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Primary schools championships get underway

May 25, 2017

The top primary school track and field athletes from around The Bahamas got a chance to showcase their skills on the track yesterday, as the 34th edition of the Frank 'Pancho' Rahming Primary Schools Track and Field Championships got underway at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
In the first final on the track, Rajah Rolle, from Tabernacle Baptist, won the boys' 1,200 meters (m) in 4:15.46. Bedner Termius, from Freeport Primary, finished second in 4:16.26, and Breck Kemp, who is home schooled, won the bronze medal in 4:23.51.
In the girls 'B' division 1,200m run, Jasmine Mackey, from Yellow Elder Primary, won the gold in 4:18.90. Chinara Grant, from St. Anne's, was second in 4:33.00, and Lilly Comarcho, from Queen's College, was third in 4:38.74.
Central Abaco Primary won the open boys 4x100m relay in 51.25 seconds. That team was made up of Clinton Laguerre, Lovevinsky Tageny, Isaiah Baptiste and James Delia.
Temple Christian finished second in 52.49 seconds, and their team was made up of Ryan Ferguson, Matthew Chandler, Jayden Miller and Michael Cartwright. Columbus Primary crossed the line in third in 54.01 seconds. Columbus Primary's team was made up of Carlos Brown, Garrard Rolle, Gilbert Gibson and Keith Forbes.
Queen's College (QC) won the open girls' 4x100m relay in 55.90 seconds. Their team was made up Sara Hepburn, Lanique Thompson, G'Shan Brown and Nia Richards.
Temple Christian finished in second once again, this time in 56.09 seconds, and Cleveland Eneas Primary was third in 57.53 seconds. Temple Christian's team was made up of Hailey Robinson, Tedvanique Bethel, Nya Wright and Kendrea Munroe.
In the preliminary races for the 200m, Lanique Thompson, from QC, clocked the fastest time in the girls' 'B' division with a time of 28.35 seconds. Phillip Gray, from St. Anne's, was the fastest in the boys' 'B' division in 28.46 seconds. Darvinique Dean, from Temple Christian, was the fastest qualifier in the girls' 'C' division in 31.26 seconds. Patrick Bethel, from Freeport Primary, clocked the fastest time in the boys' 'C' division in 30.56 seconds.
Several finals took place on the field.
Rohan Culmer won the boys' 'B' division ball throw with a toss of 45.50m (149' 3"); Demian Brice, from Temple Christian, won the boys' 'B' division long jump with a leap of 3.70m (12' 1-1/2"); James Delia won the boys' 'A' division shot put with a toss of 11.13m (36' 6-1/4"); Tedvanique Bethel, from Temple Christian, won the girls' 'A' division long jump with a leap of 3.97m (13' 0-1/4"); Alana Clarke, from St. Andrew's, took the girls' 'C' division softball throw with a toss of 27.55m (90'); and Lanique Thompson, from QC, won the open girls' high jump with a leap of 1.30m (4' 3").
The Frank "Pancho" Rahming Primary School Championships continue today at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, and will run until Friday. Competition starts at 9 a.m. daily.

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Western Kentucky is the frontrunner in the race for Coleby

