Youth games connection

On Thursday, Grand Bahama was officially linked to the Commonwealth Youth Games. The island was graced by the presence of the Chief de Mission for Team Bahamas at the Commonwealth Youth Games, Derron Donaldson and his wife Grescheik. He brought a burst of energy to Grand Bahama and indicated his interest in assisting in the island being empowered within the national makeup of the Bahamas Sports Brand.

In this space previously, we spoke to the importance of the government living up to its obligation to propel Grand Bahama Sports. We applaud the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Hon. Michael Pintard for coming on island earlier than initially scheduled to be in attendance at the press conference related to the visit of the chief of The Bahamas delegation to the games.

Also present was Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works ad Grand Bahama Amateur Athletic Association (GBAAA) President Hon. Iram Lewis and Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Kwasi Thompson.

Discussions took place that should further strengthen the foundation for advancement of sports development in Grand Bahama. Donaldson is from Grand Bahama. That connection further motivates him to network on behalf of the island.

His sports portfolio includes being one of the five vice presidents of the Bahamas Olympic Committee. Donaldson expressed the intent to revisit a profound BOC relationship to Grand Bahama.

“I am fully aware of the Grand Bahama Youth Games (of a few years ago) which was related to Youth Olympics. I was supposed to lead that initiative, but had to back away because of personal commitments. I would have absolutely no problems in bringing that event back to the table.

“I am from Grand Bahama so I have a passion for the island. I believe some great things can be done here in sports. There are excellent athletes and also quality sports administrators. I would definitely like to work towards furthering the sports program in Grand Bahama,” said Donaldson.

It was inspirational for the athletes who will be representing Grand Bahama during the Commonwealth Youth Games in New Providence July 18-23. Their chief congratulated them, as did Minister Pintard and Lewis.

The occasion was refreshing and most encouraging for Grand Bahama.

The future looks bright for the island’s sports program.

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