November 8, 2023

In a pivotal moment for the sports community, Petra Haven, the Executive Director of the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC), took center stage at the Sport’s Administrators Meeting and Reception on November 8, 2023. Hosted by the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Culture, the event aimed to address critical updates to the current sports policy, with a particular focus on the integration of anti-doping measures. Petra, an esteemed figure in the realm of anti-doping initiatives, was invited as a speaker to shed light on BADC’s role and strategies in collaboration with sports federations.

During her presentation, Petra Haven provided a comprehensive overview of BADC’s mission and emphasized the commission’s commitment to working closely with sports federations to achieve common goals. She outlined the practical aspects of BADC’s involvement, including the implementation of doping tests at sporting events and the facilitation of educational sessions. Petra’s address underscored the importance of a united front against doping in sports and highlighted the proactive stance that BADC intends to take in the upcoming year. As the event concluded, optimism filled the room as Petra expressed BADC’s eagerness to forge strong partnerships with all federations in preparation for the sporting endeavours of 2024.

Pictured L to R: Petra Haven (BADC Executive Director), Spence Finlayson, Dominic Laing (BADC Doping Control Manager)

November 7, 2023

In a riveting episode of the Immediate Response radio and TV talk show, Spence Finlayson welcomed Petra Haven, the Executive Director of the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC), and Dominic Laing, the Doping Control Manager. The dynamic duo engaged in a thought-provoking discussion on the critical issues surrounding doping control in sports. Petra, whose commitment to clean sports is unparalleled, shared insights into the evolving landscape of anti-doping efforts and the pivotal role played by organizations like BADC in maintaining the integrity of competitive sports.

The conversation delved into the upcoming events in the world of sports and the significance of stringent doping control measures to ensure a level playing field for athletes. A notable highlight of the show was Petra Haven’s announcement of her selection as one of only 16 individuals globally for an exclusive educational program provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This recognition not only reflects Petra’s dedication to the cause but also underscores the international acclaim for BADC’s efforts in promoting clean sports. The trio emphasized the importance of education and collaboration in the fight against doping, reiterating the shared responsibility of athletes, sports organizations, and anti-doping agencies in upholding the principles of fair play and ethical competition.

Dominic Laing, the Doping Control Manager, brought a unique perspective to the conversation by shedding light on the intricacies of running the doping control program. With an unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards in anti-doping practices, Laing discussed the meticulous processes involved in sample collection, analysis, and the comprehensive protocols implemented to detect and deter doping in sports. His role as the Doping Control Manager highlighted the importance of a well-coordinated and systematic approach to ensure the efficacy of anti-doping measures.

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Pictured above (L to R): Dr. Christa Wells (Chairman of the Board); Petra Haven (Executive Director); Mrs. Genaye Nairm-Stirrup (Board Member – Education); Dr. Patricia Symonette (Board Member – Doping Control)

November 4, 2023

In a show of support for the promotion of fair play and integrity in sports, executives from the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) graced the Annual Sports Awards hosted by the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Culture. The event, held to celebrate the outstanding achievements of athletes and contributors to the sports community, saw the BADC executives emphasizing the importance of anti-doping measures in maintaining a level playing field. Their presence highlighted the commitment of The Bahamas to uphold the principles of clean and ethical competition, sending a strong message about the nation’s dedication to fostering a sports culture built on integrity.

Nassau, The Bahamas –  November 4, 2023

In a bid to promote clean and fair sportsmanship, the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission took center stage at a motivational, health, and wellness forum hosted by Red-Line Athletics on November 4, 2023. The event aimed to empower parents, coaches, and athletes with valuable insights into anti-doping measures, athlete rights, and overall well-being.

Executive Director Petra Haven and Doping Control Manager Dominic Laing Lead the Charge

The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission’s Executive Director, Petra Haven, and Doping Control Manager, Dominic Laing, played pivotal roles in delivering an engaging and interactive educational session. Attendees were treated to a comprehensive discussion covering crucial topics such as anti-doping strategies, the doping control process, therapeutic use exemptions, athlete rights and responsibilities, and the vital role athlete support personnel play in an athlete’s journey.

Empowering the Sporting Community

The session not only shed light on the importance of maintaining a level playing field but also emphasized the significance of education in fostering a culture of clean competition. Petra Haven, with her wealth of experience, conveyed the Commission’s commitment to ensuring a fair and transparent sporting environment in The Bahamas.

Interactive Learning and Q&A Session

The forum incorporated interactive elements, allowing participants to actively engage with the material and clarify any doubts they might have had. The inclusion of a question and answer segment provided a platform for an open dialogue between the Anti-Doping Commission representatives and the audience, further enhancing the educational experience.

Red-Line Athletics Continues its Commitment to Athlete Development

Red-Line Athletics, known for its dedication to athlete development and holistic well-being, reaffirmed its commitment by hosting this informative forum. The collaboration with the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission not only showcased the organization’s commitment to clean sports but also highlighted the importance of knowledge in the athletic journey.

Looking Ahead

As the sporting community in The Bahamas continues to evolve, initiatives like the Red-Line Athletics forum contribute significantly to building a foundation of integrity, transparency, and education. The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission’s presence serves as a reminder that a united effort is essential in preserving the essence of fair play in sports.

