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WIFT Track Club Gets Boost from Consolidated Water Company
Written by BahamasAthletics    Friday, 03 July 2015 12:46   

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO), which develops and operates seawater desalination plants and water distribution systems in areas of the world where potable water is scarce, recently donated to track & field club SWIFT Athletics. The donation will assist with purchasing competition gear for 64 young athletes who might not otherwise afford it.

CWCO General Manager Bryan Russell said that the club’s mission, to provide an equal opportunity for youth to participate in track & field at an elite level, is what prompted the company to donate to the growing club. “We are very impressed by SWIFT Athletics’ mandate to focus on young athletes from public schools and inner-city areas. Sports have long been associated with increased self-confidence and higher development in children and young adults, and we support SWIFT’s belief that all Bahamian youth should have access to its benefits. We are more than happy to contribute to that vision of equality and a brighter future for young Bahamians.”

The club, which was founded in 2013, aims to promote high quality athletes who will go on to become leaders and make a difference within society. The organisation targets public school kids in urban areas where the club believes that many have the full potential to be great athletes but lack the proper training, clothing and foot wear as well as fees to pay for club memberships. Through donations like those from CWCO, the club is able to provide this equipment for many of their young athletes and expose young athletes who otherwise could not afford it to new elite sporting opportunities.

Lester Taylor – King of the 800 Meters!
Written by BahamasAthletics    Friday, 03 July 2015 12:03   

Twenty-two year old recent Fordham University graduate, Bahamian Lester Taylor has secured his spot at the IAAF World Championships being held in Beijing, China later this year.

Taylor secured the spot through his winning 800 meters performance at the BAAA’s Open Nationals held last weekend.

Bahamas Athletics was pleased to speak with the quiet runner whose name is marked in the history books of his university due to his outstanding performances there in the 800 meters.

BA: Lester, let us talk about your performance today; how was it?

LT: It went pretty well. I wish the first lap was a little bit quicker; I ran 1.49 about five or six weeks ago so I was hoping I could come out here and improve that but I’m satisfied. I raced well, stuck to my strategy so I’m not enthused about it but I’m not disappointed either because I won the race. I do have a lot to do to get the marks that I want to get but I am satisfied.

BA: What are your goals this year?

LT: Definitely Outdoor National’s record. That would be nice to hit that 1.48; I will feel very accomplished with that 1.49, I thought I was going to be over the moon, I thought I was going to feel like I’m done with track and field but I didn’t get complacent, still hungry to improve my marks.

BA: For those people who don’t know you, tell them who you are.

LT: My name is Lester Taylor from Nassau Westside, Cable Beach. I haven’t been running for that long; I just started in high school. Many swimmers know me; I played soccer a little bit, I love running, reading, Xbox, swimming you know that’s my hobbies. I go to school in New York, train in New York and I definitely want to be the best 800m runner that this country has. That’s my end goal.

BA: You’ve already accomplished on feat going under the 150 mark. How do you feel about that?

LT: I felt pretty good. I felt very satisfied, like I said, I try not to remain complacent you know. I stayed hungry; I hit training harder because I feel as though I got a lot more left and just breaking that barrier makes me open my mind up to all the things that I can do and I really hope that other younger runners, athletes at home decide to run the 800m. We got talent, the quarter mile distance so I feel as though some kids can extend that and run world class times. We have the talent, that’s evident. You see that on the world stage, World Juniors; you see that in the Olympics. Chris Brown has been running 45 for some ten years; now 36, he is still in the top 15 in the country so I feel that we have a lot of potential.

BA: Hopefully we’ll see you on the international scene as well.

LT: Yes sir, I really hope so, that’s one of my goals for sure.

BA: Well congratulations!

Lester Taylor from Bahamas Athletics on Vimeo.

Shavez Hart “Pumps’ his way to the Finish Line – BAAA’s Open Nationals
Written by BahamasAthletics    Friday, 03 July 2015 11:33   

One of the Bahamas’ fastest sprinters dashes to the finish line to secure the win in the men’s 200 meters this past weekend.

Hart, another great athlete the island of Abaco can call its own is said to be one of the fastest Bahamians of all time in the 100 meter dash. Winning of course is nothing new to Hart having medaled on a number of national teams to CARIFTA and World Championships.

