I hope this transmission finds you well.
Coming off of Thanksgiving and into the December holiday season
presents many challenges and blessings. We are challenged through
and blessed by reflecting on the events of this year as we close
out this one and enter into another one.
We look at those who have not made it, are struggling to make and
those that did make it.
We look at the things we got done and those we did not.
But all in all, coming off of Thanksgiving, we are thankful to God,
the master architect of the universe for all that He has done and
will continue to do.
I wanted to share something with you that means a lot to me.
Some of you know that I served as the Head Coach for the Bahamas
Judo Federation and held that position for almost 2 years and in
that time we were able to produce the first Olympian in the sport
A young woman by the name of Cynthia Rahming now holds a place in
history that no one can or will ever surpass. She is the first
person to represent the Bahamas in an Olympic Games. She did this
by representing her country at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in
After resigning from my head coaching position and still working as
a Technical Consultant for the Bahamas Judo Federation I am happy
to see the program growing and flourishing. The program went from
non-recognizable to now being on the front page of the
International Judo Federation’s web site –>
Such recognition is humbling and it was nice during the bi-weekly
meeting with the President of the Bahamas Judo Federation,
D’Arcy Rahming, to start out the meeting with such good news on
how far the program has come and to know that the work in the
Bahamas is being recognized on a grandiose scale.
It is also great to see that the President of the International
Judo Federation Marius Vizer, not only looks at the major
powerhouses of judo but also recognizes, supports and reaches out
to tomorrow’s future medal winners and hotbeds for growth.
Strategic development, event planning, athlete preparation and
continuous growth are all things which were identified as
imperative for the Bahamas Judo Federation in 2008 during my first
meeting with Mr. Rahming and he stated that these things must occur
not only in the areas of athletics but also coaching and
refereeing. As a coach my charge was to develop the athletes. As a
Technical Advisor, I provide input and direction on all aspects of
growth of the Bahamas Judo Federation and I still learn a GREAT
DEAL from Mr. Rahming.
Although I work, for him, you couldn’t ask for a better mentor.
A graduate of Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern’s
engineering programs, he understands attacking problems that
don’t have a readily available answer but have a solution.
Yesteryear, nobody knew who we were. Today we are on the front page
of the International Judo Federation’s site and
“Tomorrow” we will walk around the track of the Olympic
Being a part of such a process is not only rewarding but also
breath-taking. I watch some of the practitioners from the Bahamas
on video, but they don’t even know who I am, but I’ve
LITERALLY watched them grow up in front of my eyes. I watch them
do the protocols that I provide in training and see the advice that
I’ve provided used in training and competition and am in awe.
As the year closes out, I thank God for the opportunity to coach,
share and consult. I’m looking forward to opening up some of
my coaching programs again in 2014, and I’m also looking
forward to spending some time with my family at the end of December.
Have a Great Day and God Bless.
Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
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