RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2015 nominees

first_imgFedrick Dacres – AthleticsFor his achievement in winning the gold medal in the discus throw at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Dacres hurled the discus 64.80 metres to win the event over Ronald Juliao of Brazil by .15 metres. The 21-year-old Dacres also finished seventh in the final of the discus at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, with a throw of 64.22 metres, well below the 65.77 metres he threw to qualify for the final round. His earlier throw would have earned him the bronze medal had he made it in the final round of competition.Veronica Campbell-Brown – AthleticsFor her achievement in earning the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a season best run of 21.97 seconds, the third-fastest time of the year. Campbell-Brown also ran the lead leg for the gold medal-winning women’s 4×100 metres relay team at the Championships. Earlier in the year, VCB was a member of two medal-winning teams at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas; the silver medal 4×200 metres relay team and the gold medal-winning 4×100 metres relay team. Campbell-Brown was also fourth in the 100 metres final at the World Championships.Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – AthleticsFor her achievement in winning the 100 metres title at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a brilliant run of 10.76 seconds. This was her third World 100m title, after previous triumphs in 2009 and 2013 and it was her fifth title in the last six major championships (including the last two Olympic Games). The ‘Pocket Rocket’ also anchored the women’s 4×100 metres relay team to victory in a championship record 41.07 seconds. Fraser-Pryce was the only Diamond race winner for Jamaica in the 2015 IAAF Diamond League, winning the diamond for the 100 metres with a perfect four wins from four starts. She ran a world-leading 10.74 seconds in Paris in the Diamond League and led the 4×100 metres relay team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas. Fraser-Pryce registered the three fastest 100 metres times for the year.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgbig shotCedar Grove Estate FC have everything going for them now, a new Sports Complex and a vibrant community. Now, all they need is a football title. That could change on Sunday, March 13 as they take on arch-rivals Braeton United in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League. The venue for this match is yet to be decided.This is a repeat of this season’s midseason final and the game can swing either way. Braeton won the last meeting 2-1. In semi-final action, last Sunday Cedar Grove defeated Edgewater 1-0, while Braeton United clipped Cumberland 2-1.Ready, aim, fire!Juniors aim for shotgun gloryScores of junior competitors will come out tomorrow to take aim at top honours in the Shotgun Sporting Clay Event at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine.The Skeet Club is located just off the Dyke Road in the proximity of the Portmore Toll Road. This is one of the various competitions for Jamaica SportsFeva 2016. Event though mainly Private High Schools such as Hillel Academy and AISK, just to name a few take part in team and individual contests, some athletes from Government-run schools are also down to compete.Organisers are urging fans to come and “witness perfect precision as our competitors aim with nerves of steel to reach as many targets as they can in our annual Clay Feva competition.”The event is driven by Mitsubishi Jamaica.Second round battle in ClarendonThree quarter-final spots are yet to be taken in the 2016 Clarendon Football Association (CFA)/Captain’s Bakery Major League football competition.Of the eight possible spots, Kemps Hill from Group One, Jamalco and New Bowens from Group Two and Sporting Central Academy from Group Three have secured berths. With a three-zone preliminary format, the top two are automatic qualifiers from each group, with the eight completed by two best third-placed teams.Tomorrow’s clash between Group One teams Comfort and York Town could unearth two more places. York Town, who are second behind Kemps Hill on 13 points, only need a draw against Comfort to secure an automatic berth. Comfort are so placed that a draw will not hurt their chances as they can still secure one of the best third-placed qualifying spots.Of the five qualifiers so far, defending champions Jamalco have been most impressive. The have 19 points from seven games, which also includes six wins and a draw.In their last game, away to Lionel Town, former Premier League striker Kimroy Davis scored in the 46th minute of play on his debut for Jamalco to hand them a 1-0 win and provide Jamalco’s sixth win.Technical Strikers lead Manchester Division OneFollowing three completed matches in the