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UIW’s Francisco Bendana Claims Men’s Tennis Weekly Honor

first_imgMen’s Tennis Player of the Week – Francisco Bendana, UIW – Jr. – College Station, Texas Bendana accounted for both of the Cardinals’ points in the team’s 5-2 loss against UTRGV on Saturday. This is the second consecutive week he has won both his singles and doubles matches. UIW (2-4, 0-0 SLC) plays at UT Arlington on Thursday at 2 p.m. CT and stays in North Texas to take on SMU and Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Saturday in Dallas at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. FRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Francisco Bendana is the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Bendana dominated at the No. 2 slot in singles and doubles play against UTRGV, picking up two wins on the day. He and teammate Joey Vatanadilok cruised to a 6-1 decisive doubles win to earn UIW its first point of the match. The College Station, Texas, native followed up with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win over Dennis Boisseau. After dropping his first of the season in singles action, the junior has now won five straight for a 5-1 record. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: None. This is UIW’s first weekly honor in men’s tennis this season.last_img read more

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ACU’s John Walker Promoted to Women’s Tennis Head Coach

first_imgABILENE – Abilene Christian will have separate head coaches for its men’s and women’s tennis teams for the first time in school history starting with the upcoming 2018-19 season.Hutton Jones, who stepped into the role of head tennis coach during the summer of 1996, will remain in charge of the men’s team, while John Walker – his trusted assistant of 15 years – will take the reigns of a highly successful women’s program that has experienced only three losing seasons through 43 years of competition.”I’m extremely honored to receive this promotion,” said Walker, whose ACU career as an assistant coach dates back to 2003,” and I look forward to upholding the rich tradition of character and leadership of the coaches who have led this program in the past.”I’m also excited for the challenge of leading my team against the best in the country, and doing that in a way that glorifies God on and off the court of play.”Walker will be only the sixth head women’s tennis coach at ACU. Cleddy Varner coached Wildcat tennis from 1974 to 76, but didn’t mentor the women’s team until his final season. Cecil Eager’s first stint as head coach lasted from 1977 to 1983, and again served in this role between 1986 and 1990 prior to his being named ACU’s Director of Athletics. Allen Tappe coached the Wildcats in 1984 and 1985, while Ron Elston was in charge from 1991 through 1996.”In essence, John Walker has been a head coach for a long time,” said Jones. “He’s been my men’s and women’s assistant head coach for about 15 or so years and always was given head coach responsibilities. It’s truly ‘another day at the office’ for John and he’s going to do great!”Walker joined Jones’ staff prior to the 2003-04 season and since then the Wildcats have posted an overall program record of 643-251 (.719) with the women’s team responsible for 355 of those victories. This era of Wildcat tennis additionally includes 17 trips to the NCAA Division II championship tournament, 22 All-Americas and close to a dozen conference players of the year.ACU tennis continued to excel straight into Southland Conference competition. The women have a league record of 40-16 (.714) since joining in 2014, while the men are 16-10 (.615) and claim a share of the 2017 regular season crown. The Wildcats also have combined to earn 42 individual All-Southland Conference citations over the past five seasons with specialty awards presented to Josh and Jon Sheehy (Freshman of the Year) and Hunter Holman (Newcomer of the Year).”We always want to give our programs every opportunity to succeed at the highest level,” said ACU’s Interim Director of Athletics Drew Long, “and it became clear that John was ready to manage his own team after serving as both an assistant coach and associate head coach for several years. It was a natural fit for him to take over the women’s tennis team.  “Coach Walker and Coach Jones work extremely well together and this move provides both programs with the individual attention that’s required to excel at the Division I level,” added Long. “Hutton has done a tremendous job as the leader of the ACU tennis program both on and off the court and we believe he and John together will continue to elevate the Wildcats.”A five-time ITA South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-med and elementary education from ACU in 1989. He later graduated from the Parker College of Chiropractic in 1994.Walker worked at four country clubs as either the assistant tennis pro or the head tennis pro prior to his time at ACU, including eight years (1995-2003) as the assistant pro at the Abilene Country Club followed by one year as the head tennis pro at the Odessa Country Club.Walker and his wife, Kelli, have three children, Jaclyn, Madelyn and Erin. Jaclyn was a three-year all-America for the Wildcats from 2009-11, while Madelyn played two seasons from 2010-12. Erin – a three-time high school state qualifier – won the singles and doubles crowns at the 2015 Ojai Valley Tournament.Following today’s announcement, three Southland institutions employ separate head coaches for their men’s and women’s tennis programs: ACU, Lamar and Incarnate Word. Steve Moore serves as the Director of Tennis at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and has associate head coaches for the Islanders’ men’s and women’s teams, while New Orleans and Nicholls maintain one head coach for both their squads.Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, McNeese, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin do not sponsor men’s tennis.ACU’s men’s tennis became an organized sport on campus in 1927, and its list of head coaches prior to the program’s arrival in the Lone Star Conference includes notables such as Guy A. Scruggs (1928, 1949-54), Dalton Hill (1929-31), J.W. Treat (1932-42, 1955), Garvin Beauchamp (1947-48), Dwain Hart (1956-58 and 1961-71) Dee Nutt (1959-60). The Wildcats’ John T.L. Jones Jr. Tennis Building is nearing completion, and Long expects the project to be done in the next 14-17 days. Watch this video for more information on ACU’s newest athletic facility.last_img read more

