BAAA expecting stiff competition at nationals

BAAA expecting stiff competition at nationals
Philip Gray.

The Bahamas Association of Athletic Association’s (BAAA) junior and senior track and field nationals will take place this month at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, and according to BAAA Public Relations Officer Philip Gray, all of the country’s premier athletes are expected to compete.

The junior nationals are set for the weekend of June 15-16 and will serve as a qualifier for the International Association of Athletic Federation’s (IAAF) Junior World Championships, scheduled for July 10-15 in Finland, and the Youth Olympic Games, scheduled for Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 11-23.

The senior event is scheduled for June 22-23 and will serve as the qualifier for the Central American and Caribbean Games, set for Barranquilla, Colombia, July 20 to August 3, and the NACAC Senior Championships in Toronto, Canada, August 10-12.

“We are expecting all of our top athletes, both senior and junior to compete at the meet,” Gray said.

“I know that the competition is going to be fierce. We have a few friendly rivalries going on amongst some of the athletes, and I think that will help to pump up the competition.

“We have a lot of expectations for both events, and we know that the athletes, especially those that rarely get to, will enjoy competing at home and in front of the home crowd.”