Even though this year has been filled with many ups and downs for the governing body for Olympic sports in the country, president of the organization Wellington Miller has deemed it a success.
Miller, who was re-elected to head the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) in April 2013, noted that the issues were minor problems that were quickly resolved.
He said the organization has become stronger because of those issues and looks forward to 2014.
“Like every organization, we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs but we made it through, realizing the big picture,” said Miller.
“We know that if we worked together, the common goal would have been reached, and that was putting the athletes first. This year was truly a learning one for us and filled with a lot of changes, toward the betterment of sports in the country.
“We have added some new executives and they are all working hard, especially after they were all given their assignments.
“More work will be seen next year as we prepare for the four games that are scheduled, but this year has been fantastic. We’ve had some gala events, which shows our depth.
“In July, we awarded the men with their medals that was denied at the 2000 Olympics.
“Our second event was for Sir Arlington (Butler) and the last was when we honored 40 outstanding women who have participated in sports.”
A number of coaching courses are scheduled for next year, along with promotion of recently added Olympic sports such as tae kwon do, equestrian and judo.
A Grand Bahama office is expected to be up-and-running by mid-February as the BOC looks to expand its reach in the country.
Financial assistance will be given to all Olympic sports, as the BOC tries to push more disciplines toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games. Miller said sports such as volleyball, basketball, tennis, cycling and judo will be featured more in the new year.
He applauded the efforts of the federations, and their commitment toward making the dream of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics a reality.
At the 2012 London Olympic Games, The Bahamas was represented in two sporting disciplines – swimming and athletics (track and field).
In 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Bahamians competed in tennis, swimming, boxing and athletics.