May 25, 2017

The race between National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I programs to acquire the services of fifth-year senior forward Dwight Coleby continued over the weekend. The 6'9" Grand Bahama native has yet to declare where he'll play out his final year of collegiate eligibility. Although there has been no official word given by Coleby as yet, ESPN's Jeff Goodman revealed that Western Kentucky has emerged as the frontrunner to land the Bahamian collegiate post player.
"The (Western Kentucky) Hilltoppers have the nation's eighth-ranked recruiting class, according to 24/7 sports, and have signed Virginia grad transfer Darius Thompson, but they're not done. They are the 'team to beat' for Kansas grad transfer Dwight Coleby," said Goodman.
Coleby, who sat out his first year at Kansas due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee, would be immediately eligible as a sixth-year grad transfer for Western Kentucky or wherever he chooses to sign.
The former Kansas Jayhawks player could provide a tough presence on the inside for a Western Kentucky team that has a lot of talent coming in this summer, including five-star center Mitchell Robinson, four-star guards Jordan Brangers and Josh Anderson, and three-star guards Taveion Hollingsworth and Chris Duarte. Robinson, Brangers and Hollingsworth have signed letters of intent, while Anderson and Duarte are expected to do so soon.
Despite going to Kansas with lofty expectations, Coleby's time at Kansas wasn't nearly what he hoped it would have been. Last season, Coleby averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He averaged 5.6 minutes in 24 games.
Coleby had his best collegiate season as a junior at Ole Miss. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game that season.
All of the schools pursuing Coleby hope that he could return to the player he was at Ole Miss. Coleby said that his reason for leaving Kansas was so he could get a chance to play more minutes and put up better numbers, which would bolster his post collegiate athletic career.

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BAF names small team for CCCAN Championships

May 25, 2017

The Bahamas Aquatics Federation (BAF), formerly known as the Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF), on Tuesday, named a 14-member team that will represent the country at the 2017 Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships, set for June 9-12, in Trinidad and Tobago.
"We won't be sending a large team to CCCAN this year for the fact that a lot of swimmers will be here training and preparing to compete at home in the Commonwealth Youth Games in July," said BAF President Algernon Cargill yesterday. "Although the team isn't big, it is a strong team, so we are still expecting some good results. While it will be impossible to win CCCAN with such a small team, we are looking for each of the swimmers to swim personal best times at the meet.
"This meet also provides great exposure for some of the younger swimmers on the team. They get a chance to see some of the faster swimmers that they probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to go up against at CARIFTA, so it's a great experience. It's just unfortunate that the swimming schedule for this summer is so hectic. We have this, college nationals, the world junior swimming championships, and of course, the Commonwealth Youth Games, which right now is our main focus. We know it will be tough, but we know this is a good team. These kids on this team performed exceptionally well at the CARIFTA Championships at home, and I know that they will be ready to perform at the Commonwealth Youth Games once they return."
The 11-12 division will be made up of Salene Gibson, Zaylie Elizabeth Thompson, Erald Thomson III and Nigel Forbes.
The 13-14 division will be made up of Devante Carey, Ian Pinder, Kevon Lockhart, Lamar Taylor and Shawn Neely; and the 15-and-over team will be made up of Margaret Higgs, Gershwin Greene, N'Nhyn Fernander, Perez Moss and Kohen Kerr.
All of the swimmers in the 11-12 and 13-14 divisions will be competing in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in July.
The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will run from July 18-24 in New Providence, The Bahamas.

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Aliv supports Special Olympics Bahamas

May 25, 2017

New telecommunications company Aliv recently came on board as the title sponsor of the Special Olympics Bahamas National Championships this year. The championships is set for this Saturday at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Shown in the main photo from left are Damian Blackburn, chief Aliv officer; Vashni Thompson (Special Olympics Bahamas); Bianca Bethel Sawyer, Aliv events, sponsorship and community manager; Gilbert Williams, national director, Special Olympics Bahamas; Deron Forbes, 400m specialist, Special Olympics Bahamas; Diana Sands, Aliv public relations manager; and Johnny Ingle, chief Aliv champion. Blackburn said: "This $45,000.00 sponsorship is a three-year commitment and allows Aliv to be title sponsor for this amazing organization. We believe in working with the community and have created programs, and partnered with organizations directed at areas that will have the most sustainable and positive impact on the country. Undoubtedly, fostering an environment for people with special needs is important and the company is dedicated to helping advance the athletic pursuits for people of all ages and backgrounds. The importance of an organization such as Special Olympics Bahamas is fundamental to the growth of the country. I myself have assisted with Special Olympics committees throughout the region and was delighted when this opportunity presented itself here in The Bahamas. We at Aliv are extremely proud and happy to assist Special Olympics Bahamas with all their events, beginning as the title sponsor for the national track and field meet this Saturday. Our goal is to always meet and surpass expectations and we believe this partnership with Special Olympics Bahamas will allow us to do just that." Special Olympics is a global organization, serving more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 nations, and it is right here, at the local level, where interested athletes, families, volunteers and supporters come together to promote health and fitness, change lives, and create communities of inclusion and acceptance.

