2015 Star Trackers Track Classic
Monday, 26 January 2015
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Countdown To World Relays 2015!
Written by Amajahl Knowles    Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:53   

We are 100 days away from the IAAF World Relays and the 2nd consecutive event held here in The Bahamas. World Relays C.E.O & Vice Chairman and BAAA’s President Mike Sands addressed the media at a press conference held at the National Stadium. Sands began the conference by acknowledging the support and backing of the Bahamian government in making last year’s World Relays a success; he also took the time to acknowledge the officials and professionals who worked behind the scenes.

Sands spoke on how difficult the initial task was but the co-operation of many different sectors of the Bahamian community made the event successful and instilled enough confidence in IAAF officials to host a second consecutive event here in Nassau. Sands also spoke on the reception of the event from the international track and field community who boasted of nothing else but positive reviews; some even coined the term “Bahamazing.” Sands continued by saying it is integral that the BAAA's build on the foundation established at last year’s event. Sands says that he also expects a large contingent of athletes to make the trip to Nassau resulting in competitiorn being stiff and diversed as athletes would be coming from every "corner of the globe."

Sands goes on to mention that a large number of international teams used the World Relays as a measuring stick to gauge how far along their athletes are and what areas they would need to improve in time for the World Championships to be held in Beijing, China this summer as well as the 2016 Olympic Games. Sands also mentions that this is an election year in the IAAF and this event can be used as a platform for potential candidates to make a strong impression on the election committee. Sands says that he is optimistic that this year’s event will be a success and set a mark for future events to try and achieve; he implores all Bahamians to get on board in order to make this event a complete success. This year’s event should fuel the ongoing rivalries between The Bahamian, Jamaican and American relay teams who have been engaged in a number of high profile races in major events over the past five years.

Michael Jules returns to Star Performers Track Classic
Written by BahamasAthletics    Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:47   

Michael Jules veteran sports announcer is scheduled to return to Nassau for the 2015 Star Performers Track Classic. Bahamas Athletics was able to speak with Michael Jules from Barbados about his returning to the Bahamas. We also spoke at length with Michael regarding his career as a sports announcer. We invite you to listen to our audio podcast with Michael Jules.

Foster Dorsett – Hall of Fame Inductee /President - T-Bird Flyers 2015 Annual Track and Field Classic
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Monday, 12 January 2015 20:59   

When we last heard of the great Foster Dorsett, he was in the spotlight, proudly being inducted into the Hall of Fame of his “Alma mater,” Minnesota State University located in Mankato, Minnesota. Over the past weekend, Dorsett was once again in the spotlight but this time, it was to cheer athletes on at his annual track club meet - The T-Bird Flyers 2015 Annual Track and Field Classic.

“This was a good year; turnout was about 650 -700 athletes which is good for the beginning of the year,” says the excited president of the track club. From all appearances, this meet received good support from everyone particularly as these early meets, coaches use to determine the readiness of their athletes. “I was very pleased with the turnout of the athletes, coaches and the general public,” Dorsett advises.

It seems the results of this meet was very favourable as there were record number of Carifta qualifiers particularly in the field events; this should give a good indication of how the competition is going to be this season. “I think this is going to be a banner year for track and field as a number of athletes are now running for scholarships. There were three coaches from the USA scouting so competition was really great as athletes saw their good performance as avenue to get into a good college,” says Dorsett. According to Dorsett, not only were the high school students were hoping that their performance was good enough to land a college scholarship but he advised that even the primary school students performed well in anticipation of obtaining scholarships for junior high school. “As young as they are, they began to step up their game. This is going to be a breakout year for a number of our athletes.”

So for now, the T-Bird Flyers 2015 Annual Track and Field Classic is now history. Dorsett says he is thankful to all the parents, athletes and members of the other clubs who really helped during the course the meet. “I would like to thank everybody who had a hand in the success of this meet; I would also like to thank you Kermit and Bahamas Athletics who always have my back. Thank you for all your help Kermit.”

On behalf of Bahamas Athletics, “you are welcome Foster Dorsett.”

TARYN ROLLE – Winner of the Prestigious Gold Cord of Distinction Award!”
Written by BahamasAthletics    Friday, 09 January 2015 12:54   

At the Bahama Association of Athletics Association luncheon, receiving one of the most prestigious awards was the very talented and inspiring long jumper – Taryn Rolle. Rolle was pleased to receive the Gold Cord of Distinction Award. Winning this award is no easy feat as this award is the highest award bestowed upon an athlete distinguishing them as being the “cream of the crop.” The recipient of this award must excel in both academics and athletics; i.e., they must be a well-rounded individual.

In her very motivational and enthusiastic address, Taryn shared with the audience particularly her teammates, the importance of facing and overcoming challenges in life in order to be successful.

Inaugural Grand Bahama Half Marathon and 5K Announced for March 28 in Freeport, Bahamas
Written by BahamasAthletics    Friday, 09 January 2015 11:43   

Organizers announced today a new international half marathon and 5K on March 28 on Grand Bahama Island – one of the most pristine islands of The Bahamas and located just 50 miles off the coast of Florida.