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Giroud branded ‘snake’ by furious Arsenal fans with Chelsea ace ‘keen’ on Spurs

first_imgGooners were in disbelief when Giroud ditched them for Chelsea.But joining Spurs is on a whole new level of treachery in their eyes.Comparing Giroud to Robin van Persie, who left Arsenal for Man Utd in 2012 before winning the Premier League title, one said: “Giroud is a bigger snake than Van Persie.”Another wrote: “Jose Mourinho and Olivier Giroud is a match made in heaven.Lampard says no decision has been made on Olivier Giroud’s futureMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes“Can’t remember a better duo of snakes.”One added: “Giroud is the biggest snake in all snakes.“He mocked us when they won Europa in Baku.“He said Chelsea is bigger club than Arsenal. He is joining Tottenham.”Nah nah nah, RVP is a straight snake. Giroud at least his prime was over but RVP mxm— RoscoeJenkins (@MolefiPoonyane) January 30, 2020 Jose Mourinho and Olivier Giroud is a match made in a heaven. Can’t remember a better duo of snakes.— AB (@abhiz30) January 29, 2020 How many matches have Lacazette been goalless? And Lacazette is better than Giroud. Giroud served Arsenal and coach with respect. And moreover, he didn’t leave for money. I think calling him a snake is a bit too much.— Mohit Maheshwari (@im0h1t) January 30, 2020 We got rid of Giroud so it’s unfair for us to criticize him for making a choice for his career after that. Van Persie however courted and dropped us for United as soon as he was over his injuries. Giroud is no snake— Rob Slusar (@robslusar7) January 30, 2020 ARSENAL fans have branded Olivier Giroud a “snake” as the Chelsea striker reportedly closes in on a shock move to rivals Tottenham.The Frenchman ditched the Gunners for a Stamford Bridge switch two years in controversial fashion.1 Some Arsenal fans have branded Olivier Giroud a snake as he prepares to leave Chelsea for SpursCredit: REUTERSAnd Giroud now looks set to make it a hat-trick of London’s top Premier League clubs, with the veteran striker falling out of favour under Frank Lampard.Spurs are without Harry Kane until at least April.And Jose Mourinho is ready to make Giroud his leading striker until then.However, Arsenal fans are not happy their former star is set to join their arch-rivals.Olivier Giroud is a bigger snake than Robin van Persie, debate. pic.twitter.com/jPZDvRgNdR— Bhavs (@bhavss14) January 29, 2020 However, some believe Giroud is not a snake.One said: “Nah nah nah RVP is a straight snake. Giroud at least his prime was over but RVP mxm.”Another noted: “We got rid of Giroud so it’s unfair for us to criticise him for making a choice for his career after that.“Van Persie however courted and dropped us for United as soon as he was over his injuries.Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’“Giroud is no snake.”One added: “Giroud served Arsenal and coach with respect. And moreover, he didn’t leave for money.“I think calling him a snake is a bit too much.”Lyon confirm signing of Arsenal transfer target Bruno Guimaraes from Athletico Paranaense Giroud is the biggest snake in all snakes… He mocked us wen they won Europa in Baku..He said Chelsea is bigger club than Arsenal.He is joining toten— Øffsêt™ (@TheMan0303) January 29, 2020last_img read more

