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Bahamas Wins 3 Medals at Commonwealth Games

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace.

The Bahamas ranked number 24 out of the 71 countries who participated in the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland July 23rd to August 3rd, 2014. The team which comprised of some 35 athletes competed in various sporting events including track and field, swimming, wrestling, judo, boxing and cycling.

The Bahamas won 3 medals at the Commonwealth Games, two silvers captured by Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace in the Women’s 50 metre butterfly and the Men’s 4X400 relay team Latoy Williams, Michael Mathieu, Alonzo Russell and Chris Brown and a bronze in the Men’s 400 metre hurdles by Jeffrey Gibson.

(Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace made history by winning The Bahamas' first medal in swimming at the 20th Commonwealth Games.)

(The Men’s 4X400 relay team, from left to right: Chris Brown, Alonzo Russell, Michael Mathieu and Latoy Williams.)

 (Hurdler Jeffrey Gibson (far right) at medal ceremony.)

“We are very proud of our athletes. There are athletes who had superb performances, but competition in the games was very tough. Some of our athletes did personal best performances in various disciplines and we are happy for that. From now on there will be a number of the professional athletes competing in international meets and tournaments and others will be continuing their training for the Olympics in 2016,” said Mr Roy Colebrooke, Chef de Mission for Team Bahamas.

(Team Bahamas track athletes in the Athletes’ Village in Glasgow, Scotland. From left to right: Jamal Wilson 25, High jump, Teray Smith 19, 200 metres, Donald Thomas 30, High jump, Adrian Griffin 29, 100 metres and 4X100 Men’s relay.)

(20 year old Cynthia Rahming represented The Bahamas in Judo at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; she is preparing to compete in the 2016 Olympics.)

(Educator Monique Toppin with Olympian and triple jumper Leevan Sands who competed at the 20th Commonwealth Games.)

 

(Cyclist Anthony Colebrooke 18 is a member of the Generali cycling club and Jay Major 19 is a member of the JAR cycling club.)

 

Coming off the heels of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland, Mr Colebrooke says he is excited about the future talent of Team Bahamas as this is a transitional period for athletics in The Bahamas.

“There is a changing of the guard with this new group representing The Bahamas. We still have our veterans who are the backbone, but many of them have retired. Right now out of this new group we are going to see some bright stars. For a good amount of these athletes, the Commonwealth Games was their first major international competition. Many of them are professional athletes and in university doing well. We’ve also had competitors in boxing, wrestling, cycling and judo. Most people when they hear of an international competition they think track, but we have young Bahamian athletes who are refining their craft and working very hard to make a name for themselves in various other sports,” said Mr Colebrooke.

 

With the 20th Commonwealth Games taking place during the heart of the athletic season, officials believe that it was the good training ground for those athletes who are preparing for the 2016 Olympics.

 

(Lamar Delaney 26 who competed in Triple Jump at the Commonwealth Games is studying Psychology at the University of Houston and Teshon Adderley 19 competed in the 800 metres and 4X400 metres, she is a Pharmacy major at the University of Minnesota.)