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US Wins Golden Baton at IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017 - Apr 24, 2017 - 8:54:37 PM

For the third consecutive time the United States team captured the coveted Golden Baton to win, overall, the IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2017.

The event was held April 22-23, 2017 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium where thousands gathered to cheer on their favourite country and athlete.

A rush of glitter, fireworks and an electrifying performance by a Junkanoo group backed the announcement that the United States had emerged the overall winner...
Emma Weech - Bahamian Top Junior Tennis Player Shines at COTECC 14U Tournaments in Barbados and Trinidad - Apr 24, 2017 - 10:57:06 AM

The BLTA congratulates once again another top junior who is making her presence felt in the Caribbean region.  Emma Weech one of our top juniors in the 14U emerged Doubles' winner in the 14s COTECC Tournament in Trinidad this past week and also as Doubles' runner-up in the 14s COTECC Tournament in Barbados two week ago.  In her singles events, Emma advanced to the semis in Trinidad and the quarterfinals in Barbados. This is certainly great news for the future of junior tennis in The Bahamas with the recent achievement  of several of our juniors.

We are proud of Emma and wish her all the best, as she continues to excel. Emma has represented The Bahamas on several national teams and we join in Emma's success in her participation in individual tournaments overseas....
Carl Lewis visits beach soccer stadium ahead of World Cup - Apr 24, 2017 - 10:11:33 AM

He is known as one of the most decorated track and field athletes of all-time, but what many people may not know about former American sprinter Carl Lewis is that he is a big soccer fan. The nine-time Olympic Champion said as much during a visit to the National Beach Soccer Arena at Malcolm Park on Saturday.

Lewis admired the brand new beach soccer facility that will be the legacy of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 and spoke to the positive impact that beach soccer has had on the Bahamian community...
Bahamas Wins IAAF Mixed 4 x 400m Relays - Apr 23, 2017 - 11:58:53 PM

The Bahamas took gold in the IAAF 4 x 400m Mixed Relay to close out the 2017 IAAF / BTC World Relays hosted by The Bahamas the weekend of April 22nd and 23rd. The new addition was a glorious close to Sunday night’s programme, and you can see the excitement in this video enclosed.

Participating were teams from Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Poland, United States, Jamaica, Kenya, and Botswana.

Running for The Bahamas in race order was Shauna Miller,  Steven Gardiner, Antonique Strachan and Michael Mathieu...
IAAF / BTC World Relays Bahamas Night 1 Photos - Apr 23, 2017 - 9:14:46 AM

The IAAF / BTC World Relays opened earlier in the day at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau with junior Bahamian athletes competing, and by 7:30pm the ceremonies and senior competition began.

The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, and Minister of Sports, Danny Johnson were in attendance along with officials from the IAAF who gave opening remarks and greetings.

The Jamaican women were the highlight of the evening setting a new record in the 4 x 100, taking gold coinciding with Jamaican star sprinter Elaine Thompson coming out of retirement for the relays...
World Relays Gives Bahamas Flair Throughout Stadium - Apr 21, 2017 - 12:08:24 PM

As athletes get ready to showcase their skills on the track at The IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017 in a few days, the country will be showcased as well in the decorative elements and collateral surrounding the event.

The pageantry—or the elements that bring the color and festivity to the games—is being coordinated by Joylen Smith, who says The Bahamas is reflected in every piece promoting the championships and at the event.

Organizers gave Smith free expression to pull from Bahamian culture for the banners and decorations for the Relays. What he came up with is a mixture of national symbols woven through Junkanoo expression...
2017 Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp Coach Abbie Sadler - Apr 20, 2017 - 3:43:31 PM

A Woman With a Mission...

Trekking through a mountain range in a howling gale, driving rain and freezing temperatures is the sort of thing the toughest soldiers endure to be selected to join the Special Forces. Freeport-bound soccer coach Abbie Sadler did it because she wants to be at the top of her game.

She was one of a select group chosen by the English Premier League for the 40-hour endurance test in some of Britain’s toughest terrain – an area used by the world famous SAS for its training.