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Knights win second straight senior boys soccer title

May 25, 2017

The C.R. Walker Knights came from behind yesterday, winning 4-2 in a penalty shootout over the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves, to capture their second consecutive Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) senior boys soccer title. The championship match was played on the Roscow A.L. Davies Soccer Field in the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
After trailing nearly the entire game, Peter Julmis scored the Knights' first goal in the final minute of the game to even the score 1-1. Neither team was able to score for the remainder of regulation, neither in extra time. The game came down to a penalty shootout. The Timberwolves struck first in the shootout, but after it was tied at two goals apiece, the Knights held the Timberwolves scoreless in their remaining attempts. Marc Ville and Brandon Adderley scored the final two goals for the Knights.
"We never gave up in this game. One of the things we pride ourselves on is that we play until the last minute," said Knights' Head Coach Kellon Lewis. "The guys were always optimistic that they were going to score, even though we were down for most of the game. You have to give credit to Anatol, because they really pushed us to the limit. They came out and showed why they were in the finals. It's great that we could repeat. It wasn't easy, but I knew these guys could do it."
Lewis added that although he's losing several of his key players this year to graduation, he's confident that they'll be just as competitive next year.
"We have a program that is all about keeping the machine going," he said. "Yes, we are losing a lot of good players, but we still have a lot of solid, young players. In fact, the guys who led our team today were in grade 10 and grade 11. It's hard to say goodbye to some of the guys, but I'm sure this time next year these guys will be just as good."
In the opening game, the C.V. Bethel Stingrays senior girls knocked off the C.C. Sweeting Cobras, 2-0, to win that title.

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Bowlers look to make 'Super Saturday'

May 24, 2017

It's elimination day, as the Bahamas Bowling Federation's (BBF) National Championships roll into its third block of games over at Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace tonight.
Three-time national champion Leonardo "Lee" Davis currently leads the men's category with a 2,092 total pinfall (209.2 avg.) through 10 games - the first two blocks of five games each. His position, and a handful of others, are basically safe going into Saturday's roll-offs. The bowlers in the 10-15 range, in terms of position, are on the bubble. Just the top 15 bowlers will qualify for 'Super Saturday', and the top five bowlers from Saturday will move into the TV Finals on Sunday.
Defending Champion David Slatter is in second place, after 10 games, with a 1,996 total pinfall (199.6 avg.). Greg Taylor and Kevin Williams are tied for third with total pinfalls of 1,956 (195.6 avg.).
For the women, the top 10 bowlers will advance to Saturday, and the top five women will move into the TV Finals on Sunday. Their competition is as close as could be with the top three bowlers separated by just two pins. Driskell Rolle leads the way with a 1,841 total pinfall (184.1 avg.). Marina McClain is second with an 1,840 total pinfall (184 avg.), and Janice Hoyte is third with an 1,839 total pinfall (183.9 avg.). Defending champion Jonice "Joy" Lockhart sits in the fifth position with a 1,754 total pinfall (175.4 avg.).
"As you can see, it's pretty intense right now," said BBF Public Relations Officer Clayton Gardiner. "It's do or die for a lot of the bowlers because this is where we get rid of all of the pretenders. Only the top 15 male bowlers will go through to Saturday, and only the top 10 female bowlers will advance. You have some newcomers out there and they are really making a name for themselves. Guys like Greg Taylor and Kevin Williams are battling hard. From about the 10th spot to the 20th spot, the guys are pretty close, so it's important that they come out tomorrow (tonight) and have a good showing. Right now, it's like a pack of wolves out there battling each other and making it pretty competitive. From about 10-20, they are all within striking distance. The women are even more competitive right now. It's going to be a battle right to the end. We're just asking the public to come out, watch some good competition and encourage these outstanding bowlers as they vie for the national titles."
In the men's category, the bowlers from the 10th to the 20th positions are separated by just 74 pins. Former national champions Sonith "Sonny" Lockhart and Johann Pyfrom are on the outside looking in.
The third block of bowling gets underway at 7 p.m. this evening, with the male 'A', 'B' and 'C' category bowlers taking the lanes, and the female 'A' and 'B' category bowlers facing off.
The two national champions will represent The Bahamas at the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup which will be held in Hermosillo, Mexico, from November 4-12, 2017.

