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16th Annual Duke of Edinburgh Cup Semi-Final Held at Ocean Club Golf Course - Jun 29, 2016 - 4:23:29 AM

PARADISE ISLAND - Ninety-six players took part in the 16th Annual Duke of Edinburgh Semi-Finals Charity Golf Tournament at Ocean Club Golf Course this past Sunday (June 26th, 2016) in support of the Governor General’s Youth Awards Programme.

With the help of major sponsors like Bahamas Food Services, Tyreflex Motors, Graycliff, SunTee, Harbourside Marine and John Bull; Atlantis was able to donate $45,000.00 to the Governor General Youth Awards Program (GGYA). Over the last decade plus their collective contribution has exceeded the $800,000.00 mark...
Philip Major is the Male Singles Champion at Open National Playoffs Southern - Jun 27, 2016 - 12:46:10 AM

Bahamian Philip Major dominates at the US Open National Playoffs Southern Sectional Qualifying Tournament

In the finals match Philip faced home town favorite Trey Yates. Despite the fact that the crowd was on American Yates side, Philip was able to break serve and overpower Yates with a convincing victory of 6-4,6-2. In an interview with Philip Major, he is quoted as saying "it is the small things that count. I have worked on being better prepared on and off the court. I have also worked on my mental game and how to better position myself with a view to remaining positive." Major credits much of his success to his new coach Jim Lavender. Philip said he will continue to train and to prepare himself and plans to participate in another tournament in the July...
Bahamas Philip Major passes first test in pre qualifying for U.S. Open tennis championships - Jun 25, 2016 - 6:39:37 PM

Next stage will be in New Haven, Conn. right before U.S. Open

ATLANTA – JUNE 25, 2016  20-year old tennis professional, Philip Major, an Andros native and now living in Nassau, earned early breaks in each set as he defeated Trey Yates of Atlanta, Ga. 6-4, 6-2 in the men's singles final of US Open National Playoffs Southern Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Norcross, Ga.  Major now advances to the US Open National Playoffs Championships, held along with the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event, in New Haven, Conn., played just before the US Open. His opponent in the finals, Yates,is a member of the University of Kentucky men's tennis team and is from the Atlanta area...
Joanna Evans qualifies for the Olympics - Jun 25, 2016 - 3:10:12 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Texas rising sophomore Joanna Evans won the 800-meter freestyle and eclipsed the FINA Olympic qualifying standard to earn a spot on the Bahamian Olympic team Thursday evening at the 2016 Bahamian National Championships.

Evans won the 800m freestyle in 8 minutes, 32.19 seconds, well under the FINA "A" standard of 8:33.97 for Olympic team qualification.  The 2016 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Evans needed to earn an Olympic qualifying time at the Bahamian National Championships or the upcoming Caribbean Island Swimming Championships to represent The Bahamas at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
Buddy Hield Drafted 6th Overall by New Orleans Pelicans in 2016 NBA Draft - Jun 24, 2016 - 2:18:12 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama native, Chavano Rainier "Buddy" Hield was the 6th pick in the NBA draft on June 23rd selected by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Upon the announcement, Buddy hugged family members before taking to the stage where he opened his jacket to reveal two sewn in tags in Bahamian colours reading "Buddy Buckets". On Facebook he wrote, "Thank you @jcpenney for helping me bring my roots along with me to the ‪#‎NBADraft‬ tonight! ‪#‎Bahamas‬ 🇧🇸 New Orleans Pelicans...
Local and international athletes to compete in the Blue Marlin Track Classic - Jun 23, 2016 - 6:36:22 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The 2nd annual Blue Marlin Track and Field Classic will take place July 10, at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium from 4p.m. to 9p.m.   During a press conference at the Stadium, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Officials from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture said the Classic, hosted by Network Security Consultant Group and sanctioned by the BAAAs, is a new-age regional meet that will be held once a year.

The organisers expect over 2000 plus spectators to witness elite junior and senior Bahamian athletes compete against international athletes to prepare them for the upcoming World Junior and Olympic Games.
Kerrie Cartwright Shines at Pro USTA Tournament in California - Jun 19, 2016 - 4:44:47 PM

In Pro USTA Women's Singles play, Bahamian Kerrie Cartwright was successful in winning the tournament which was sponsored by Crow Canon Country Club. The tournament which was classified as advanced, attracted some top talent including Kerrie who was rated #1.  Kerrie has previously represented her country in Fed Cup action and has performed exceptionally well.  Her exceptional play has continued, which is quite evident in this tournament. In this event, Kerrie received two byes and then met Saltzen in the quarterfinals.  Kerrie defeated her 6-3 7-5. She went on to face K. Long in the semifinals and won 6-3,6-1...
Sunshine Holdings Baseball Teams to Square Off at Nationals - Jun 15, 2016 - 3:24:29 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas – May the best team win. With the Youth National Baseball Championships rapidly approaching the competition is anticipated to be very stiff.

Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN), the Grand Bahama Little League and Freedom Farm teams will square off against one another later this month for trophies and bragging rights.

Sunshine Holdings Limited (SHL) is a proud sponsor of all three leagues that make up the Nationals...
(Video) Shaunae Miller breaks Bahamian women's 200m record - Jun 12, 2016 - 4:42:43 PM

Shaunae Miller set a new Bahamian women's 200m record of 22.05/0.8 at the Racers Grand Prix, in Kingston, Jamaica.

She broke the previous record of 22.14 which she held, also set in Jamaica in 2015.

Last week Miller took gold in the 400m in Oregon, and coming up is the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil this August.
Major League Baseball to offer free summer camps in Nassau, Bahamas - Jun 11, 2016 - 12:51:34 AM

Major League Baseball is holding a FREE summer program from July 11 to August 6  for Bahamian players entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

The program will be conducted by former MLB players and coaches in partnership with local coaching staff.

Open tryouts for the program will be held in Nassau on Sunday, June 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m...
North American Sand Soccer Championships Set Stage for 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup in Nassau - Jun 10, 2016 - 10:17:24 AM

More than 11,000 beach soccer players from around the globe will descend upon the shores of Virginia Beach, Va., this weekend to compete in the 2016 North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC), one of the world’s largest amateur/pro beach soccer events.

The 23rd edition of this popular competition will feature teams from as far away as Africa, Portugal, Germany, Brazil, Norway and the Caribbean facing off in more than 2,000 matches in front of 200,000 spectators, making it the perfect arena for promoting Nassau as The Bahamas prepares to host the FIFA 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup at the Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) Beach Soccer and Futsal Facility in New Providence, Nassau, April 27-May 7...
Tennis Development Officer visits New Providence and Grand Bahama - Jun 9, 2016 - 9:40:26 AM

Mr. John Goede, International Tennis Federation(ITF) Development Officer for the Caribbean had a very fruitful visit to The Bahamas recently.  His visit encompassed not only New Providence but also Grand Bahama.   Mr. Goede met with the Grand Bahama Tennis Association (GBTA).  The focus was on the development of tennis and growth prospects with an emphasis on school tennis clinics and advanced juniors clinic.   Grand Bahama has always produced really good tennis talent and in order to continue this trend, development at  the school and junior level is key.

Natishka Barrett, the president of GBTA is excited about Mr Goede’s presence. In an interview she stated that “John's visit to Grand Bahama has been a very beneficial one in that we were able to capitalise from his 35 years of tennis experience and his passion for the game...
Philip Major Jr. and Justin Roberts In Top Form Tennis Play‏ - Jun 7, 2016 - 10:29:21 AM

From the tennis beat, we have a number of our outstanding tennis athletes playing on the American Circuit.  Over the weekend Philip Major Jr. who made the main draw on the European Circuit a few months ago now turns his attention to some US matchplay  in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Philip along with fellow Bahamians Joshua Turnquest, Michael Cooper and Iesha Shepherd participated in the Central Virginia Invitational Tennis Tournament (CVITT). In the main draw, Philip defeated Eric S Collier 6-0 6-1.  He then went on to defeat Christopher Vrabel 6-2 3-6 6-3.  He continued to blaze forward by winning over Jason T Kros, 4-6 6-3 6-1.  In the quarterfinals Philip lost to Maskim Tikhomirov 3-6,3-6.  In women singles match Iesha Shepherd  played well and made it to the quarterfinals but was defeated. Joshua Turnquest and Michael Cooper also played well in this tournament but lost in the first round and second round respectively...
Bahamian swimmers to participate in the Good Will Games in St. Lucia - Jun 5, 2016 - 6:56:06 PM

The Bahamas Swimming Federation is sending a National Swim Team to the Good Will Games for the competition from 19 to 21 of August, 2016 in St. Lucia. This is the XXII edition of the Goodwill Games swimming meet held annually in one of 5 members countries in the Southern Caribbean. Annually, each host country is allowed to invite a non-member country to compete, and this is the second year the Bahamas has been invited to participate.

