UB’s 12th Annual Summer Sports Camp comes to a close
The University of The Bahamas’ (UB) Athletics Department hosted its 12th summer sports camp from June 25 to July 20 at its Oakes Field Campus, where the campers went through drills in the disciplines of basketball, soccer, track and field and swimming.
Assistant Athletic Director at UB and camp organizer Sean Bastian said it was a wonderful four weeks.
“This has been one of the best camps in the 12 years that I have been doing this. We had over 60 kids who came through, and at the end of the day, they all had fun and improved their skills,” said Bastian.
Bastian added that some of the campers from last year returned, looking to improve in fundamental areas this year. He is looking forward to next year for the 13th edition of the camp.
“We have had a lot of campers who have been here for the last four years. That speaks volume in terms of the structure. The kids and parents appreciate the camp. Kids who were not able to come out this year can come out next year,” he said.
Swimming was a major area of interest for the campers this year. Bastian said the sporting discipline of swimming has scholarship opportunities available, that can be a major assistance for those who want to take the sport seriously. He predicted that there will be a lot of swimmers excelling coming out of The Bahamas in the near future.
For the past 10 years, the campers have been taken on a tour of the campus, which is particularly useful for the prospective students. The goal of this is to expose the campers to the university’s facilities so they can have an idea of what a university campus looks like. The campus has really improved over the past three years in terms of maintenance and the addition of new buildings, said Bastian. Bastian also mentioned that his goal with the camp is to see these campers graduate from high school, and make the University of The Bahamas their first choice for tertiary education.
He said: “What makes this camp different from the other camps is that we have four disciplines. Every 45 minutes, campers move on to another discipline. We have qualified coaches and we take the campers on a tour. We took them to Educulture this year and also to watch a movie at Galleria Cinemas.”
Cafari Smith, who won the best overall camper award, said: “The camp was good and fun. I got to meet many new friends. I got to work on my strokes and perfect them, especially breaststroke and butterfly. The camp also helped me with my confidence.”
The instructors for the camp were former women’s national basketball coach Charlene Smith, registered swimming coach Glendina Dorsette, senior track and field athlete Avery Thompson and senior soccer athlete Justin Smith. Other UB athletes assisted in the staging of the camp.