Iram Lewis, President of the Bahamas Amateur Athletic Association and a former Track and Field athlete who represented The Bahamas in the Olympics and other international T&F competitions, came to Abaco on March 4 to act as announcer in the District of Education Track & Field Meet. The association’s Secretary General, Mrs. Dionne Britton, also visited Abaco. She had filled the same position during the previous day.
Five schools participated in the meet which lasted two days, March 3 and 4. Agape Christian School, Abaco Central High School, St Francis de Sales Catholic School, SC Bootle High School and this year a new comer, Grand Cay All Age School were the participants with a number of athletes that ranged from approximately one hundred for Abaco Central High School to nineteen for Grand Cay’s school. Altogether close to two hundred and fifty students represented the five schools.
Coach Stephan Johnson with Agape Christian School, said that it was a first time for this type of competition for some of the kids among the forty-four he brought.
Mr. Cooper, Principal of the Grand Cay school mentioned that the competing experience for his athletes was worth the expenses of traveling to Central Abaco and paying for accommodation even though one of the rooms was complimentary.
Thursday’s activities consisted primarily of heats in track races for boys and girls in four ages categories: under fourteen, under sixteen, under eighteen and under twenty. Finals for the 1200m and 3000m also took place on Thursday.
The finals for sprint races as well as relay races and the 5000m were held on Friday as well as field events such as Discus, Javelin, Shot Put and Long Jump.
As the points were tallied up by Coach Christine Jenoure and Pastor Jason Quashie, (President of the AACO, Abaco Athletic Certified Office which organized the meet) the lead was attributed to Abaco Central High School with 940 points.
The second place went to SC Bootle High School with 426 points. Agape Christian School placed in third position with 225 points in front of Grand Cay which gathered 100 points and St Francis de Sales with 76 points.
As usual in those meets, quite a few athletes distinguished themselves such as Wilkenson Isnord from ACS who threw the Javelin at 35.20 in the under 18 category. He also placed first in Javelin and Discus Throw. Another great throw was achieved by SC Bootle High School Wesley Cornish who threw the javelin at a distance of over 45 ft.
Coach Stephan Johnson mentioned a few other of the school’s athletes that he will take to Nassau in April to participate in the National Track & Field Competition. Such as in the under 14 category, Gabriel Boswick who placed first in Discus and Shot-put, or Brenae Bain who came first in Long Jump and placed third in the 400m. They will be accompanied by Longworth Lightbourn who came second in the 100m and Deanna McDonald who came third in the 200m and second in the Long Jump in the under 16 age group.
Coach Jenoure with ACH mentioned that Dalisha Gerve, Maranda Walker and De Shawn McKinney were to travel to Nassau the weekend of March 5 for CARIFTA trials.
Dalisha came first in the under eighteen category in the 100m and 200m. John Polycarp won first place in the under twenty age group in the 200m and 400m. Robinson Jousie, under fourteen, placed first in the 100m and 200m.
Present at the meet besides the representatives of the BAAA, was Mr. Roscow Davis with the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission. He had come to sponsor an Art & Essay Competition in which a St Francis de Sales’ student, Brad Cooper, had placed second. The eleven year old was acknowledged by receiving a certificate and a prize. The event took place in his classroom and not publicly because of the sports meet.
Mr. Davis will return to Abaco during the weekend of March 19 to present in an awareness seminar on drugs. The presentation is to address athletes and their coaches.