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Dier’s future at centre-half as Mourinho gives him chance in preferred position

first_imgERIC DIER insists he is a centre-back — and wants to continue playing there.The Tottenham star has made a name for himself for both club and England as a holding midfielder.2 Eric Dier sees his future at centre-halfBut he says the time has come for him to play in his preferred role in the centre of defence.Dier played for Spurs at the back against Wolves on Sunday and, despite his side’s 3-2 defeat, was praised for his display by boss Jose Mourinho.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursHe said: “It’s obviously very nice of him to see that and that’s the position I see myself playing.“That’s where I see my future.”Previous boss Mauricio Pochettino switched Dier to midfield after signing him from Sporting Lisbon for just £4million in 2014 as a right-back who could also play centre-half.His displays in the middle of the park earned him England recognition and nearly all his 40 caps have been there.There was no sign Dier, 26, was unhappy in midfield and he had never publicly staked his claim for a central defensive spot at Spurs before now.But he said: “The old manager knew where I stood for a long time about my position and centre-back is where I see my future and I think where I can be the best I can be.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him“I’m happy I got the chance to play there under Mourinho.“I always knew it would happen eventually.“Now I’m at a stage in my career where I want to be playing in my best position.”2Jordan Pickford weds childhood sweetheart Megan Davison in ripped jeans and baseball caplast_img read more

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Joe tells his dad: ‘I want to put Ofahengaue name on map again’

first_imgJosh is the brother of 1991 World Cup-winning Wallaby star Willie Ofahengaue who was one of rugby union’s most feared forwards in the 1990s.When Joe Ofahengaue moved to Australia with his family from New Zealand when he was eight years old, his uncle’s fame and the Ofahengaue name was front and centre of the sporting landscape.Joe has done plenty to keep it there as a Broncos powerhouse and Tongan international but playing for the Maroons, his childhood dream, will make his family name part of sport’s greatest rivalry.After being part of the Broncos’ 8-2 win over the Warriors the 23-year-old was in New Zealand when Kevin Walters informed him of his selection on the bench for game one of the Holden State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium on June 5. He was quick to get on the phone to his father with the good news.”My son rang me last night from New Zealand and he was crying. He said ‘I am going to put our Ofahengaue family name on the map again’,” Josh told NRL.com.”When we first came to Australia we didn’t realise how famous the Ofahengaue name was, because Willie O put our name on top throughout the world through rugby. What Joe was saying to me was that he wants to make me proud because he knows that back on our small island your identity is your last name.”Because our island is so proud of what Willie O achieved. Joe wants to now do that through rugby league and through playing for Queensland in Origin.”Josh’s ancestors in Tonga previously had the surname of ‘Kata’ before it was changed to ‘Ofahengaue’, a moment of deep significance to the family.”Ofahengaue means ‘love to work’ but our original last name was Kata, which means ‘laugh’,” Josh explained.”My grandfather, who was named Saia, helped build a church in our village back in Tonga which was across the road from a school. In his young days, instead of going out and playing footy, he would help the builders with the church. Because he had dedicated himself to building the church the priest sat him down and said ‘Saia, we want to honour you with the name Ofahengaue because of your love of work’. So Ofahengaue was a given name from a priest in our local church.”Josh sent NRL.com a photo of Joe celebrating his 21st birthday in traditional Tongan garb known as the Ta’ovala, made from the leaves of a pandanus plant. He was also wearing a Kafa, braided rope made from the inner fiber of the coconut husk that ties the Ta’ovala.Josh said it was a sign of his son’s deep connection to his Tongan roots that Joe has played six Tests for Tonga, a decision that Josh supported fully. The other side of the story is that Joe grew up playing rugby league for Ipswich Brothers and represented Queensland at age level before playing for the Queensland under 20s and Junior Kangaroos. Josh said his son’s time spent with Tonga was of immense value.”Island life is based on families and religion and because my kids were raised here in a European lifestyle I wanted Joe to experience the Tongan lifestyle, which he did,” Josh said.”I wanted him to do that early in his career because he is a real family man and a loving person. When he came back from Tongan camp I asked him what he took out of it and he said ‘God and family’. That was the answer I wanted and I said to him that now he understood his background and our family’s values that I wanted him to move on from there.”Being a Queenslander means a lot to him too. I have always supported him playing for Queensland. Joe grew up playing for Queensland and his decision has my complete blessing.”Josh said Joe would approach his Maroons debut the way he does every game of football, with joy in his heart.”I used to play for Tonga and our old captain was Mark Royal. He was running an under-eight team in New Zealand when Joe was seven years old and he asked if Joe would like to play,” Josh recalled.”Joe had never played before and I gave him a ball and said ‘son, you go out there and beat them’. This big smile that came on his face was something I can hardly describe now. It was a like a boy who has just been rewarded with something special.”Ever since then every time Joe goes to play a game, no matter who it is for, he puts on this big smile that says ‘I can’t wait to play footy with my friends’.”last_img read more

