Month: January 2023

Mullings shatters his national record

PERSONAL BESTS: Bahamian national decathlon record holder Ken Mullings.

PERSONAL BESTS: Bahamian national decathlon record holder Ken Mullings.

As of Monday, January 30, 2023


#Senior Sports Reporter

#A move to Illinois on January 1 to continue his training has already paid off big dividends for Bahamian national decathlon record holder Ken Mullings.

#Competing over the weekend in his first indoor meet for the year at the Illini Challenge, Mullings accumulated a total of 5,933 points to shatter the Bahamian national indoor heptathlon record of 5,426 points that he established on February 2, 2019 at the Fred Will Open in West Lafayette, Indiana.

#The 25-year-old opened the competition by taking the 60m in 6.90 seconds for 918 points and followed that with a second place in the long jump with 7.24m for 871 points (1,789 total), second in the shot put with 13.71m for 711 points (2,500 total) and cleared 2.08m for the victory in the high jump for 878 points to close out day one on Friday with a 3,378 total.

#On Saturday, he came back and took the 60m hurdles in 7.93 for 999 points, pushing his total to 4,377. He also won the pole vault with 4.77m for 840 points (5,217 total) and completed the competition in the 1,000m in a time of 2:54.83 for fourth place with 716 points for his final tally.

#His nearest rival, Cade Amborn of Wisconsin, finished with 5,478 points.

#“I was planning to score that high because I just made a move to change with this coach and we were working on a few things to get better in the pole vault and the long jump,” said Mullings, who is training with Petro Kyprianou.

#“I was stuck for a while in those events, so after getting in some training, we just decided to go for the heptathlon and I ended up coming out with a bunch of PRs (personal best) performances. I wasn’t really expecting it, but I scored really high in the meet.”

#Mullings, who is still training locally with Ednal Rolle, said he was shocked from his PR in the 60m as he improved on his previous best of 7.13. But he said the biggest shocker for him came in the pole vault because he didn’t have the poles to extend his performance over the higher heights.

#“We went into this meet for a workout and I ended up coming out with at least five PRs, so that was a shocker,” Mullings said.

#“I really didn’t know what to expect, but I knew based on my training, I would be performing very well.”

#Mullings, however, said he would only be competing in some individual events, but he won’t do another heptathlon indoors.

#He said his focus will now be placed on the decathlon where he will attempt to qualify for the various international meets this summer, including his second World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, August 19-27.

#“I want to get stronger and more explosive as I get ready for Worlds,” he said. “This is just a taste of what to expect as I continue to get any type of coaching outside of the Bahamas.”

#Mullings, whose national decathlon record is 7,866m that he set at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, July 23-24, also thanked strongwoman Aymara Albury for her assistance in his training prior to heading off to Illinois.

Rockets knock off Giants 87-73, Express roll past Eagles 75-53

As of Monday, January 30, 2023

#THE Discount Distributors Liquors Rockets and the Produce Express both had a big night on Saturday at the AF Adderley Gymnasium as the New Providence Basketball Association continued its regular season.

#While the Rockets knocked off the TMT Giants 87-73 in the division one feature game, the Express rolled past the RC Liquors Eagles 75-53.

#In Friday’s action, the Caro Contractors Shockers shocked the Tucker Boys 71-63 in the division one feature contest, while the Rebels won by default over the BIBT Great Whites.

#Rockets 87, Giants 73: Livingstone Munnings exploded for a game high 34 points with 17 rebounds, four blocked shots and a pair of assists and steals to pace the Discount Distributors to victory.

#Roosevelt Whylly had 15 points, 13 rebounds and three assists, Dion McPhee added 10 points with six rebounds and five assists and Abel Joseph chipped in with nine points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

#For TMT, Daniel Hall had 25 points with six rebounds, Brian Jennings had 14 points and eight rebounds, Randy Miller had 12 points and nine rebounds; Ujamma Johnson had nine points and D’Angelo Mackey chipped in with eight points.

#Express 75, Eagles 53: Maleak Johnson came up with 16 points and eight rebounds to pace the Produce Express.

