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. ๐Ÿ“–๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ… #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.

July 7 – 15, 2023

The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission was ecstatic to participate in The Bahama Games hosted this past July as part of the country’s Independence celebrations for our Golden Jubilee (50 years).ย It was our hope and mission that even during these recreational games the spirit of “Clean Sports” still prevailed.

The Games hosted athletes in New Providence, representing all the islands of The Bahamas over the span of 8 days through 14 sporting disciplines.

June 24, 2023

BADC’s Executive Director Petra Haven hosted an anti-doping educational session at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Center with the National Water Polo team, coaches and parents ahead of their trip to El Salvador for the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC Games) this past July.

The players were able to learn about the doping control process, therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), the prohibited list and other pertinent information to prepare them for their international matches.

April 8 – 10, 2023

The Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) was the Anti-Doping Organization responsible for doping control during the 2023 Carfita Games held in Nassau, The Bahamas during the Easter holiday weekend. The team consisted of Doping Control Officers, Chaperones, Station Managers and members of the Operational/Administrative Team to ensure the spirit of clean and fair sport was upheld.

March 18, 2023

Training is extremely important so we always ensure that our Doping Control Officers stay up to date with their certifications and understanding new methods under the World Anti-Doping Code. Led by Lead DCO Lavaldo Coverley and Executive Director Petra Haven, a team of Doping Control Officers work through hands-on training in preparation of all Sporting events to be held in The Bahamas this year.

BADC’s Chairman of the Board, Dr. Christa Wells and Doping Control Manager, Mr. Audril Farquharson attend the annual iNADO and WADA Symposiums in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The theme of the 2023 iNADO Annual Workshop was “Women & Anti-Doping: Working Together Towards Excellence”. iNADO proudly chose to focus their 2023 Workshop on women in anti-doping because they feel supporting women helps everyone work together towards excellence in anti-doping. As said by iNADO, “Of iNADOโ€™s 69 member NADOs and RADOs, 30 have women in a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position or similar. This amounts to 43.5 percent, a higher average than in many other industries. However, this does not mean conditions in our community are favorable for gender equality.”

BADC’s attendance and representation at the annual WADA Symposium ensure we stay abreast of new procedures, network with our counterparts amongst other things. This year, “Under the theme โ€˜United toward a world of doping-free sportโ€™ the Symposium will once again gather anti-doping practitioners from International Federations, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations and Major Event Organizations; as well as, Athletes, Governments, WADA-accredited laboratories, Athlete Passport Management Units, service providers, researchers, and the media โ€“ to help advance the global collaborative mission for doping-free sport. This yearโ€™s edition will explore how, together, we can further advance anti-doping for the benefit of athletes worldwide.”ย 

We look forward to implementing all the new information we learned and building on existing and new relationships with our counterparts around the world.