Defence Force officers hit the track
Petty Officer Maryann Ferguson continues to prove to her colleagues that age is just a number, when competing against other females on the tracks. At the recently held Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Annual Track and Field competition at the Thomas A. Robinson Track Stadium, Ferguson carted off numerous trophies and medals, and was voted the most outstanding female athlete of the meet for the second time in three years. For the second consecutive year, Marine Seaman Gregory Lockhart of the Alpha Team was voted the most outstanding male athlete of the meet.
At this year’s meet, the two-time defending champions, the Bravo Team, was overmatched, as Team Delta captured the overall title after placing last in 2010. At the event, which features Defence Force officers and marines showcasing their athletic prowess in track and field competitions, it was nothing short of spectacular with exciting performances. It was attended by Commander of the Defence Force, Commodore Roderick Bowe, along with other senior officers of the Defence Force. Athletes were formed into four divisions: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. Each team brought out their best athletes. However, the night belonged to the Delta Team, which regained the title they lost two years ago, with a total of 297 points, followed by Charlie (287), Bravo (277) and Alpha (242).
A 24-year veteran, Petty Officer Ferguson was outstanding, as she won the shot put, 100 meters (m), 200m and the long jump. She also competed in other odd races on the track. Gregory Lockhart was outstanding as well, as he won the 400m, long jump and the high jump.
Children of members of the Defence Force ran in various races geared just for them. Parents, athletes and spectators all cheered the children as they ran with pride and determination. There were also fun-filled and entertaining races in different weight and age classes, as well as a race for senior officers, which was won convincingly by Lieutenant Commander Gregory Brown for a second consecutive year.
“This year’s event was quite successful. I believe everybody played their roles splendidly, and we could not have asked for anything more from the athletes themselves,” said organizer of the event, Petty Officer Ramone Storr. “I was equally impressed with the young athletes who just completed New Entry Training a few weeks ago. This just goes to show that we are building character and improving camaraderie and morale amongst the ranks and rates.”
Team Delta, the overall champions of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Track and Field meet which was held at the T.A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. Photo courtesy of PETTY OFFICER SEAMAN JONATHAN ROLLE