YMCA Soccer Registration Now Underway!

The YMCA 2007/08 Soccer League, which begins on November 17th at 10am is now registering. Our soccer programme is for boys and girls aged 4 to 14 years. The $45.00 registration fee includes your child’s Uniform T-Shirt and awards at the season end. The League runs Saturdays from 10 am to Noon.

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Our Renovated Pool makes a SPLASH!

The YMCA swimming pool is new and improved and already, the masses of Grand Bahamians (particularly kids) are benefitting from the recent renovations that took place at the popular swimming pool.

“The pool has gone under major renovations,” said Johnson, Executive Director of the YMCA.

“We’ve implemented a number of tasks that once completed would make the pool look like brand-new.”

YMCA takes Lifeguard course to new level

The YMCA is taking its lifeguard and water safety program to another level with the introduction of its beach front, lifeguard certification course. In the past, the YMCA offered pool lifeguard certification courses, but now that course has been expanded to include beach front certification. This will allow Bahamians interested in being lifeguards not only at hotels or at pool side, but beach lifeguards. The course will be conducted by an international, certified, water safety and first aid CPR Instructor out of Alabama in the person of William Joseph Powers.
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Terry Wildgoose is new Activities Director at the YMCA

If experience means as much as many people claim that it does, then Terry Wildgoose is the right man for the job of Activities Director at the YMCA.

No, Terry is not experienced in that capacity, per se, but having grown up in the YMCA, and having been both an athlete and a coach for almost every core sport there is, Terry indeed has what it takes to take up the challenge.

“I began my coaching career at the YMCA,” said Terry, during Wednesday’s press conference.

“Before that I was fortunate enough to have been a very good athlete and I played just about every sport in the country.

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YMCA offers a full slate of Summer Activities

The YMCA have planned a full slate of activities year-round, but particular emphasis is being placed on activities for the summer break as they relate to the young people in Grand Bahama.
Having almost half of its refurbishment and renovations completed since the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes, executive director Karon Pinder-Johnson and directors are pleased to be up and running… Read this Freeport News article

YMCA Summer Camp Curly Tail 2007

Starting June 25th and running until August 17th, let the YMCA be your choice for summer camp this year! Create wonderful memories of summer for your child by signing them up for summer camp with us.

Ages 3 – 13 years of age and weekdays from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Cost is only $80.00 a week (including lunches) OR $60.00 a week (without lunch)

What you get: swimming, baseball, judo, creative dance, obstacle course, track & field, arts & crafts, talent shows, academic drills, nutritional talks and more…

First 50 registered get a free t-shirt. Please note that a one-time registration fee of $20.00 is required.

Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean II/III Cast and Crew donate computers to the YMCA

Grand Bahama Island – Pirates of the Caribbean III – At World’s End opened in theatres Friday, May 25th, two years after Disney filmed portions of sequels II and III on Grand Bahama. During their stay the Cast & Crew Charity Golf Classic took place and resulted in a great amount of monies generated which went toward buying items for the Grand Bahama Children’s Home, and toward the purchase of ten computers set to go toward the youth of Grand Bahama.

Raquel Oliver comes 1st in The Big Stage Show

On Saturday, April 28th The Big Stage Show held the final showdown at the YMCA in Grand Bahama. It was very entertaining with stiff competition! Despite the rallies going on throughout town a good crowd turned out to cheer on their favorite contestant.

The final 16 finalist were: Dudley Caproni, Ayfere, Sharede Taylor, Rappquelle, Trent Carter, All Stars, Alexus, Just Gina, Burnai Capron, Erica, Chase, Bobby Blatch, Trekeiece Douglas, Raquel Oliver, Keaira Watson, Naughty, and Dano Rolle.
Raquel Oliver won 1st place; the All Stars 2nd; and Chase was 3rd. Each of these winners will get a trip to Atlanta to compete in another Stage Show as well have earned studio time.

The Big Stage Show plans to return again next year and have created a Bahamian record label. Proceeds from admittance to The Big Stage Show went entirely to the YMCA.
To see all the photos from Saturday click here: Pictures from Robbin Whachell
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The Big Stage Show wraps up Saturday!

One hundred auditioned and after four weeks of Round 1 competition, the judges progressed to a large Round 2 showcase this past Saturday, April 21st at the YMCA.

Like a Bahamian version of American Idol, over fifteen persons were eliminated. Unlike “Simon”, these judges (Marlyn Rolle and Barron McClegdon, this past Saturday) were a lot more gentle, each time telling the contestant first how they were good, before critiquing disappointments or areas of improvement.
All the contestants that made it into Round 2, like Karon Pinder-Johnson said, “…are all winners”. This event has taught each one of them much discipline to rehearse under pressure, and perform and be judged in front of an audience.
The final 16 contestants are: Dudley Caproni, Ayfere, Sharede Taylor, Rappquelle, Trent Carter, All Stars, Alexus, Just Gina, Burnai Capron, Erica, Chast, Bobby Blatch, Trekeiece Douglas, Raquel Oliver, Keaira Watson, Naughty, and Dano Rolle.

If you wish to be a part of the audience this Saturday, the show starts at 8:00pm and the admittance is $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 12 and under. Alvin Speights will be on hand for the final judging.

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The Y Summer Camp gets an early boost

The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club (GBAWC) on Monday presented a cheque to members of the Board of Directors for the YMCA as a part of the American Women’s Club’s support of YMCA programs. The bulk of the funds are said to go towards the YMCA’s summer camp this season.
“The monies presented came about as a result of a tennis tournament that we hosted last year and sponsored by Foster and Dunhill,” explained Penny Bethel, President of the GBAWC.
“They had promised us $20,000 and that was used for scholarships. But all the ladies were so impressed by the children we had there, that they each threw in $1,000, coming up to a total of over $6,000.

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