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True Bahamian Track Legend – Mr. Ricky Moxey
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Tuesday, 19 May 2015 19:16   

The Fritz Grant Invitational held its annual track and field meet last Saturday and in attendance were many top Bahamian athletes and coaches; among them was great Bahamian CARIFTA and Jr. CAC Games medalist, Mr. Ricky Moxey.

Moxey who presently resides in Exuma and is assisting the local athletes to hopefully develop sports in Exuma brought a few athletes from Exuma to compete at the track and field classic. Moxey would have preferred to bring more athletes however, as with most programs, he too is faced with funding challenges thus causing it very difficult to travel to New Providence with a full team to compete. “Getting to Nassau is kind of rough (financially), so it was hectic especially that regatta just finished but we still made it all seven of us. A number of the athletes did not attend due to financial issues.”

Poor finances has also resulted in below standard training facilities; according to Moxey, the asphalt surface track makes training very difficult. “We need a grass track badly but it is going on deaf ears which is really hurting the elite athletes.” This disappoints Moxey as he sees great potential in Exuma; he boasts of many CARIFTA medalists and High School Nationals team members with origins in Exuma.

“We are coming around but it is hard getting the kids focused and also getting them to and from practice is also a challenge due to the distance. I need some help, some financial help to help make this thing happen,” is the plea of this once decorated athlete.

Bahamas Athletics asked Moxey if he had the opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture and even corporate sponsors, what would be his message to them. Moxey says he would remind them that he has paid his dues in this country and he has been coaching for the past 29 years so he knows that he is experienced enough to build the sports program in Exuma.

“I won the first gold medal for The Bahamas in the CARIFTA Games and won the first gold medal in the Senior CAC Games.” Moxey says he can work with the local coaches and everyone would see the difference if he is given the chance. “Give me some finances, a proper track where the kids can really train and a weight room and we would come up here and smoke everybody out. I promise!” Be encouraged Ricky Moxey and hang in there. “It would all work out for you.”

President Lamine Diack Receives Bahamas Athletics Today Magazine
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Tuesday, 19 May 2015 19:14   

Bahamas Athletics Today Premier Edition Magazine was launched online on Friday the 24th and the official press conference was held Monday 27th April, 2015.

We were very proud of this accomplishment and its success, is the result of years of commitment, hard work and dedication by many inclusive of our sponsors; we are very thankful to all.

The mission now is to get maximum exposure for our magazine; with this in mind, during the 2015 IAAF/BTC World Relays, we were able to present our magazines to a number of persons inclusive of The Prime Minister, Perry Christie, Deputy Prime Minister, Brave Davis, Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchombe, IAAF President, Lamine Diack and a number of IAAF Executives and officials.

Additionally, on Wednesday the 13th May, we made our best effort to present copies to our Members of Parliament as they entered the House of Assembly.

Many of the Parliamentarians took the time to stop and receive their copy; we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all for receiving me and being more than willing to take a photograph with myself.

It is our intention to have a copy of Bahamas Athletics Today magazine in every location that will give us maximum exposure, etc major business establishment, every Government Ministry, also Bahamas Athletics Today can be viewed online at www.bahamasathletics.com.

We invite you to continue to follow us as we further our quest to showcase the talent of our Bahamian track and field athletes.

Lastly, we are pleased to announce the release of our second edition on July 1st 2015. Stay tuned to our website for this exciting issue!

The "Speedy/Blazin” Young Atarri Moss – Fritz Grant 2015 Invitational
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Monday, 18 May 2015 11:51   
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If you blinked while watching the under 9 boys 60 and 150 meter events on Saturday past at the Fritz Grant 2015 Invitational, you may have missed the performance of one Atarri Moss!

Moss ran in the 60 and 150 meters events and in all races, he gave very impressive performances, finishing ahead of his competitors; Coach Sherry Francis of Kids Athletics Academy should be very proud of young Moss. For a mere 8 years of age, Moss ran an impressive 11.74 seconds in the 60 meters and 1:23.48 in the 150 meters. Young Moss showed great running technique even “dipped” at the finish line showing a remarkable display of talent and charisma.

The grade three Temple Christian School student says he loves track and field and mentions Chris Brown as one of his favourite athletes. Asked why he became interested in track and field, Moss who also likes soccer and football says “because of my father Adlai Moss.”

If young Moss has the athletic talent of his dad and uncles all of whom were very competitive in their earlier days, we can expect to see great things from him in the future. Dad told us that the grade three student is a very focused and determined young man, “anything he does, he wants to win and if he is going to do something, it is going to be at the best of his ability.”

With the performances we saw today from young Atarri Moss, we are certain that with his determination and good support from his coaches and parents, he is certainly going to be a “force to reckon with!”