first round of the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One, Technical Strikers are the clear leaders. They have mined maximum nine points from three games.Second are Starz Academy with seven points, compiled from two wins and a draw, with Los Perfectos on five points. Fourth is narrowly held on goal difference by Trinity, who have four points. In fact, the latter leads a quartet of teams that have also mined four points.Two of the three matches played earlier this week produced drawn results. Los Perfectos, aided by an own goal, ended 2-2 with Starz Academy, while 360 Degrees and Plowden drew 0-0. The third match saw Mandeville United outscoring Epping Forest 3-2 in an away encounter.For Mandeville United, Jordan Watson scored a double, but it was Richard Larmond’s brace aided by Marion Larmond’s lone strike which tilted the balance for the victors.New Reggae Boyz’ recruit from St ElizabethFootball in St Elizabeth appears to have been energised by news which emerged this week that a key player from one of its Major League teams has been drafted into the Winfried Schafer-coached men’s national senior football team training squad for 2018 World Cup.That player is Swayne Thomas, who has been creating waves throughout the parish ever since he was transferred from York FC in St Thomas in the January 2016 transfer window.So far he has scored eight goals for St Bess FC, transforming the campaign of the newcomers to the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League.St Bess did not make the midseason final two weekends ago, which was contested between Black Star FC and Real Treasure Beach. However, with two games to complete the return phase of the preliminary round, St Bess are nicely perched to make the semi-finals as they hold second place with 29 points.At this stage, they have packaged the best goalscoring statistics scoring 44 and conceding nine for a positive overwhelming difference of 35. This is 10 better than leaders Black Star.Semi-final fever in St Elizabeth Major LeagueThe jostling for semi-final spots in the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League could be intensified with this weekend’s playing of key contests involving the top five contenders.Black Star, who won the midseason final, have already booked their place, amassing 37 points. However, with four matches to complete the preliminary phase, the quartet of St Bess (29), Holland Police Youth Club (27) and Real Treasure Beach FC (25) and Appleton (17) can significantly advance their positions.Today’s matches: 1. Vineyard YC vs Newell United at Vineyard, 2. Real Treasure Beach FC vs Holland PYC at Treasure Beach Sports Park, 3. Super Action YC vs Haughton United at Holland. Match time is 3:30 p.m.Tomorrow’s matches: 1. Tafari Lions FC vs Appleton Estate FC at Lacovia at 1:30 p.m., 2. St Bess FC vs Black Star FC at Lacovia at 3:30 p.m. clash in PortmoreAll eyes will be on the mega clash between co-leaders Right Stuff and Spit Fyah in the City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League. The match will be played in Right Stuff’s backyard, Gem Bar, in Waterford, beginning at 11 o’clock tomorrow morning.Both clubs are on 29 points apiece from eight games and a win for either team will see the victor ascending to the top of the standings.In other games, third-placed Exceptional International (25 points) travel to take on Soursop Tree; Naggo Head are at home against Unity Strikers at Naggo Head Bus Park; Fort International (25 points), joint third place, journey to play home team Chedwin Strikers; Spring Village welcome Correctional Services; Garveymeade host Felluchi Strikers at Garveymeade Sports Club; Highlight Strikers entertain Waterhouse at Christian Pen; while Memory Lane are at home against Masterpiece in Waterford.Cedar Grove’s Anthony Minott and Richard BryanINSPORTS St Catherine FA Masters Football League kicks offFifteen teams are down to compete in the inaugural Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) St Catherine Football Association Masters Football League, which was officially launched last Sunday at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.In games played last Sunday, Christian Ambassadors defeated Maxfield 3-1 and D.B. Basovak tagged Constant Spring 2-0.The competition is divided into three zones, as the top two teams, plus the two best runners-up will play in the quarter-finals.Cumberland, Racing shoot for KO titleThe final of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two knockout football competition will be played between Cumberland and Racing United at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m.In semi-final action, Cumberland defeated Cedar Grove 2-1, while Racing’s win over Braeton United was a no-contest as the Gregory Park-based club ran out 4-1 winners.Interestingly, Braeton won the midseason crown.Mega dominolast_img read more