#Rumalo Ellis had 13 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals and Dion Brown had 12 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal. Both Randy Blanfort (10 rebounds and two steals) and Rasean Minns (five rebounds and three blocks) added seven points.

#Cornelius Rigby had 15 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two assists to pace RC Liquors in the loss. Lorenzo Riley also had 15 points with six rebounds, four assists and as many steals; Mark Sawyer had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals and Devon Seymour added eight points.

#Shockers 71, Tucker Boys 63: Horris McKenzie (seven rebounds) and Rameno King (126 rebounds and five block shots) both scored 14 points to pace Caro Contractors to victory.

#Dominique Fernander (eight rebounds) and Spurgeon Johnson (even rebounds) both had 11 and William Rigby contributed 10 points with nine rebounds, four steals and three assists.

#In a losing effort, Leon Bain scored 25 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists; Kieran Mortimer had 12 points and 120 rebounds; Clayton Tucker nine points and five rebounds and Randon Swaby eight with 15 rebounds, three assists and as many steals.



#7pm – Your Essential Store vs Mekaddish Millionaires (DII).

#8pm – Tuckers Boys vs Discount Distributors Rockets (D1).

#Wednesday – 7pm – Discount Distributors Rockets vs Cyber Tech (DII).

#8 pm Commonwealth Bank Giants vs Zulu Media Marketing (D1).


#7 pm Produce Express vs BIBT Great Whites (DII).

#8 pm Leno Regulators vs Sands Dollar (D1).


#7 pm BIBT Great Whites vs Your Essential Store (DII).

#8 pm TMT Giants vs University of the Bahamas (D1).

Track, field athletes Robynn, Charisma take spotlight

As of Monday, January 30, 2023




#Senior Sports Reporter

#WHILE Robynn Rolle-Curry inked her name on another record-breaking performance on the track, Charisma Taylor soared high to victory in the women’s triple jump on the field as the duo led a list of Bahamians in action over the weekend for their respective colleges and universities.

#UND Open

#After lowering Minnesota State University at Moorhead’s record in the women’s 400 metres twice in two weeks, Curry-Rolle dropped down to the 200m where she posted another school record in the 200m on Saturday at the UND Open at the North Dakota High Performance Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

#Her winning time was 24.59. Also in the event was Angel Pratt of North Dakota State, who was fourth in 25,04. Pratt, however, was entered in the 400m where she placed seventh in 58.07. The winning time of 56.37 was done by Cerington Jones of South Dakota State.

#Rolle-Curry also competed in the 60m where she was fifth in the preliminaries in 7.76, but she didn’t come back for the final that was won by North Dakota State in 7.50.

#On the field, Daejha Moss, competing for North Dakota State as well, won the women’s high jump with a leap of 5-3 ¾ (1.62m). Pratt was fourth in the long jump with her best of 18-2 ½ (5.55m). The winning leap was 19-7 (5.97m) by Grace Emineth of North Dakota State.

#Grand Bahamian Shaquiel Higgs was fourth in the men’s 60m final in 7.00. The winning time was 6.95 by Drew Olson of South Dakota. Higgs had the fifth fastest qualifying time of 7.09 and team-mate Shyrone Kemp was 13th overall in 7.16.

#Kemp picked up a victory on the field in the men’s long jump with his best leap of 23-feet, 8 ½-inches or 7.22 metres.

#In the 200m, Higgs was ninth overall in 22.50 and team-mate Kendrick Major was 11th in 22.54. Jacob Levin of North Dakota State won the event in 21.89. Higgs also contested the 60m hurdles, but only did the preliminaries where he had the third fastest time of 8.75. He did not contest the final.

#Ty Dawkiins, also from Grand Bahama, was eighth in the men’s 400m in 50.29. The winning time was 47.39 by Jacob Rodin from North Dakota State.

#Clemson Bob Pollock Invitational

#Charisma Taylor, leading a field of sprinters at the Clemson Bob Pollock Invitational, produced a winning leap of 45-feet, 6 ¾-inches in the women’s triple jump on Saturday. Her nearest rival was Makenzy Mizera of Liberty with41-3 ¾ (12.59m).

