2015 Carifta Trials
Monday, 30 March 2015
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Written by IAAF    Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:53   

The Bahamas leading telecommunications provider, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) was unveiled today (Thursday, 26 March) as title partner for the counties biggest sporting event.

BTC joins the World Relays sponsor family as “Title Partner” – the highest rank within the Local Organising Committee’s (LOC) sponsorship programme.

Making the announcement, Keith Parker, executive chairman of the LOC, said as part of the partnership, the event will now be called the IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2015.v

“This announcement is significant, not just because of what it means to the success of the relays, but it also demonstrates the excellent relationship BTC continues to have with the LOC, after being a part of the IAAF World Relays as a bib partner last year,” he said. “Forming strong, enduring partnerships with blue-chip sponsors such as BTC is essential to ensuring that we stage another hugely successful World Relays of which the entire country can be proud.”

Mike Sands, LOC chief executive officer (CEO) and vice chairman, said BTC has a rich heritage sporting associations, and the LOC is delighted to announce such a prestigious brand as its first partner.

“We are absolutely delighted that BTC has come on board as the title partner. The LOC has enjoyed a fantastic working relationship with BTC since 2014, and we see this as a fitting extension of their involvement,” Sands said.v

BTC will provide cash and in-kind support, and will leverage its leading internet and telecommunications services to keep the World Relays connected.

BTC’s CEO, Leon Williams said BTC is proud to be the title partner of this upcoming “Bahamazing” event.CEO Williams said, “BTC deems it a privilege to be the title sponsor of the IAAF World Relays. For years we have made tremendous investments in sports. Our $250,000 investment in the IAAF demonstrates our unswerving commitment to not just build a better company, rather a better Bahamas.”

BTC joins an already impressive list of partners and suppliers for the upcoming “bahamazing” event.

Earlier this week, the LOC announced Caribbean Bottling Company Limited through Coca-Cola & Atlantic Medical as national partners. Bahamas Waste and Commonwealth Brewery Limited using the Kalik Radler 0.00% brand and the National Sporting Authority (NSA) were all announced as national suppliers.

The IAAF/ BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015 will take place at The Thomas. A Robinson National Stadium on May 2nd and May 3rd, 2015. More than 1,000 athletes and officials representing some 47 countries will take part in two days of competition.

University of Arkansas - Travis J. Geopfert scouting at the CARIFTA Trials
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:57   

At the 2015 CARIFTA trials, there were many spectators present to cheer on their family member or friends but there were other spectators present who were there strictly to do business such scouting talent in hopes of selecting young deserving athletes to attend their college/university. One of those persons was Coach Travis Geopfert, Assistant Track and Field Coach at the University of Arkansas located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

“I am here recruiting and checking out the local talent,” says Coach Geopfert. It is our hope that all athletes performed at their best on Saturday because their performance could have given them the opportunity to attend one of the best colleges in the USA, The University of Arkansas. One Bahamian athlete due to his past performances has secured a spot already with the Arkansas Razor Backs; jumper LaQuan Nairn has been awarded a full scholarship to attend that University for fall 2015. “LaQuan Nairn would be attending to Arkansas next year and I also came to watch him,” disclosed Coach.

Coach knows too well the talent resident in The Bahamas as he has trained a number of Bahamian athletes namely Rudolph Bastian, Raymond Higgs and Trae Carey. “There is a tremendous amount of talent here in The Bahamas. I have been very fortunate to coach a number of Bahamian athletes in my coaching career and for such a small population, there is a wealth of talent in track and field and I am excited to come and see it first-hand.”

LaQuan Nairn is one of The Bahamas’ up and coming super stars in jumping; he is a great long and high jumper who has competed for The Bahamas at a number of CARIFTA Games and International meets. According to coach, Laquan was selected by them due to this motivation, attitude and competitiveness. “LaQuan has a great attitude and great effort every time he steps out on the tracks and coupled that with just being naturally talented and his work ethics makes him a special young man and he is going to be very good.”

