THE INGRAHAM’S LOVE STORY!

The romance life of John Renaldo and Shericka Constance Paige is beautiful. They were so in love with
each other that not even distance could destroy their love life.

This beautiful couple’s love for each other certainly proves that “absence makes the heart grow
stronger.”

It all started some years ago at a local clinic when by divine providence, John met Shericka who he knew
instantly would be the “apple of his eye.” To John, Shericka was perfect and she had all the qualities he
ever wanted in a woman; bold, beautiful and a beautiful smile.

Little did John know that Shericka who was the doctor’s assistant at the time, had the same intuition
that he had; Shericka also knew that one day John would be the love of her life. Shericka was very
impressed with John as she felt that John had the qualities a lady needed in a man; handsome, full of
life, kind and generous were a few of these qualities.

The relationship blossomed and not even distance could separate these two lovebirds. As it happened,
John later got a job as the Head Physical Education teacher in Andros at the North Andros high school.
During their initial meeting at the clinic, John was there to complete the medical work in order to secure
that job.

The two loved each other and continuously communicated via the telephone. The love between them
grew and “knew no boundaries.”

Both John and Shericka’s parents approved of their relationship. Shericka lived at the time, with her
parents in Freeport and despite her busy schedule while pursuing her medical degree, she was sure to
keep in touch with the love of her life who was far away in Andros. Despite the attractive Shericka being

pursued by doting fellow male medical students, she remained true to her love John and graciously
denied their request.

Despite missing his love, John continued to work hard in Andros as an experienced coach in
track and field. John was always surrounded by athletes who wanted to make it big in athletics and
those who wanted to gain from his wealth of knowledge. Due to his kind nature, John was well liked and
persons depended on him for track and field training. On one occasion, when a number of athletes were
stranded and needed a place to lay their heads, kind-hearted John quickly opened up his home and
provided accommodations to the athletes.

No doubt, John’s kind-heartedness was one of the big magnets that attracted Shericka to him.
Despite the distance between them, the couple still found time to visit each other during the holidays.
During visits to Freeport, the couple had a wonderful time together while rekindling their love for each
other. Flowers were John’s first-hand pleasing materials; each visit to his love, John can be seen carrying
a lovely bouquet that simply “lit up” Shericka’s eyes.

Knowing that one day he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, during one of his visits to
Freeport, John proposed and of course, the answer was a resounding Yes!

Today, John and Shericka are happily married.

Their wedding was well attended as the couple is well loved. The couple has two children, a boy and a
baby girl.

We wish God’ blessings on this union.

The Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Lima, Peru, today elected Paris as host city of the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad 2024 and Los Angeles as the host city of the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad 2028.

"Congratulations to Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028! This historic double allocation is a ‘win-win-win’ situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the IOC," said the IOC President, Thomas Bach. 

"It is hard to imagine something better. Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary," Bach commented.

"These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history. Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way," Bach added.

While celebrating the decision, Paris and Los Angeles both expressed their excitement in bringing home the Olympic Games.

“Today I am delighted to invite you to join the great family of Parisians, a family which belongs to the world,” said the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. “With this team, I am very proud and moved to bring the Games back to Paris. At the heart of these Games, we will place young people, who represent our present, our hope and our pride.”

“Bringing the Olympics back home to LA gives us the chance to imagine what our city will look like a decade from now,” said Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles. “LA is a city where the Games are not a barrier to making progress; we know that they are an accelerating force to re-envisioning a better city and a better world in the days ahead as we welcome you back to the City of Angels.”

The idea of a Tripartite Agreement came to light after a working group of IOC Vice-Presidents studied the possibility of a double allocation of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028. The working group was set up in March 2017. 

With the blessing of the 130th IOC Session that met in Lausanne in July, the IOC, Los Angeles, Paris and their National Olympic Committees have been working together in order to reach the agreement that was ratified by the IOC Session today.

Los Angeles and Paris have put together very inspiring projects. Both have embraced Olympic Agenda 2020, particularly in the way they are planning to use a record-breaking number of existing and temporary facilities.

 

IAAF/Ryan Bangs

IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LONDON 2017 FULFILLS ORIGINAL BID PROMISE TO BREAK RECORDS

Some of the great achievements of these championships include:-

  • World record ticket sales, historic firsts, entertaining presentation and fun spectator experience lead to hugely successful IAAF World Championships London 2017
    • Organizers set an official Guinness World Record for number of ticket sales for an IAAF World Championships with over 705,000 sold
  • Marathons and race walks broke new ground for the Championships with iconic locations and historic moments; over 150,000 people lined marathon course
  • Official mascot Hero the Hedgehog dubbed the best Championship mascot ever after ten days of antics

World record ticket sales, historic firsts, entertaining presentation and a fun spectator experience have all combined to help make the IAAF World Championships London 2017 a hugely successful event.