#Charlton also had the sixth fastest qualifying time of 8.26 in the preliminaries of the women’s 60m hurdles. She came back in the final for second in 8.10 as Rosealee Cooper of Miss State won in 8.07. Javonya Valcourt of Tennessee posted a winning time of 53.67 in the women’s 400m. Her nearest rival was Maya Singletary of Charlotte in 54.04. Valcourt competed in the 200m as well on Saturday where she was 21st overall in 24.51. Kayla White, representing Nike, won the event in 22.63.

#Wanya McCoy of Clemson had the fastest qualifying time of 6.69, but he had to settle for second in the final in 6.66. Alex Lang of North Carolina State took the title in 6.61. McCoy came back in the 200m on Saturday and ended up third in 20.70. Javonte Harding of Tennessee won the event in 20.60. Emmanuel Brnum, also of Tennessee, was second in 20.69.

#Texas Tech Invitational

#Two Bahamians clashed in the men’s 60m hurdles with Texas Tech’s freshman Antoine Andrews getting the better of the matchup against Ohio State’s junior Oscar Greene. Andrews got second in the race in 7.77 behind Darius Luff, a junior at Nebraska, in 7.70. Greene was fourth in 7.87. Smith and Greene was set to compete in another 60m hurdles, but this time, Smith didn’t compete as Greene got fourth in 7.91 with Luff taking the top time in 7.66. Andrews, however, took the top qualifying time in another 60m hurdles in 7.91.

#In another men’s 60m hurdles, Shakeem Smith, representing the Bahamas, finished third in 7.97 behind winner Tyrin Lewis of UNAT West Texas A&M, who won in 7.87 with Taylor Rooney of UNAT Texas Tech second in 7.95. Smith also placed fourth in the men’s 60m in 6.95. The winning time was 6.64 by Benjamin Azamati of UNAT West Texas A&M,

#Also on the track, Adrian Curry, a senior at Ohio State, clocked 21.86 to win his heat, but was placed 39th overall. Carey also got third in his heat of the qualifying round of the men’s 60m in 6.85 for 27th place as Ian Myers, a freshman at Auburn, took the top spot in 6.69. And on the field, Shaun Miller Jr, as junior at Ohio State, was fifth overall in the men’s high jump with 7-2 ¼ (2.20m). Omamuyovwi Erhire, a junior at Texas Tech, won with 7-3 ¾ (2.23m).

#Razorback Invitational

#At the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Anthaya Charlton, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, was fifth in the women’s long jump with a personal best leap of 20-7 (6.27m). The winning leap was 21-9 ½ (6.64m) by Jasmine Moore, a junior at Florida.

#Charlton also got eighth in the finals of the women’s 60m in 7.49 with McKenzie Long, a senior at Ole Miss, taking the tape in 7.28. In the preliminaries, Charlton was the eighth fastest qualifying time in 7.46. Long had the fastest time of 7.27.

#Megan Moss, a junior at Kentucky, was third in her heat, but 30th overall in the women’s 400m in 54.82. Her former team-mate Abby Steiner, competing for the USA, won the event in a meet record and a world-leading time of 50.59 with fellow American Shamier Little, second in 50.64.

#Commonwealth Games long jump champion LaQuan Nairn got in some speed work, competing in the men’s 60m where he had the fourth fastest qualifying time of 6.95.

#Nairn, however, didn’t contest the final that saw Tinotenda Matiyenga of Zimbabwe win in 6.75.

Atlantis basketball official launch on February


As of Monday, January 30, 2023

#THE Atlantis Basketball League’s 2023 official launch is set for February 6 at 6:30pm when there will be an opening ceremony at The Betty Cole Park. All games are open to the public and Atlantis staff for the entire season which ends April 28. Games will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30pm for the first game and 9:30pm for the final game of the day.

#Atlantis’ 2023 Basketball League is packed with 12 teams of upcoming stars that are ready to go all out for a chance to bring home the championship and bragging rights for their division. Who will be crowned the 2023 Champions of Atlantis Basketball League this year?

#When it’s all said and done, who will be the champions? Will it be Cove Impalas, Royal Towers Sharks, Dolphin Cay Assassins, Water Park Predators, Banquet Bombers, Casino Aces, Water Park Warriors, ISD Lions, Room Service Grave Diggers, Surveillance Eagles, Cascade Ballers or Housekeeping Pitbulls?

