SINCE the formation of the Equestrian Bahamas after the defunct of the BANEF, president Catherine Ramsingh-Pierre and her executive team have been working arduously to make the sport one of the more vibrant ones in the country.
While they have seen the return of sports around the world, with and without fans in most cases, local sporting bodies are trying to find out exactly when they can resume their activities.
AFTER the summer camp was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic, Terrance ‘Red Eye’ McSweeney and his Diamond Basketball Development will resume a Saturday training session for girls in honour of the late Jonique ‘Mini’ Webb. Starting on Saturday and continuing through Saturday, December 10 at the Hope Center, under the theme: “Missed, but not forgotten,” McSweeney said he will conduct free lessons for female basketball players in the private and public schools between the ages of 5-11 years between the hours of 9am and noon.
PRO basketball leagues across Europe have tipped off their regular seasons and several Bahamian players were active in their respective teams’ debut. Both Domnick Bridgewater and Kentwan Smith got off to winning starts in France’s Nationale Masculine 2 (NM2) League. Bridgewater led Sapela Basket 13 to an early 2-0 record and recorded another double double.He finished with 19 points and 10 assists in a 90-74 win over Le Cannet Cote d’Azur Basket.
MARK St Fort looks to make the most of what could be a limited tenure with his new club in Japan. St Fort recently said the deal with SeaHorses Mikawa of the Japanese B-League was an unexpected opportunity due to restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on import players.
DOMINIC Demeritte, the last athlete to win the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Indoor Championships’ 200 metres, is now the latest Bahamian to enter the track and field coaching ranks at an American college - a role he relishes with enthusiasm. Last week, Jayme Pendergast, the director of athletics at Life University, announced the appointment of the 1995 St John’s College graduate to the position of leader of the men’s cross country and men’s track and field programme in Marietta, Georgia.
“Jazz” Chisholm and the Miami Marlins head into the final week of the Major League Baseball regular season in playoff contention. Despite a 15-0 loss to the Washington Nationals last night in the series finale at Marlins Park, the Marlins went 9-6 over the course of their 15-game homestand which began September 10. Miami won game one of yesterday’s double header 2-1.
BAHAMIAN national team player Mark St Fort has progressed to the highest level of basketball in Japan for the upcoming 2020-21 season. St Fort recently agreed to a deal with SeaHorses Mikawa of the Japanese B-League. He spent last season in the country’s third division, the B3-League with the Saitama Broncos, where he averaged 17.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The B3-League has eleven teams made up of de facto semi-professional teams.
SAM Rodgers Sr was returned unopposed as the president of the Bahamas Baseball Association. At the end of the nomination period on Friday at 5pm, Rodgers Sr went in by acclamation and was joined by his entire slate of officers, who all were not opposed.
DESPITE her season’s best for ninth place as her Jamaican training partner Elaine Thomson-Herah posted a world-leading time, Bahamian sprinter Anthonique Strachan said she was pleased with her 2020 debut in Europe in the COVID-19 atmosphere. At the 40th edition of the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, the Italian leg of the Wanda Diamond League, which took place in the Olympic Stadium in Rome on Thursday, Strachan finished in a dead heat in the women’s 100 metres in a season’s best of 11.42 seconds, the same time as eighth place finisher Marije Van Hunenstijn of the Netherlands.
Although they got delayed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bahamas Olympic Committee President Romell Knowles said they are now surging full steam ahead for the 2020 Olympic Games.
MAJOR League Baseball’s regular season is near its conclusion and with just weeks left to play to decide playoff positioning, both Bahamians in the big leagues could appear in the postseason. Both Jazz Chisholm’s Miami Marlins and Antoan Richardson’s San Francisco Giants are currently in line to earn playoff berths in the MLB’s new 16-team playoff format.
WITH the way the landscape of sports is shaping up around the world in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Bahamas Olympic Committee president Romell Knowles is calling for the formation of a commission to assist local student-athletes. When the BOC hosts their next board meting next week, Knowles is expected to introduce a proposal for the country’s top sporting organisation to provide $10,000 to assist with the administration of the commission, once it is formed.
It has been a year of achievements for Bahamas Equestrian. This summer the National Equestrian Federation achieved another milestone by expanding its youth scholastic riding programme to partner with the US-based Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and become the first international regional affiliate in the IEA’s history.
The Bahamas’ sports tourism product continues to suffer from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic with several major events on the local calendar relocated or postponed. The latest casualties were Complete Sport Management’s Battle 4 Atlantis presented by Bad Boy Mowers and bd Global’s Islands of the Bahamas Showcase. Both events will be relocated to respective locations in the United States.