We extend our deepest condolences to the Finlayson family on the passing of Alpheus Finlayson, a man who left an indelible mark on the world of track and field. On behalf of my wife Berlice, myself and the entire Free National Movement share in your grief during this difficult time.
Alpheus’s leadership as the head of the Bahamas Amateur Athletic Association in 1992 brought about the historic first Bahamian Olympic medal in Track and Field. His dedication to the sport was exemplified by the first three World Championship medals won in 1995 and 1997. Affectionately known as “Hawk,” he made history by becoming the first Bahamian elected to the 27-member Council of the IAAF, the World governing body of Track and field. His unwavering commitment to athletics was evidenced by his presence at every IAAF World Championships from 1983 to 2017.
Beyond his sporting achievements, Alpheus was a dedicated community leader, serving as a Director of Marathon Bahamas and the Bahamas Athletic Foundation. His legacy will continue to inspire.
Alpheus’s impact extended to his family, and his memory will live on through his daughter, Alexis Hanna, three granddaughters, Shandia Finlayson, Ebony Howell, and Selah Hanna, two grandsons, Nassir and Sadiq Hanna, and two great-granddaughters, Kiyah Major and Eva Howell.
May cherished memories of Alpheus bring you solace during this time of sorrow. Our thoughts are with you, and we hope you find strength in the support of friends and loved ones.
With deepest sympathies,
Leader, Free National Movement