Last year, a small team of 7 swimmers represented The Bahamas and
this year, larger team will be representing the country, including four swimmers in each age group (male and female), 8 and under, 9 - 10, 11 - 12, 13 -14 and 15-17 years of age...
6th Commonwealth Youth Games to be Hosted in The Bahamas in 2017 - Jun 3, 2016 - 6:30:05 PM

The launch of the 6th Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) preparation commenced June 2nd with a press conference at the Media Center of the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. The event which is 13 months away will be held in July 2017 and will host some 3,500 athletes, coaches, officials and press personal from 71 countries in 9 sporting disciplines. It is expected than in excess of 1000 athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 will participate in the various sports.

Sports disciplines competing in the games include athletics, judo, swimming, cycling, beach volleyball, soccer, tennis and rugby-7. The games are being chaired by Mr. Wellington Miller Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) President and the Managing Director is Mr Romell Knowles Secretary General of the BOC...
(Video) Shaunae Miller takes Gold in Oregon - Jun 3, 2016 - 1:49:10 AM

Bahamas' Shaunae Miller took gold in the 400m with another incredible performance on May 29th at the Prefontaine Classic held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Miller's time was 50.15 seconds, and behind her placing 2nd was American Francena McCorory with 50.23, and 3rd was American Natasha Hastings with 50.86 seconds. 

Miller remains undefeated this year, and in April she ran her best 400m time of 49.70 at the Chris Brown Bahamas Invitational...
International Tennis Federation Development Officer Visits The Bahamas‏ - Jun 1, 2016 - 3:33:34 PM

The Bahamas Lawn and Tennis Association(BLTA) welcomes to The Bahamas Mr. John Goede, International Tennis Federation(ITF) Development Officer.  Mr. Goede was appointed developmental Officer for the Caribbean in May 2013.  John has worked tirelessly on many projects for the ITF and has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the region and of tennis .

Mr. Goede has conducted many regional training camps in the Caribbean. Since 2014, John has held numerous tennis clinics in The Bahamas for children ages 10-16. During this time he has met with parents to guide the direction of their children's tennis path and he has also met with various executives to impart his knowledge on the sport of tennis...
Bahamas Top Junior Female Tennis Athletes Partake in a High Performance Tennis Clinic - Jun 1, 2016 - 10:27:04 AM

In an effort to provide top notched training for BLTA juniors, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association extended an invitation to our top tennis junior athletes to participate in a Developmental Clinic last week. The Clinic focused on the development of some of  our top female players.  The full week high-performance Clinic was facilitated by Coach Jim Lavender of North Carolina. Emphasis was placed on shot selection, doubles play and strategy.  In attendance at the clinic were: Sydni Kerr, Sydney Clarke, Sierra Donaldson and  Afrika Smith, all of whom are junior national team members.
The Clinic comes as a follow-up to a developmental clinic  held by the BLTA in December 2015  where approximately 30 children participated.  The focus of these clinics is to develop  the overall game of tennis athletes.  Sierra Donaldson represented The Bahamas in the recent Fed Cup and Junior Fed Cup events...
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association Announces New Officers - May 31, 2016 - 11:06:33 PM

The  Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association(BLTA) ushers in for the 2016/2017 term its newly elected officers.  At its recent annual general meeting the following slate of officers and executives elected were  the  President, Mr. Elwood Donaldson, 1st Vice President Mr. Omar Smith 2nd Vice President Mr. Ceron Rolle, Treasurer Mr. Perry Newton Jr., Assistant Treasurer Mr. Tim Danes, General Secretary Ms. Darnette Weir and Assistant Secretary Mrs. Chilean Burrows.   Council Members selected were Mr. Lawrence Daxon, Mr. Brent Johnson, Ms. Autise Mortimer, Mr. Terran Rodgers and Mr. Ivan Shepherd.

With the 2016 motto "All Hands On Deck"  the Association encourages the involvement of all, Members, Corporate Bahamas and the Government as it seeks to elevate the sport of Tennis in The Bahamas...
Invitational Tryout - 2016 Davis Cup Team - For Final 2 Spots‏ - May 29, 2016 - 12:08:29 AM

The Bahamas will be participating in the Davis Cup in July 2016.  The Competition this year will be held in Bolivia.  The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association(BLTA)  held a tryout in December for the first two spots and is holding an invitational tryout next week June 3-5 to fill the final two spots.

(Matches begin at 9:00 a.m. round-robin format)...
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