Bahamian judo champions Cynthia Rahming, Sasha Ingraham and Joshua McFall recently returned from a week-long training camp in Cancun, Mexico. The purpose of the camp was to prepare the young athletes for the Pan American Games in July. The 2019 Pan American Games is set for July 26 to August 11, in Lima, Peru.
“These are the athletes most likely to qualify,” said Team Bahamas Head Coach Oneysi Portorreal-Pons of Cuba who led the trio at the training camp. “They are doing the work. The camp gave me everything I needed to evaluate them and take them to the next level. Now it’s time for more training,” he added.
Rahming competes in the women’s 57 kilogram (kg.) category, Ingraham in the women’s +78kg. class and McFall in the men’s -73kg. category.
The team has continued its training at the Bahamas Judo Federation’s (BJF) National Training Center since returning to the country.
The three athletes will compete in two more qualifying events in Peru and Chile in hopes of being a part of The Bahamas’ team headed to the multi-sport Pan Am Games.
“We will make history as this will be the first time ever judo athletes from The Bahamas would have qualified for the games,” said Pons. “That is our goal.”
Interested persons wishing to train with the young athletes and assist the national program in any way can contact the Bahamas Judo Federation at e-mail address Bahamasjudo@gmail.com.