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Rafa Nadal: “Kuwait has the potential to increase the culture for tennis”

first_imgRafael Nadal, winner of 19 Grand Slam tournaments, with 84 ATP titles, double Olympic gold-individual, in the Beijing Video games ’08, and doubles in these of Rio’16- and five-time Davis Cup winner, It’s, indisputably, considered one of the most necessary figures in the historical past of tennis.In an interview with the EFE Company in Kuwait, throughout the inauguration on Wednesday of the ‘Rafa Nadal Academy’ In that nation of the Center East -the first outdoors Spain-, the Mallorcan star explains what goals they pursue and what values ​​they intend to unfold with this second nice venture, after the Academy that he based virtually 4 years in the past in his native Manacor.– Inaugurates new Academy, now in Kuwait. What’s the primary goal, what are the values ​​they intend to convey, other than serving to individuals play tennis extra and higher?– For me, however for the entire academy typically, clearly, having the ability to transfer our mannequin, our model and our means of working to completely different components of the world is a good alternative and an incredible satisfaction. That is the first academy that we open outdoors of what’s Manacor, in Mallorca. Sure it’s true that we’ve got different ‘Rafa Nadal Tennis Heart’ in Mexico and in Greece; however this time it’s the alternative to be a part of a really robust group from right here, from Kuwait, reminiscent of Tandeem; They’re critical and hardworking individuals. And that provide us confidence to give you the option to develop the product in the means that excites and motivates us. It is a area of the world that has the potential for us to assist them increase the culture of tennis; We imagine that from the academy we might help not solely the younger skills right here in Kuwait, however all through the Center East. We have already got a number of coaches from the Manacor academy who’ve been right here for three months, serving to native coaches to perceive the mannequin and the means we work. And clearly, all the kids of the Kuwait Federation are already centralized right here, in the academy. Some had the risk of coming to know the considered one of Mallorca. It’s a course of that takes plenty of work, however that excites and excites us. – Does this venture have continuity? Will extra academies open in different nations?– Effectively, the world is huge. Why not? We’re not closed to any risk. And there are completely different choices. However, like every little thing else on this world, each possibility that seems might be valued and we are going to attempt to do issues handy, related to individuals who provide us confidence.– Is it possible that in a couple of years there might be a champion or a champion of Kuwaiti tennis; or from the surrounding nations, right here in the Center East?– All the things is possible. In the finish, the extra individuals begin enjoying tennis on this area, the extra choices there might be for an necessary expertise to emerge from the skilled discipline worldwide. We are going to attempt to do every little thing in the very best means, working with ardour and enthusiasm; and with the needed assets in order that kids have the potentialities of rising at the tennis degree, but in addition at the human degree. We all the time attempt to work from a primary precept, which is respect, the spirit of self-improvement and take a look at to convey to kids, to younger individuals, that the final aim, in fact, is success; however that not every little thing is legitimate to obtain it. It is vital that they develop with robust values ​​that may serve them in the sports activities discipline, however that, for those that don’t get to stay from sports activities, that they’ve ample coaching that may be highly effective sufficient to serve them for the future, in life skilled or private they resolve to have.last_img read more