No Vardy, no problem for leaders Leicester

first_img By extending their unbeaten run to nine games, Leicester officially knocked Manchester City and Arsenal out of the title race a year after the central England team’s priority was fighting relegation. Fourth-place Arsenal, who have gone 12 years without winning the league, were held 0-0 by Sunderland in yesterday’s other game. It was a valuable point for Sunderland, who climbed out of the relegation zone by going above Norwich on goal difference. “It is frustrating because we play to win the title,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal’s season now rests on holding on to fourth place and qualifying for the Champions League, with Manchester United five points behind in fifth place. United also have an FA Cup final to look forward to. Louis van Gaal’s side discovered yesterday that they will face Crystal Palace on May 21 in a repeat of the 1990 final. In a semi-final overshadowed by Leicester’s game, Palace beat Watford 2-1 with all three goals coming from headers. Yannick Bolasie’s opener was cancelled out by Troy Deeney but Connor Wickham restored Palace’s lead. United also beat Everton 2-1 on Saturday. MAN CITY OUT LONDON (AP): No Jamie Vardy, no problem for Leicester. Even with their top-scorer suspended, the Premier League leaders still overpowered Swansea 4-0 yesterday to move another step closer to collecting the trophy. The only team which can now catch Leicester is Tottenham, but the preseason 5,000-1 outsiders have their destiny in their own hands. Tottenham are eight points behind Leicester in second place going into today’s game against West Bromwich Albion. Regardless of what Tottenham do in their last four games, Leicester will be guaranteed the top flight for the first time in its 132-year history by collecting five points from their remaining three fixtures. Leicester dismantled Swansea with their biggest win in three months. Vardy’s replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, scored twice after Riyad Mahrez’s opener and Marc Albrighton completed the rout. “I talked to my players before the match and I said we had a dream so far, now make a dream reality,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “Now is the right moment to push. If Tottenham are better than us, OK, but we have to fight because we will never have this fantastic moment (again). “Now there are only three matches, we know they are very important for our history but for this reason we give everything. We play with our hearts and it’s difficult to beat those who play with the heart and soul.” The attacking threat provided without 22-goal Vardy will have reassured the Foxes they can cope without him for longer. The England striker is waiting to discover from the English Football Association if his one-match ban will be extended over the angry reaction to being sent off in last weekend’s draw against West Ham. “Without Jamie, everyone makes something more and it was a fantastic show to see my players fight and play together,” Ranieri said.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgAnderson to missfourth TestBIRMINGHAM, England (AP):England fast bowler James Anderson will miss the rest of the third Ashes Test and all of the fourth at Trent Bridge with a left-side strain.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) made the announcement yesterday, a day after England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker walked off the pitch hurt in mid-over at Edgbaston in the last session of the second day.The ECB statement adds “his availability for the final Test in the series will be determined in due course.” The fifth Test starts on August, 20 at The Oval.Anderson took 6-47 in Australia’s first innings at Edgbaston, and has 413 Test wickets overall.Pakistan win T20COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 29 runs in the first Twenty20 at R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday:Pakistan 175-5 in 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 46 not out, Ahmed Shehzad 46, Umar Akmal 46; Thisara Perera 2-30), defeated Sri Lanka 146-7 in 20 overs (Milinda Siriwardana 35, Dhananjaya de Silva 31; Sohail Tanvir 3-29, Anwar Ali 2-27) by 29 runs.Nadal in Hamburg semisHAMBURG, Germany (AP):Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the semi-finals of the Hamburg Open by beating fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 yesterday.Nadal’s semi-final opponent will be Andreas Seppi, who reached the last four without having to play. His opponent, Simone Bolleli, withdrew with a stomach ailment.Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay-court title every year since 2004. The former top-ranked player has dropped to No. 10 in the world.Qualifier Lucas Pouille upset Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2 to set up a semi-final encounter against eighth-seeded and 2013 Hamburg winner Fabio Fognini, who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 7-5.Pouille reached his second semi-final of the year by ending Paire’s seven-match winning run that included his maiden title in Bastad, Sweden.Pavlyuchenkova, Knapp in Baku semisBAKU, Azerbaijan (AP):To take their seeded place in the Baku Cup final, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Karin Knapp of Italy will have to beat two first-time semi-finalists on the WTA tour.No. 1-seeded Pavlyuchenkova defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-3 in the quarter-finals yesterday, saving all four break chances she faced, while No. 2-seeded Knapp beat Alexandra Panova of Russia 6-2, 7-6 (4) to even their head-to-head at 2-2.Pavlyuchenkova will meet Patricia Maria Tig of Romania, who stymied the only break chance Donna Vekic had, and beat the Croatian 6-3, 6-2.Knapp faces Margarita Gasparyan, who won an all-Russian quarter-final with Evgeniya Rodina 6-3, 6-2. Gasparyan is one of Russia’s biggest hopes, and has come on this year with four ITF circuit titles in France, Russia, and Slovakia, and qualified for her first French Open and Wimbledon.last_img read more

