An official groundbreaking ceremony for the proposed Central Abaco Sports Complex took place during the afternoon of September 16 with the Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie, in attendance as well as the delegation of Government Officials who had preceded him in the morning.
The event took place at the Murphy Town Park which will be part of the new complex. Tents were erected to protect attendees from a torrid sun and samples of the material that will cover the track were on display.
The function was moderated by Administrator Charles Moss who introduced the speakers to a small crowd of interested parties. Permanent Secretary Higgs in turn introduced the MP for North Abaco, Mr. Renardo Curry, who expressed his hope that the sports facility will produce more Troy McIntoshs and Stevie Gardiners.
The Hon. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture said that after meeting with the community, he realized that Abaco was a great place to make a leap forward in the sports field. He mentioned going to Treasure Cay for the opening ceremony of the sporting events taking place over the weekend in North Abaco, but added “I wanted to stop here to make this the official start.” He also said that the land was ready and that the final approval will be finalized the following week.
The Hon. Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis said he enjoyed the morning meeting with locals and reiterated his former statement that he wanted Bahamians to become healthier. He went on to describe the track proposed surface, saying that it was the same as the one in the track in New Providence and that it had been tested.
“It will have been recorded that on September 16, a great leap forward in sports was made,” said the Prime Minister. He also explained that the FIFA had promised a few years ago that it would grant $1 million to put training soccer fields on Abaco and Exuma.
His statement was confirmed by Mr. Adam Miller who gave details of the negotiations with FIFA to be finalized in the near future.
The Sports Complex is at last in the making, with the track and the soccer field being first on the building agenda.