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BTC steps forward to assist 50th Long Island Regatta

May 24, 2017

The second largest and oldest regatta in the country expects to kick off its festivities with the help of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC).
BTC has committed to sponsoring the event to defray the cost of a 'B' Class cup race at the Long Island Regatta this year. The regatta is in its golden anniversary this year, set for May 31 to June 3 in the waters of Salt Pond, Long Island.
BTC's Senior Manager for Long Island and the Southeast Islands Ian Knowles said: "I'm grateful we're able to sponsor a race this year, and we look forward to winning that particular race and bring that BTC Cup home."
The telecommunications company has come forward on numerous occasions to support the promotion and celebration of Bahamian culture and sports. Knowles said: "Regattas bring a lot of visitors to the islands, and the Long Island Regatta is the biggest event on the calendar. Everyone appreciates BTC's presence because we've been sponsoring the regatta for quite some time."
While celebrating its 50th anniversary, this major cultural and sporting experience is scheduled to take place with a number of engaging activities. Knowles said that there are a number of Bahamian talents lined up to "rejuvenate the regatta" along with a new 'A' Class boat they're excited to showcase.
Knowles said: "I want all of my sailing family, friends, and visitors to have an exciting time while having clean fun. I want them to enjoy everything Long Island has to offer, from the Long Island native mutton, which is a local delicacy, to our hospitable spirit and friendliness."
Regatta organizers expect another year of great food, good music, and endless memories thanks in part to assistance from BTC.
BTC is deeply rooted in community projects and supports a wide range of cultural, youth, educational and sporting initiatives including junkanoo, the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF)/BTC World Relays and CARIFTA.

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Gibson, Rolle win national amateur golf titles

May 24, 2017

Richard Gibson Jr. and Inecia Rolle prevailed as the overall winners of the Bahamas Golf Federation's (BGF) National Amateur Championships over the weekend.
Gibson shot a seven-over par 295 to take the men's title, prevailing over Oren Butler by eight strokes. He shot a three-over par 75 in the first round, a two-over par 74 in the second round, even-par 72 in the third round, and wrapped up the championships with a two-over par 74 in the final round. Gibson was the only golfer to shoot an even-par round over the course of the four days.
The overall female winner Inecia Rolle shot a 331 to take the women's title. She prevailed over her closest competitor, Adrian Von Echardstein, by 13 strokes.
In the mid amateurs, Peter McIntosh prevailed with a 321, and he was followed by Simon Fielder with a 329. George Swann won the seniors category with a 324, and he was followed by Horace Miller with a 328. The super seniors title went to Oswald Moore with a 340. Victor Skinner was the runner-up with a 344 total.
In the ladies 30-plus category, Von Echardstein prevailed with a 344 total. Caroline Ribeiro was the runner-up with a 406 total.
The President's Cup titles, given to the golfers who had the lowest net scores over the final two days of competition, went to Gibson and Nyah Singh. Gibson won the men's category with a 142 total and Skinner was the runner-up with a 147 total. Sing won the ladies category with a 140 total, and Riya Miller was the runner-up with a 153 total.
The BGF wishes to thank Fidelity Bank and Sands Beer for sponsoring the event, and the Lyford Cay Golf Club, the Ocean Club Golf Course, the Albany Golf Club, and the Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar for hosting the championships.

