Coca-Cola sponsors Island Relays in Grand Bahama

As of Monday, April 3, 2023

#CARIBBEAN Bottling Company (CBC), the local producers of Coca-Cola, sponsored the inaugural Island Relays event which was held at the Grand Bahama Sports complex in Grand Bahama.

#“We are always excited to be involved in events such as this, not only to assist with the stimulation of Grand Bahama’s economy, but also to be a part of the development of future Bahamian athletes,” said Jadrian Turnquest, CBC marketing manager.

#“It is always beneficial to our up and coming Bahamian athletes when they are given a platform to compete amongst NCAA collegiate powerhouses. For CBC to be a part of this inaugural event was humbling and powerful.”

#Throughout the Island Relays weekend, Powerade and Dasani water hydrated all athletes and fans across the Grand Bahama Sports Complex.

#Marvin Henfield, who helped organise the meet, called it an “amazingly successful event.”

#While the meet was originally scheduled for 2021 to help bring some economy to Grand Bahama in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, he said he’s glad that they finally got it off the ground two years after the shutdown by COVID-19.

#Henfield said they already have 12 verbal commitments for next year with the numbers expecting to double, but he’s not sure if he’s ready to take on that many. He just wants to see where it goes because Grand Bahama pulled out all the stops to make it happen. “If there’s one word I can describe this experience here, it’s ‘hungry.’ The people here are hungry and ready to get back to work and to be gainfully employed. So we’re happy that we were able to bring a little of that to the economy here.”

#Not only did the fans, who showed up in great numbers, get to watch the visiting athletes compete against some of the members of the University of the Bahamas, they also got to see their own local high school athletes in action as many of them are preparing for the upcoming CARIFTA Games.

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