LIMA, PERU — Team Bahamas’ chef de mission to the 18th Pan Games, D’Arcy Rahming Sr., was tied up in meetings most of Thursday, preparing to put all the pieces in place for The Bahamas’ delegation which consists of athletes representing four disciplines.
“I have meetings lined up upon meetings,” he informed on Thursday morning while anticipating the opening ceremony today at the Estadio Nacional del Peru, slated to begin approximately at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. in The Bahamas). The LOC (Local Organizing Committee – Lima 2019 Panamericanos) has already heralded it to be “a blaze of fireworks and native cultural productions”.
Athletics, judo, swimming and tennis will have athletes carrying the banner of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) provided the final competitive list.
Reigning Olympic Games 400 meters (m) queen Shaunae Miller-Uibo and World Championships 400m silver medalist Steven Gardiner are not numbered in Team Bahamas this time, but there are other notables from track and field.
The 2007 World Champion in the men’s high jump Donald Thomas will continue his incredible 10-decade plus run as one of the elite performers in his specialty; the lady of resurgence Anthonique Strachan will be entered in the 200m and available for the 4x100m relay; former world championships bronze medalist Jeffery Gibson and sensational 100ms hurdlers Pedrya Seymour and Devynne Charlton are set to line up against their regional peers.
Following is the full list of entrants in track and field: Men – Warren Fraser (100m); Cliff Resias (200m); Alonzo Russell (400m); Gibson and Andre Colebrooke (400m hurdles); Thomas and Jamal Wilson (high jump); Latario and Lathone Collie (triple jump); Ken Mullings (decathlon); Resias, Russell, Colebrooke, Gibson, Michael Mathieu and Ojay Ferguson (4x400m relay); Women – Brianne Bethel and Tynia Gaither (100m); Gaither and Strachan (200m); Doneisha Anderson (400m); Seymour and Charlton (100m hurdles); Katrina Seymour (400m hurdles); and Bethel, Gaither, Strachan, Charlton, Pedrya and Katrina Seymour (4x100m relay). The head coach is Rudolph Ferguson and he will be assisted by Tyrone Burrows, James Rolle and Kennord Mackey.
A small team includes Sasha Ingraham and Cynthia Rahming. The coach is Onesi Portorreal-Pons.
The regionally-decorated Joanna Evans is not among the swimmers. However, the expectation is that from the lot selected, will come some excellent performances under the guidance of coaches Andy Lovett and Jorge Rodriguez and team manager Rochelle Bastian.
Following are the list of competitors and their events: Men – Gershwin Greene (50m free); Jared Fitzgerald (100m free); N’Nhyn Fernander (100m butterfly); William Tyler Russell (100m breast); DaVante Carey (100m backstroke); Luke-Kennedy Thompson (1,500m freestyle/200m Individual Medley-IM); Carey, Fernander, Fitzgerald, Greene, Russell and Thompson (4x100m freestyle relay); Carey, Fernander, Fitzgerald, Greene, Russell and Thompson (4x100m medley relay); Women – Ariel Weech (50m free); Lilly Higgs (100m free); Margaret Albury-Higgs (200m free/200m breaststroke); Laura Morley (100m breaststroke/200m breaststroke/200m IM); Albury-Higgs, Higgs, Weech and Morley (4x100m freestyle relay); and Albury-Higgs, Higgs, Weech and Morley (4x100m medley relay).
The athletes for the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay are Albury-Higgs, Higgs, Weech, Greene, Fitzgerald and Fernander; and the athletes for the mixed 4x100m medley relay are Albury-Higgs, Higgs, Morley, Fitzgerald, Fernander and Carey.
In men’s singles and doubles competition are Justin Roberts and Baker Newman. The coach is Derron Donaldson.
Competition will start next week Monday for Team Bahamas. The tennis athletes will be in action first.