The EPL wanted to take the UK’s best youth soccer coaches and turn them into a really elite group ready to develop the top pro soccer players of the future...
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Blue Waves Swim Club Enjoy Workout Session at Re-Dedicated Fox Hill Community Centre - Apr 20, 2017 - 10:55:25 AM

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell (centre) at the Fox Hill Community Centre on April 12, 2017 with young swimmers of St. Anne's Blue Waves swim club who were invited for a workout session in the swimming pool of the recently re-opened and re-dedicated community facility.

Official photograph taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services…
Freeport soccer youngsters travel to Nassau to play in tournament - Apr 19, 2017 - 10:10:32 PM

Freeport Rugby Football Club brings down the curtain on another successful youth soccer season this weekend when they’re Under 10s Boys soccer team travel to Nassau to participate in a Spring Break Youth Soccer Tournament

The group of boys from The Freeport Rugby Football Club’s Academy Programme, who all also play in the Club’s Grassroots Programme each Saturday, have been practicing every Wednesday (and indeed 3 times a week in recent times) in readiness for the trip. This determination and focus has allowed the boys to further hone their soccer skills and better play together as a team as well as better understand some of the more detailed intricacies of the game such as defending and taking corners and throw-ins...
Milo Butler Future Stars Soccer Team Seals Championship Win - Apr 19, 2017 - 3:18:51 PM

In a strong finish, the Milo Butler Future Stars ended the 2017 season, winning the Bahamas Youth Football League under 12 boys KnockOut tournament. The players also secured the championship title in the Baha Juniors Community Shield Tournament under 12 boys category, defeating the United C with a score of 1-0.  

This is the second season Milo Butler Distributors has sponsored the youth soccer club—outfitting the entire team with uniforms. Started five years ago as a way to educate under privileged children on the sport, the Future Stars program exposes players to new opportunities through soccer. Thanks to corporate partnerships like the one with Milo Butler, the team is able to pay league registration fees, purchase uniforms and secure much-needed training equipment. Nearly 100 children under age 17 and some 35 kids in the over 17 category have benefited directly from the Future Stars program...
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson has high hopes for IAAF Relays - Apr 19, 2017 - 12:22:56 AM

As far as female sprinting is concerned, she wears the crown and Jamaican speedster Elaine Thompson is looking to take her reign to The Bahamas at this year’s IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017 in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Gold in the 100m and 200m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games were the crown jewels in a dominant 2016 for Thompson, who is eager to experience her first taste of The Bahamas and the high-octane international relay carnival, which is set to ignite the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau on April 22 and 23...
Sands Golf Tournament Reaches 7-year Milestone - Apr 17, 2017 - 8:16:00 PM

Now in its 7th year, the Annual Sands Golf Tournament took place on March 12, 2017 at the pristine Fortune Hills Golf Course on picturesque Grand Bahama Island. This Sands sponsored sporting event has, since its inception, attracted scores of male and female golf enthusiasts, novices and long-time players in an effort to encourage sportsmanship and comradery.

“We have been sponsoring this tournament for a while now and each time it has been well supported and received by the golfers on Grand Bahama who are playing for a year’s worth of bragging rights and prizes” Sands explained...
Bahamas Waterpolo Teams Take Gold and Silver - Apr 14, 2017 - 12:48:43 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -  Close to 30 Caribbean countries participated in the 2017 CARIFTA Games Waterpolo Championships hosted in The Bahamas at the  Betty Kelly-Kenning Swimming Complex from April 7th through 9th. 

The Bahamas defeated Barbados to win the gold medal in the U16 boys division, while the Bahamas U19 boys team won silver losing by only 1 point to Jamaica.
Chelsea FC in First Place of Grand Bahama Women's Championship League - Apr 13, 2017 - 12:10:50 PM

The Grand Bahama Women’s Champion’s League kicked off at 2:30 on April 9th with Chelsea’s coach Mike Dossantos declaring that the league would not be tied after his team played the top dogs from last year Borussia Dortmund. The game was entertaining and balanced in play. Both teams had multiple chances without putting the ball in the back of the net. Midway through the second half of the game, Coach Mike put in Phoebe Wilson, a young rookie, and she broke down the compact defense of Borussia Dortmund by staying wide on the wing and varying up the type of balls she put in to her players. This strategy was successful as Chelsea’s Hanna Joy Simms scored in the 73rd minute and the last minute of the game. Final result Chelsea 2-0.

