Nassau, Bahamas - After one of our most successful years
in recent history, including our fourth place finish at the IAAF World
Youth Championships in France, The Bahamas Association of Athletics
Association will send a team based upon a mixture of experience and
youth to this month’s IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea.
The eighteen member team includes:
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie our
Golden Girl, who won the Gold medal in the 200m at the 2001 Edmonton
World Championships, the Bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and
the Bronze medal at the 2009 Berlin World Championships will lead the
team. She will also run the 100m in which she has a season’s best
of 11.09sec. Her seasonal best in the 200m is 22.76sec.
Ferguson-McKenzie’s personal best
in the 100m is 10.91sec done in 2002 and in the 200m, 22.19sec done
Donald Thomas, our 2007 Osaka
World High Jump champion has been selected to this year’s team. Donald
has had a successful 2010 and 2011 season. His 2.32m (7’7-1/4”)
ranks him tenth on this year’s world list. His personal best is 2.35m(
7’8-3/4”) done in Osaka and Salamanca in 2007.
Leevan Sands won a Bronze
medal in the Triple Jump in the 2003 Paris World Championships and the
2008 BeijingOlympics. His seasonal best is 17.13m (56’2-1/2”) and
his personal best is 17.59m (57’8-3/4”) Bahamian National record
done in Beijing.
Bahamian National record holder in
the 400m at 44.40sec,
Chris Brown has finished in fourth place
in the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, the 2007 Osaka World Championships,
and the 2008
Beijing Olympics. He captured the 2010
World Indoor Championships title in Doha last year.
Chris won several Diamond League meets
and ran a best of 44.79sec last month. This places him in eighth place
Men’s 4x400m relay
The Men’s 4x400m relay should continue
to have success. The team finished second in the 2005 Helsinki and 2007
Osaka World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This team will
be made up of veteran Chris Brown, Ramon Miller, Michael Mathieu, and
newcomer Demetrius Pinder.
Reserves on our team include 2001 World
Champion Avard Moncur, LaToy Williams, and Andrae Williams.
Women’s 4x100m relay
The Women’s 4x100m relay team consists
of Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie, World 200m Junior Champion Sheniqua Ferguson,
World 2007 Youth 200m Bronze medalist Nivea Smith, and World fastest
Junior 200m runner Anthonique Strachan. Reserves are Long Jumper Bianca
Stuart and sprinter Cache Armbrister.
The Berlin 2009 team of Ferguson-Mckenzie,
Chandra Sturrup, Christine Amertil, and Sheniqua Ferguson won the Silver
Also competing in the 400m will be
Demetrius Pinder, the BTC 2011 Sr. National Champion and Most Valuable
Senior Athlete, who has a best of 44.78sec, seventh in the world list
this season, and
Miller, who was runner-up to Pinder
at the BTC Sr. National Championships, who has a 2011 best of 45.34sec
and a personal best of 44.99sec run in Berlin in 2009.
This will be Pinder’s first World
Adrian Griffith will contest
the 100m. He advanced to the second round of the 100m at the Berlin
World Championships in 2009. He has a season’s best of 10.28sec and
a personal best of 10.19sec done at the Commonwealth Games last year.
Competing in the 200m will be
Mathieu who has competed in several World Championships as well
as the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has a best of 20.38sec.
In the High Jump
will be competing in his first World Championships. Barry has a personal
best of 2.29m (7’6-1/4”) which he did in 2010 to finish second at
the Commonwealth Games, and at this year’s BTC Sr. National Track
and Field Championships in Grand Bahama. Barry won the Central American
and Caribbean Sr. Championships last month in Puerto Rico.
In his first year as a senior,
Higgs switched from the High Jump where he had held the Bahamas
National Jr. record as well as the Carifta Games record to the Long
Jump, where he jumped 8.15m (26’9”), the third best performance
ever by a Bahamian.
Sheniqua Ferguson will join
Ferguson-Mckenzie in the 100m. She has a personal best of 11.17sec done
Still a junior with the best 200m time
for juniors in the world this year,
Anthonique Strachan will
participate in the 200m.Her best is 22.70sec, also the best performance
of all Bahamians this year.
Nivea Smith will
run the 200m, an event she captured at last month’s Sr. Central American
and Caribbean Championships in a personal best of 22.80sec.
Bianca Stuart, who set a new
Bahamian National record and tied the Central American and Caribbean
Sr. Championships record in the Long Jump of 6.81m(22’4”) will be
participating in her first World Championships team.
All of the athletes have qualified
for individual events in the World Championships.
We congratulate all those athletes
who are participating in their first World Championships.
The Bahamas finished ninth in the medal
standings in the 2007 Osaka World Championships just after Jamaica,
who finished eighth, and before Cuba, who finished tenth.
We anticipate another great performance
by the 2011 team.
Making up the team personnel are :
Team Leader- Ralf McKinney
Technical leader- Doyle Burrows
Coaches- Fritz Grant
And Dianne Woodside
Ms. Woodside, President of the Bahamas
Track and Field Coaches Association makes history as the first Bahamian
woman to be appointed as a coach for a World Championships or Olympic
Track and Field team.
Physician- Dr. Rickey Davis
Physiotherapist- Ms. Oreka Thompson
Chiropractor- Dr. Phil Clausen
Congress Delegate - Mike Sands
Media Relations- Alpheus Finlayson
The success we have had this 2011 season
would not have been possible without the prayers, and generosity of
the Government, Corporate Bahamas, and individual contributors.
In this the most important meet of
the year, coming before the London Olympic Games, we urge you to join
us on facebook,
of athletic associations, which continues
to receive tremendous activity, follow us on twitter and follow the
updates from Daegu which we will provide daily.
Thanks again for our coaches, the devoted
Track and Field fans, and the media, who have done a yeoman’s job
in making the Bahamians aware of our successes.
OF ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS
DAEGU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Adrian Griffith- 100m
Michael Mathieu- 200, 4x400m
Ramon Miller- 400m, 4x400m relay
Demetrius Pinder- 400m, 4x400m
Chris Brown- 400m, 4x400m relay
Raymond Higgs- Long Jump
Leevan Sands- Triple Jump
Trevor Barry- High Jump
Donald Thomas- High Jump
Avard Moncur- 4x400m relay
Latoy Williams-4x400m relay
Andrae Williams- 4x400m relay
Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie- 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Sheniqua Ferguson- 100m, 4x100m
Anthonique Strtachan- 200m,
Nivea Smith- 200m, 4x100m relay
Bianca Stuart- Long Jump, 4x100m
Cache Armbrister- 4x100m relay
Ms. Woodside makes history as the first
Woman appointed to coach either a World Championships or Olympic Games
Track and Field team.
Dr. Rickey Davis
Ms. Oreka Thompson
Dr. Phil Clausen