With the World Junior Judo Championships set to be held in New Providence at the end of the month, Bahamas Judo Federation (BJF) coaches and athletes are ramping up their efforts to ensure they have a good showing at home.
The World Junior Judo Championships will be staged October 17-21 at the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Currently, there are 511 athletes from 81 countries registered to compete at the event.
In order to ensure they are competitive, the BJF has its athletes training twice a day as the competition draws near. Also, some of the athletes are living in the BJF’s athlete quarters to ensure they’re punctual for the sessions.
“The preparations have been going splendidly as we continue to ready our athletes to take on some of the best athletes in the world,” BJF President D’Arcy Rahming Sr. said.
“We know we are on the right track. We have already beaten a lot of top black belts that are coming down for the trip, so we are confident in our preparations.”
D’arcy Rahming Jr., who is in charge of the boy’s dorm, said he’s pleased with the progression the boys have made over the past few months.
“What we wanted to do is take away as much of the distractions we could for these guys,” Rahming Jr. said.
“In order for these guys to win at the next level, we have to keep them solely focused on Judo. So, we arranged for the house we stay in because we need them to lock in. We have been training very hard, and what’s special about these guys is that they are the best that we have ever trained. We are expecting a few medals this go around, but this same team will now carry us into 2020 and 2024. With the right draw and the right crowd behind them, they are guaranteed to medal.”
The female team members are Jasmine Russell (U44kg), Mya Beneby (U57kg), Raven Pennerman (U70kg), Breanna Major (U70kg) and Sasha Lightbourne (U78+).
The male team members are Jevon Bethel (U60kg), Davante Sweeting (U66kg), Desmond Bootle (U66kg), Andrew Munnings (U73kg), Desmond Bootle (U73kg), Lyle Sherman (U81kg), Desmondo Bootle (U81kg), Daleon Sweeting (U90kg) and Larry Marshall (U100kg).
Coaching the team are D’Arcy Rahming Jr., Oneysi Pons, D’Arcy Rahming, Liber Estrada, Lidisy Perez, Omri Kelly, D’Arcy Rahming and Rhadi Ferguson.