Held in the UK for the first time ever, 2,200 athletes from 203 nations travelled to London while fans from across Britain and the globe poured into the London Stadium and onto the capital’s streets to make history.

The Championships will go down as the best ever for ticket sales after organizers were awarded an official Guinness World Record for the number of tickets sold for an IAAF World Championships in front of a packed London Stadium on the closing night.

The figure recorded on the official Guinness World Record certificate is 701,889 but with that count taken two days before the end of the Championships, it will be updated to reflect the over 705,000 eventually sold. Session 12 on the morning of Saturday 12 August was the best ticketed session at 56,620.

The London Stadium was not the sole focus for the Championships; the men’s and women’s marathonsheld on the same day of the Championships (Sunday 6 August) for the first time ever and attracting 150,000 spectators around its landmark filled 10km loop course.

With a backdrop of Buckingham Palace, crowds also flocked to The Mall in thousands to witness the first ever Festival of Race Walks today (Sunday 13 August), which saw all four races held on a single day for the first time ever.

Arguably, the unexpected star of the Championships was the official mascot Hero the Hedgehog, who brought laughter for those watching live in the stadium or at home during every appearance. Created by nine-year-old Elinor after a nationwide competition hosted by organizers and Blue Peter, Hero’s highlights can be viewed HERE.

With over three times the amount of applications to places available, it took the help of 4,500 volunteers known as Runners, to stage the Championships. The Runners brought with them fluency in more than 65 different languages, helping spectators enjoy an engaging experience. 

Niels de Vos, Championship Director and CEO of UK Athletics said: “As the organizing committee of the IAAF World Championships London 2017, we are extremely proud to have delivered a Championship that has received such great support from the athletes and the public, whether watching in the stadium or at home.

“Over ten days of world-class athletics both in Stratford and across central London, we have witnessed the world’s top sportsmen and women perform at their very best. The response has truly shown the impact athletics continues to have on the UK and beyond.

“From our record-breaking ticket sales to the fantastic dedication of our Runners and even to our official mascot Hero, it has been a pleasure to stage these Championships for every single one of the 2,200 athletes from 203 nations involved.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The IAAF World Athletics Championships really captured the spirit of London and will live long in the memory as another chapter in an unforgettable summer of sport in our great city. We’ve seen medals won and personal bests smashed and there’s no better honour for London than staging the final championship races of legends Mo Farah and Usain Bolt.

“More than 700,000 people filled the London Stadium, beating all previous attendance records while millions around the globe have been watching what has been a truly memorable World Athletics Championships. I am so proud London was the first city to host both the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Athletics Championships in the same year, proving once again that London really is the sporting capital of the world.”

Simon Morton, COO of UK Sport and London 2017 Board member, said: “The World Athletics Championships has broken records and brought back the spirit of London 2012 to London and the UK.

“From our enthusiastic crowds, dedicated volunteers and of course this spectacular venue, we have once again shown why the UK is the best place in the world to host major sporting events.

“This wouldn’t be possible without National Lottery player’s support for our major events programme at UK Sport and we look forward to continuing to bring events like this one to the UK for many years to come to inspire the nation.”

IAAF Press Release

Speaking ahead of the final evening session on Sunday 13th August, IAAF President Sebastian Coe described the IAAF World Championships London 2017 as the most competitive and compelling World Championships of all time.

“I can’t remember a time when the competition has been so competitive and the stories around them so compelling,” said Coe. “From the opening salvo of discus and long jump to the 4x400m, this evening, we have witnessed sometimes no more than the thickness of a vest between the finalists.

“There is a clear recognition of the connection between athletes and fans,” he added. “The ability of athletes to raise their game is, in a large part, driven by theatre provided by full houses.

“When we get that right, this sport is unassailable.”

Many of the sport’s established stars – Mo Farah, Wayde van Niekerk, Sally Pearson, for example – won gold medals but there were also several surprise medallists who have introduced to fans, a field of young athletes making their debut on the global scene.

The likes of 100m silver medallist Christian Coleman, 400m hurdles winner Karsten Warholm, 200m finalist Abdul Sani Brown and triple jump winner Yulimar Rojas are among the many captivating stories that have unfolded over the past ten days.

