I should start by giving a big shout-out to Creter’s Bulldogs for bringing back the hardware. For the first time ever an Abaco softball team has beaten the heavy hitters out of Nassau and Freeport for the trophy. An incredible performance, to be sure.
They’re not the only Abaconian athletes shining right now, however. A few weeks ago a basketball tournament was hosted with teams from Nassau attending. Abaco’s own Agape Eagles came out on top.
The Bahamas’ National Dart Team, which put on a good show on the international stage just recently, has more Abaco players than players from any other island in the country.
A young Abaco swimmer, Brayden Dam, represented the Abaco Swim Club in Nassau a few weeks ago and broke the Bahamian record for Boys 8 & Under 50 meter breast stroke. In fact any time Abaco sends swimmers to meets we come back with medals. We’ve even sent some to CARIFTA and had them return with medals.
The Abaco Judo Club, masterfully instructed by Sensei Lil and her team, medaled in international competition. They hardly have enough money for travel but they’re producing world class results.
The track runners produced out of Moore’s Island consistently impress and lead the pack. A CARIFTA team isn’t complete without one or two of our boys or girls.
There’s a new flag football league here now that’s showing promise now as well. Lessons in sportsmanship and foundations for excellence start in efforts like this one.
If I’ve left any club or athlete out you’ll have to forgive me: there are just that many.
But we’ve always known Abaco is a hotbed of talent. Not just athletic talent, of course. And we can’t forget that.
We can’t let it be undernourished in our increasingly strained education system. We can’t let it be dismissed by the big boys and girls out of our Capitol. We can’t let it be undermined by rotten society.
We can nourish it by volunteering to lead sports or academic clubs at our children’s schools. We can hold it high because we outshine the country’s best when we kick it into high gear. And we can keep it on a solid foundation by remembering it takes a whole community to raise each other up; lending a helping hand to your neighbour is sometimes all it takes.
This is a special country. And Abaco: an even more special place. We can keep it that way. Let’s look at our successes (athletic, economic, etc.) and build off of it.