#Don’t miss this season’s lineup where we’ll find out which teams will qualify to play in the championship game on April 28 and who will ultimately walk away with the victory.

Primary school coaches get ready for basketball

NPPPSSA coaches and instructor Christian Wilmore, bending down, pose for a group shot.

NPPPSSA coaches and instructor Christian Wilmore, bending down, pose for a group shot.

As of Monday, January 30, 2023


CHRISTIAN Wilmore conducting a demonstration with coach Tito Hanna.


YVES Pierre providing some coaching tips.


CHRISTIAN Wilmore going over the rules.


#Senior Sports Reporter

#IN preparation for their basketball tournament that will start today at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, the New Providence Publics Primary School Sports Association hosted a two-day certification course.

#All 25 of the physical education teachers who participated passed the course, which was held under the auspices of the Bahamas Basketball Federation in their effort to jump start the mini-basketball programme in the country.

#“An integral part of mini basketball is not just coaching strategies, but also knowing the rules of mini basketball as they are modified from the official basketball rules to allow the kids to have fun and to develop their basketball skills.”

#“While teaching them the rules of the game, we were also impressing upon them, the modification of isolation and adaptation that they used to introduce them into their games as these rules are specific for mini basketball, ages 12-and-under.”

#During the sessions, Wilmore said they would have taken the coaches through the basic rules from the start of the game to the finish and hopefully they will be in a better position to officiate their own games, if necessary.

#Freddie Brown, the second vice president of the referees’ association, led the theoretical aspects of the session and Yves Pierre joined in with a session on coaching strategies as it relates to mini basketball.

#“Moving forward, we wish to see this implemented in all games,” he added.

#Association president Latoya Bain-Sturrup said they were thrilled to get in the sessions before they start the basketball tournament that is being held in memory of the late coach Sherman Smith. “We made history in the Bahamas, The NPPPSSA were the first to have team coaches getting certified to participate in mini basketball. “The coaches are excited after this intense level of training that we got.”

#While Wilmore, the youngest Bahamian referee to receive his international certification, closed out the two day session on Saturday at Claridge Primary School, Bain-Sturrup said they couldn’t ask for anything more than they got from the certification courses.

#The NPPPSSA used the two-day certification course to get them prepared for the tournament, at least two of the coaches were more than pleased with the knowledge they gained from the presenters.

#Eva Hilton Primary’s coach Tito Hanna, said he got a whole lot of information that he hopes to implement with his team.

#“Mr Wilmore was very precise and we certainly benefited from all that he and the other presenters imparted to them,” Hanna said. “I look forward to having some good, clean fun when the tournament is played. I hope that they will get to develop their skills, while I get to sharpen up my skills as a coach.”

#Janice Rodgers, a PE teacher at Carlton E Francis Primary, found it to be more than informative. “Basketball is not one of my strongest sports, so he simplified it so well that I feel like any young child could have understood and benefit from it. So I enjoyed it very much.”

#As the tournament gets underway, Rodgers said she’s looking to get as much knowledge as possible. “I want to see how much I can remember and implementing them,” said Rodgers, adding that Carlton E. Francis should have a very competitive team in the tournament.

#When the tournament kicks off at 9am today at the Kendal Issacs Gymnasium, only the 13 teams will compete in the girls division through Tuesday. The 23 boys teams will be in action on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, the playoffs and championship games in the two divisions will be contested. During the tournament, members of the Ministry of Health will be on hand to provide some healthy tips for the players. The NPPPSSA will also honour Smith, who coached at Carlton E Francis before he passed away in 2020 as one of the first persons, who reportedly contracted COVID-19.

New national record for Mullings

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Bahamian multi-event athlete shatters previous record by 255 points

Simba FrenchSend an emailJanuary 30, 2023 109 2 minute readFacebookTwitterLinkedInShare via Email

 Ken Mullings.

Bahamian multi-event specialist Ken Mullings lowered his own national record in the men’s indoor heptathlon at the Illini Challenge at the University of Illinois Armory in Champaign, Illinois, on Saturday.

