Drumeco Archer envisages revolutionizing Bahamas track and field

By November 09, 2018
Drumeo Archer has visions of transforming track and field in the Bahamas Drumeo Archer has visions of transforming track and field in the Bahamas

Drumeco Archer plans to revolutionize track and field in the Bahamas if he becomes president when BAAA elections are held on November 24.

Archer and his Team Meco plan to unseat Rosamunde Carey and her administration and clear a pathway to a new paradigm in the sport.

“When I consider the state of track and field, I say that from a global perspective, we would say that the average age of the track and field follower is in the mid-50s. This means that our sport is losing its appeal among the younger generation of sporting enthusiasts,” Archer told SportsMax.TV.

“One interesting model that we always make reference to is the Usain Bolt story. Usain Bolt has revived the sport, not only through his amazing prowess, but there was a certain energy that he brought to the sport that both was entertaining and electric.

“I believe that sporting fans are more discerning and they want specific things when they go to any sporting event. They want to see super-human performances and they want to be entertained.”

Archer, who was once a member of the Carey executive, said his administration would move to package great performances with great entertainment and in so doing make track and field relevant to the wider community.

“People want to see more than kids running up and down a track, they want to be entertained and so like the IAAF, we have been challenged with trying to identify new and inventive ways to more entertaining and livelier,” he said.

“What you see would be this new sense of engagement through music and entertainment and we hope to introduce that to our track and field environment here in the Bahamas. We, therefore, intend to introduce new and innovative programmes that will be geared towards attracting a wider cross-section of the community.”

Part of that plan could, he said, would be the introduction of ‘Happy-Hour’ track meets where an individual person would go to a pub and ‘have a Heineken, instead would come to the track and have a happy hour and just hang out while we may have some featured events and create a different kind of competitive environment.’

“We want to attract more than track and field enthusiasts,” Archer said.

“We want to make track and field the favourite pastime as it always has been but we want it to be driven by communal origin and that’s by tapping into the grassroots community, the corporate communities, persons who ordinarily would not have come to a track meet. Because of perhaps varying themes that we will introduce, they will be more inclined.”

Archer also mentioned plans to initiate wider-reaching talent searches to unearth even more talent to add to the likes of the Steven Gardiners and Shaunae Millers.

“We will mount an aggressive talent search exercise that will go beyond the limits of Nassau and New Providence and extend to the 17 family islands that make up the Commonwealth of the Bahamas,” he said.

“That is important because most of our talent is not necessarily based in New Providence and so our island programmes and development programmes are going to be central to a new look for this federation.”

He also said more emphasis will be placed on developing the athletic programmes for children on the island.

Archer’s slate is comprised of Ravanno Ferguson, Rupert Gardiner, Sharon Gardiner, Kermit Taylor, Dawn Johnson and Frank Rahming.

 

Leighton Levy

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    Based on the IAAF competition performance rankings, used to rank the quality of competitions, the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 tops the list of all World Championships to date.

     

    Taking the best five results and athletes from the best 24 events, the top five editions are:

     

    1. 2019, Doha – 195,869
    2. 2015, Beijing – 194,547
    3. 2017, London – 193,426
    4. 2013, Moscow – 192,664
    5. 2009, Berlin – 191,168

     

    Based on the average scores of all track and field results, the top five editions are:

     

    1. 2019, Doha – 1024.75
    2. 2017, London – 1012.84
    3. 1999, Seville – 1007.98
    4. 2015, Beijing – 1004.78
    5. 2009, Berlin – 1004.55

     

    There have been many outstanding performances over the 10 days of competition with unprecedented depth in many of the finals. Based on the IAAF scoring tables, the top five men’s and women’s performances are:

     

    MEN

    22.91m Joe Kovacs (USA) shot put – 1295pts

    22.90m Tom Walsh (NZL) shot put – 1294pts

    22.90m Ryan Crouser (USA) shot put – 1294pts

    9.76 Christian Coleman (USA) 100m – 1291pts

    43.48 Steven Gardiner (BAH) 400m – 1289pts

     

    WOMEN

    7.30m Malaika Mihambo (GER) long jump – 1288pts

    48.14 Salwa Eid Naser (BRN) 400m – 1281pts

    48.37 Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH) 400m – 1272pts

    3:51.95 Sifan Hassan (NED) 1500m – 1271pts

    6981 Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GBR) heptathlon – 1269pts

     

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