Coach Geopfert says that they would work with LaQuan and make him more successful in his jumping. From all accounts, LaQuan would be in good hands the University of Arkansas is an excellent Division 1 university and according to Geopfert, the University of Arkansas has an indoor and outdoor track and field facility which is one of the best the United States has to offer. Bahamas Athletics wishes Coach Geopfert and the University of Arkansas every success. Congratulations to LaQuan Nairn on his athletic achievements and all the best to him in his college education.

University of Arkansas Coach Travis J. Geopfert interview at the 2015 Carifta Trials from Bahamas Athletics on Vimeo.

2015 CARIFTA Team Bahamas Announced
Written by Brent Stubbs    Monday, 23 March 2015 10:33   
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THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has selected a 51-member team that will represent the Bahamas at the 2015 Carifta Games in St Kitts and Nevis from April 2-7.

The team was announced on Sunday night following the BAAA CARIFTA Trials over the weekend at the original Thomas A. Robinson Stadium and a lengthy selection process, including the ratification by the coaches. While the BAAA stuck to its commitment to only carry athletes who would have made the qualifying standards, asset by the BAAA, the argument came up with the addition of athletes who didn't make the standard for selection to the relay pools.

After all of the discussions, the following athletes were name to the team:

Under-18 girls - Brianne Bethel, Doneisha Anderson, Charisma Taylor, Sasha Wells, Daejha Moss, Andira Ferguson, Serena Brown, Tiffany Hanna, LaQuell Harris and Taj Dorsett.

Relay pools - Bethel, Anderson, Taylor, Wells, Ferguson, Dorsett, Divine Parker, D'Nia Freeman and Britini Fountain.

Under-18 boys - Javan Martin, Johnathan Smith, Bradley Dormeus, Ronald Kemp, Tavonte Mott, Branson Rolle, Benjamin Clsrke, Holland Martin, Perry Adderley, Dondre Rutherford, Edward Kemp, Travis Ferguson and Tamar Green.

Relay pools - Martin, Smith, Mott, Rolle, Dormeus, Rolle, Donnovan Storr, Kaze Poitier, Byron Wilson and Dwayne Murray.

Under-20 girls - Kieanne Albury, Shaquania Dorsett, Kaylea Albury, Danielle Gibson and Brashae Wood.

Relay pools - Albury, Dorsett, Gibson, Janae Ambrose, Marissa White and Alexis Gray.

Under-20 boys - Deedro Clarke, Henri Delauze, Xavier Coakley, LaQuan Nairn, Darius Major, Drexel Maycock and Denzel Pratt.

Relay pools - Clarke, Coakley, Nairn, Delauza, Cliff Reasis, Stephen Green, Justin Pinder and Jordan Minnins.

"We feel that this team is a very strong team. We indicated earlier that we were going with individual qualifiers and we did just that, as it relates to our individual events," said BAAA's President Mike Sands in releasing the name of the team. "Every athlete that has been named to this originally, as we stated now, are all those who would have qualified in their individual event.

"Consideration was given, after much debate by the selection committee and the management team and the membership at large. We ended up as a result, identifying persons who have been assured to strengthen the relay teams. The Bahamas is known for its relay teams and with less than 40 days to go to the IAAF World Relays, we want to ensure that the future is bright for this country in showing our strength in the relays as we continue to grow."

The BAAA is hoping to improve on last year's performance in Martinique where the Bahamas only gold medal came from the under-18 4x100 metre relay team of Kinard Rolle, Tyler Bowe, Keanu Pennerman and Javan Martin. The Bahamas ended up with a total of 19 medals, including eight silver and 10 bronze for seventh on the medal chart.

"Carifta is usually based on medal count. We've slipped a notch from last year and I think that has been a wake up call for us in all areas," Sands said. "I think the coaches and the athletes all heeded the call in getting our athletes qualified.