Mullings scored a total of 5,933 points after completing all seven disciplines to shatter his old national record of 5,678 points, that was set in January 2020, by 255 points. Mullings, who competed unattached, won that event as he took down the rest of the field – 11 competitors. It was his season opener, and lists him as number six on the World Athletics top list for 2022/2023.

The former University of The Bahamas (UB) athlete never dropped in the standings, leading from start to finish. The indoor events included the men’s 60 meter (m) dash, the men’s long jump, the shot put, the high jump, the 60m hurdles, the pole vault and the 1000m. He had a personal best in six of those events.

In the 60m dash, Mullings clocked 6.90 seconds to get the win and 918 points. It was the first time he went under the seven-second mark. Mullings went on to set a personal best in the long jump when he leaped 7.24m (23’ 9”) to secure 871 points and a second-place finish in that event.

Mullings crossed the 13m mark in the shot put event for the first time. He almost reached the 14m mark when he posted a distance of 13.71m (44’ 11-3/4”) to finish second and picked up 711 points. Mullings cleared 2.08m (6’ 10”) in the men’s high jump and scored 878 points in that event. That was the only event in which he did not record a personal best.

Mullings scored 999 points in the 60m hurdles in which he set a personal best of 7.93 seconds. He had another personal best at the meet when he cleared 4.77m (15’ 7-3/4”) in the men’s pole vault competition, scoring 840 points. In the 1000m, Mullings finished fourth, clocking 2:54.83. He scored 716 points in that event.

The multi-event athlete made history last year becoming the first Bahamian to compete in the men’s decathlon at a world championships event. He finished 17th place overall at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, in the men’s decathlon, finishing with 7,866 points which topped the previous national record of 7,734 points which he set in June 2021

Athletes qualify for CARIFTA at Red-Line meet

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The Nassau GuardianSend an emailJanuary 30, 2023 121 2 minute readFacebookTwitterLinkedInShare via Email

 There were a number of fantastic performances at the 3rd Annual Oaktree Sonja Knowles Track Classic, that was hosted by the Red-Line Athletics Track and Field Club at the original Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium this past weekend. A couple more athletes qualified for the 2023 CARIFTA Games. DANTE CARR

As the 2023 CARIFTA Games draws closer, more Bahamian athletes continue to put their best foot forward, looking to achieve the CARIFTA qualifying standards. This weekend, two more athletes reached a standard at the 3rd Annual Oaktree Sonja Knowles Track Classic that was hosted by the Red-Line Athletics Track and Field Club at the original Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.

At the windy two-day meet, sprinters Shatayla Dorsett and Shayann Demeritte went under the respective standards in their age groups. Dorsett achieved the mark in the under-20 girls 100 meters (m) dash while Demeritte did it in the under-17 girls 100m.

Dorsett, who was on the CARIFTA team last year for the same event, clocked a time of 11.84 seconds to win her heat. The Kenyan Knights sprinter out of Grand Bahama went under the qualifying time of 11.90 seconds.

The preliminaries of that race saw two other sprinters go under the time, but their performances were wind-aided. They were Fast Forward’s Jamiah Nabbie who ran 11.77 seconds and Star Elite’s Amari Pratt who clocked 11.81 seconds. Both were in the fourth heat which had a wind-aided reading of 2.8 meters per second (mps). For a time to be legal in the short sprints, the reading cannot exceed 2.0 mps.

The final had the same wind reading as Nabbie and Pratt’s heat. Nabbie won that race in a time of 11.67 seconds, Dorsett was second when she clocked 11.73 seconds and Pratt came in third in 11.76 seconds.

Swift Athletics’ Demeritte finished with the fastest time in the under-17 girls 100m preliminaries when she clocked 12.10 seconds to win the first heat. That time was enough to go under the CARIFTA standard of 12.20 seconds. Also making the qualifying time but having a wind-aided performance was the host club’s Darvinique Dean in 12.14 seconds. The wind reading in her race was a massive 6.5 mps.

In a wind-aided final, Demerritte powered through for the victory in 12.07 seconds. Dean was second in 12.18 seconds and Dean’s teammate Bayli Major finished third in 12.47 seconds.

