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Dianne Woodside on the BAAA's Odd Distance Meet
Written by BahamasAthletics    Thursday, 14 January 2016 23:15   

“Today was a very good day and the meet ran very efficiently.” Those were the comments of President of Club Monica Track and Field Club, Coach Dianne Woodside regarding the Odd Distance Meet held last Saturday.

The Odd Distance meet attracted many athletes from all appearances, who performed very well. Woodside was also very pleased with the performances of her own athletes particularly as they have been training very hard for the past four months. “I am very excited for the remainder of the season and how they would progress throughout the season,” says the proud coach.

Not only did Club Monica’s athletes performed very well but it seems all of the athletes who participated did very well. According to Woodside, the meet was very competitive and the athletes showed good comradry and excitement. “I think The Bahamas looks good from a youth level and I think we would do very well when it comes to international competition.”

Another much anticipated meet is the one hosted by coach Woodside and her team; the 13th Annual Club Monica Classic is scheduled for January 30th, 2016 at 9:00am.

“The plans are coming together very good,” says Woodside who expects to have about 1,000 to about 1,200 participants. Club Monica Classic is usually a 2 day meet but according to Woodside, this year they have decided to run the meet for one day only; despite the reduction in time however, the meet is expected to be just as exciting and competitive as past meets. “I think it is going to be an exciting meet and I hope everybody come out!”

So don’t miss the 13th Annual Club Monica Classic and a chance to see some of their promising athletes. Expected to perform are standout athletes such as double gold CARIFTA medalist, Charisma Taylor; talented hurdler, sprinter Sasha wells; Tanae Miller who also looks extremely well; Megan Moss who participated last year in the Jr CAC Games and also high jumper, sprinter and hurdler Dashia Moss who is being trained in the high jump by Coach James Rolle.

“So we have a lot of kids coming up and we are going to have some surprises as well as we progress throughout the season.”

Dianne Woodside from Bahamas Athletics on Vimeo.

BAAA’s ODD Distance Meet – Very successful!
Written by BahamasAthletics    Thursday, 14 January 2016 23:13   

The BAAA’s held its Odd Distance Meet on Saturday and from the turn-out of athletes and spectators, the meet was a huge success!

Many clubs were represented whose coaches and athletes took the opportunity to get an early start to the 2016 track season. Many of the athletes are hoping to do well enough to secure a spot on the upcoming CARIFTA Games; many we believe, even have the 2016 RIO Olympic Games on their minds!

Coach of the Star Trackers Track and Field Club, Mrs. Laura-Pratt Charlton was not going to allow her team to miss out on the early opportunity to determine their readiness.

Pratt-Charlton says she was very pleased with the meet and commended organizers Tyrone Burrows and husband Dave Charlton for an excellent job. “If this is any indication of how the season is going to go, we are going to have a very exciting season.”

Star Trackers Track and Field Club would be hosting their own meet later in the season and according to Laura, with about 1000 athletes expected, plans are going pretty good. “We are expecting a meet that is full of competition, excitement and entertainment to the max,” says the excited coach.

One of the most well planned and anticipated meet, “Star Trackers Star Track Classic” plan once again to not disappoint fans; this year an exciting change is expected however. “We plan this year to introduce heats in the 100 meters which would lend to the excitement as everyone would want to run within that final 8. Competition is going to be great particularly as it would be close to CARIFTA and gives athletes a last chance to qualify.” As one could imagine, hosting a very successful meet year after year is not an easy job and can only be successful with the assistance of others. Pratt-Charlton took the opportunity to thank all those who help to make her meet successful.

“I must first thank our sponsor for over 10 years Mr. JR MacDonald. I would also like to thank the parents, coaches and volunteers; we are very grateful to them.”

Laura Charlton from Bahamas Athletics on Vimeo.

IAAF President Coe's first 100 days
Written by Winston Marshall    Thursday, 14 January 2016 23:10   

From the desk of Winston Marshall.

Nassau Bahamas.

Since the congress and IAAF elections in Beijng China in August 2015, the world of track and field has undergone its most turbulent period.

The new administration has attempted to address the various crises as they arose....and therefore for the sporting public, it is appropriate to do an evaluation of actions taken, while at the same time, look at the actions pending.


It is fair to state categorically, that since election in august in Beijing, President Seb....has been operating like a fireman ....and in my view, quite appropriately so.

From one crisis to another.