PACE Management and O’Hara the right fit

first_imgTop international athlete management firm, PACE Sports Management, has revealed that new recruit, Jamaica’s Michael O’Hara, fits well into their philosophy of working with the best current and upcoming athletes, and tipped the ace youth sprinter to go on to become a world beater. PACE’s confirmation follows last Wednesday’s announcement that the teen had signed a professional long-term contract with German sports apparel manufacturer, Puma, and PACE Sports Management, respectively. PACE is headed by Ricky Simms and Marion Steininger. It currently works with some of track and field’s biggest names, including six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt. The firm has been instrumental in developing the iconic Jamaican into a global superstar, on and off the track. “PACE Sports Management likes to work with the top talents in track and field, and Michael (O’Hara) is certainly one of the world’s top young sprint talents,” Simms told The Sunday Gleaner. “We will now aim to help him make the transition to professional over the next few years,” he added, while noting that no pressure will be on the teenager to prove his worth too quickly. golden boy O’Hara is a recent ISSA/ GraceKennedy Boys Championships golden boy, with four gold medals from this year’s staging. He is also a 2013 World Youth 200 metres champion. He will be working alongside legendary sprint coach Glen Mills and Bolt’s personal manager, Nugent Walker. “He (O’Hara) will be under no immediate pressure. The next few years are about his progression and build-up to peak at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games,” Simms stressed. Simms, also a worldwide commercial and competition agent, added: “We are happy to welcome Michael to PACE Sports Management. He has been very successful so far in his career at the school, youth and junior levels.” O’Hara said he does not know how soon he will begin working with Racers Track Club. “I can’t say how soon I will start working with Racers, but I am very elated. I mean, it is a dream come true, so I am happy,” he underlined, while referring other questions to his management team. Other Olympic and World Champions stars from PACE include Britain’s Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu and Phillips Idowu, and Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_img Costa Rica coach Wanchope in stadium fist fight PANAMA CITY (AP): Costa Rica soccer coach Paulo Wanchope landed in a fist fight while watching his country’s Under-23 team play in Panama. Video of the altercation shows Wanchope trying to enter the field through a gate in the stands. He appears to push a youth guarding the gate and then clashes with a man who punches and kicks him before police intervene. Local news reports indicate Wanchope was irritated at refereeing during Tuesday night’s pre-Olympic match, which ended 0-0. Wanchope took over Costa Rica’s team last year after a career as one of Central America’s most famous forwards. He played for several years in the English Premier League and was a star on the national team. Mexico, last month, fired its national team coach Miguel Herrera for allegedly punching a television broadcaster. Costa Rica’s soccer federation said in a statement that it was waiting to compile all the information available before commenting on the incident. Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo in running for UEFA Best Player award NYON, Switzerland (AP): Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez of Champions League winner Barcelona will compete with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award for last season. UEFA says the three stars topped a Europe-wide poll of journalists who chose from a 10-player shortlist. The same 54-member panel picks a winner on August 27 at the Champions League group draw in Monaco. Messi and Ronaldo had a season-long duel for the Champions League scoring record and resume this season tied on 77 goals. Suarez is nominated despite starting his season in late October after serving a FIFA fan for biting at the World Cup. The Uruguay forward scored the decisive goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final. Five Juventus players were shortlisted.last_img read more