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Ramsey and his fear of gaining weight: “I don’t stop eating cookies”

first_imgThe former Arsenal player, who is enjoying his first campaign in Italian football, do not skimp on praise when rating your partner Christian: “It’s amazing, I can’t say enough. He is the first to enter the gym and the last to leave the court. His work ethic is simply at the highest levels. I think he is among the best footballers in history. “ The Juventus midfielder knows that he must be fit when the competition returns: “It’s hard to stay in shape, I’m doing all the workouts the club gave me at home, but it is not the same as training with the team. Fortunately, it looks like we’ll soon be training on the grass again. ” Ramsey also admitted to fans what Juventus’ goals are: “We don’t know when everything will end, but we have all our goals ahead of us, to win Serie A and the Champions League. They want to win and fight for the Champions League. It is one of the largest clubs in Europe. If you look at their path in the Champions League in recent years: They are working to win it and I want to try to help them on this mission. “ Aaron Ramsey has exchanged impressions through your account Instagram about how his day to day at home is due to confinement. Furthermore, hHe has been able to share anecdotes with Niall Horan, singer and former member of the band one direction. During the talk, the Welshman has revealed one of his greatest fears during the weeks he is not training on the field: “My wife is a great cook and I like to eat well.so it’s a problem. There are too many cookies. I like to drink tea, and now it has become a ritual: every time I make a cup, also as a cookie. I can’t resist it“. A problem of gaining weight that Ramsey admits and that can happen to more athletes before returning to normality.last_img read more

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Ja team triumphs at 2015 CAC Youth Chess Festival

first_imgJamaica won the recently concluded Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Youth Chess Festival held in Trinidad and Tobago between August 14 and August 19. In doing so, Jamaica became the first English-speaking country to win this prestigious annual chess tournament. The tournament featured more that 180 players, aged seven to 17, from 14 countries who share the Caribbean Sea, including Colombia and Venezuela. Jamaica accumulated the most points from the final positions of its players after nine gruelling and closely fought rounds. Top-five finishes in each of the nine sections contributed to the country’s cumulative points tally. In second place were Colombia followed by hosts Trinidad and Tobago. In the Under-8 female category Jamaica’s Jaya-Rene Richards finished third and in the Under-8 Absolute category, Anthony Lyn and Kishan Clarke of Jamaica were third and fourth respectively, behind Rayden Rampersad of Trinidad and Ashly Carolina of Venezuela who topped the section. In the Under-10 female category, Jamaica’s Johmoi Blake was fifth and in the Under- 10 Absolute category, David Thomas placed first ahead of Leigh Sandiford of Barbados, David Ramirez of Colombia and Mikhail Bond of Jamaica who were second, third and fourth, respectively. Jamaica’s Adani Clarke finished second, behind Luisa Diaz of Colombia and ahead of Daijah Johnson of the Bahamas in the Under-12 female category. Jamaica’s Leighton Barrett finished second, behind Pavas Avila of Colombia, and ahead of Angel Gonzalez of Venezuela in the Under-12 Absolute section. In the Under-16 category, Women’s Fide Master Rachel Miller finished first in the Female section and second in the Absolute section. Due to their top-three finishes, Anthony Lyn, David Thomas, Leighton Barrett, Adani Clarke and Rachel Miller are expected to be awarded with the Candidate Master title by FIDE, the world governing body of chess. This would represent the highest number of such titles to be awarded to Jamaican players from a single tournament. The Jamaica team also included Aidan Rampair, Kennedy Brown, Lontae Walker, Nicholas Lyn, Joshua Christie, Akeem Brown, Jhustice McDonald, Jaleel Thorpe, Jordan Mckoy, Nickaylah Curwin, Nathan Belinfante, Michael Christie and National Master Alistair Walker each of whom contributed to the team’s overall success. Head coach was National Master Mikhail Solomon. He was assisted by Fide Master and National Champion Warren Elliott and Odane Hall. Jamaica’s participation was made possible by the Kasparov Chess Foundation, the Jamaica Chess Federation, Glen Christian, contributions from parents of representatives and the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Federation. HIGHEST NUMBER OF TITLESlast_img read more