The normal 100 day honeymoon period had to be foregone ...but then he is a British politician, and there is no transition as one is expected to start work on day..

Annual Gala

For the first time in history, the annual IAF gala was cancelled. This was seen by many analysts as the correct decision.

It was determined that you could not proceed with a lavish event, an annual event, when the world body was under such scrutiny.

Committee Appointments

It was agreed that these appointments would be delayed so that further vetting of the appointments can take place. As the process had begun, it was discovered that some individuals being considered might be ruled ineligible, after further due diligence.

President's separation from Nike

His resignation as a consultant for nike was correct and timely...but in the process, highlights the fact that the position of president has to be a paid one.

Cost saving measures

The closing of the offices at Miraflores...was timely and appropriate. Additionally, President Coe has given up the lavish president's resident.

Decisive action taken

WADA's independent Pound Report first phase was released and given the severity of the findings of massive and state sponsored doping, a vote was taken by teleconference and the IAAF Council voted, almost unanimously, to suspend the ALL Russia Athletic Federation.

The suspension of the ARAF was necessary and timely.

As a result, there was a call for bids to reallocate two previously Russian successful grants.

The reallocation of hosting cities...for IAAF walking and jr World...had to be made.

Deputy general secretary

Some email exchanges between Nick Davies and Papa appeared in the press.

Given the potential for misunderstanding and the fact that the matter had been referred to the IAAF ethics committee, the stepping aside, temporarily...of Nick Davies....after the leaked memos...was appropriate.

ARAF and RIO 2016

Obviously, the suspension of the Russian Federation, casts a giant shadow on the potential performance of the Russia in the upcoming Olympics in Rio. The appointment of the task force to report on Russia's reentry to participate at Rio 2016...was the right decision.

Review and reform

The call for constitutional and organizational review, now underway...is quite timely.


I give him a good grade for action taken....but there are still major challenges ahead.

The Pound Report..part 2...is due soon, and major surprises are expected.

This anti doping matter will not go away soon....and there will be casualties

Merry Christmas
Written by BahamasAthletics    Wednesday, 23 December 2015 16:05   

On behalf of the Bahamas Athletics Family, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Yuletide Season....

May 2016 be one of much success and good health.

Written by IAAF    Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:44   

At the IAAF Council Meeting on 26 November, changes to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games entry standards in 17 events were approved.

The International Olympic Committee have since been notified.

In April 2015, the IAAF Council approved the entry standards but allowed for a review following the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 where a similar system of qualification and similar standards were used.

Resulting from the experience of these championships, the Technical Delegates proposed some amendments to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games entry standards, which have been accepted by all parties.

The aim is to have more athletes achieving the standard and therefore, to get closer to the target number of participants.

Details of the qualification system (a pdf file) and revised standards can be found here.

Rosie Carey Says THANKS
Written by BahamasAthletics    Saturday, 12 December 2015 10:39   

Thank You

My BAAA Coaches, Athletes, Facebook Friends, Supporters, Stakeholders, I wish to express my sincere gratitude for the invaluable contribution team United Purpose received from you during our campaign to manage the Federation over the 2015-2018 period. I must add that the road was not an easy one, as my team was facing a formidable challenge. However, through hard work, dedication, and my team faith in God that nothing is impossible, I am the first female President of an organization that existed for more than sixty (60) years.

I would be remiss, if I fail in recognizing former President, Mr. Mike Sands, who was instrumental in ensuring that The Bahamas status as a regional and international athletic powerhouse remain intact during his tenure. Mr. Sands, I applaud you for your commitment and dedication to the success of the sport.

Team United Purpose, words cannot express my fondness for each of you – Mildred Adderley, Dexter Bodie, Rupert Gardiner, Sharon Gardiner, Tonique Williams, Philip Gray, Carl Oliver, Mabelene Miller, Troy McIntosh, and Sandra Laing, thank you dearly for investing in United Purpose. You will always be inscribed in the annals of athletics history, in the Bahamas, as the group that overcame what was deem the impossible.

As Executives of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) there is much work to be done in advance of the commencement of the 2016 track season. And while I have every confidence that the new BAAA administration, will certainly transform the Federation into a modernize organization this goal can only be accomplished with the support of coaches, athletes and stakeholders.

Once again I sincerely thank all who contributed to my elevation as the President of the BAAA.

God blessing,

Rosamunde Carey

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