Andrew Brown, who ran unattached, ran a strong race in the under-17 boys 400m as he dipped under the 50-second mark with a time of 49.41 seconds in the final. However, it was short of the CARIFTA qualifying standard of 49.14 seconds. The 15-year-old, who turns 16 tomorrow, left spectators without any doubt that he was chasing the standard. He led all the way and even pushed more in the final 80 meters of the race but was unable to achieve the time.

Brown ran 50.24 seconds in the preliminaries.

The Bahamas Speed Dynamics’ Branden Mackey was second in the final with a time of 52.97 seconds. Finishing third behind him was the T-Bird Flyers’ George Nottage who ran 53.11 seconds.

It was a quick race in the under-20 boys 100m final with four athletes going under the CARIFTA standard of 10.60 seconds but it was wind-aided. Swift Athletics’ Carlos Brown Jr. won that race with a time of 10.19 seconds. Bahamas Speed Dynamics’ Adam Musgrove clocked 10.21 seconds to place second and DTSP Wolf Pack’s Jeremiah Adderley and Swift Athletics’ Samalie Farrington both clocked 10.54 seconds to finish tied for third. The race was barely over the allowable limit with a wind reading of 2.5 mps.

The CARIFTA Games is set to be held at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium April 8-10. The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) CARIFTA Trials is set for March 25-27 at the national stadium.

ArawakX comes on board as stock exchange partner of CARIFTA

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 Crowdfunding platform ArawakX has been brought on by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 2023 CARIFTA Games as the stock exchange partner of the event.

With about 70 days remaining before the start of the 50th CARIFTA Games, crowdfunding platform ArawakX joins the CARIFTA family as the stock exchange partner. The Local Organizing Committee of the games (LOC) is moving full steam ahead in ensuring the region can come together at their own level of financial comfort and support the young athletes for the upcoming event.

ArawakX, as the newest partner, will enable supporters throughout The Bahamas, the Caribbean region, the Americas, and globally, become a partner in their own right to sponsor the upcoming event and donate directly to the operations and success of this anticipated event.

ArawakX believes that all types of people should have an opportunity to invest in companies they believe in and share in their success. To this end, they have positioned themselves to enable everyone to invest in these upcoming event. Their platform will allow everyone to show support for one of the most positive annual events that enable young athletics to showcase their athletic gifts to the world.

Presently, ArawakX has raised approximately $2.4 million for companies

 looking to grow and expand. They invite companies and startups, who have a desire to have a more impactful effect on the development of the region, through commerce and capital building, to reinvest back into their local communities and economies.

According to co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of ArawakX D’Arcy Rahming Jr., track and field is a movement that has changed so many lives and needs to be supported.

“We are really our best selves when track and field athletes are winning and performing. We are happy to provide the technology and support for what will be the best CARIFTA Games.”

The 50th CARIFTA Games LOC is determined to ensure everyone is able to support the success of this pivotal event.

Along with ArawakX, Tropical Gyros, Sawyer’s Studios, S&B Consultancy and DasQuay Entertainment were represented and present to sign as partners in support of the upcoming CARIFTA Games.

Chef Kevin Culmer, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tropical Gyros, expressed gratitude for the opportunity athletics gave him, with the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Relays in 2015 being the platform that helped him launch Tropical Gyros and for it to become the success it is today.

“I think it is important as Bahamian small businesses to jump on and assist,” he said.

Culmer spoke about ensuring that we work together to help build the communities which have given so much to us.

Charles Sawyer of Sawyer’s Studios spoke about how the community gave him a second chance when he had lost his way as a young man. He feels strongly that anything positive that can help promote wellness in our youth is to be supported.

“I thought it would be important to make a sacrifice and make sure someone else has an opportunity to move forward in sports, particularly, track and field,” he said.

Sawyer spoke about ensuring to take an opportunity to sow into others and to ensure they can do the same for others.

“When we get opportunities, the thing is not to be selfish. Whatever you sow will come back to you. Sow good seeds and it will come back to you,” he said.

Remarks and thanks were given by LOC CEO Lynden Maycock, Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) President Drumeco Archer, North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) President Mike Sands, LOC Chairman Harrison Thompson, and LOC Honorary Dame Pauline Davis-Thompson.