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I won’t give up – Campbell

first_imgBEIJING, China:Her run in the heats at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China did not bring the desired result yesterday. But young Jamaican 800m athlete, Simoya Campbell, was pleased to have gained the experience and is looking forward to pushing the island’s 800-metre programme forward.Campbell finished her heat fifth in a time of 2:01.43 behind winner Sofia Ennaoui (Poland), 2:01.16, Rose Mary Almanza (Cuba), 2:01.33 and Lucia Klocova (Slovakia), 2:01.35.The University of Technology student said she was disappointed with her failure to advance to the next round and to follow the instructions given by her coach Stephen Francis. Campbell also believes that she will have to become more aggressive in her approach if she is to have success at this level.Giving thanks”Firstly, I want to give God thanks for all that he has done for me. This experience is great, I’m loving it; it’s the first time competing in the Bird’s Nest and it was a great experience for me,” said Campbell.”I got instructions from my coach to go through my first 400m in 58 seconds. I was looking at the clock and thought I was in the 58-second zone, but I wasn’t,” Campbell added. “But I’m pleased with my performance, considering it’s my first World Championships.”There is a lot that I need to take back home. The girls run really aggressive and I’m not used to that. I’m not too heavy and the least little bounce I get, I can fall, so perhaps, I need to be more aggressive,” she said.Campbell, who represented Jamaica over the past two years at the IAAF World Relays as a member of the country’s 4x800m relay team and was also a competitor at the World University Games, says she is pleased to be playing a role in the island’s increased presence in the 800m on the international stage as she now focuses on ensuring qualification for next Summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.”I feel really great, I know that God has blessed me with this talent. In Jamaica, of course, everyone is drawn to the sprints, but knowing that we have three girls who are running really well and I’m a part of that is pleasing. I am looking forward to next year, I am looking forward to keep on trying,” added Campbell, who twice lowered her personal best this year – first to 1:59.92 at the National Senior Championships, and then to 1:59.26 at the World University Games.last_img read more

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Blake to seek second term as JAAA president

first_imgWarren Blake, the president of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA), says he intends to offer himself for a second term. Speaking in an exclusive interview, Dr Blake told The Gleaner his time in office had been challenging and successful. He hopes to seek re-election at the JAAA annual general meeting later this year. Blake first took office in 2011, just after the untimely passing of sitting JAAA president, Howard Aris, and served the last year of Aris’ term in office. He was elected in 2012 to continue as president. “I still intend to go again, to offer myself for a second term,” he said quietly, “and the second term would be my final term. “It has been a very challenging four years, and I think the team that I have worked with is a very good team, he reflected.” We have had quite a lot of successes, I would say, and if you look at medal counts, except for that one major games that we spoke about, one medal at World Youth Championships, this has really been the most successful period in Jamaica’s track and field history.” In 2012, Jamaica took home 12 medals with four gold, four silver and four bronze from the London Olympics. That is one more than the previous Olympic high of 11 from the 2008 Games in Beijing. MORE SUCCESS That was followed by a six gold medal portion of a total nine at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and seven gold from a haul of 12 at the 2015 Worlds. That’s just one short of Jamaica’s 13-medal collection at the 2009 World Championships. That team performance garnered seven gold medals. JAAA elections occur after each Olympic Games. One of Blake’s major objectives for the rest of his current term and any other time he might have in office is to take the JAAA into what he calls ‘a more professional approach to track and field’. One area under his stethoscope is the running of the JAAA office. “Right now, we survive in the office because we have a treasurer, Mr (Ludlow) Watts, who is really a full-time worker without any pay,” he remarked. “He comes to the office every day and puts in a full shift.” According to the president, general secretary Garth Gayle also does extensive work there. “If we didn’t have workers like this who really sacrifice tremendous time and effort to keep the day to day affairs of the organisation going we’d be in serious trouble,” he explained. “I think we do need to find a way, find a sponsor, or find out if our budget is able to pay someone full time to be in the office to do the day to day activities of the association. “I think that is something that must happen,” he asserted.last_img read more

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