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ALIV Chief poses with Men's U-23 Soccer Team
ALIV Chief poses with Men's U-23 Soccer Team

May 23, 2017

Chief ALIV Officer, Damian Blackburn takes time out of his busy schedule on Tuesday, May 23, to pose with the Menís U-23 soccer team.

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Primary schools championships start Wednesday

May 23, 2017

New Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard came to the rescue of hundreds of youngsters longing to participate in the Frank 'Pancho' Rahming National Primary Schools Track and Field meet this week.
The three-day meet, which was reportedly on the verge of being cancelled for this year, is now set for Wednesday to Friday at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. More than 700 youngsters from over 30 primary schools around the country are set to compete. There will be eight age divisions - seven-and-under boys and girls, nine-and-under boys and girls, 11-and-under boys and girls, and 13-and-under boys and girls. Champions will be crowned in each division, as well as an overall champion for the second year in a row.
The 35th annual meet will get underway at 10 a.m. each morning, and the opening ceremony has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday because of the opening of the new session of parliament.
"We're hoping that we have the usual support and much more," said organizer Frank 'Pancho' Rahming yesterday. "The young athletes feed on their parents and their friends cheering them on. We know that they will get a boost from the crowd so we are hoping for as much supporters as possible. This is where a number of athletes will begin their athletic careers. Some of the values they learn from this meet will carry them throughout their careers."
The meet will run until 3-4 p.m. each day. Rahming said that he expects good representation from all of the schools. Over the weekend, 14 were confirmed from Grand Bahama and the Family Islands, and an additional 14 were confirmed from New Providence. That number is expected to increase this week.
The meet will get underway with the heats of the 200 meters (m) in all age groups on Wednesday morning. Later that afternoon, timed finals in the 4x100m, for all age groups, will be held. The finals of the 4x400m, in all age groups, will wrap up the meet on Friday.
An overall winner was crowned for the first time last year, and the Temple Christian Suns earned that distinction.
The meet will reportedly run the ministry into about $100,000 - covering the housing of the visiting schools, and food for all of the athletes. According to Rahming, the young athletes will be given at least two meals per day.

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Medical volunteers needed for 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

May 23, 2017

The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in The Bahamas will feature about 1,300 athletes from the participating member countries of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which means that there will be a need for local medical officers to step forward and volunteer their services.
According to Dr. Ricky Davis, the lead doctor on the CYG team, over 200 volunteers would be required to accommodate the influx of athletes who are coming for the games. The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games is set for July 17-24 in New Providence.
"We have 138 athletes from The Bahamas and we have doctors who will be covering the events that they are in. We have nurses, chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, as well as Red Cross officials," said Davis. "We need approximately 200 volunteers. We want to have some pharmacists on board. The task is very large and we need about 10 ambulances for the entire event during the time it is going on, which we know is a challenge. We are asking the local, as well as the private sector, to volunteer. Anyone from any hospital, any private or public clinic, wherever you work, we just need volunteers to come out.
"A lot of people are asking how much will we pay. God knows if I had the money I would pay all of the volunteers. However, this is giving back to your country. Everything isn't about pay. Yes, we want money, but it isn't always about money. It is about the pride of the country.
I think a lot of people need to take more pride in the country and stop worrying about money all the time. We have to have pride. The medical persons who are participating, I have to ask the government to give them time off. We need nurses, physiotherapists and more. The medical team also has to cover the three hotels that the athletes will be living in."
Dr. Davis said that up to the week of the event they will be accepting medical volunteers.
Almost all events will be held in the same sporting precinct, the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, which includes the 15,000-seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, host of the opening and closing ceremonies, and the athletics portion of the games.
It will also be the first Commonwealth Games event to be held in the Caribbean in over 50 years, with the last one being the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Ballin' By Da Beach Camps registration now open

