Bahamas perfect for CASI awards

Sports stars, promoters, coaches and officials from across the Caribbean will be converging in the Bahamas for another special awards ceremony.

Last year’s inaugural Caribbean Awards Sports Icons event in Jamaica was a roaring success and the second staging of it promises to be bigger and better.

Hosted by the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston in November, it was well attended by Caribbean sports stars including Jimmy Adams, Mike McCallum, Aileen Bailey, Nesta Carter and Grace Jackson.

The 2009 edition of the Caribbean Awards Sports Icons is at the Breezes Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas on November 28.

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner interrupted a busy schedule to attend too. Digicel were the main sponsors of CASI. It was also backed by Jamaica’s Ministry of Sports who sent their special adviser Ally McNabb as their rep.

CASI is the brainchild of sports promoter Al Hamilton, MBE, a Jamaican based in London. Hamilton has been running the highly successful annual Commonwealth Sports Awards since 1980 and has taken the event to many Commonwealth countries.

Legendary names that have attended the Commonwealth Sports Awards have included Lennox Lewis, Clive Lloyd, Courtney Walsh and John Barnes.

CASI was six years in planning and Hamilton and his Jamaican representative Paulton Gordon did a fine job.

Nearly 300 attended and had a great time meeting the stars and being entertained by international cabaret queen Stella Starr who flew in from Monte Carlo.

Fred Sturrup, president of the Commonwealth Boxing Council who attended the Jamaican event and was impressed, is the prime reason why it will be held in the Bahamas.

Sturrup’s day job is associate editor of the Nassau Guardian. He was in London earlier this month on boxing official duties but was also able to hold meetings with Hamilton to plan a strategy for CASI 2.

Sturrup intends to make CASI 2 a week-long series of sporting events in Nassau culminating in the awards night. There will be boxing, basketball and softball events around CASI 2.

The major support is the Ministries of Sports and Tourism but they’re looking for sponsors of various categories, costing US$10,000.

Hamilton said: ‘We are planning to invite some of the biggest names in Caribbean sport, and, beyond.

‘I will be making several trips to Nassau, to follow up on my trip in February. It is such a beautiful place, I do not need too much shoving to get me there.’

Anyone wanting more information should email Al Hamilton on [email protected] or Fred Sturrup on [email protected].