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BAAA Elections: Mike Sands
Nov 12, 2012 - 10:40:10 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The upcoming 2012 BAAA Elections are set for this Saturday (17 November).  The leadership race for president will see president Mike Sands, the incumbent, challenged by newcomer, Iram Lewis and past president Curt Hollingsworth.  Read Mike Sands' launch statement below:

Life is the greatest of all games. The danger lies in treating it as a trivial game, a game to be taken lightly, and a game in which the rules don’t matter much. The rules matter a great deal. The game has to be played fairly or it is no game at all. And even to WIN the game is not the chief end. The chief end is to WIN it honorably and splendidly”.

“Winners Never Cheat” – Even in Difficult Times.

BAAA Winning PROACTIVE Leadership

  • Financial Success: The ability to secure substantial financial support from corporations during a very difficult economic recession and continuing downturn. From 2009 -2012 approximately $2.7 million for the Associations programs.
  • Significant Program Growth:  Numerical growth in participation in all programs, a vibrant Kids Athletics program, record number of Clubs doubling from about 20 in 2009 to over 40 to date. Four tier programs in clubs Kids, Youth, Junior and Elite. Family Island clubs expansion.
  • Youth and Junior Programs Success:  Unprecedented success at IAAF World Youth and Junior Championships in podium medal athletes. Top Five-world ranking. The highest for any national team at 4th place. Improved regional ranking at the Carifta Games from 5th to 2nd.
  • Junior Coaches Integration: Included more junior coaches in specialty areas on national teams for international coaching exposure and experience.
  • National Teams Selection: Named a cross section of Coaches and Officials from New Providence, Grand Bahama and Family Islands to national teams.
  • BAAA National Competitions: Managed and successfully executed national competitions achieving positive financial returns
  • BAAA Grand Bahama Championships: Held Junior and Senior National Championships in Grand Bahama. Most successful ever in turnout and financial returns and in benefits to the island economy from a track and field competition.
  • Gender Equality & Female Integration: Increased the participation of female coaches and officials at Regional, World and Olympic competitions and IAAF women’s affairs conferences. Named the first female coach to the 2011 World Outdoor Championships and first female head coach to the Bahamas London 2012 Olympic team.
  • Corporate Business Relations: Reestablished business relations with major corporate partners for consistent annual financial support of programs.
  • Coaches Incentives: Introduced a national coaches incentives program for coaches who produce podium medal junior athletes at Regional, World or Olympic competitions.   
  • Sports Injury insurance coverage: Secured Pre and during competition insurance coverage for all athletes, from a global provider for medical treatment for injuries sustained during training locally or when competing internationally.
  • BAAA Annual Awards & Recognition Banquets:  Repositioned the awards banquets and luncheons as a “for profit” fund raising event. Successfully held major events in honor of national heroes such as Tommy Robinson, the Golden Girls 10th anniversary, Founding Fathers and the All Bahamian Scholar Athlete awards.
  • Sports Program Information: Increased information about BAAA programs highlighting successes, special events, milestones etc. to the public. Built on the success stories of Collegiate, Senior and Elite Athletes creating ongoing national awareness and interest in the program.
  • Social Media and Websites:  Launched the BAAA Facebook page now receiving over 750,000 VIEWS from fans and friends of fans annually with global reach. Created BAAA Twitter page with links to Facebook a reimaged and modernized BAAA website.
  • BAAA Newsletter: Published full color newsletter quarterly during the season for online and hard copy distribution.
  • Bahamas On Track Radio Show:  Launched weekly BAAA radio show on the Guardian Radio network featuring discussion on BAAA athletics past and present.
  • Athletes & Coaches Handbook:  Introduced a Coaches and Athletes handbook of ethics, policies and guidelines for use by Coaches, Athletes and Officials to national teams to assist with managing teams for seamless execution.
  • BAAA Conclave: Hosted a “Strategic Planning For Success” conclave for Administrators, Coaches and Athletes using top-level presenters from the USA Track and Field High Performance Institute and the IAAF Regional Development Centre.
  • BAAA Accredited Training Centre: Achieved official certification from the IAAF to start a BAAA global training center in the Bahamas to provide services to IAAF Member Federations, athletes, coaches and their support personnel in training and preparations for all levels of competition, in the Sprints, Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump events.
Marketing & Apparel Agreement: Secured a substantially improved agreement with PUMA International Marketing to supply uniforms and supplies for all national teams. Agreement has in-kind support annually for the clubs and the BAAA grass roots programs and significant increases to elite athletes for Gold, Silver and Bronze medal performances at World, Olympic and Commonwealth competitions.

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