The sport’s stars, new and old, have been able to better connect with fans at these championships, thanks to various social media campaigns taking place both inside the stadium and for those watching at home.

Many athletes have commented on how the atmosphere from the sell-out crowds have helped inspire them to medal-winning performances and highly competitive finals with unprecedented depth in numerous events.

This World Championships have also helped the IAAF reach a landmark of 1.2million spectators at World Athletics Series events in 2017, almost doubling the previous record figure. 900,000 of those spectators came from the IAAF World Championships.

By Drew Farmer for Bahamas Athletics. 

Shaunae Miller-Uibo rebounded from her fourth-place finish in the women's 400m final to claim the bronze medal in the women's 200m on Friday night. Miller-Uibo, who equaled the Netherland's Dafne Schippers in the semifinals with a 22.49 time, finished behind the Dutch runner in Friday night's finale.

Miller-Uibo's strong run was aided by her fantastic reaction time of 0.147. Down the final stretch, the Bahamian held off Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith to seal third place.

Schippers' season best of 22.05 capped off a phenomenal two days of 200m races for her. The win was the 25-year-old's second gold medal in IAAF World Championship competitions. The Dutch runner previously took gold in Beijing in 2015 and followed that up with a silver at last summer's Olympics.

Miller-Uibo's bronze was her first medal in the 200m event and her first overall at the London World Championships.

"I just thank God so much, to start off with. It was a really competitive race, that's how I like it, when the girls bring their A game," Miller-Uibo said following the women's 200m final.

"It was real competitive and a fun race. The girls are just amazing athletes, so I enjoyed the race from the beginning to the very end.

The Bahamian runner's 200m bronze made up for her late stumble in the women's 400m final that cost her a medal in Wednesday night's race.

"It feels fine, I brushed it off after the race [400m final]," Miller-Uibo said when asked about the 400m race.

"There's nothing I can do to get it back. We re-focus now to get ready for next year.

"I'm glad to be done and it isn't as bad as everyone makes it seem."

While Miller-Uibo finished in third, teammate Tynia Gaither finished in eighth with a time of 23.07. Gaither had qualified as one of the non-automatic competitors in the semifinals, but struggled to keep up with the pace set by gold medalist Schippers.

Miller-Uibo's bronze gave The Bahamas their second medal in this year's World Championships. Steven Gardiner claimed the country's other medal in the men's 400m final. The Bahamas still have a chance to record another medal in the women's 4x400m and the 4x100m relays.

"I'm happy I'm not leaving London empty handed," Miller-Uibo reflected on her performances. "The main thing was to go and have some fun in the 200, since the 400 was my main event and I was really focused on it.

"Things didn't go as planned and the 200 was just one of those funny things."

The Bahamas' women's team can still win another medal in the 4x400m and the 4x100m relay but the teams must qualify on Saturday morning first. 

By Drew Farmer

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The women's 400m final was agony for the Bahamas Shaunae Miller-Uibo. The Olympic gold medalist had the finish line in her sights only to suddenly pull up with an apparent muscle problem, and to see her lead evaporate. The dramatic end to the race saw American Phyllis Francis win gold and post a personal best 49.92.

The pain wasn't just physical for Miller-Uibo as she dropped completely out of the medal places. Bahrain's Salwa Eid Naser took silver while the United States' Allyson Fox was the bronze medalist.

Miller-Uibo came out strong from the starting blocks registering a 0.160 reaction time. Her pace was strong and powerful as she rounded the first turn and by the time she hit the second, Miller-Uibo was pulling away from the pack. However, as she rounded the third corner in the Olympic Stadium and came into the straightaway, she began to slow in the wet, cool London conditions. With 20m to go, Miller-Ubio's chances of gold ended as she was passed by Francis; but she still managed to hobble over the finish line in fourth place with a time of 50.49.

The good news for the Bahamian and her team was no injury was suffered in the race, and Miller-Ubio is preparing for her next event. The runner still has the 200m semifinals to run at this year's World Championships on Thursday. Her team manager and mother, Maybelline Miller, spoke to the press after the race about the incident.

"Shaunae still doesn’t know what happened," Maybelline Miller stated. "She was clear and just tripped. She doesn’t understand it, she doesn’t know what it is."

Silver medalist Naser is perhaps the biggest surprise from the women's 400m events. The Bahraini qualified for the final with the fastest times in the heats and semifinals. Her time of 50.06 set a national record for the women's 400m in Bahrain, and her progression as one of the rising stars of women's athletics continues after her impressive World Championships.

