It’s time to take a look at the latest sporting news to occur this past week.
Justin Gatlin tapped
for athletics clinic
It was announced this past week that on this coming September 21-22, the On Your Mark Track and Field Expo will feature world renowned American sprinter Justin Gatlin. The American Olympic and World sprint champion will be sharing his wealth of track and field expertise with a number of aspiring athletes by detailing some of his experiences while rising to the top.
The clinic is scheduled to take place at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex.
Gatlin will be joined by Ohio State University’s Joel Brown who also serves as a sprint/hurdles coach and recruiter. Bahamian throws coach Don Johnson and jumps coach Peter Pratt will round-out the list.
“We wanted to do a preseason clinic to assist with training techniques that runners can use to improve their times, skills and so on,” Event Coordinator Davina Rutherford stated.
joins Big Blue Nation
Golden Girl Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie is on the move. This past week it was announced that the iconic Bahamian sprinter will join the University of Kentucky Wildcats’ coaching staff as an assistant coach.
According to an article published on ukathletics.com, Track and Field and Cross Country Head Coach Lonnie Greene is excited to have the Olympic gold medalist as a part of the coaching staff.
“I want to be one of the first to welcome Coach Debbie Ferguson Mackenzie to The University of Kentucky,” Greene said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in this noble profession of ours. She will bridge the gap between Coach Tim Hall and myself. I am excited for her to get started on our staff.”
Ferguson-McKenzie stated, “I’m thankful to Coach Lonnie Green and the UK administration for giving me the opportunity to work with the Wildcats.” Ferguson McKenzie said. “Being able to work within the SEC is an honor and a privilege. I want to also thank Houston and every one I worked with there. Now I’m so honored and excited to be with UK.”
Ending the season
on a high note
This past September 8 - 9, marked the final meet of the season for Olympic Champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo and World Champion high jumper Donald Thomas at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Continental Cup.
The duo contributed majorly to the Americas team’s efforts over in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Day one featured Thomas adding yet another milestone to his timeless resumé. Thomas snagged the gold for the Americas in the men’s high jump with a clearance of 2.30 meters. He bested Asia-Pacific’s Brandon Starc of Australia, who also finished at 2.30m, but on more attempts than Thomas.
As for the 24-year old dual national record holder in the 200m and 400m, Miller-Uibo finished her season undefeated with another victory in the women’s 200m. The recently crowned 200m champion of this year’s Diamond League snagged her final gold medal for the season with a time of 22.16 seconds. Europe’s Dafne Schippers (Netherlands) was left to take the silver medal, as she clocked 22.28m. Africa’s Marie-Josée Ta Lou (Ivory Coast) snagged the bronze in the time of 22.61 seconds.
Miller-Uibo also helped the America’s pick up the gold medal in the women’s 4x100m in a time of 42.11 seconds. Europe snagged the silver in 42.55 seconds, while Asia-Pacific took the bronze in a time of 42.93 seconds.
Cooper’s land spot
The Cooper’s Destroyers survived a fifth and decisive game to advance into the championship round of the Grand Bahama Amateur Softball Association Co-Ed Division’s play-offs. This past Wednesday night the Destroyers out-lasted the Immigration Enforcers 14-12.
Leon Cooper Sr. was credited with the win for the Destroyers while the Enforcers’ Jermaine Scavella was tagged with the loss.
The Destroyers are set to take on the Pat’s Uniform Reds tonight when the GBASA Championships kick off at 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex Softball Park.
Featured in the men’s division championship, also slated to begin tonight, will be the Pat’s Uniform Reds going up against the Tener’s Eleutherans. Both series will be contested best out of seven.
The Air It Out Four-on-Four Flag Football League is moving into it’s fourth season beginning October 28. The league will undergo a change of scenery in it’s fourth season, as they transition from Xanadu Beach to the Freeport Rugby Club.
Divisions include: open men’s, open ladies and a boys junior division (15-17).
“The players, they love it. Last year we threw a sweetener out there as well. Last year we played for a purse. Last year had some additional stuff as well like a stats page. This year we should have live feeds from Twitter and Instagram,” said Public Relations officer Philip Knowles.
Prize on the line
The 32nd GBPA Conchman Triathlon takes place November 3. This past Wednesday, the committee announced that the top place male and female finishers in the Olympic and Sprint events will receive round-trip tickets courtesy of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, aboard their Grand Celebration vessel.
“It’s just brilliant to have Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line on board and they have been so supportive putting on this event today,” Conchman Committee Chairman Christopher Baker expressed, “But also, they have given us eight round-trip tickets on their beautiful cruise ship, from West Palm Beach, to Freeport and back (to West Palm). These are going to the winners of the Olympic event, the sprint event and top male and female participants. The tickets will also include their partners. So it really is a generous offer that we are able to make this prize available for the winners. And I’m sure it will bring a lot more people to Grand Bahama to participate in the GBPA Conchman Triathlon.”