The first North Abaco Championship was organized by North Abaco’s Administrator, Whelma Colebrook, who assembled school athletes from all the communities of North Abaco for a series of championship games. The Opening Ceremony was held at the Treasure Cay Primary School on Friday, September 16. Games were held later that night and continued on September 17 and 18.
Attending the Opening Ceremony were dignitaries from Nassau including the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister; the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works; the Hon. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; the Hon. Bernard Nottage, Minister of National Security; Renardo Curry, Parliamentary Secretary for Abaco, as well as permanent secretaries and various ministry staff members. The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band provided entertainment.
This annual event, the first of many planned, was held at the Treasure Cay Primary School since the basketball court there had been recently surfaced and painted, giving a festive atmosphere to the event. Mr. Christie announced that he has plans for a grassed sports field and other improvements to be established in the Cooper’s Town area for sporting events by schools and athletic organizations, specifically featuring football (soccer) games and track and field.
School teams from all schools from Dundas Town and Murphy Town all the way to Grand Cay were invited to compete during the three-day event that concluded with awards on Sunday afternoon, September 18. Basketball games were held at both the S.C. Bootle High School and the Treasure Cay Primary School while the Track and Field venue was the Treasure Cay Primary School.