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BOA/BAAA Name Junior Olympic Team

BOA/BAAA Name Junior Olympic Team

5/13/2010 7:46:00 AM
Gerrino Saunders

The Bahamas will have teams from t least four sporting disciplines compete at the first Junior Olympics hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) August 14th-26th in Singapore.
The Bahamas will have teams from t least four sporting disciplines compete at the first Junior Olympics hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) August 14th-26th in Singapore.

Although there will be a grand announcement of all of the athletes named to the team, the local track and field federation has already released the names of the six Bahamians athletes that have been selected by the North American Central American and Caribbean Association (NACAC).

On Wednesday at the Bahamas Olympic Association’s new Soldier Road headquarters Public Relations Officer for The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations Alpheus ‘Hawk’ Finlayson revealed that Stephen Newbold who set a new record in the U17 Boys 400 hurdles at Carifta, Ryan Ingraham (high jump), Marva Etienne (100m), Shaune Miller (400m), Lathone Minns (triple jump), and Tynia Gator (200m) were selected after their outstanding performances at Carifta.

The Bahamian track and field athletes were selected from among a pool of qualifiers from the region, so they are definitely the cream of the crop in the 14-18 age group in the NACAC area.

“This is a new championship, and we feel we will do very well in this event and we would assume that we would get all the support that we need from the BOA in this endeavor, as our athletes compete as part of a area team,” said Finlayson.

He said NACAC will determine who will head the overall track and field team, but at least one coach from The Bahamas would be apart of the coaching team. “Most likely when it comes to track and field Jamaica and the United States will dominate the coaching aspect of the area team,” he said.

BOA President Wellington Miller revealed that Chef de Mission for The Bahamas would be BOA Vice President David ‘Stretch’ Morley.

He ensured Finlayson and the BAAA that they would give their full support. “We see this as a great opportunity for our youngsters to prepare themselves for the senior Olympics. We believe the IOC created these games to help promote world peace, by bringing all of the young athletes together giving them an opportunity to get to know each other, build friendships and develop respect for each other.”

He noted that unlike the senior Olympics the junior athletes would be required to stay at the games village for the entire time even if they are eliminated early in the competition. “I congratulate the IOC for putting theses games together for the first time. I believe in the future the world would be able to benefit from this effort, and I am happy that The Bahamas will be represented in at least four disciplines at this first edition of the games,” said Miller.

Although the athletes would be apart of a regional team they would all be wearing their relative country colours and the IOC has provided seed money to cover travel and accommodations for all athletes and coaches.

Miller also explained that coaches world wide compelled the IOC to include at least one coach for each discipline from each country as opposed to just one coach from each country period. As a result there would not be a instances for example where a track and field coach is found coaching a swimmer from his country.

Photo Caption
On Wednesday at The Bahamas Olympic Association new Soldier Road headquarters BOA President Wellington Miller (R) and Public Relations Officer for The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations Alpheus ‘Hawk’ Finlayson (L), released the names of the six athletes that will represent The Bahamas at the first Jr. Olympics in Singapore in August. (Photo: Gerrino Saunders)
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