Jamaica’s men lament hurtful 4x400m loss

first_imgBEIJING, China:When Sanjay Ayre slipped from the silver-medal spot to fourth place in the men’s 4x400m final in the space of a few metres at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, it hurt.Not even that colossal anchor leg failure could have given as much grief as Jamaica’s agonising fourth-place finish on the final day of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday.The team of Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, Rusheen McDonald, and Javon Francis clocked 2:58.51, the same time as bronze-medal winners Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with the USA running away with the gold medal in 2:57.82 and Trinidad and Tobago getting the silver in 2:58.20.The Jamaicans were in a good position up to the third leg, when McDonald slipped to almost sixth, before handing over the baton to Francis.FAst moveFrancis wasted little time in moving to the front of the pack, showing his 20.58 200-metre speed at the first opportunity. It looked familiar, as his 44.00 split from the Moscow 2013 World Championships, which dragged Jamaica from fifth to second in the event, looked like it was about to repeat itself.As brave as he was, Francis faded towards the end and was caught on the 100m stretch. Clinging for dear life to the bronze medal now, the Jamaican stepped across the line as Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Martyn Rooney clipped him for third, despite both times being rounded up to reflect 2:58.51, as was confirmed by the photo-finish camera.It was a heart-crushing defeat. Francis was devastated.”From I have been losing races, this is one of the most hurtful losses I have ever experienced,” lamented Chambers. “But we came out here as a team, and we fought as a team, but today we didn’t have enough to win.”We got the same time as Great Britain, but we just have to accept the result and move on to next year and different targets,” added Chambers.disappointedThe Jamaican team management didn’t readily accept the result, as they had the tape reviewed to see if they could have gotten a share of the bronze medal.”To be honest, I am really disappointed that we didn’t make the podium, but we are thankful at the same time,” said Peter Matthews. “I am really feeling hurt, and I’m sure the other fellows are as well; we really wanted this.”Matthews is hoping that the team can stay together and believes that the capability is there for a medal at next year’s Olympic Games.”With everyone, healthy next year, we have a good chance of even winning the 4x400m in Rio. We had a good side this year, but the competition was also very good, too,” Matthews said.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Veteran club Caribbean Classic warmed up for the semi-final of the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) League with a comprehensive 300-247 win over Exceptional International last Sunday. It was Classic’s ninth win of the season. Caribbean Classic will clash tomorrow with arch-rivals, Spit Fyah – a team formed a couple of seasons ago – at Caymanas Park Limited. Spit Fyah will come out firing, but Classic have the ammunition to nullify any attack from their opponents. Spit Fyah also warmed up for the clash by beating Spring Village 300-281 in their matchup. In other games, Eradication cut down Small Axe 300-259; Ten To Ten outlasted Highlight Strikers 300-298 in a countdown; Memory Lane stopped Naggo Head 300-283; Giants surprised Waterhouse United 300-291; Right Stuff beat Tamarind Tree 300-261; and Feluchie stopped Sour Sop Tree 300-261. The JDCA had this to say: “We are appealing to all domino enthusiasts, players, spectators and supporters to come out and support this thrilling encounter as we strive to bring the sport of domino to a higher level.” Passagefort on a roll Defending champions Passagefort United reeled off their seventh consecutive win as they turned back the challenge of a spirited Westmeade Rising Stars 250-242 in the latest round of the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League – sponsored by Member of Parliament Colin Fagan, in Westmeade last Sunday. The win left Passagefort cruising at the top with maximum 28 points, 10 clear of Waterford (18), which beat Garveymeade 250-226; and Ken’s Wildflower (18), which defeated Cumberland 250-242. Garveymeade (17 points) have dropped to fourth place, while Cumberland lie fifth with 17 points, Westmeade sixth with 11 points and Portsmouth, in last position on two points. The competition takes a break tomorrow and returns on Sunday, September 27. INSPORTS Portmore Primary football, netball in October Schools in Portmore are gearing up for the 2015 season of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary football and netball leagues. The deadline for entries to be submitted for both competitions is September 30. The football League will commence on Thursday, October 8, at the Portsmouth Primary football field, with an opening ceremony and two matches. Defending champions Portsmouth will play Independence City at 10 a.m. and Waterford take on Bridgeport Primary at 12 p.m. Chubby will sponsor the League, to the tune of $100,000 and also donate products. The Netball League will commence at Kensington Primary School at 10 a.m., with an opening ceremony and two matches. Host school, Kensington Primary, will play Belmont Park at 10 a.m., while defending champions Portsmouth will tackle Waterford at noon. Member of Parliament for East Central St Catherine, Arnaldo Brown, will cover the expenses for the preliminary round of the league. Portsmouth Primary football rally Portsmouth Primary School, in association with the Institute of Sports, once again stage their one-day football rally on Friday, October 2, on the school grounds. Registration is at 9 a.m. and matches are slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee is $3,000 and must be paid by Thursday, October 1. The main aim of the competition is to promote and develop football within the schools and build the confidence of young players while providing the experience needed for upcoming competitions. The competition is open to both primary and preparatory schools in Jamaica. The event was last contested in 2013, where McAuley Primary from Spanish Town won. They defeated the host school 3-2. JBA to host all-Island ‘Baseball Roll-out’ The Jamaica Baseball Association (JBA), headed by President Uel Gordon, will be embarking on an all-island project to spread the game of baseball through the length and breadth of Jamaica, through an initiative called ‘Baseball Roll-out’. Errol Matthias, the coordinator of the project, said this initiative will commence in Portmore on Saturday, October 17, at 10 a.m., tentatively set for the Urban Development Corporation playing field, which is located across from the Portmore Mall. There about 230 children – aged nine-12 – from primary and preparatory schools will be taught the dynamics of the game. The theme for the project is ‘pitch it, hit it, field it, catch it’. On a broader scale, the JBA will target players from nine years to 19 years in primary, prep, junior high and high schools across the island. BH football finals at Barbican today The divisional finals of the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House competition will be played at Barbican today, with KO champions Petrojam taking on the unbeaten GraceKennedy, starting at 3 p.m., and the unbeaten Peak Bottling vs Sagicor at 1 p.m. Last Saturday, the Lenworth Hyde-coached Petrojam clipped defending champions Metrodade 1-0 in the semi-final, courtesy of a late goal from captain Jothan Watson, to advance. Grace Kennedy defeated Scotiabank 2-0 in the other semi-final, with goals from Karat HoSang and Michael Spence in the 54th and 89th minutes, respectively. In division two semi-finals, Peak Bottling beat NCB 3-2 on penalty kicks after both played to a 4-4 tie in regulation and extra time, while Sagicor clipped ATL 2-1 in the other semi-final. Classic warm up for midseasonlast_img read more