May 23, 2017

The Ballin' By Da Beach organization will present its yearly summer camps, taking place June 26-30, at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs National Gymnasium. The boys and girls camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, and will be led by international instructors Charisse Mapp, the head coach for varsity girls basketball at Charlotte Latin High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the founder of Queen City Athletics; Tim Lewis, an assistant coach at Montreat College in Ashville, North Carolina, and the founder of Crossover Athletics; and SJ Lennon, game operations coordinator of the Toronto Raptors and the founder of BallUp Academy in Toronto.
The camps are open to youngsters from ages 5-18.
"Ballin' By Da Beach Camps is proud to have its program for the eighth year in a row," said camps Organizer and Founder Jurelle Nairn through a press release. "The camps will be offered to both boys and girls for the first time this year. The two camps will be held at the same time, but will remain separate. This year at camp we are expecting both local and international attendees. This is our first year hosting a boys camp and we are proud to announce Tim Lewis and SJ Lennon as our hosts. Also, we are so grateful for our sponsors making these camps affordable for all children."
Interested persons can register for the camps at the website www.BBDBCamps.com or by calling telephone numbers (242) 429-7170 or (410) 202-6232. Early registration ends May 31, and late registration ends June 26, or until all spots are filled. Nairn said that there are limited spots available.
The mission statement of the camps is: 'To take a personal interest in every basketball player and coach the campers to become game changers on and off the court.'
"Our vision is to build a movement of passionate basketball players by delivering excellence through the game. Our vision inspires us in our daily work," said Nairn through a press release. "We create a diverse, collaborative, encouraging environment where teamwork and openness are the cornerstones."
Ballin' By Da Beach was established in 2010 by an enthusiastic woman, Nairn, who was passionate about basketball and searched for opportunities to share her passion with others. Since then, the organization has been providing boys and girls with the tools needed to achieve their basketball goals.
"We are privileged to be the main basketball camp in The Bahamas," said Nairn.
Nairn said that both boys and girls should improve their basketball skills and have fun at the camps. The camps start at only $50 per camper.

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Special Olympics Bahamas Three-Year Sponsorship
Special Olympics Bahamas Three-Year Sponsorship

May 22, 2017

Media partners and friends, good morning. Thank you for taking the time to be here with us today as we announce our partnership with Special Olympics Bahamas.

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Over 1,000 youngsters coming for Commonwealth Youth Games

May 22, 2017

With about two months to go before the start of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) here in The Bahamas, members of the games' local organizing committee (LOC), on Friday night, assured the various participating local member federations that the country is on stream to host a successful, well-organized event in the coming weeks.
The CYG Bahamas 2017 is set for July 17-24 on New Providence, and will be the largest multi-sport event to ever be hosted in The Bahamas. It will also be the largest edition of the youth games to date, with up to 1,300 athletes ages 14 to 18 set to compete.
According to CYG Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Romell Knowles, the plans for the games are on stream with the deadlines they have in place. He said that the public can expect to see a grand show come July. He added that the games would be held under the theme "Who's next?", with the hopes that the nation's next big sports stars would emerge during the competition.
"An event like this, with multiple events going on at the same time, is the first of its undertaking here in The Bahamas," he said. "We are trying to use these sports as a catalyst to motivate our inner city. We are asking our member federations to also take up programs in the inner city, where we know we have a great deal of talent. Some of the social challenges we face, we feel that sports can help us to make that turnaround we need to as a people. I'm excited to be the CEO of these games. At the conclusion of these games, we will prove that The Bahamas is indeed open for sports, and that we can host any kind of event."
CYG Managing Director Drumeco Archer said that, although things have been going as planned up to this point, the support of corporate Bahamas is still needed to help things run smoothly as the games approaches.
"We had quite a number of exciting sporting events that have already taken place this year, but the biggest event of all will take place in July," he said. "We are appealing to every single Bahamian to be a part of this movement. We are hoping that we can fill the stadium for every sport out there.
"We are appealing to corporate Bahamas. This can only work if they get involved. The banks, the gas stations, and the mom and pop shops. We need everyone. We are pleased to announce that BTC is our title sponsor. We have several other tiers of sponsorship available, which include the Royal Partner, the Windsor Partner and the Commonwealth Partner."
Coordinated by the Bahamas Commonwealth Games Association (BCGA) and The Bahamas Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the nation's first-ever international multi-sport event will see 94 medals events contested across athletics, aquatics (swimming), beach soccer, cycling (road), judo, rugby sevens, tennis, beach volleyball and boxing.
It will be the first time judo, beach soccer and beach volleyball will be contested at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Local sporting federations are expected to submit their final CYG 2017 rosters by the middle of June.

