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Freeport International Junior Rugby Festival largest to date - May 25, 2017 - 12:14:09 PM

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Last weekend saw the largest Freeport Junior Rugby Festival, in its seven-year history, and some amazing games of rugby played the Freeport Rugby Football Club (FRFC). Both girls and boys played in matches on Saturday and Sunday from the Under 8’s division all the way up to the Under 18’s boys game.

Thirty -five matches were played on Saturday exhibiting some breath-taking games between girls and boys from five different touring sides. With over two hundred and eighty kids playing rugby from The Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Key Biscayne, Florida as well as Nassau and Freeport, making up the numbers to create the largest number of children playing rugby over a weekend anywhere in the Caribbean and Florida...
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U.N. ‘Slow Down, Save Lives” Movement Gains Momentum in Bahamas - May 18, 2017 - 11:34:47 AM

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They held up signs with lines like “Race Drivers Say Don’t Race” and “You Drink, I Drive.” They were the recruits joining the movement to reduce the number of road deaths and they took the pledge at the Mall at Marathon Saturday during the United Nations Road Safety Week May 8-14.

This is the fourth year the United Nations program has aimed at slashing the startling statistics that include the road crash death of a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. However it is the first year The Bahamas has participated, thanks to funding from the FIA, the World Governing Body of motor sport, and the presence and organization of FIA Bahamas Development Director David McLaughlin...
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7th Annual Junior Rugby Festival, a fun-filled weekend of competition - May 16, 2017 - 12:08:50 PM

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Over the course of three days, the 7th Annual Junior Rugby Festival took place at the Freeport Rugby Football Club, May 12th-14th.

The annual tournament, which was organized by the Freeport Rugby Football Club (FRFC), attracted players from the ages of eight to eighteen who wished to engage in a fun-filled weekend of friendly competition.

With visiting teams from Grand Cayman, Bermuda, New Providence, and Key Biscayne, Florida, a total of 321 youth players (both girls and boys) visited Grand Bahama Island to experience what it was like to play against international competition...
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(Video) Shaunae Miller-Uibo destroys the field in 49.77 WL Women's 400m in Shanghai - May 13, 2017 - 12:03:02 PM

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo is in great form at the start of the 2017 season.

The Bahamian Olympic Champion athlete took a new world lead in the 400m on Saturday at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting. The run was a personal best of 49. 77, relegating all her competitors by more than a second.

American, Natasha Hastings came second with 50.74 and Ukrainian, Olha Zemlyak was third with 50.89...
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Jr. International Rugby Festival on this weekend in Freeport - May 11, 2017 - 2:19:55 PM

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Grand Bahama Youth Rugby Festival this weekend in Freeport.

Teams from Cayman, Bermuda, Nassau and Key Biscayne will compete against local teams from The Bahamas.

Please come out and support The Club and watch some great rugby.
News : International
Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex Receives Cricket Equipment - May 11, 2017 - 1:23:50 PM


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The staff at The Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex received a generous donation of cricket equipment from Mr. Tanveer Abbas, a Pakistani businessman based in the D.C. area.  Mr. Abbas, an avid cricket lover, met Greggory Taylor, President of the National Cricket Association and members of The Bahamas National Cricket Team, when the team travelled to D.C. in July 2016 to compete in cricket matches with the Washington Cricket League. Mr. Abbas subsequently visited The Bahamas and was inspired by the hard work and dedication of The Bahamas Cricket Association and felt motivated to assist the country in its efforts to promote and cultivate the sport...
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Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp Pro-Coach: Chris Kranjc - May 9, 2017 - 10:42:12 AM

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If you’re looking for a soccer scholarship in the US and need some advice, look no further than this year’s Grand Bahama soccer camp. Among the star-studded array of guest coaches will be a man who knows the subject backwards.

Chris Kranjc, one of four pro coaches leading the Freeport camp next month, from June 19 to June 23, has a fantastic winning track record and a coaching philosophy to match. He has won numerous Coach of the Year awards at colleges where he has led the soccer program and lots of his players have made All-American team of the year with one making National Player of the Year...
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Visitors Enjoy FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in The Bahamas - May 8, 2017 - 12:46:15 PM

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Visitors from all over the world descended on The Bahamas for the historic FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017, which ended on Sunday in dramatic fashion.

Organizers of the biennial event said The Bahamas was a great destination for the tournament and hundreds of players, coaching staff, event officials and beach soccer enthusiasts traveled for the event and stayed in Nassau for two weeks or more.

This was the first time that the World Cup was held in the Caribbean, but after The Bahamas edition it may not by the last. The stadium saw more than 2,000 spectators each day...
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Bahamas Non-Resident Ambassador welcomes UAE Team at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - May 6, 2017 - 12:13:26 PM

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During the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 games, H.E. Tony Joudi, Ambassador to the UAE and State of Qatar, paid a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) team at the Malcolm Soccer Stadium before their game on April 30th where the UAE team played Panama’s team.

Ambassador Joudi extended a warm welcome to the group and shared insight about The Bahamas Pavilion that will be part of Expo Dubai 2020. Members of the team extended an invitation to Ambassador Joudi to attend FIFA World Cup UAE 2017 in December.

The visa waiver agreement signed with the United Arab Emirates on November 2016 is now in effect and it means that UAE citizens can now enter The Bahamas...
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(Video) Gardiner wins Men's 400m IAAF Diamond League Doha 2017 - May 5, 2017 - 7:50:19 PM

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Bahamas Steve Gardiner won the IAAF Diamond League men's 400m on Friday, May 5th in Qatar at the Doha 2017 meet.

With a time of 44.60 seconds, he had USA's LaShawn Merritt both close behind with world champion Merritt with a time of 44.76 and Tony McQuay with 44.92. Both Americans performing a season's best.

