Currently active users: 106

Home | Eleuthera News | All Systems go for Bahamas Team at Pan Am Games

All Systems go for Bahamas Team at Pan Am Games

Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

By SIMON LEWIS, Bahamas Information Services

Guadalajara, Mexico – All system are go for the Bahamas team scheduled to compete in the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

After meeting with the Organising Committee for more than four hours Friday,  Don Cornish, Chef de Mission for the Bahamas contingent confirmed that The Bahamas will have a 22 member athletic squad, and some 15 officials travelling with the team.

The Bahamas will be competing in Track and Field, Swimming, Boxing, Tennis and Bowling.

While Mr. Cornish spent most of Friday having the team fully registered, on Saturday he inspected the rooms and other facilities, ensuring that everything is in place for the athletes, coaches, and medical personnel.

The Government of Jalisco, Mexico spent millions of dollars ensuring that new housing facilities were constructed for the athletes as well as a new stadium for the Games.

“I visited the site in April for the preliminary meetings and I must say they did a great job getting things ready, and they are well organised,” Mr. Cornish stated.

The Bahamas squad will reside on the 18th floor of Building #1 at the Games Village. All facilities and rooms at the Village are newly constructed and built specifically for the Games, Mr. Cornish noted.

“I believe the athletes and coaches will be pleased with their accommodations and food being provided, as well as the overall sports complex,” he said.

As Chef de Mission, Mr. Cornish is being provided with a local staff and a car, a private room for meetings and entertaining, among other perks.

He noted that while The Bahamas’ contingent is smaller than usual they are a talented bunch of athletes.

“We have been well received and recognised! I get the impression that they are eager to see our team perform. It’s a good feeling. Being a small a nation as we are, when it comes to athletic competition we are recognised among the top countries in the world.  You walk around the Games Village and you hear “Hey Bahamas,” he stated.

In addition to inspecting the Track and Field Stadium, Tennis and Swim Centres on Saturday, he was able to secure room assignments for all athletes and coaches.

“I want the athletes and coaches to come here and have no headaches. I want them to come, relax and prepare themselves mentally and physically for the competition. That is why I am here early in the Games, to make sure everything is in place,” he stated.

The Pam Am Games officially gets underway on October 14th with a lavish opening ceremony and concludes October 30th with the closing ceremony.

Listed below is the full contingent representing The Bahamas. 

BAHAMAS Team Pan Am 2011


Athletes                                         Officials                                               
Adrian A. Griffith                    Kem Stuart - Team Manager
100m/4x100 Relay                Peter Pratt - Coach  
                                           Rupert Gardiner - Coach    
Jamial S. Rolle                      Ronald Cartwright-Coach
100m/ 4x1 100m                         
Christopher D. Brown
400m/4x100 Relay                 
Katrina Seymour
400m Hurdles
Ramon Miller
400m/4x400 Relay
Michael W. Mathieu
200m/4x1 Relay/4x4 Relay
Oneil Williams
Donald A. Thomas
High Jump
Laverne Eve
Javelin Throw
Petra McDonald
100m Hurdles
Wesley Neymour
4x4 Relay
Rudon Bastian
Long Jump
Rodney A. Green II
4x1 Relay
Athletes                                       Officials
Alana K. Dillette                            Lionel Moreau
100m Back/100m Butterfly/            Coach
200m Indv Med/4x1 Free/
4x2 Free/4x1 Medley
McKayla M. Lightbourne
200m Back/100m Breast/200m Breast/200m Indv Med/ 4x1 Free/4x2 Free/ 4x1 Med
Alicia Lightbourne
100m Breast/ 4x1 Free/4x2 Free/ 4x1 Med
Ariel Weech
50m Free/100m Free/4x1 Free/ 4x1 Med
Elvis V. Burrows
50m Free
Athletes                                         Official
Valentino S. Knowles                   Andre Seymour
Athletes                                        Official
Marvin S. Rolle                            Sean Cartwright
Justina Stirrup                            Monique Leary
Joanne Woodside

Chef de Mission
Don G. Cornish
Administrative Staff 
Diane Miller
Kathryn Dillette
Medical Staff
Dr. Rickey Davis
Dr. Phillip Claussen
Press Attache
Simon Lewis

Copyright, Spice Media Group, Eleuthera, Bahamas 2008-2015.
All rights reserved. Contact
Log in
For website security reasons, users must login to post a comment on an article.
Or you can Connect with Facebook

Subscribe to comments feed Comments (0 posted):

total: | displaying:

Post your comment comment

More News....

BEC Planned outage (4 hours) on Thursday in Governor's Harbour

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation in Eleuthera wishes to advise consumers in Governor’s Harbour, that their Electricity Supplies will be interrupted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 ...
Full story

Deadman’s Cay Long Island Airport is the only airport which remains closed - 5th Update

Bahamas Family Island airport openings - Department of Civil Aviation (via the Bahamas Information Services)...
Full story

Eleutherans mobilizing to help the stricken in the Central and Southern islands hit hard by hurricane Joaquin.

    Efforts by Eleutherans to help people affected by hurricane Joaquin in the central and southern islands of the Bahamian archipelago were in full force on ...
Full story

Shocking Home Invasion and Stabbing in Harbour Island

(Harbour Island, Bahamas) - Officers from the Royal Bahamas Police Force, are currently on the ground in Harbour Island in response to a home invasion ...
Full story


Coral Harbour Base 4 Oct 15. (RBDF) – Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines left family and friends today to help those in urgent need on ...
Full story

PUBLIC SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR ISLANDS affected by Hurricane Joaquin

The Ministry of Education has advised that schools on the islands impacted by Hurricane Joaquin, namely; Cat Island, Ragged Island, Inagua, Mayaguana, Exuma, San Salvador, ...
Full story

Prime Minister Provides Update on Hurricane Relief Efforts

Press conference held in Exuma Saturday evening (via the Bahamas Information Services)...
Full story

4th update on Family Island airport openings by Civil Aviation

The Department of Civil Aviation advises the public that the Duncan Town Airport in Ragged Island and the Rum Cay Airport have been re-opened. The ...
Full story

  • email Email to a friend
  • print Print version
  • Plain text Plain text

Conditions for Governor's Harbour, BF at 5:58 pm EDT

Current Conditions:
Partly Cloudy, 86 F

Tue - Partly Cloudy. High: 86 Low: 80
Wed - Partly Cloudy. High: 87 Low: 80
Thu - Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 85 Low: 80
Fri - Isolated Thunderstorms. High: 86 Low: 79
Sat - Thunderstorms. High: 85 Low: 78

Full Forecast at Yahoo! Weather

(provided by The Weather Channel)