For race winner Phyllis Francis, it was her first gold medal in the women's 400m. She had previously won bronze at the 2011 PanAmerican Junior Championships, but this was her biggest individual prize yet. The American had tasted gold previously, but in the women's 4x400m relay last summer in Rio.

After crossing the finish line on Wednesday night, Francis appeared subdued as though she couldn't believe she had just won gold. Speaking to the press, Francis spoke about not yet realizing she had achieved her dream of being world champion.

"It’s amazing,” she said. “I’m so excited. It is such an amazing feeling. Being world champion sounds pretty cool. This win has not hit me yet, but I guess it will tomorrow when I wake up.

"When I went down the home straight, I just believed in myself and stayed patient. I just knew what I was capable of doing, so I stuck to my race model.

"At the finish line I was surprised. I thought I was second or third, but then they told me, 'You are first'. That is crazy."

Jamaica's Shericka Jackson finished in fifth place followed by teammate Stephenie Ann McPherson. Zambia's Kabange Mupopo finished seventh while Jamaica's Novlene Williams-Mills came eighth.

One of the first time members of Team Bahamas to the World Championships in London is Keianna Albury, who currently runs at Penn State University and is part of the relay team in London. In a recent interview, she discussed making the national team, her prepartion and her relationships with coach Dianna Woodside-Johnson.

 

At the start of the year, Albury did not envision herself making the team, although it was always her goal. She struggled early in the outdoor season but regained focus after being motivated by her coach. Instead of worrying and putting pressure on herself to perform, Albury focused on progress she was making, running each race as if it was her last, giving each performance maximum effort. 

 

Keianna Albury was very excited making the team and realized it was a step up in competition, lining up against the best athletes in the world. Although racing against people with big names and reputations, Albury takes the approach that she can do the same things that they can. It's all what you bring on the day of the event, focusing on training hard and pushing to give it 100 percent.

 

Albury relishes the fact that she is back training with coach Dianna Woodside-Johnson, who is the an educator and most highly certified female coach in The Bahamas. It's an exciting opportunity for Albury, who said coach Woodside-Johnson is keeping her on her schedule and making sure she focuses on techniques and mechanics.

 

Being a first timer, there is bound to be some nervous moments for Albury but the mood of the team is good and there is plenty of veteran leadershipto provide that needed support and encouragement. The calming influence of those that have been there before helps first timers like Keianna Albury focus on what they need to do in order to compete at their highest level.

 

Albury is sure to take the wise advice of the coaches, which is not to worry about what's going on next to you. Stay focuses, don't be afraid and just go out and perform.

 

Whatever the results may be, Keianna Albury will make the most of this experience, learn from it, grow as an athlete and surely will make The Bahamas proud.

By Drew Farmer for Bahamas Athletics

Despite wearing the track and field colors of Great Britain at this year's IAAF World Championships in London, Katarina Johnson-Thompson was running for two countries.

Born in Liverpool, Johnson-Thompson traces her roots back to The Bahamas, where her father Ricardo Thompson has been a production assistant for Bahamas' national television station ZNS for many years. The Bahamas have claimed the 24-year-old heptathlon athlete as their own as she has exceled in her young career. It is a feeling that Johnson-Thompson has cherished as she has called both The Bahamas and England home in her lifetime.

"When I went back in 2012, it [The Bahamas] just sort of felt like home to me," Johnson-Thompson said. "I watched videos of me in the Olympics from 2012 with the Bahamian commentators and even though I had on the team GB kit, they were going 'this is our girl Katarina.'

"They sort of accepted me as a Bahamian even though I was in a team GB kit. It nearly brought a tear to my eyes to know I have support from The Bahamas and the UK."

That support has helped Johnson-Thompson to become one of the top British track and field athletes. At the youth and junior levels, Johnson-Thompson achieved gold in the heptathlon in 2009 and 2013, while securing another gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona in the long jump. In 2015, she took gold once more at the European Indoor Championships' Pentathlon event.

This season saw her record a personal best in the heptathlon in Austria as she tallied 6,691 points. She added to that score by securing a personal best in the 100m hurdles at the same competition in May.

Despite her successes, Johnson-Thompson has struggled on both the Olympic and the World Championship stages. This year's competition in London saw her finish fifth with a 6,558-point total. Johnson-Thompson was undone by the high jump, an event that proved to be one of her strongest in past competitions.

Unfortunately, the 2017 World Championships has now gone down as a major missed opportunity. The retirements of Ennis-Hill and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, created room at the top for rising stars in the heptathlon and expectations were high for Johnson-Thompson to win a medal. But this year's performance in only her second heptathlon of 2017, proved Johnson-Thompson still has plenty of room to improve.