Tickets will be available soon to be purchased on the 2023 CARIFTA Games website, or at the CARIFTA Games box office at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. For more information, persons can visit the website, send an e-mail to or call 808-Gold (4683). Interested persons can also follow the CARIFTA Games progress on its social media platforms @carifta2023.

Riley has ‘great experience’ at Korn Ferry tournament



As of Friday, January 27, 2023


#Senior Sports Reporter

#IT wasn’t the performance he anticipated, but Cameron Riley said he was thrilled to have been afforded the opportunity to participate in his first Korn Ferry tournament.

#In the last of the two tournaments played in The Bahamas, Riley failed to make the cut in the Great Abaco Classic that was played this week at the Abaco Club in Abaco.

#“It was a great experience at the Abaco Golf Club,” Riley said. “I’m really thankful to the Bahamas Professional, Golf Association, bdGlobal Sports and the Korn Ferry Tour for bringing on such a great event and for having me participate in the event.

#“It was an eye opener for me, seeing that level of competition and seeing the weakness of my game. I came back the second day and turned in a respectful round, but the first day really threw me off course.”

#Despite his results, Riley said he enjoyed himself and he will definitely be back for another shot at it when the tour returns to The Bahamas in 2024.

#The Great Abaco Classic followed the Great Exuma Classic that kicked off the Korn Ferry’s 2023 Tour at the Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course where Devaughn Robinson also missed the cut.

#The 23-year-old Riley, using his long-time Florida A&M Rattler team-mate and close college friend Mahindra Lutchman as his caddie, said he just has to believe in his ability to play at this level of competition.

#“Even though they might have more resources and access to certain places and things to get better, just knowing that my game is on the same level as their own, the only thing missing was a little more experience, was just a confidence booster for me.

#“It showed that I can go out there and compete with these guys as well. I know I have been putting in the work and doing the right things, so in due time, I know everything will fall into place. I just have to keep grinding and keep my head up and trust in God, who put me in this position in the first place.”

#Acknowledging that he knows “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, Riley said it will take some time for him to get to the level of the top competitors in the tournament, but as long as he stays committed and dedicated, he feels he can do it.

#Looking back at his performance in the tournament, Riley said he knew exactly what went wrong.

#“My driver got me in trouble this week,” he pointed out. “Each time I was hitting it, I wasn’t hitting it as normally do. I hit a lot of trees and hazards. I just needed to correct that because the other parts of my game were solid.

#“No one’s ever perfect and you can’t ever be perfect in the game of golf, but a lot of my strength is my driver. I usually hit it far and straight, but a lot of shots went far, but they were not straight.”

#As long as he can stay consistent, which he feels will come with a little more experience, Riley said he will be a force to reckon with.

#“That’s what I need to work on.” he proclaimed. “That driver got me in a lot of trouble.”

#Riley will go back to the drawing board and prepare for his next tournament on the APG Tour season where he will be heading to Palm Strings, Florida in the middle in February. He might play in another tournament at the beginning of February.

#“In golf, it’s hard to have a set schedule because some events take precedence over others and so it takes some adjustments,” he said. “I think I will mostly play the first APG Tournament and then play a number of tournaments on the schedule that will run through to November.

#“Whatever opportunity comes in between, I will take advantage of it. So, I’m excited about it. I’m looking forward to it.”

#While this was Riley’s first time playing in the Korn Ferry Tour, this is his second year on the APG Tour.

#“I played very well last year,” Riley said.

#“I placed 15th on the points list, so I played pretty well on that, but the Korn Ferry is a step up from there and so I have some work to do there, but I’m very comfortable playing on the APG Tour.”

#Having been treated like royalty, Riley said he’s still flabbergasted about the Korn Ferry Tour, which he felt was the best event he’s participated in so far.

#“It was just such as great honour to represent my country, The Bahamas, at the tournament too,” he summed up.

#Riley also got a chance to team up with about four players on the tour as they hosted a golf clinic for residents of Exuma on Saturday.

#“Seeing the light bulb go off in their heads, showed that there’s a lot of potential for the game in the future,” he said.

#“I went to the beach that night and I saw some of the kids practicing their swing. That just made me so excited to see what the future holds for The Bahamas.

