#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2021 – A small swim club, with a delegation including six young athletes made strong ripples in the pool in The Bahamas and has charted a new course for Turks and Caicos competitive swimming; the Fox Foundation in Nassau, was a large part of helping it to happen.
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Fox Foundation of Nassau; they put us up in comfortable accommodations and ensured our Marlins could continue their school work and remain in touch with the families back in Providenciales with Wi-Fi included for the month we were in Nassau,” said a beaming Coach Lenin Hamilton.
In the final meet of the month long escape for competitive training and CARIFTA qualifying swim meets, the four boys and two girls banked a record number of personal bests, won top performance trophies and heaped up top finishes.
“I am extremely proud of these guys and it shows that swimming in a pool and swimming against faster kids it helped everybody with time improvements.”
Coach Lenin Hamilton is driving the message that the Turks and Caicos has amazing and untapped talent in the sport of swimming; citing that the absence of a public access pool to develop young people in the sport is a missed opportunity and disservice to the youth.
The February jaunt included the coaches three children; Lenin Junior, Lenika and Lenia Hamilton; Mateo Gardiner, 13; Jayden Davis, 11 and Tajhari Williams, 13 who dominated to make CARIFTA qualifying times in five events.
“Tajhari Williams went all out crazy qualifying in five events during this swim meet. In the 50m free he qualified, in the 100m back he qualified; the 100m free he qualified; the 50m back he qualified and the 200m backstroke, he qualified for CARIFTA,” said the coach in an update.
Tajhari Williams, 13 got the high point trophy and placed first in his age group. Williams’ performance: Sixth in the 50m free; first in 100m back with PB; Fifth in the 100m free, with PB; first in 100m free, PB; second in 50m backstroke and first in 200m backstroke and PB.
Eleven-year old LJ finished second in his age group in the 9th Annual Leno Barracuda Invitational Swim Meet held February 20, 2021 at the Betty Kelly–Kenny National Swim Complex. Lenin Hamilton missed high point trophy by two points and was the runner up placing third in 50m free; first in 100m back; second in 100m free; second in 50m back; first in 200m free and first in 50m breast
Jayden Davis, also 11-years old earned top spots in his races as well: Second in the 50m free; first in the 50m fly; fourth in the 100m free; second in the 100m fly; third in the 200m free and in the 50m breast stroke, Jayden placed ninth.
Mateo Gardiner, 13 entered competition and finished with: 9th in the 50m free; sixth in the 50m fly; sixth in the 100m breaststroke and 12th in the 50m breast.
Leniah Hamilton, 7-years-old had a stand out showing with a second place in the 50m fly; fourth in the 100m free; seventh in 50m backstroke; third in 50m breaststroke; second place in the 100m breast and seventh position in 50m freestyle swim.
Lenika Hamilton, 9-years-old was described as “graceful in the water” and earned a first in the 50m fly; fifth in 100m free; third in the 50m back, 16th in the 50m breast; 12th in the 100m breast and a fifth place spot in 50m free.
TCI Aquatics Swim Clubs is one of the few in the Turks and Caicos Islands; it is run by a family of swimmers who are native to both The Bahamas and TCI with lead coach, Lenin Hamilton. The team is now returned to Providenciales Turks and Caicos; one can find coach Hamilton training the team, coaching new talent, teaching new swimmers and running an adult swim program off the popular Rickie’s Flamingo Café on Grace Bay Beach.
Grand Bahama to be CARGO HUB, as Bahamas & Qatar ink MOU
#TheBahamas, September 29, 2023 – With moves to deepen ties, governments of The Bahamas and Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify agreements in principle surrounding the development of aviation and other related services.
This is according to Chester Cooper, The Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in a Facebook post.
This comes after The Bahamas Government in a press release on September 24th, revealed that Cooper, was set to meet with the head of Qatar Airways to have talks regarding “multiple mutually beneficial aviation opportunities for both countries.”
The release also said the deputy prime minister and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation are working on “forging strategic partnerships with several Middle Eastern countries to strengthen ties to The Bahamas and the Caribbean,” and this new signing is indicative of such efforts.
Following the September 25th signing, on September 27th, Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General of Tourism for The Bahamas informed via Facebook some details of the agreement saying, “we have now established a framework for cooperation and formed strategic partnerships with Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Transport, Aviation and Investment Agencies and The Qatar Aeronautical Academy, that will benefit our country.”
Regarding further efforts for the improvement of The Bahamas, Cooper announced on Facebook again on Tuesday September 26th that both countries are working to make Nassau a passenger hub for Latin America and the Caribbean adding that talks are being held for Grand Bahama as a cargo hub.
Additionally, as the press release informed, Cooper is preparing for an on ground visit of Bahamasair domestic operations by Qatar Airways Technical team sometime in October.
CUBAN MIGRANTS DETAINED ALONG EXUMA CHAIN
Defence Headquarters 28 SEP ’23: HMBS P-45 under the command of Chief Petty Officer Acadia Smith detained a group of Cuban migrants in Cistern Cay, Exuma on September 27, 2023, due to information received from a Good Samaritan vessel in the area that handed them over to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
Members of HMBS P-45 retrieved twenty-eight (28) Cuban nationals and transported them to HMBS Coral Harbour in New Providence. All individuals appeared to be in good health and will undergo further processing and assessment by Immigration officials.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in guarding our heritage and appreciates the sharing of information and intelligence provided by the boating community to affect migrants and other unlawful interdictions at sea.
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CTO mourns the passing of former chairman Obediah Wilchcombe
#BARBADOS (September 26, 2023) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) deeply mourns the loss of distinguished Bahamian leader and former chairman of the inter-regional body, Obediah Wilchcombe.
“We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Minister Wilchcombe’s family, as well as the government and people of the Bahamas. He was a true champion for the people of the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean region,” remarked Kenneth Bryan, CTO Chairman and Minister of Tourism and Ports of the Cayman Islands.
Chairman Bryan recalled Minister Wilchcombe held the position of CTO Chairman twice (2002-2004 and 2016-2017) while serving as Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas, and contributed significantly to the advancement of sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean.
Chairman Bryan noted that the CTO plans to honor the life and legacy of “this eminent Bahamian leader” at the organization’s upcoming business meetings and the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Turks and Caicos next month.
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