg.); Kaylee Roberts (over 57kg.); under-21 boys - Davante Sweeting, Desmond Bootle (under 60kg.); Taliano Ferguson, Andrew Munnings (under 73kg.); Keyon Cumberbatch, Desmondo Bootle (under 90kg.); Daleon Sweeting, Larry Marshall, Staveros McIntosh (over 90kg.); Under-21 Girls - Jasmine Russell, Alisha Smith (under 48kg.); Taryn Butler, Mya Beneby, Tara Bain (under 57kg.); Raven Pennerman, Breanna Major, Rachel Rolle (under 70kg.); Faith Rae, Karra Hanna (over 70kg.).
The CARIFTA Judo Championships will serve as a good test for the Bahamian team to examine the progress of the young athletes ahead of this summer's Commonwealth Youth Games, which will also be held in The Bahamas.
The BJF, earlier this month, sent an 18-member team overseas to compete in the Florida Open Judo Tournament. If those results are a sign of things to come, they're headed in the right direction. At the Florida Open, Team Bahamas managed to reel in 24 medals, including nine gold, eight silver and seven bronze.
"We expected great things from these young athletes, but no one could have imagined such incredible results," Rahming said of the team's performance. "As we set our sites on the upcoming CARIFTA Championships in April, the Commonwealth Youth Games in July, and even Tokyo 2020, exceptional performances such as these confirm that we are on the right track. Bahamas Judo is well and truly on the map."
Coach D'Arcy Rahming Jr. credits the holistic approach he and his coaches take for the rapid growth of the judo program.
"The fact of the matter is that judo is not just a sport," he said. "It's really a way of life and an ethos that teaches discipline, fairness, honor and respect. When taught in this context, judo creates an incredibly positive atmosphere for young people, particularly those from difficult backgrounds and those who could benefit from more structure and routine in their lives.
"Martial arts are often described by those who don't know very much about them, as forms of organized violence. However, it would be more accurate to describe judo and other disciplines like it as methods of redirecting human aggression into more positive channels, where it can be transformed into qualities such as bravery, hard work, patience, determination and a respect for tradition and authority."
Each day, the BJF program feeds 20-30 young judo athletes a free meal after practice, in recognition of the fact that many of them lacking the basic necessities at home, which is said to be the biggest obstacle to their chances of excelling in the sport.

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Spartans, Blue Waves score wins on first day of NPA Spring Classic

March 23, 2017

The Noble Preparatory Academy (NPA) Spartans fired on all cylinders yesterday, easily winning their opening game of the annual spring classic at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.
Behind 12 points from Stephon Augustin, the Spartans coasted to an easy 59-38 victory over Leadership Academy.
"It's good to start the tournament off with the win," said Noble Prep Head Coach and tournament organizer Geno Bullard Sr. "Now, after getting the first one out of the way, we can kind of see how we are going to position ourselves for the remainder of the tournament. The guys played a good, tough game. Now we just have to build on that as we move forward."
Noble Prep jumped out to a 10-2 lead to start the game. Augustin had six of his 12 points during that run, all coming off second chance opportunities. The Spartans ended the first quarter with a 17-6 lead. Leadership Academy managed to cut the deficit to eight at the half (30-22), but that was the closest they got in the game.
Noble Prep led by as much as 18 points in the second half.
Lynden McDonald finished with seven points for NPA, while Aaron Lloyd chipped in with six. Francisco McKinney had a game-high 13 points for Leadership Academy.
In the second game of the evening, the St. Anne's Blue Waves overcame a slow start to knock off the Akhepran International Academy Scarabs, 58-47.
Ashton Knowles poured in 12 points to lead the Blue Waves. Amos Rolle had eight points for the Scarabs in the loss.
In the third game of the evening, the C.R. Walker Knights turned back the Westminster Diplomats, 75-54.
Once again, players competing in the spring classic will be aiming for the ultimate prize, a full athletic scholarship to Niagara College in Canada. The scholarship is awarded to the tournament's Most Valuable Player (MVP).
"With a full ride on the line, you know guys are going to come out every game and give it their all. It's what really makes this tournament unique," Bullard said. "A lot of players from smaller schools who have played well all season will look to get their names out there. We also have some of the more popular schools competing in this tournament as well. That mix, combined with the fact that these guys are really playing with a lot on the line, should really make for some stiff competition throughout the tournament."
Noble Prep alumnus Kevin Cooper received last year's MVP honor.
The NPA Spring Classic continues today at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, beginning at 4 p.m. In the opener, the Temple Christian Suns will take on the C.R. Walker Knights. The tournament comes to a close on
Saturday.

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Scotiabank is a silver sponsor of the UB Fit Fun Run/Walk event

March 23, 2017

Scotiabank is partnering with the University of The Bahamas (UB) on its inaugural UB Fit event. The Fun Run/Walk/Skate/5k/10k and Health Expo is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, starting at UB's Oakes Field Campus.
"Scotiabank has had a longstanding relationship with the university. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with them as silver partners of this first community health and fitness event, which is closely aligned with our commitment to helping young people become better off," said Leah Davis, Senior Manager, Marketing, Scotiabank.
"The bank's 2017 Everything Bahamian calendar features art and photography by students of the University of The Bahamas' Visual Arts Department. We hope to maintain the momentum through participation in UB Fit and would like to encourage the public to participate fully in this worthwhile cause," Davis continued.
Kandice Eldon, assistant director, Office of University Relations and UB Fit Chair, University of The Bahamas, said: "UB Fit Fun Run/Walk/Skate/5k/10k is designed to bring our university family, alumni and corporate Bahamas together for an exciting race to build a sense of community, raise funds to increase special needs mobility around campus and augment UB's Annual Fund. We are so pleased with the continued support of Scotiabank Bahamas for our inaugural event. We're sure it will be race to remember."
Elvardo Thompson, Director of Alumni Affairs, University of The Bahamas, said: "Scotiabank Bahamas' support for our inaugural UB Fit event is a testament to the longstanding partnership between the University of The Bahamas and the bank. As this event grows to become a signature, annual event, it is our hope that other corporate sponsors will follow Scotiabank Bahamas' lead in supporting worthwhile university events."
Scotiabank Bahamas Ltd. continues to support a number of community related events and sports in general in The Bahamas.

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