Custos hails Bruising gym founder

first_imgBruising Gym founder and head coach Carl Grant was praised for his foresight in setting up the gym and congratulated for the work he is doing in the Stony Hill area by Custos of St Andrew Donna Parchment Brown at the gym’s seventh anniversary celebrations at the Stony Hill Primary and Junior School last Saturday night.Parchment-Brown said that it was noteworthy that Grant was taking time to nurture and train his boxers, who, she noted, were doing well both locally and overseas. She urged him to continue doing so as it was a well needed service to his community.Parchment-Brown also presented Grant with his AIBA 3-Star Certificate, for which he qualified last year. This is the highest qualification in amateur boxing and is awarded by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after the recipient receives special training and passes the relevant examinations. He is the only Jamaican currently holding this certificate.Grant told The Gleaner afterwards that he was encouraged by the words of the custos and that this provided him with the incentive he needed to continue working with the young people in the area.At the presentation ceremony, boxers Felice Groves, Kestna Davis, Michael Gardener, and Omar Campbell were awarded plaques for being the representatives from the gym who have been selected to represent Jamaica in international competition. They received their awards from Winston Chung, a sales representative of Diamond Paints, one of the gym’s sponsors.Outstanding graduatesSakima Mullings and Richard Holmes were recognised for being outstanding graduates of the gym’s amateur programme. Mullings was crowned Wray and Nephew Contender champion in 2014 and Holmes was runner-up in the same competition this year. These awards were presented by Wray and Nephew Contender champion 2015 Kemahl Russell.Three individuals who have made substantial contributions to the gym’s growth, and to boxing in Jamaica, were also honoured. They were William Tavares-Finson, who was president of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control when the gym was founded; Leroy Brown, also a former president and now general secretary of the board; and Robert Forbes, owner of the Olympia Crown Hotel. These awards were presented by Everoy Chin, who is the consul general in Jamaica for the Republic of the Phillipines and a member of the Jamaica Boxing Board.last_img read more

UWI FC moving up

first_imgUniversity of the West Indies (UWI) FC moved off the foot of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football competition, following a 2-1 win against 10-man Boys’ Town at the UWI Bowl, Mona, yesterday. The league’s newcomers notched their second win of the season courtesy of goals by Girvon Brown in the 23rd minute and Anthony Greenland (45th). Adrian King pulled back a goal for Boys’ Town in the 75th minute. Shamar Nicholson of Boys’ Town was sent off by referee Dwight Royal in the 59th minute after a dangerous tackle. UWI moved to seven points and 11th place in the standings after the win. Boys’ Town (6) dropped to last place in the 12-team league. UWI’s assistant coach, Andrew Peart, was very satisfied with the three points. “Well, for a change, we were 2-0 up, but time management was not the best. However, we are grateful for the three points that pushed us ahead of Boys’ Town,” Peart told The Gleaner. On the other hand, Boys’ Town’s coach, Andrew Price, indicated that he intended to search for new players. “The team played lethargic. We just have to find players who want to do a job. I don’t think the heart and desire was there today,” Price said.last_img read more