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BAWF introduces young athletes to wrestling through Miami Inner City Wrestling Club
By Clarence Rolle
Jul 19, 2018 - 2:25:22 PM

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Instructors and students at the wrestling clinic.

Dozens of young athletes got an introduction to the sport of wrestling through a summer clinic offered by Miami’s Inner City Wrestling Club (ICW) in association with the Bahamas Amateur Wrestling Federation (BAWF).

Coach Wilbert Johnson, ICW program manager, led a team of coaches and other volunteers to Nassau, where they gave lessons in core wrestling skills. Instructors included Earl Hall, a four-time Florida wrestling champion and former wrestler for Iowa State University; Dr. Joey Miller, a college female champion; and Mervin Ford, a USA Wrestling official.

Dr. Joey Miller gives instructions to girls during the clinic.

“Our children were fortunate to have quality instructors to introduce them to the sport,” said Clarence Rolle, president of the BAWF. “Some of them already had general knowledge of wrestling, and the clinic enhanced their skills. But whether they were beginners or a bit more advanced, everyone came away with a greater love and appreciation for what wrestling is. The BAWF is going to build on the momentum.”

Coach Mervin Ford demonstrates an attack.

Rolle said ICW has a grand vision of steering at-risk children towards positive involvement in sports. He said ICW’s motto of keeping children “On the Mats and Off the Streets,” perfectly aligns with the goals of the BAWF and its partners.

Young Andre Rolle is winner of the clinic's King of the Mat competition.

The camp was also facilitated through the cooperation of the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the Bahamas Judo Federation.

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