The competitive track and field season is well underway, and serves as an opportunity,
particularly at the junior level, to carefully watch the advance of the "student-athlete".
Needless to say, it was an opportunity to track the high performers from the previous year, while focus or pay some attention to the up and coming rising stars.
Additionally, it was interesting to see the affects of movement within the system through an informal draft/recruitment system.
Given these factors, we were able to monitor the "Road to Carifta" where student-athletes, through week-end club competitions, and their various inter-house meets, prepare themselves to represent their respective schools at the BAISS or GSSSA meets, then the combined High School Nationals, culminating in the Carifta Trials.
The excitement of the recently completed three day Bahamas Association of Independent Schools (BAISS) continues to grow.
There was a time when school events represented "big competition" with athletes showing school pride and their supporters present, cheering them on.
This writer was hopeful that, once the new stadium had been completed, we would reach a point where the competition would be held there, with masses of spectators, cheering for bragging rights.
None of this has materialized, but the spectator crowd over the period March 5-7, 2014, continued to grow, and there was a special rivalry between the red shirts of the SAC Red Machine, and the green shirts of the Comets of Queen's College....and now Temple Christian and Kingsway Schools.
This excitement was particularly evident on the final day of competition, Friday March 7, 2014.
It should be noted that, this level of competition and rivalry is very popular in the Caribbean, when sports rivalries go back as far as nearly a century....and alumni take time off to come and cheer for their" alma mater". This is what is truly referred to as school pride and developing a tradition.
It remains our hope, that this competitive rivalry will continue to develop.
The BAISS 2014 competition
All of the members of the BAISS had already completed their inter-house competitions and selection of
competitors to represent their respective schools, in the combined championships referred to as BAISS.
Below find the thirteen schools that competed, and their corresponding final position, at the end of competition.
1. St Augustine's College 1,399.33 points
2. Queen's College 1,224 points
3. St. Anne's 442 points
4. St. John's College 413.17 points
5. Nassau Christian Academy 283 points
6. St. Andrews School 281.50 points
7. Temple Christian Schools 150.50 points
8. Jordan Prince William 150 points
9. Aquinas College 133 points
10. Charles W Saunders 75.50 points
11. Kingsway Academy 71 points
12. Bahamas Academy 48 points
13. Westminister College 38 points
The Road to Carifta 2014 continues with a meet of government schools (GSSSA) this week, then a major competition
the BAAA/Scotia High School Nationals in two weeks time.
Again, it is our hope that we will reach the point where the combined competition will become a major attraction and opportunity for schools to compete in friendly but fierce competition, and that the new Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, will be filled, with colours, representing not only competitors but also supporters of our various schools.
This will go a long way towards developing a healthy rivalry as well as team and national pride.