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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism congratulates Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace - brings home the gold at Pan American Games

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism congratulates Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace - brings home the gold at Pan American Games ( NASSAU, Bahamas –Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace rose above the pack on Friday night at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada and grabbed the gold for The Islands Of The Bahamas in her nail-biting performance.

The Bahamian swimmer started off her Pan American Games run with a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle on Tuesday with fans in awe of her immense skill. Later on, she showed of her talent at the 50m freestyle with a record-breaking qualifying swim of 24.31 seconds.

Bahamian history was made as Vanderpool-Wallace swam in the pivotal final race for the 50m freestyle and retrieved the gold with an impressive time of 24.38 seconds. She beat the likes of Etiene Medeiros of Brazil and Natalie Coughlan of the United States.

“I want to congratulate Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace on her fantastic performance at the Pan American Games. We are honored to have such a talented woman represent The Bahamas. We are all very excited for her”, said Hon. Obie H. Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism for The Bahamas. “Being a professional athlete is not an easy feat, but Vanderpool-Wallace does the job with absolute confidence and grace. Her hard work has paid off and made the people of The Bahamas proud. We cannot wait to see her continued success for years to come.”

The Islands Of The Bahamas have their eyes set on the gold in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During the London 2012 Olympics, Vanderpool-Wallace became the first Bahamian woman to reach the finals in Olympic swimming. She will be returning again with even more fire and tenacity with hopes of a chance to bring home a gold medal for the island once again.

About The Islands Of The Bahamas

The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best golf, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and the Bahamian dollar on par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit

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MEDIA CONTACT: Anita Johnson-Patty, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism,

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