This 2017 World Championships marked her third major tournament without finishing in the top three places. Johnson-Thompson knows she must push herself harder to equal the feats of former teammate Ennis-Hill, who won three World Championship gold medals in the heptathlon.

"I was a bit afraid. Now I know I can do it, I’m going to push and push more," Johnson-Thompson explained after her heptathlon performance this year.

Thousands of miles back in The Bahamas, Johnson-Thompson is still considered a success despite finishing without a medal around her neck. Although she spent her formative years in Liverpool attending St. Julie's Catholic High School, it was with her father in The Bahamas that she spent the first year of her life. Today, Johnson-Thompson's father and her large extended family still live in The Bahamas and support her while she competes around the world.

"It's very hard for them [my family in The Bahamas] to come and support me," Johnson-Thompson explained before the World Championships. "It's very hard for my family in Liverpool to support me even though it [the World Championships] is in London.

"The trains and hotels are expensive. I'm sure both sides of the family are supporting me from home and watching on TV."

Her ties to The Bahamas are strong, although her track and field career has made visits to the islands less frequent than when she was a child. In a 2016 interview with England's Daily Mail Online, Ricardo spoke about his "mixed emotions" when it came to his daughter's success in the sport.

"Seeing Katarina's success always gave me mixed emotions. I felt so happy but also sadness because I wanted to be there for her and I wasn't, so I just couldn't see it all," Ricardo said at the time.

"It's such an achievement for her and she's done it all by herself. Watching her collect the gold on that podium would be amazing."

Looking back, it is easy to think of what could have been for The Bahamas track and field team. Ricardo was working at the Crystal Palace Hotel and Casino in Nassau when his daughter was a toddler. However, Johnson-Thompson's mother, Tracey, was forced to move back to England when the hotel and casino shut its doors in the 1990s. Ricardo lost his job, while Tracey, a former Moulin Rouge dancer, was unable to find work.

Things could have been different for the family and Johnson-Thompson could just as easily have spent her teenage years in Nassau. Would she still be a top heptathlon athlete competing around the world? Perhaps but without her experiences growing up in Liverpool, she may never have reached the level she currently competes at.

Today, Johnson-Thompson calls southern France home. She moved from Liverpool to the French coast in late 2016. The move was made to improve her performances after feeling like she had stalled under her previous coaches in Liverpool.

At her new training ground in Montpellier, Johnson-Thompson has surrounded herself with former heptathlon and decathlon champions to help her reach the next level: winning a medal at a major event. She is working harder than ever before and she has stated she has increased her training from three days to four since arriving in France.

Although the results of her new regime may not have shown in London, Johnson-Thompson continues her upward trajectory in the heptathlon. With more experience in the event, will come medals to wear and Olympic podiums to celebrate on.

From The Bahamas to England to France, Katarina Johnson-Thompson may wear the colors of Great Britain but there are fans in a country 6,909 kilometers away that are cheering for her just as loudly as the ones in the UK.

There were three gold medals decided on the sixth night of the Championships with the finals of the women’s shot put, men’s 400m hurdles and women’s 400m finals all scheduled.

 The women’s 400m rounded off the night with American Phyllis Francis overtaking Shaunae Miller-Uibo in the last ten metres for gold. Miller-Uibo would finish fourth as Salwa Eid Naser took silver and Francis’ American teammate Allyson Felix silver.

 The men’s 400m hurdles final was clinched by Norwegian Karsten Warholm who led from the start to finish strongly. Yasmani Copello came home in seconds for silver while Olympic champion Kerron Clement picked up bronze.

 In the women’s shot put final China’s Lijiao Gong triumphed to take the gold by almost half a metre over Anita Marton while there was another American in third as Michelle Carter took bronze.

 The women’s 3000m steeplechase went over three heats and safely saw European champion Gesa Felicitas Krause through along with Beatrice Chepkoech and Ruth Jebet as the two fastest.

 In women’s long jump qualifying, Darya Klishina and Tianna Bartoletta progressed to the final with the first and second best leaps respectively. The men’s 200m semi-finals saw Isiah Young, Jereem Richards and Isaac Makwala qualify for the final as the three fastest in that order.

 The men’s hammer throw qualifying took place with Wojciech Nowicki battling wet conditions to advance to the final in first with an effort of 76.85m. The two men’s 5,000m heats saw Selemon Barega and Yomif Kejelcha Kejelcha victorious with defending champion and 10,000m winner in London Mo Farah also safely through.

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