The Grand Bahama Secondary School Athletic Association Norris Bain/Marvin Rolle High School Track and Field Championships was the talk of the town this past week.
This past Saturday (February 18) a special guest paid the Grand Bahama Sports Complex a visit on an unofficial trip to the ‘Second City.’
Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ president, Rosamunde Carey, took in some of the races that took place that afternoon.
This daily, briefly, caught up with the president.
Carey, who enjoyed the 1,500 meter races particularly, voiced that she enjoyed the atmosphere and the crowd participation thoroughly.
She added that it was also encouraging with Open Nationals set take place in Grand Bahama this June.
“I’m excited in what I see … I like the fan base that I see out here, I like the excitement from them. We’re bringing Open Nationals here to Grand Bahama so we’re looking for this type of excitement to cheer our athletes on to keep moving, keep them focused to really put in the times.”
As far the athletes go and her observation of the races, she concluded that the competition seems to be on the same landscape with the competition in the capital. It also boosted her confidence in the National Junior Teams moving forward.
“What I see out here is on par with what I see in Nassau. So when I see these athletes and when I see where they are, what they’ve accomplished and the times they’re running; I’m excited for CARIFTA (April 14-17) and for our National Junior Teams.
“CARIFTA is going to be an awesome experience. You know that CARIFTA in Curacao, we are going to be accepting the flag because we are going to be having CARIFTA in 2018. So, I’m pleased with what I’m seeing. I know we are going to have a very strong team going to CARIFTA in 2017.”
The Bahamas High School Track and Field Nationals are fast approaching, with March 9 – 11 as the dates announced for the Meet at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in New Providence. With another event and another chance to look at the pool of junior talent ahead of the CARIFTA Trials (March 31-April 1), Carey is hopeful to see steady improvement.
“I’m hoping to see steady improvement. I know there were some injuries from some other schools, so I’m thinking that at High School Nationals it’s going to be a whole different kettle of fish; because we’re going to have the strong athletes from Grand Bahama with the athletes in Nassau.
“So we’re going to have a strong rivalry of really good competition. I know we’re going to have some very good times and we’re going to have some qualifiers come out of High School Nationals. CARIFTA trials is going to be the climax, so we’re looking forward to that.”
Published Friday, February 24, 2017