“It was really hard, but I expected to win,” said Gardiner in a brief interview as he collected $50,000 and eight points for his efforts...
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Bahamas back on the sand for FIFA exhibition match - May 5, 2017 - 6:00:48 PM

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First Exhibition Match in World Cup History


At the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup The Bahamas has made history in more ways than one.

Not only is the World Cup being hosted in the Caribbean for the first time ever, The Bahamas is also the first Caribbean to win a game in the history of the competition. If that wasn’t enough, The Bahamas team, which ended its World Cup bid prematurely last week, will be the first country to play in an exhibition game at the biennial tournament...
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Team Bahamas Ends Run on High Note at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 - May 3, 2017 - 12:37:16 PM

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For Team Bahamas, leaving the competition in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 on a high note was enough to remain in the hearts of the home crowd.

Although the team did not advance to the finals – beating Ecuador 4-1 in Group A solidified The Bahamas as a real contender going forward in FIFA beach soccer world.

The Bahamas finished third in Group A, behind Switzerland and second-placed Senegal...
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Tourism, Hotel Occupancy Boosted by IAAF/BTC World Relays - Apr 28, 2017 - 10:23:56 AM

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Tourism numbers and hotel occupancy got a healthy boost when hundreds of international visitors travelled varying distances to Nassau for the recent IAAF/BTC World Relays 2017.

As in past years with athletic event guests, Sandyport Beach Resort recorded sell out nights with many of the IAAF officials and specialist support staff extending their stays beyond the end of the games.

Vernon Moss the Sandyport General Manger said various attributes contribute to the resorts success...
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FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup kicks off in The Bahamas - Apr 28, 2017 - 12:49:00 AM

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Sixteen visiting teams are competing in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 in Nassau at the National Beach Soccer Arena at Malcolm Park in the biggest beach soccer event on the planet. April 27th opening games started with Iran taking Mexico 3 - 2; Senegal trounced Ecuador 9 - 0; Italy over Nigeria 12 - 6; and host team, Bahamas was defeated in a close match with Switzerland 3 - 2.

Beach soccer is an exciting fast action game played on a sand rectangle field approximately 40 by 30 yards. Instead of 2 halves, there are 3 twelve-minute periods; there are unlimited substitutions; and no draws / ties allowed...
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(Photos) Sir Durward Knowles National Junior Sailing Regatta - Apr 27, 2017 - 8:51:33 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Sir Durward Knowles National Junior Sailing Regatta last weekend in Montagu Bay.

Seen here is Melisha Higgins (second overall) sailing upwind. 

See more photos courtesy of Robert Dunkley)
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Bahamian Olympic swimmer writes the Prime Minister - Apr 27, 2017 - 8:49:20 AM

Dear Honorable Perry Christie,

It’s us again, the swimmers. Our federation has boasted many successes over the past 8 years including our up and coming youth winning the CARIFTA Championships last week, Joanna Evans hauling medals from CAC, Youth Olympics and the Pan Am Games, and even our very own Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace medaling at the World Championships and finishing 9th at the Olympics. We have appreciated your support over the years and as election season is upon us, we know you will be very busy. However, I’m writing this letter to make you aware of some serious issues we are facing...
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Visiting teams give Bahamas rave reviews heading into World Cup - Apr 26, 2017 - 11:09:27 PM

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The fifteen visiting teams competing in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 gave The Bahamas rave reviews after several days in Nassau preparing for the biggest beach soccer event on the globe. The teams dug their heels in the white sands of the National Beach Soccer Arena ahead of the competition, which will see a champion crowned after 9 grueling days of play.

Iran Goalkeeper Seyedpeyman Hosseinlargan said while the beauty of the island is tempting, this trip is all about business for his team.

“This is one of the most beautiful events in beach soccer and we are really glad to be here in The Bahamas,” he said through an interpreter. “The host has done a very good job. The facilities are very good...
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Soccer youngsters have ‘a ball’ in Nassau - Apr 26, 2017 - 11:57:27 AM

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Freeport Rugby & Football Club’s Under 10s enjoyed the best that Saturdays could offer this last weekend as they, along with over a dozen supporters, travelled to Nassau for a series of soccer games.

Ultimately the youngsters played 5 games over the course of the day in Dynamo Football Club’s Spring Break Youth Soccer Tournament.

The 10 boys who travelled certainly made full value of their day as they met at 6.30 in the morning to fly over to the capital. After a quick breakfast at the airport they then travelled to the Bahamas Football Association Soccer Fields where they met 5 other Nassau teams for a day of intense action...
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Bahamas Continues to Impress Visitors With IAAF World Relays - Apr 26, 2017 - 11:44:12 AM

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Forty-two countries, more than 1,000 athletes, thousands of track and field fans and The Bahamas as the host country made for the perfect ingredients for the third edition of the IAAF/BTC Bahamas World Relays held on April 21-22, 2017.

One of the most anticipated track and field events of the year, visitors, locals and athletes were not disappointed as the energising sounds of Junkanoo music and the aroma of authentic Bahamian food wafted through the stadium.

Several vendors selling authentically Bahamian products were also at the site to give attendees a taste of The Bahamas...
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Over 200 Bahamians volunteer for FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup - Apr 25, 2017 - 6:12:30 PM

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Many volunteers consider it a national service


Organizers of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 are on the verge of pulling off the biggest tournament ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, but not without the help of many Bahamians who are giving of their time and expertise.
There are well over 200 Bahamian volunteers and many of them brand their charity as a national service.

The mega tournament runs from April 27 to May 7 at the National Beach Soccer Arena at Malcolm Park. It will feature 16 of the best beach soccer teams in the world.
Forty-two-year-old Denzil Sturrup said he has been volunteering...

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