The Bahamas is an archipelago of about 700 islands and 2,400 cays in the northern Caribbean. The Bahamas is located in the Atlantic Ocean, east of Florida in the United States, north of Cuba and west of the British dependency of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The climate is warm for much of the year, with heavy rainfall in the summer. Tourism is the island's main industry, combined with financial services.
The Bahamas became a British crown colony in 1718, and was granted self-government in 1964, before achieving full independence in 1973. Bahamas first attended the Commonwealth Games in 1954 in Vancouver, Canada, although they did not join the Commonwealth until 1973. They have attended ten games since, picking up a total of 23 medals including eight gold.
Success at Manchester in the Marquee Woman’s Athletics event, the 100m sprint for Bahamian Debbie Furguson, who won in a time of 10.91 secs.
View the final list of medallists from Bahamas at Melbourne 2006
See highlights and photos from the Queen's Baton Relay in Bahamas