Bahamas Athletics was happy to speak with the Texas A&M University graduate after his impressive win at the BAAA’s Open Nationals. Hart beat out Bahamian Olympian, Chris Brown who opted out of the 400 meters to compete in the 200 meters.

BA: How do you feel about your performance tonight?

SH: I feel real good. I had to rest during the injury so I was kind of worried how I would run out here but after my heats and warming back up for the second round, I felt real great. It’s one of my best warm ups for a while, pain free so that was really good; I knew I would have come and execute a good race plan.

BA: How was the race? Take us through the race.

SH: Well it was a good race. I came off the curve and felt like I was in first. I felt them starting to come to test me but at the 80m mark and on, I just had to pump into the finish line.

BA: I know you had Chris in there, how much of a difference did that make?

SH: Well we planned this from last year but schedule switched up because flights was on the same day but we finally got to do it. I was real good.

BA: Talk about your collegiate career. How did it go for you now that you are finished?

SH: Well my collegiate career is honestly a blessing. Most of the races I went in, the times I achieved and the accomplishments, all made it seem like I was living a dream. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

BA: What’s ahead for you now?

SH: I might run in a meet in Edmonton, Canada before Pan Am Games and then I have World Championship coming up. I don’t want to run too many races because I already had a long season so my plan is to just continue on momentum going forward.

Bahamas Athletes wishes Shavez Hart all the best in his career!

Shavez Hart from Bahamas Athletics on Vimeo.

Blue Marlin Classic Press Conference
Written by BahamasAthletics    Thursday, 02 July 2015 09:50   

Blue Marlin Classic Press Conference from Bahamas Athletics on Vimeo.

Two weeks to go - IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015
Written by IAAF    Wednesday, 01 July 2015 16:47   

The IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015 will get underway in exactly two weeks’ time and final entry figures confirm that it will be the biggest international athletics event to be held in South America.

The Colombian city is set to welcome 1237 athletes from 153 countries between 15 and 19 July.

Previously, the largest IAAF track and field championships to be held in South America was the 2000 IAAF World Junior Championships, where 1122 athletes from 151 countries competed.

The IAAF World Youth Championships is one of the leading events in the IAAF’s global competition programme, providing a platform for the world’s leading athletes under the age of 18 to excel.

Cali is Colombia’s second-biggest city and widely considered to be the country’s sporting centre, having hosted a number of top sporting events in the past, notably the 1971 Pan American Games.

It will be the first time that there has been a South American host for the IAAF World Youth Championships, which were inaugurated in 1999.


From The Bahamas’ Fastest…To one of the World’s Fastest!
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Wednesday, 01 July 2015 12:38   

Yes you read correctly!

The Bahamas’ very own Steven Gardiner has catapulted himself to one of the world’s fastest men in the 400 meters! Stevie’s performance last weekend at the 2015 BAAA’s Open Nationals has proven to the world that The Bahamas is truly ‘home of the world fastest quarter milers!’

Watch out World.. Here comes Bahamian Stevie Gardiner!

Bahamas Athletics has been following Stevie’s track history from he was an athlete in Moores Island; we were very pleased to be granted an exclusive video interview by Gardiner after his record performance last weekend which gave him a ticket to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China August 22nd – 30th, 2015. The eyes of the World would be on him…….

From the little boy growing up in Murphy Town, Abaco, Bahamas who moved to Moores Island Bahamas for a chance of pursuing his dream of being one of the greatest athletes to now being one of the world’s fastest men in the 400 meters; we can all agree that Stevie Gardiner is certainly living his dream!

Having entered the sport in only a few years, according to the IAAF official site, Gardiner is now listed as 3rd in the world in the 400 with a time of 44.27. World’s fastest Kirani James clocked 43.95 followed by Russian, Van Niekerk 44.24. As you can see, Gardiner is only a few seconds away from if not being the fastest, to being the 2nd fastest in the world.

What an accomplishment for the 20 year old!

Follow the link to hear Gardiner express how he is not nervous at all at the possibility of competing against James and others because, as he puts it - “It is not intimidating at all. I have been working hard, they have been working hard. When it comes down to it, let’s see how it goes…..May the best man win!”

We thank Gardiner and his talented coach George Cleare for this opportunity.

We hope you enjoy the interview!

Steven Gardiner from Bahamas Athletics on Vimeo.

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