LIMA, Peru – Sasha Ingraham in a 78 kilogram judo match was the last participant for The Bahamas at the 18th Pan American Games. She lost to Gabriella Wood of Trinidad and Tobago, 2-0.
A tearful Ingraham acknowledged the one-sided match.
“It was a good opportunity for me, to be competing at this level. I just wished I was better prepared,” said Ingraham.
How does she get the kind of training and competitive background that would better prepare her for the big stage?
Bahamas Judo Federation President D’Arcy Rahming had a dual role in Lima, inclusive of the chef de mission title. He was on hand at the match on Sunday morning, at Videna Sports Center 2, and he sought to pacify Ingraham. Rahming also encouraged the novice at the Continental level, and at the same time, threw out an appeal for funding of the national judo programme.
“Well, the only way to get experience is by more match time and high level training. Sasha was defeated by an opponent who we beat at CARIFTA in 2017. However, her opponent was able to fund extensive training at an international training center,” said Rahming.
“Experience is very expensive and I look forward to working with Bahamas Olympic Committee colleagues, our corporate partners, the government and other stakeholders in raising the necessary funds for the judo athletes to get the needed experience,” added Rahming.
As an example, Cynthia Rahming, who lost a spirited full-time match on penalties in an earlier round to an opponent from host nation Peru, will be doing extensive training in Japan, in preparation for the Judo Worlds, which take place in Tokyo, Japan, August 25 – September 1, 2019. Rahming and Ingraham were coached in Lima by Cuban Oneysi Portorreal Pons. His expertise comes at a price.
With the Ingraham-Wood match, The Bahamas’ competitive participation in the Pan Am Games came to an end. Four years from now, October 22 – November 5, 2023, the 19th (XIX) edition is scheduled for Santiago, Chile.