October 5, 2023 – Nassau, The Bahamas

In a remarkable achievement that underscores The Bahamas’ commitment to clean and fair sports, Petra Haven, the dedicated Executive Director of the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC), has been selected as one of only sixteen individuals from around the world to participate in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Global Learning Development Framework Program for Educators in the Anti-Doping field.

This prestigious recognition not only shines a spotlight on Petra Haven’s relentless efforts in promoting anti-doping education but also reinforces The Bahamas’ prominent role on the international stage in the fight against doping in sports.

Haven’s selection comes at a pivotal time in her career, as she is diligently working on the development of an educational officer program for the BADC. Her passion and commitment to educating athletes and their support personnel about the importance of clean and fair competition have never been more evident.

The WADA Global Learning Development Framework Program for Educators is a globally recognized initiative that brings together anti-doping educators, fostering collaboration, sharing of best practices, and the continuous improvement of anti-doping education. Petra Haven’s inclusion in this program reflects her expertise and dedication to advancing anti-doping education in The Bahamas and beyond.

In response to this exciting news, Petra Haven stated, “I am truly honored and excited to be part of this prestigious program. It’s a testament to the hard work of the entire team at BADC and our commitment to ensuring athletes have the knowledge and resources they need to compete in a clean and fair environment.”

Under Haven’s leadership, BADC has made significant strides in enhancing anti-doping efforts in The Bahamas. This latest recognition from WADA further solidifies her reputation as a leading figure in the global anti-doping community.

The Bahamas proudly supports Petra Haven in this endeavor and looks forward to the positive impact her participation in the WADA Global Learning Development Framework Program will have on the nation’s athletes and the broader global sports community.

We congratulate Petra Haven on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in her mission to educate, empower, and uphold the principles of fair play in sports.

September 9, 2023

On September 9, 2023, the dedicated members of The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission’s New Providence team converged at the BADC office for their quarterly meeting. This gathering was not just another meeting; it was a symbol of their unwavering commitment to the cause of clean and ethical sports in The Bahamas.

At the heart of this meeting was a refresher course, a vital reminder of their responsibilities .With precision as their mantra, they ensure that the integrity of every doping control process remains unblemished.

But the day held more than just revisiting the basics; it was an introduction to the new Doping Control Manager, Mr. Dominic Laing, a pivotal addition to the team’s leadership. This dynamic addition promises to steer the ship towards even greater heights of efficiency and excellence.

As they exchanged ideas and insights, the team enthusiastically shared information on upcoming events, reaffirming their commitment to ensuring fair play and integrity in sports throughout New Providence and The Bahamas.🏆🇧🇸

September 30, 2023

In a heartwarming moment of camaraderie and commitment, The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission’s Grand Bahama team assembles not just as colleagues, but as champions of fair play in sports for a vital refresher course. They join together to diligently fill out new compliance information, complete a refresher course, exchange valuable insights on upcoming events, demonstrating their passion for ensuring clean and ethical sportsmanship in Grand Bahama.

Stay tuned for more updates on our Grand Bahama team’s incredible efforts to uphold the spirit of clean sports in our beautiful islands! 🏅🇧🇸 #GrandBahamaChampions #CleanSportsCommitment

September 16, 2023

In a historic collaboration that’s set to redefine the future of Bahamian sports, The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) has teamed up with the prestigious University of The Bahamas (UB) to bridge the gap between collegiate sports and doping control in The Bahamas. This remarkable partnership has allowed BADC and UB to be exposed to anti-doping education where student athletes can register for the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Anti-Doping Education and Learning (ADEL) platform.

With the power of cutting-edge technology, ADEL brings essential anti-doping information straight to the fingertips of our budding athletes. This program encapsulates the very essence of this game-changing venture, helping create a level playing field where integrity and fair play reign supreme.

August 31, 2023

In a lively and informative session, Petra Haven, the Executive Director of BADC, had an engaging conversation with a vibrant group of incoming university athletes. With a contagious enthusiasm for clean sports, Ms. Haven shared insights about the meticulous doping control process while underlining the paramount importance of maintaining integrity in athletic pursuits. The atmosphere was charged with energy as students soaked up knowledge, proving that learning about clean sports can be both fun and enlightening. This interaction not only set the stage for a doping-free university sports culture but also left our future scholars with a deep appreciation for the values of sportsmanship and integrity. 📖🌟🎓🏅 #CleanSports #AthleteEducation

August 23, 2023

In an inspiring educational session on August 23, 2023, Ms. Petra Haven, the Executive Director of the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission engaged in a heartfelt dialogue with the Bahamas Triathlon Carifta team athletes and their parents, underscoring the significance of Clean Sports. The session was a captivating exploration of the doping control process, highlighting the major points of Anti-Doping like the Prohibited List, Therapetuic Use Exemptions, Anti-Doping Rule Violations and more!

The athletes listened attentively as Ms. Haven shared invaluable insights, emphasising that true champions are those who compete with unwavering integrity and dedication. This gathering served as a powerful reminder to the next generation of triathlon stars that success is not just about crossing the finish line first, but doing so with honor and integrity.