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Another double-digit rebounds game for Jones

May 22, 2017

Although the Connecticut Sun were unable to seal the deal against the Indiana Fever on Saturday, and record their first win of the 2017-18 Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) season, Grand Bahama native Jonquel Jones turned in another solid performance in what was just her second game as a starter.
Jones put up 19 points and 12 rebounds, and handed out four assists, in an 81-79 loss to the Fever. The Sun led for almost the entire second half by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, but the Fever charged back behind the support of their home crowd and eventually pulled off the win.
"You have to give Indiana's veteran crew credit," said Sun Head Coach Curt Miller. "They got to the foul line late. They got to the basket late when we were trying to shoot jump shots late. We had a chance to extend our lead early in that fourth quarter and we let them hang around. That's what happens in this league. So many games come down to the final stretch and they played better."
The Sun looked to be in complete control after Jones connected on a three-point play that gave Connecticut a 60-49 lead with 59 seconds left in the third quarter. However, the Fever stormed back late in the game. They went on a 13-7 run in the final minute of the game to pull off the close win.
Shenise Johnson gave the Fever their first lead of the game, 74-72, with 46 seconds left. Candice Dupree led the Fever with 19 points and six rebounds, and Erlana Larkins added 12 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
Despite the fact that the Sun dropped their second consecutive game, Jones was a bright spot. It was her second double-digit rebounding game as a starter, and after struggling from the field, going 3-for-11 in their first game, she was efficient from the field on Saturday, shooting 7-for-11.
Jones is averaging 13.5 points and 16 rebounds through two games this season. Jones looks a lot more aggressive in the paint than she was last year. She credits this new physical style of play to her time with the Woori Bank Hansae Wibee of the Women's Korean Basketball League (WKBL) in South Korea.
"It was super physical in Korea," said Jones. "The referees, in terms of foreign players, don't call much for us. You have to get used to getting hit."
Despite the physical nature of the league, Jones still averaged 15.8 points, 14.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game in South Korea and was named the league's most valuable player (MVP).

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Young cyclists hit the road

May 22, 2017

A number of young Bahamian riders got in a test run yesterday ahead of the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) this coming July. The course covered 42 miles: seven laps of a six-mile loop. The final results of the road cycling race were unavailable up to press time, but the lead pack of Felix Neely, Jay Major, Ben West, Justin "The Jet" Minnis and Dr. Kelly Kramp, was significantly ahead of the peloton. The CYG Bahamas 2017 is set for July 17-24 on New Providence, and will be the largest multi-sport event to ever be hosted in The Bahamas. It will also be the largest edition of the youth games to date, with up to 1,300 athletes ages 14 to 18 set to compete.The nation's first-ever international multi-sport event will see 94 medals events contested across athletics, aquatics (swimming), beach soccer, cycling (road), judo, rugby sevens, tennis, beach volleyball and boxing. Local sporting federations, including the Bahamas Cycling Federation (BCF), are encouraged to submit their final CYG 2017 rosters by the middle of June.

