Provided by Courtney Chandler.
I am Courtney Lolita Chandler, nee Strachan, born August 20, 1965, to the late Carl & Lilla Strachan of Marsh Harbour, Abaco. I am the seventh of nine siblings born to this union.
I am presently married to Mr. Francisco Chandler Sr. of Nassau; we have two sons, Francisco Jr and Ricardo Chandler.
As I look over my life, I can truly say that my steps have been ordered by the Lord. The word of God states that “many are the plans of a man/woman, but it is the Lord who directs his/her steps”.
I can attribute my involvement in sports to being one of the vehicles in which God has used to shape my life.
My sister Melody and I were the little ones carrying the banner for Abaco in the sport of Track & Field during the late seventies into the early eighties, under the training of Mr. Bernis Pinder.
In 1978 we were chosen to represent the Bahamas in the Mini-Carifta Games held in Hamilton, Bermuda, courtesy of the late Mr. Thomas A. Robinson. We were successful in securing gold medals in the 800M & 1500M events respectively. During those games, I was asked to run the second leg in the 4 X 100M relay, as a result of the ill-fate of one of the original members of the relay team who suffered an injury.
The participants were Debbie Greene, Monique Miller and I; the name of fourth person escapes me now. We captured the silver medal, what an awesome feat to say the least.
In 1984, I was chosen to represent the Bahamas on the Ladies Softball National Team, the games were held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I remembered being so excited, that I hastily paid for the trip; however, I did not provide my employer at that time with ample notice and as a result I was unable to attend.
My softball career spanned over more than thirty years. The teams that I played with were, The Abaco Hustlers, Windsong Marina-D.T. Eagles, Walter’s Black-Knights and the Abaco Market Sugarcanes. I also had the privilege of playing in the first Bahamas Games, Abaco’s All-Star team and in numerous Round-Robin tournaments held throughout the Bahamas. As a result of this journey, God’s nine fruits of the spirit have permeated my life throughout this experience and is continuing to develop my life into the individual that GOD has purposed and destined me to become.
Interestingly, during the years my three siblings and I played on the same team. I played center-field, my sister Greta was the team’s pitcher, my sister Ruby played short-stop and my sister Melody played left-field and today, we are still close knitted.
Currently, I am a thirty year veteran of Scotiabank, who has cherished what I’ve learnt from my parents and sports over the years and have combined, integrity, discipline, commitment, team spirit and dedication into my work ethics.
Finally, I wish to reiterate what so many have said before, parents play an extremely important role in the lives of their children, my mother was my greatest fan, she didn’t miss a game, except on the Lord’s Day. My father always thought that softball was a waste of time and energy. But, I can remember him telling my mother about how people in the community told him about how well we played softball.