Bahamas Athletics wishes Atarri Moss all the best!

Fritz Grant 2015 Track and Field Classic a Great Success
Written by Cecile Campbell    Saturday, 16 May 2015 21:14   

The 8th Annual Fritz Grant Invitational was staged May 16, 2015 at the original Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium with over seven hundred registered participants including athletes from Andros and Exuma. Despite the challenges of a power outage and inclement weather, the event was a smashing success. In fact, Head Coach of the Ambassadors’ Track Club and brain child of the event, Coach Fritz Grant, was emphatic in his position that the weather conditions could only add to an athlete’s training as it “speaks volumes to the psychological side of coaching”. In his view, athletes need to be prepared for all types of weather conditions. He also noted that once track officials deem it safe, the meet will go on regardless of the conditions.

Grateful for the support from clubs, parents, fans and athletes, Coach Grant noted that this was one of the last meets before the upcoming Nationals. Though late in the season, the meet would facilitate preparation for the CAC Age Group, Jr. Pan Am., IAAF World Youth and IAAF World Championships and other major upcoming events. Qualification for these meets as well as the maintenance of fitness levels would be what coaches and athletes alike would look for this meet to provide. Coaches would continue to evaluate their athletes and make any necessary adjustments to their training regimen.

May is traditionally considered Examination Month which focuses on the academic level of athletes who are working towards obtaining and maintaining scholarship opportunities. Coach Grant believes that this meet provides a wonderful opportunity for high school seniors to have practice in dealing with the combination of athletics and academics similar to what will happen in college as scholarship athletes travel constantly throughout the year. Coach Grant teaches his athletes that there must be a balance, and in this order: God 1st + academics + athletics.

When asked about the brand new ‘spanking’ uniforms being displayed by the Ambassadors today – Coach Grant stated that “it’s all about presentation and being a part of the team, the uniform brings ‘swagger’ that proves that the athletes are not just marking time but that they are using good wisdom and judgement”. Athletics, according to Coach Grant, helps participants to ‘build healthy relationships and character, helps athletes mature into being productive citizens of The Bahamas. His coaching career spans more than 30 years and he will remain a coach “as long as the Lord puts it in his spirit”. He accepts it as a ministry and he will continue to instill into his athletes that their talent is a blessing that comes from God.

Seb Coe calls for a reformed Athletics calendar to support global growth
Written by IAAF    Friday, 15 May 2015 15:11   

IAAF Presidential Candidate Seb Coe has called for the restructuring of the global Athletics calendar and improvements to the presentation of the sport to enable Athletics to reach its full potential and grow and flourish worldwide.

Coe confirmed that if elected IAAF President he will establish a World Athletics Calendar Reform and Sports Presentation group to produce recommendations that would be considered by an IAAF Special Congress in the first quarter of 2016.

Speaking from the Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar, Seb Coe, said:

“I believe that the creation of a truly harmonised calendar is key to the global promotion of Athletics and also Member Federation development. Listening to the Federations and our broadcasters, sponsors and athletes, it’s clear that we need new competitive structures for the future. We must look at how the format and presentation of competitions like the Diamond League fit within the overall calendar and how we can help boost the quality of these competitions to make each meeting and the overall season more compelling. We need to strengthen our dialogue within the sport on this issue and, if elected IAAF President, I would establish a World Athletics Calendar Reform and Sports Presentation group which will be tasked with making recommendations for the future in the early part of 2016.”

Coe, added:

“In 2019 the IAAF World Championships will be held here in Doha and this creates a fantastic platform for the Middle East region to build on. By taking our showcase event to new markets and ensuring we build a purposeful and effective global calendar, I believe Athletics can enter a new era of development that will see more young people become athletes, more people watching and consuming our sport and greater revenues flowing into the Athletics family.”

Written by IAAF    Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:02   

There was a feeling that something special was in the air of the Chinese capital this afternoon as more than 1000 spectators, guests and athletes gathered outside the magnificent Bird’s Nest.

In exactly 100 days, the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 will get underway and to mark the event a special ceremony was held just outside the National Stadium which will be the venue for the nine-day competition from 22 to 30 August.

Xiao Tian, Deputy Sports Minister, Zhang Jiandong, Vice Mayor of Beijing and Du Zhaocai, IAAF Council Member and President of the Chinese Athletics Association attended the event, accompanied by IAAF ambassadors and legends of the sport Colin Jackson, Michael Johnson and Mike Powell.

Full article : http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-championships/news/world-championships-2015-100-days?utm_source=150514-WC-100days&utm_medium=silverpop&utm_campaign=Visit%20from%20athletics%20legends%20marks%20100%20days%20to%20go%20until%20IAAF%20World%20Championships%2C%20Beijing%202015

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