Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, visited Abaco on July 12, and began his travels on Moore’s Island where he met with Coach Anthony Williams, the athletes and their parents, and the community to congratulate them on what they have accomplished.
He was impressed that four athletes from Moore’s Island attended the Penn Relays and captured the small school championships.
“Impressive; incredible,” Min. Johnson boasted. “We wanted to give them their kudos, give them support and encourage them. I came as the Minister responsible for sports personally to do this on the government’s behalf.”
“I came down today under the direction of the Prime Minister’s call for his election idea and commitment to the Abacos and specifically to the people of Moore’s Island to get them an appropriate sports facility,” said Min. Johnson.
A tour of the present facilities revealed that the athletes do not train on a track, rather it is a grassy field laden with rocks. He said they looked at a proposed location where track and field facilities will be constructed within a few months.
As for Murphy Town, the field there will soon complement its newly upgraded softball facilities.
“The rest of it is in terrible neglect, and also we want to see what we can do to assist them here,” he said. “We will also build a multipurpose gym.”
As a “part- Abaconian,” Min. Johnson said that he loves the island of Abaco, and that they are proud of what’s happening in The Bahamas for young people, for sports and for culture.
Min. Daniel Johnson was accompanied by Tim Munnings, Director of Sports; Calvin Balfour, the Ministry’s Under Secretary; Frederick Sturrup, press secretary for the ministry; Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s Abaco representatives: Whelma Colebrooke and Ishmael “Stretch” Morley; South Abaco Administrator Benjamin Pinder; and Ministry of Works Area Engineer – John Schaefer.