#“It was a heartwarming experience for me.

#“I loved every moment of it.”

#No doubt, he only wished his scores were much better than they were.

#Riley, coming of his collegiate experience two years ago, helped FAMU to some of its best results as they captured their first MEAC championship in school history and surged into the NCAA Regionals in 2021. Riley won the BCGCA HBCU Invitational with rounds of 69-69 to finish -4.

#He finished fourth in the APGA Collegiate Ranking as one of four Rattlers in the top five, earning entry into Advocates Pro Golf Association (APGA) events this summer and to the Korn Ferry Qualifying Tournament that fall.

Veteran marathoner to raise funds for MD Patient Navigation

As of Friday, January 27, 2023


EBBIE Jackson




#Senior Sports Reporter

#Veteran marathoner Ebbie Jackson wants to do all she can to help raise funds to assist those dealing with cancer.

#This weekend, Jackson, a 16-year survivor of cancer, will be competing in the half marathon of the Life Time Miami Marathon and Half before she heads off to Toyko to compete in another marathon. She will then travel to Boston in April.

#She has teamed up with Melissa Major, a 21-year survivor of Non- Hodgkins Lymphoma, who has formed the MD Patient Navigation, which is designed to help survivors and caregivers on the challenges associated with life during and after cancer treatment.

#Over the course of the year, Major will host a series of community survivorship events and programmes, including;

  • #A No Survivor Alone series that will take place on the first and third Saturday of every month.
  • #A survivorship online meetup where survivors can meet on Zoom or Google.
  • #A meet the expert quarterly panel discussion for local experts to provide relevant information from prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and support, to end-of-life care.
  • #A Cancer Symposium that will feature internationally renowned clinicians, scientists, researchers, and health professionals presenting and discussing the latest evidence and perspectives on issues at the intersection of diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer risk and survivorship.
  • #A Monitoring and Evaluation programme or event that will be followed with an evaluation and report with a view to improving future programmes, events, or financial performance.

#Jackson is encouraging persons to join her by donating any amount starting from $6, to any amount that contains the number six, to the fund that will assist Major in achieving all of her goals during the year. In return, Jackson will be competing in a series of marathons that will be earmarked towards the MD Patient Navigation.

#“The purpose of doing these marathons is to raise money for the programme,” said Jackson, an ophthalmologist by profession, who operates Palmdale Vision Centre.

#“We know that just about every family has been affected by someone who is afflicted with cancer and so we just want to help ease the burden.”

#On the same day as the marathon on Sunday, Ebbie and her husband Theodore Jackson will be celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary as the happy couple begin their quest to start the year long drive to assist the programme.

#While she’s not a competitive runner, Major said she supports Jackson every step of the way in her endeavours and, together, they have joined hands to encourage persons to give back to any charitable organisation.

#“I’ve already done over 20 marathons and almost that same amount of half marathons,” said Jackson. “It’s now my life and if I do it for a worthy cause, then I’m all for it.”

#Persons wishing to assist the MD Patient Navigation can contact Major at 242-557-1693, or email melissa@ They can view her programme on the website www.

#Major has advanced her cause by working with notable experts in their field including Susan Roberts, the founder of the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, the late Dr. John A. Lunn who contributed to medical research and advancing health care in The Bahamas, the former US Ambassador Ned L. Siegel co-founder of the Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative Foundation, Dr. Steven Narod a world-leader in the field of breast and ovarian cancer and the team of local Oncologist in the Bahamas.

#She is a member of The Bahamas Country team for the development of a National Cancer Registry and the development of a National Cancer Control Plan. Committee lead for the Healthy Bahamas Coalition Cancer Awareness under the Ministry of Health. Melissa’s current memberships include – The Alliance for Professional Health Advocates and Academy of Oncology Nursing Navigators (AONN), Florida Oncology Navigators Network and Komen Navigation Nation.

#Major is a mentor and wellness authority who works with individuals to help them with food and lifestyle changes. She holds several certifications from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, American Association of Christian Counsellors, Reiki Shoden Practitioner and Mad Dogg Athletics. She is also a 2015 Bahamian Icon Award Nominee for Humanitarianism.