Theresa Reynolds – USADA Testing Resources Manager
Two well-qualified representatives of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Theresa Reynolds and Laura Hahn helped the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) to make history recently.
The pair conducted in the main, the First BADC Dope Controlling Officers Training Seminar. They, with the assistance of local DCOs Nurse Beatrice Arthur, Dr. Ricardo Davis and Dr. Julian Stewart were remarkable in taking the 28 Bahamian trainees through their paces for a day and a half, before certification.
USADA is the equivalent to BADC but was officially endorsed by Congress in 2001 and has far more resources than its local counterpart. USADA has the same responsibilities as BADC. The USADA officers are responsible for managing the anti-doping program for the Olympic and Paralympic jurisdiction in the United States.
However, there, the similarities end. BADC has had to function like all other entities in the country due to the economic downturn, with limited resources from the Government. USADA on the other hand is funded by a U.S. Federal grant and has many financially-solid organizations like the United States Olympic Committee requesting services regularly.
USADA has little concern when it comes to money.
It is from that backdrop that Reynolds and her colleagues have been of great assistance to BADC with educational material and testing equipment. The presence of Reynolds and Hahn for the January 19-21 Training Seminar was really the icing on the cake for BADC.
The venture was a success. There are now 27 additional Bahamians capable of assisting with and carrying out in-competition and out-of-competition tests. The process was smooth throughout and both Raynolds and Hahn were impressed with the enthusiasm and the general approach of the trainees.
“We were very impressed. The trainees were good. They took the business of getting qualified to heart. They worked the materials very well and I’m satisfied that they will be excellent for BADC and its anti-doping program. I just want to advise that you should not be afraid of conflicts. Just be prepared always to do your job as you have been trained,” said Reynolds, the USADA Testing Resources Manager.
Nurse Arthur who is the BADC’s Chief Doping Control Officer, noted the enthusiasm shown by the trainees in the two-day seminar and challenged them to demonstrate the same zeal when they go into the field.
The trainees were from four island areas, New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Andros. They can now expect, in the near future to be informed as to when they will be required for testing assignments.
Tests could be done at the many national tournaments and championships, regional events, and school tournaments in various disciplines. The out-of-competition testing is if equal priority.