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Quant, Williams on diplomatic stage after iconic sports roles

The process has been completed. After months of speculation and subsequent reports from out of the Government of The Bahamas, two of the greatest contributors to sports development in the country’s history have had diplomatic appointments confirmed.

Reference is Sterling (Robert Lloyd) Quant and Jeffery Williams (Sports Historian).

Quant, the legendary basketball pivot, who became the first Bahamian of that sport to be drafted by a professional team, has been appointed Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

Williams, later this month, is due to take up residence in the Republic of Haiti as The Bahamas ambassador to that country. The expectation is that they both will be able to comport themselves very well, as they have demonstrated versatility at a high level of intelligence during respective career paths up to now.

They are huge credits to a national sporting fraternity that they remained faithful to, despite travelling from time to time on other professional and personal pathways. Several years ago, when I had the pleasure of naming the top three all-time Bahamian basketball squads, I selected Quant to the first team. Subsequently, along with Clifford “Spike” Rahming, I coordinated the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s (BBF) historic “40 Greatest” celebration. Quant, of course, was picked as a member of that select group.

A collegiate star at Central State University, Quant however, was equally productive as the superstar center for the local St. Bernard’s/Kentucky Colonels franchise. Later on, he became a golfer, and developed a quality game. A fierce competitor, though quietly passionate about winning and performing well every time out, we always thought his character was suited for diplomacy. The appointment by the government is certainly a good fit for Quant.

Williams, in my view, is the finest of all of the top Bahamian sports historians. He is well versed on all sports disciplines, a master sports statistician and a prominent sports administrator of the modern era. Williams is one of the founding members of the national American football program.

The baseball and softball organizations also owe him debts of gratitude. He revolutionized the statistics department in baseball and served in the post of commissioner. In softball, Williams was one of the main catalysts behind the development of the Commercial Softball League and he was one of the early stars.

Williams definitely engineered hall of fame roles in the three sports, American football, baseball and softball. Two excellent Bahamian sons of the soil will now become instrumental in representing their beloved country, I’m certain, as diplomats in a noteworthy manner.

Congratulations to two sporting stalwarts of the highest order!

(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com or on WhatsApp at 727-6363)

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