"We may not have as many qualifiers in all of the events that we would like, but we are satisfied that what we have here is the best that we have to offer under the circumstances and we're satisfied that this team will be very competitive as we go into Carifta."

The team will be managed by Bahamas Association of Certified Official Doris Rolle-Ramsey and she will be assisted by Sharon Gardiner with Dionne Beriton and Cecile Campbell as chaperons.

John Ingraham, a former Carifta athlete who now coaches in Andros, as the head coach. He will be assisted by Bernard Rolle, Dawn Johnson, Sandra Laing, Wendell Collie, Corrington Maycock and James Rolle. David Charlton will serve as a consultant to the coaching staff.

Sands said they have selected Doris Rolle-Ramsey and John Ingraham as they begin their process of getting more persons involved in the sport.

A team meeting will be held today at 5:30 pm at the original Thomas A. Robinson Stadium with the management team. However, as the athletes continue to prepare for the games,Sands said they will still have an opportunity to workout with their club coaches.

For all those persons wishing to travel with the team on the chartered Bahamasair flight, Sands has advised them that they have until 3 pm on Monday to make their payment at the BAAA's office or their seats will be given up to persons who are on the waiting list.

The airfare is $799 person and the price for the airfare and accommodation (double occupancy) is $1,500.

2015 Carifta Trials news and results
Written by BahamasAthletics    Saturday, 21 March 2015 16:00   
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Family Island Fever
Written by Amajahl Knowles    Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:01   

Outside of the intensity of the SAC/QC rivalry that could be felt throughout the stadium, an interesting observation that could made was the performances of the Family Island schools that participated in the event. There was a strong showing from the “Out-Island” competitors who made their presence felt on the national stage. Three of the top five finishes came from Family Island schools including Grand Bahama’s Tabernacle Baptist and Bishop Michael Eldon but the most surprising being North Andros High who finished with 273 points. Javan Matin of Tabernacle Baptist won the under-20 boys 100m in 10.75, while Moore’s Island Stephen Green won the 200m in 21.80.

Tabernacle also won both the under 18 Boys sprints as Johnathon Smith took both the 100m and 200m events with times of 10.84 and 21.88 respectively. Brianne Bethel was also a double winner taking the Under-18 Girls 100m in 11.95 and the 400m in 59.14. Tabernacle continued its impressive performance by securing a victory in the Under-16 Girls 100m courtesy of Kaylin Hewitt who ran a time of 12.42. Genique Bassett also of Tabernacle Baptist won the Under-14 Girls 100m with a time of 13.01. This meet exemplified the notion that the athletic talent in The Bahamas is not just Nassau centric but is dispersed all throughout the Commonwealth of Islands.

Comets Rising
Written by Amajahl Knowles    Wednesday, 18 March 2015 11:00   

Freshly removed from their stunning BAISS victory, the Queen’s College Comets had another strong performance at the BTC/Scotiabank National Championships finishing in second place; they seemed to have the making of a perennial powerhouse in Bahamian Track and Field. The Comets appeared to have been acquiring elite athletes over the past few years and getting incrementally better each year which now seems to be beginning to manifest itself. QC is definitely a program on the rise and has the potential to consistently challenge SAC for the crown as the best in the BAISS.

The Comets had strong performances by CARIFTA Athlete Janae Ambrose who finished 2nd to Keianna Albury in the 100m and also Andira Ferguson who won the Girls Shot Put with a throw of 5.63m. Charisma Taylor took the Under-18 girls 200m with a time of 25.28, the 110m hurdles in 14.22 and also the triple jump with 12.09m. Dejha Moss won the long jump with a leap of 4.98 and also won in the high jump soaring to 1.65m. QC also was dominant in the younger divisions as Nathan Moss won the Under-14 boys division 100m with a time of (11.81), the 200m (24.19) and long jump (5.35)

Ethan Hanna also from QC was the winner of the 400m with a time of (55.24) and Kendrick Major took the 800m in 2 minutes and 24 seconds.

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