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FIBA praises BBF

A delegation from the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) Executive team attended the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) National Federation Development workshop held in Miami, Florida, on May 20-21.

The seminar was centered around the roles and responsibilities of the technical director when it comes to building a good national program that begins from the grassroots. It also aimed at supporting and developing the federation’s capacity for governance, administration, event management and communication.

Representing the BBF were Mario Bowleg, BBF president; LaToya Silver, BBF assistant secretary general; Jurelle Mullings, BBF secretary general; Steve Barnes, national technical director; and John Marc Nutt, BBF public relations officer.

The Bahamas was one of 10 federations to be selected to participate in the workshop that will further help to develop the level of basketball in the country.

“We were one of 10 nations invited by FIBA and one of the first set of countries out of 213 federations to receive these instructions and programs that would allow us to improve out program in The Bahamas,” Bowleg said.

He continued: “I think it’s going to help impact the administration of our federation, the administrators of all the federations within all the associations in the Family Islands and helps us move basketball to a more professional level.”

The local basketball chief spoke about the close relationship that The Bahamas has with FIBA.

“FIBA has moved closer to us. There are frequent trips to The Bahamas because they see the potential in what we have to do, they like our administration and professionalism that we have. Our administration has a passion for basketball and one thing they said is that we do have a passion and love for the game and they can see we want to do some things that will move basketball to the next level and what they just want to do is help us. It’s up to us to lend our hand to receive the help that they want to give to us,” Bowleg explained.

Florian Pasquet, FIBA Americas executive director and FIBA Sports and National Federations manager, was delighted to have The Bahamas at the workshop and outlined a few reasons why The Bahamas has huge basketball potential.

“The Bahamas is very well-known of having a huge potential. That is one of the reasons why we have selected the Bahamas Federation as part of the National Federation Development Program. One of the key reasons to select all of the federations that attended this workshop is how big the potential is. Everybody knows that The Bahamas has one of the biggest potentials on the continent. The proximity of the U.S. is a huge advantage. The skills that the players have in The Bahamas is tremendous. We just feel that the federation and basketball in The Bahamas just need a little push to actually take off,” Pasquet said.

He believes that The Bahamas has the potential to be one of the powerhouses in the region as the skillset is already there, but can go even further with a little push.

Barnes learned that his role is much larger than he expected. With that realization, Barnes looks forward to further executing his role to ensure the BBF continues to move in the right direction.

“It encompasses so much more and, really, it’s a position of leadership. It isn’t just a position where I tell people what to do. It’s more to teach and get a better understanding of what needs to be done. But, I also have a role in learning from everyone in the federation and organization as to what are the things we can do better. I have to work with everyone in the organization to improve The Bahamas’ basketball,” Barnes said.

Receiving the theory aspect was one side of it. Now the BBF will have to put what they learned into practice as they look to provide basketball in The Bahamas with the push they need.

Next up for the BBF is the hosting of four World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC) Level 1 Courses that will take place in 2019. One is scheduled to be held on June 17-22, in New Providence. The other one will be from June 24-29, in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Over 60 female and male coaches from throughout The Bahamas will attend this course.

Two other courses will be offered later in the year.

This is a part of FIBA Federations’ Long-Term Development Programme.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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