Registration for the Grand Bahama Half Marathon & Beach Beats 5K is underway at www.grandbahamahalf.com with discounts available to runners who sign up for either race by Jan. 31.

Race organizers are planning to take full advantage of the stunningly beautiful Caribbean setting to create a world-class road race with a festive, warm and laid-back island party vibe. The races will start, end and be celebrated at the Grand Lucayan Beach Resort in Freeport.

“Both courses are designed to be fast and flat, taking athletes along Grand Bahama Island’s magnificent oceanfront and the varied scenic landmarks along the way,” said Scott Kerr, a long-time race organizer who is managing the race with Larry Barthlow of World Events Network. “Grand Bahama is a well kept secret -- and for no reason – it’s only 50-miles off the coast of Florida, has endless soft white sandy beaches, warm breezes and some of the clearest water on the planet.”

Race organizers are seeking a field of up to 5,000 runners from around the world, including a competitive group of elite athletes, added Kerr, who has directed the Salt Lake City Marathon and a host of other sports events.

As the Official Race Headquarters, the Grand Lucayan Beach Resort will serve as the host hotel for the Grand Bahama Half Marathon & Beach Beats 5K. Race week activities kick off with the Feelin’ Good Expo (Thurs. & Fri., March 26-27) and Island Breeze Carbo Load Dinner (Fri., March 27). Following the two races on Saturday morning, the event will be capped off by the Get Your Groove On Post Race Beach Party into the wee hours of March 28.

A schedule of events is posted on the race website at http://grandbahamahalf.com/weekend-events/ . Volunteers also are needed and can register online or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.

“We’re so excited to be able to offer this new road race event to runners in the U.S., the Caribbean and around the world, and introduce them to one of the most idyllic island settings anywhere,” Barthlow said. “They’re going to fall in love with this island, its people, the food, the music and, hopefully, the Grand Bahama Half Marathon. We can’t wait.”

Grand Bahama Island offers something for every taste. In addition to unique bird life, a cavernous diving world, extensive beach activities and a wide range of water sports, visitors will find excellent duty-free bargains, high-end shops, lively bars and entertainment. And thanks to the trade winds, the average temperature for March is a pleasant 77°F. For more information on Freeport, Grand Bahama, visit http://www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.

Transportation to and from Grand Bahama Island is a breeze. The island is served by a number of airlines, including American, US Airways, Delta, Bahamas Air and others. Visitors also have the option of taking a short 45-minute ferry ride departing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. Also, the Grand Lucayan Beach Resort is offering special weekend rate packages in conjunction with the event.

For more information about registration, travel and accommodations, go to www.grandbahamahalf.com

Star Performers Track Classic 2015
Written by BahamasAthletics    Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:44   
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Bahamas Athletics caught up with Laura Charlton and spoke with her about the upcoming Star Performers Track Classic hosted by the Star Trackers Athletic Club. Charlton said that she is excited about this year's meet and expects that the audience will be entertained throughout the duration of the meet.

Charlton expects a large number of both local and international competitors to register for the meet. Charlton made reference to clubs travelling from the US, Canada, Turks and Caicos as well as Jamaica who is also expected to compete at this year’s meet. Charlton says that international clubs that attend enjoy competing in The Bahamas and make an effort to travel every chance they have. The Flying Angels Club out of Canada is an organization Charlton highlights that travels to the event and traditionally brings a large contingent of athletes.

As in previous meets where there were many elite athletes competing, from all accounts, there would also be a great representation of elite athletes at the upcoming meet. Charlton also made mention of the elite athletes that competed in previous meets, as well the high level of competition that takes place between regional competitors. Charlton cites two of the Barbadian athletes that competed in last year’s who ultimately went on to compete in the World Junior Championships as well as the Junior Olympics. She also mentions that the meet has become a breeding ground for the rivalry between the Jamaican and Bahamian athletes especially when it comes to the relays. The meet is designed to be a wholesome and competitive event but as Charlton admits, sometimes the races is so heated and exciting that it ultimately becomes a Jamaica vs. Bahamas event. “From a local standpoint, athletes are drawn to the unknown competition that comes from international athletes and embrace the challenge of performing on a big stage against elite foreign competitors,” she advises.

Charlton emphasizes the three US Clubs that are expected to compete this year and makes mention of one that normally travels via a cruise ship, who make the event a dual purpose trip serving as both leisure and competition.

Another important aspect of the meet according to Charlton was the addition of veteran sports announcer Michael Jules. Charlton states that Jules really makes the difference in the meet and his role is to dispel the sometimes dull and mundane atmosphere of a Track and Field meet with his colorful trackside calls that should leave meet goers highly entertained. “Jules is a seasoned veteran in the Track and Field arena and is normally a large draw with the crowd,” she adds.

No event is successful without some corporate sponsor and this one is no exception. Charlton emphatically thanked meet sponsor Baker Concrete/ Grey Co Ltd. Representative JR McDonald for assisting in the process and their vision of the meet being a platform for young athletes to showcase their talents for potential collegiate suitors. McDonald a known Track and Field enthusiast, has been a sponsor for Star Trackers for several years and makes it priority to support young Track and Field athletes.

Persons are encouraged to register for the meet online at the Star Tracker's website.

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