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Meet back on

May 19, 2017

After several years of absence, the Frank 'Pancho' Rahming National Primary School Track and Field meet made its return to the athletics calendar last year. This year, once again, the two-day meet faced the potential of being canceled. However, newly appointed Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard said he ensured the meet was brought back for a second straight year.
The 'Pancho' Rahming National Primary School Track and Field Championships are set for May 24-26 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
"It is an honor to be a part of the supporting cast of an event that can be transforming," said Pintard. "Young people, particularly at the elementary school level, are at a stage where they are discovering their gifts and their talents. So we want to provide a platform for them where they are able to shine and show off their gifts.
"It is my pleasure to be a part of this event, which not only promotes comradery, but also healthy lifestyles. They also get to be a part of a feeder system that ultimately produces elite athletes. This is also important because we are in what could be considered as the epicenter for sports in the region. We are at a place where people come from all around the world to train and compete. I'm looking forward to helping our kids use sports as a tool for national development."
National Sports Authority (NSA) Chairman Lynden Maycock commended Pintard for ensuring that the meet be held this year.
"It is certainly an honor and a privilege to welcome the newly appointed minister of youth, sports and culture to the NSA and our initial press conference following his recent appointment," said Maycock. "Today officially marks a new era and the continuation of the development of the Bahamian youth through sports. We are so pleased that the continuation of this journey embraces an accomplished Bahamian, who throughout his professional career has worked with young people and demonstrated his commitment to their development.
"We are also pleased to announce that we are preparing to host the 'Pancho' Rahming Track and Field Championships next week. We are so pleased that the minister, responding to the voices of the people, made their decision to provide the funding necessary to host this most important event on our annual track and field calendar. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Frank Rahming, who remains a driving force behind the event, to ensure that we create opportunities for young Bahamian athletes to showcase their talents."
According to Rahming, who along with Mike Sands serves as the meet's technical directors, there are over 700 students confirmed to compete at this year's event.
"I'm glad that they decided to bring the meet back this year," he said. "It may be no big deal for students in New Providence and Grand Bahama because they have meets all the time, but for those that live in the other Family Islands it means a lot. It's their time to shine and show what they can do. I'm honored that the meet held in my honor will live on again this year."
Action on the track begins at 9 a.m. everyday of competition at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

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Boyce expected to lead Commonwealth Youth Games boxing team

May 19, 2017

There is just over a month to go before the start of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Bahamas, and according to local boxing legend and recently appointed head coach of the Bahamian boxing team Ray Minus Jr., there's a good chance The Bahamas could score a medal in the discipline this summer.
The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Bahamas is set for July 17-23 in Nassau, Bahamas.
As it stands now, the boxing team consists of two boxers with a third member set to join in the coming days.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful Lennox Boyce, from the Championship Amateur Boxing Club (CABC), will compete in the middleweight division, while Jeanson Dalean, from the Major Pain Boxing Club, will compete in the heavyweight division.
"First off, it is an honor to be selected by the Commonwealth games committee to coach a team at these games," said Minus, who also founded the CABC. "We have two boxers I'm working with and another that will be added. It would have been great if we could have had some more fighters on the team, but at this point we have to work with what we have. Fortunately, the pair we have are very talented and I think that they can go very far in the sport.
"This will be the biggest test of their careers up to this point. I know Meacher Major is doing a good job working with his fighter, and I know my fighter will be ready to go when it's time to fight. Lennox (Boyce) is on track to compete in the 2020 Olympics, and I believe that if he continues on this path, he will get there for sure. We still have some work to do before the competition begins, but we are headed down the right path."
The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Bahamas will be the largest international sporting event ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition of the youth games, with up to 1,300 athletes aged 14-18 set to compete.
Coordinated by the Bahamas Commonwealth Games Association and The Bahamas' Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the nation's first-ever international multi-sport event will see 94 medals contested across athletics, aquatics (swimming), beach soccer, cycling (road), judo, rugby sevens, tennis, beach volleyball and boxing.
It will be the first time judo, beach soccer and beach volleyball have been presented at a Commonwealth Youth Games.

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National Rugby Team Set to face Turks and Caicos

May 19, 2017

THE Bahamasí senior menís national team will be back on the pitch locally as they contest the Cup division in the 2017 Rugby Americas North Championship...

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