Students at St. John’s College got a first-hand account of what is set to be the largest sporting event The Bahamas has ever produced. The Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 (BAHCYG2017) is set to bring more than 1000 youth athletes from 69 territories to The Bahamas this summer from July 17-23.

The school, which has signed on to BAHCYG2017’s Ambassador Programme as the official host school to the country of Guyana, shared its Commonwealth Day celebrations with members of the Local Organising Committee for the event. BAHCYG2017 Chairman, Romell Knowles, said he was elated to have St. John’s on board as part of the cultural exchange programme and encouraged all students to come out and support the Youth Games even though school will be closed at the time of the event.

“I expect every student from the land of the Giants who is on the island to be present at the Games,” he said. “We want you to not only support your designated country of Guyana, but also experience the rich cultures begin brought to The Bahamas from the 68 visiting countries around the world.”

Dr. Nevillene Evans, principal at St. John’s highlighted the school’s history of being an integrated institution as there are 11 Commonwealth countries represented at the school as faculty and staff.
“For us, education is not limited to The Bahamas but a global experience,” said Dr. Evans.

Reading the Queen’s speech was Jan McDonald, a teacher at the school.

Commonwealth Day also marks the beginning of the global journey of the Queen’s Baton, which is intended to touch millions of people around the world. BAHCYG2017 anxiously anticipates is arrival at the Games in July where students from around The Bahamas are expected to touch and indulge in yet another key aspect of the Commonwealth experience.

About the games

First held in Edinburgh in 2000, the games will feature nine sporting disciplines including Aquatics, Athletics, Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling, Judo, Rugby 7s and Tennis.

The Youth Games have produced some of the world’s elite athletes including Kirani James (Athletics), Beth Tweddle (Gymnastics), Chad le Clos (Aquatics) and Caster Semenya (Athletics).

A key vision for the Youth Games is to enable smaller nations and cities, unable to host a Commonwealth Games, to enjoy the socio-cultural, tourism and other legacy benefits of hosting a major international sporting event.
Off the field of play, the Youth Games experience focuses on friendship, integrity and cross-Commonwealth inter-cultural exchange – learning and living the CGF values of Humanity, Equality, Destiny.

Students of St. John’s College dress to highlight the diverse Commonwealth nations represented at the school.