Alexander and Daniel Strachan, 17-year-old twin brothers of C.C. Sweeting Senior High School, represented The Bahamas at the third CARIFTA Judo Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados over the weekend. Although The Bahamas had one of the smallest contingents of athletes from any of the participating nations, the twins’ collective performance resulted in The Bahamas finishing sixth overall out of 10 countries.
Both athletes fought in the under-21 men’s division at 81 kilograms (combined with the 90-kilogram weight division).
Alexander, the reigning national junior champion in judo in his weight class, was true to form, winning gold. He finished undefeated in the tournament, winning all of his matches by ippon (knockout). His opponents were from Barbados, Suriname and Curacao. He also fought his twin brother Daniel. Daniel earned a bronze medal, having lost only to his brother and one other competitor from Suriname.
“I am very proud of my sons. Alexander competed with three injuries yet was still able to win every match,” said Anzlo Strachan, father and coach of the two-man team. ‘‘I am thankful to all of the coaches and administrators who contributed to their advancement including Bahamas Judo Federation (BJF) President D’Arcy Rahming Sr., Sensei Carlos, Sensei Mickey and Coach Rhadi Ferguson, as well as to their many supporters. This takes a lot of sacrifice on the part of many.”
With the ultimate goal of the CARIFTA competition being to unify Caribbean nations, the intense individual competition was followed by a united friendly team competition, with representatives from all of the participating Caribbean countries. Alexander’s performance in the CARIFTA team competition earned him a silver medal as a member of Team Dolphin.
Next year, the twins intend to represent The Bahamas at the Pan-American Cadets and Junior Championships.