For a while, it was wondered if the BAAA's would name a team to represent the '242' at the 2014 NACAC Under 23 Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada; with a number of challenges, funding being the biggest challenge. The next challenge was who would be available to represent The Bahamas when a number of the NACAC Under 23 athletes would have competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland and would have to return to university after the Commonwealth Games for the fall semester of university.
With that said, the BAAA's was in a position to name the 'Fabulous Five.' For those that don't know, the number five in the Bible is significant and means "GRACE;" and didn't "GRACE" ever abound for our little country!
The "Fabulous Five" were comprised of:
Katrina Seymour, who carried the banner of The Bahamas with such an engaging smile (which brought the warmth of the Bahamian people to Kamloops. Seymour represented the Bahamas in her special event the 400m hurdle.
Lathone Collie-Minns (jumping twin) Lathone gave it his all. He held the
2nd position until his third jump and had to withdraw from the competition because of an ankle injury; he would finish third with a leap of 13.86. Great effort.
Alfredo Smith, long jumper. Smith would finish 7th with a leap of 6.93 meters.
Trevorvano Mackey, competing in the 100m and 200m. Mackey would give The Bahamas its first medal on day one bronze in the 100m with a time of 10.30 and silver in the 200m with a time of 20.46 on the final day of the games.
Ryan Ingraham, high jump. Ingraham would win the Gold with a jump of 2.28 meters and establish a meet record in the process.
These five individuals went head to head with not only athletes from the region but the larger countries in the hemisphere, United States, Mexico and Canada (which happens to be the largest country in North America).
These Fab Five have proven that we have a wonderful pool of athletes that can compete with the best the world has to offer. Hopefully, the powers that be will recognise them in some way to encourage them to excel.
Kudos to the Fab Five.