The second game was a nail biter as well. In the 24th minute, Barcelona’s goalkeeper tried to make an unsuccessful diving save and experienced back spasms and had to be taken out of the game...
Grand Bahama WNBA star Jonquel Jones attends BTC festivities - Apr 12, 2017 - 12:19:57 PM

Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama – The Bahamas and in particular Grand Bahama Island has no shortage of sports talent. In fact, many of the country’s top athletes hail from the second city. From Golden Knights Demetrius Pinder and Micheal Mathieu to Gold Medal High Jumper Donald Thomas, Grand Bahamian athletes have continued to leave their mark both locally and internationally and BTC has been there to support them all.

For residents in West Grand Bahama though, few names carry more weight than that of the six-foot WNBA phenom Jonquel Jones. The 23-year-old forward for the Connecticut Suns was born and raised on Grand Bahama Island and has represented her community and country with pride...
Golf Club Increasing Youth Empowerment with Aliv Partnership - Apr 12, 2017 - 9:56:59 AM

One golf club’s dreams to affect more young people in the Bahamas positively became a reality when Aliv telecommunications company solidified a partnership with them to help make those dreams come true.

The Range Hawks Golf Club consists of about 40 Bahamian men who are either retired or semi-retired from various professional fields.  They travel twice a month to enjoy golf courses around the United States.  This, for them, is a more affordable way of enjoying the sport they love, noting that course fees in The Bahamas are exorbitant...
World Relays CEO Carey Ready for Starting Gun - Apr 11, 2017 - 11:09:21 PM

CEO of the IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2017, RosamundeCarey, cannot wait for the first start gun of this year’s edition that is now a part of The IAAF World Athletics Series.

So far 42 countries have submitted entries at the preliminary deadline and that is great news for the CEO who pointed out that at the last edition of the relays 43 countries lined up.

“We know that we do have some countries that have relating to have not entered, like Ukraine, like Puerto Rico,” she said. “So we know that we’re going to surpass the last edition. So we are really excited about that....
Doug Williams and Legends Weekend Coming to The Bahamas - Apr 11, 2017 - 1:45:33 PM

The Washington Redskins and the Islands of the Bahamas will host their inaugural Doug Williams and Legends Weekend June 8 through June 11 at the Melia Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas. The extended weekend will feature Redskins alumni and cheerleaders in an exciting lineup of events at this premier sports and relaxation destination...

“I’m thrilled to be hosting the Redskins Celebrity Weekend series,” said Doug Williams, Redskins Super Bowl XXII MVP. “Getting the chance to spend time with Redskins fans in the Bahamas is unprecedented, and I can’t wait to see what the Islands have to offer...
The Sport of Archery Showing Growth in The Bahamas - Apr 11, 2017 - 11:19:03 AM

The sport of archery is steadily growing in The Bahamas with an enthusiastic club leading the way in creating more awareness and increasing membership.  The club, Archery Culture, recently hosted a United States level 5 coach to host a training session which certified nearly 20 Bahamians as basic instructors in the sport.  This bodes well for the future of archery, which is gaining growing interest in the country.  

Coach Laval Dee Falks travelled from Tennessee to New Providence to share decades of wisdom and skill for archery on the invite of Archery Culture's President, Antonio Abraham... 
New golf tournament series coming to Grand Bahama Island - Apr 9, 2017 - 4:25:13 PM

The Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) has partnered with the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co Ltd (BBB) to hold a series of golf tournaments this year, leading to an overall winner of the prestigious SANDS BEER CUP, much like the PGA's popular FedEx Cup.

BGF President, Glen Archer, in accepting the Sponsorship cheque from James Sands, President of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company said “I am extremely pleased that Jimmy and the Truly Bahamian Brewery has joined forces with the BGF to establish this event for the first time”...

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