PHOTO: Golden jump!

Golden jump!

Edwin Allen High's Claudette Allen lands in the sand pit on her way to winning gold in a wind-aided (6.6m/s) leap of 6.21 metres in the High Schools long jump final at the 120th Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, USA, yesterday. She won ahead of Colombia High's Kayla Richardson, ... Read More

PHILADELPHIA, USA — Edwin Allen's anchor leg runner Monique Spencer looks to be in a business mode as she collects the baton from teammate Saqukine
Cameron during practice here, yesterday, in preparation for today’s start of the Penn Relays Carnival. (PHOTO: PAUL REID) Edwin Allen girls promise to set chilly Philly ablaze
PHILADELPHIA, USA — Michael Dyke, coach of the Edwin Allen High girls track and field team, wa ... Read More

Edwin Allen's Saqukine Cameron in training in
Essington, Pennslyvania, yesterday.
(PHOTO: PAUL REID) Edwin Allen's Cameron fit and ready to go
PHILADELPHIA, USA — Edwin Allen's Saqukine Cameron is fit and ready to help her team to what i ... Read More

FRANCIS... out of
Penn Relays Calabar to carry on without injured Javon Francis
PHILADELPHIA, USA — If Calabar High are to retain their High School Boys Championships of Amer ... Read More

North-east chill descends on 'Penns'

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

PHILADELPHIA, USA — The fickle American north-east weather could be a factor at the 120th Penn Relays Carnival that starts this morning at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. If yesterday's conditions are anything to go by, the athletes will have to battle the elements as well as each other in their quest for honours this weekend. Members of the Jamaican and other Caribbean islands yesterday had to brave cold and windy conditions at a small par ... Read More

Alpha Boys' Home to benefit from KC 5K/Walk race

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Race director Alfred Francis (right) has the attention of NCB's Belinda Williams (second right), project manager Rick Case
and Pauletta Jones of the Alpha Boys’ Home at yesterday's launch of the Puma Fortis 5K at Kingston College’s North
Street campus. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

The second staging of the Puma Fortis 5K/Walk road race will be held on Sunday, May 4 with the aim of raising $5 million for two beneficiaries — Kingston College (KC) and Alpha Boys' Home. Last year approximately 900 persons participated, and according to the event's project manager Rick Case, $1.2 million was garnered. This year, at least 1,500 participants are expected for the event. Entrance fee is $1,000 per participant. "It's about giving back to the community. Last year we fell sh ... Read More

Dennis Johnson makes history in New York

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Team Jamaica Bickle’s 2014 Honoree Dr Dennis Johnson (centre) receives the pioneer award from CEO/Founder
Irwine G Clare Sr (left), for his sterling track career and his outstanding contribution to the successful development of
Jamaica’s track programme. Jamaica’s Consul General to New York Herman LaMont, assists with the presentation and
launching of the Dennis Johnson Foundation. (PHOTO: ROLAND HYDE)

TEAM Jamaica Bickle (TJB) last Thursday honoured track legend Dr Dennis Johnson at its annual reception and awards, held at St Francis College in downtown Brooklyn, New York. In attendance were several dignitaries and VIPs, as well as a wide cross section of people from the Diaspora, who came out to show their support for this very distinguished Jamaican. In addition to receiving the Pioneer Award from Team Jamaica Bickle, Dr Johnson made history — having been recognised by three branche ... Read More


BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter | Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Jamaica’s Chad Walker (right) approaches the finish line to win the boys’ Under-18 200m gold medal ahead of compatriot
Jhevaughn Matherson (left) and Bahamian Javan Martin at the Stade Municipal Pierre Aliker in Martinique on Monday. Walker
won in 20.99 seconds, with Matherson clocking 21.13secs and Martin 21.15secs. (PHOTO: TRACKALERTS.COM)

NEIL Harrison, the head coach of Jamaica's record-breaking team to the 43rd Carifta Games, said he was not surprised by the 88-medal haul during the Championships staged at Stade Municipal Pierre Aliker in Martinique. The 84-member Jamaica team — the largest contingent the country has ever sent — which left the island last Thursday, returned yesterday after winning 42 gold, 34 silver and 12 bronze medals. "Once you are a part of any achievement it's always a wonderful feeling. Howe ... Read More

Run fast, study hard, says CIBC's Nigel Holness

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Mario Watts (second left), country treasurer of CIBC FirstCaribbean
International Bank, presents the bank’s cheque to Oraine Palmer of St
George’s College 2014 Penn Relays team, while teammate Carlington
Moulton (left) and team manager Lyndon Latore look on.

JAMAICA'S teams to the Penn Relays 2014 have been advised to run fast, win their races, and then focus on their studies when they return home. The advice came from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Managing Director Nigel Holness as he presented his company's sponsorship cheques to school teams which the bank is helping to participate in the Penn Relays Carnival, scheduled from tomorrow through to Saturday. CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank gave sponsorship assistance to 10 schools, ... Read More

PHOTO: Congrats of your 50th anniversary, KC

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Congrats of your 50th anniversary, KC

Members of the Kingston College track team to the 2014 Penn Relays were treated at a special reception at the St Johns United Methodist Church in Elmont, New York, on Monday night. At the head of the table KC's Principal Dave Myrie (seated) is being greeted by Irwin Clare, founder and CEO of Team Jamaica Bickle, organiser of the event. Kingston College, the first Jamaican high school team to compete at the Penn Relays, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first trip to the event in 1964. ... Read More

Special Olympics trainers arrive for Caribbean Meeting

Sanjay Myers | Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Special Olympics trainers arrive for Caribbean Meeting

THE trainers from Special Olympics North America (SONA) started arriving in the island yesterday ahead of tomorrow's start of the April 24-26 Caribbean Business Meeting to be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Lorna Bell, the executive director of Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ), said three of the five representatives from the region's governing body have already arrived, while the other two were expected late yesterday. Bell said marketing, social media management, fund-raising and Unified Spo ... Read More

Western Ja-based athletes shine at CARIFTA

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

LEWIS... won the Under-20 boys

FIRST time selectees Odaine Lewis of Cornwall College, Glenford Watson of Petersfield High and Lamara Distin of Rusea's High were winners at last weekend's 43rd CARIFTA Games held in Martinique, where Jamaica won a record 88 medals to top the three-day event for the 30th consecutive year. Athletes from western region representing Jamaica won 12 medals, seven gold, four silver and a bronze, while Drexel Maycock who attends Munro College earned a bronze medal for the Bahamas in the Under-20 boys ... Read More

St Kitts to host next year's Carifta Games, Grenada in 2016

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

St Kitts to host next year's Carifta Games, Grenada in 2016

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (CMC) — St Kitts and Nevis have been chosen to host next year's Carifta Games after Turks and Caicos Islands withdrew their bid, organisers have announced. The 2015 edition of the region's premier track and field event will be staged in Sugar City, St Kitts, while the 2016 edition is to be held in Grenada, officials also revealed. The country's Minister of Sports Glen Phillip says the Silver Jubilee Stadium will be upgraded later t ... Read More

Record haul!

Howard Walker, Paul Reid | Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

Jamaica’s Jauvaney James (#344) on his way to winning the boys’ Under-18 1,500m gold medal.

Jamaica unofficially racked up a record haul of 88 medals to top the 43rd staging of the Carifta Games at Stade Municipal Pierre Aliker in Martinique for the 30th consecutive year and their 37th overall since the first staging in 1972. On Thursday before departing for the French territory, Neil Harrison, the head coach of the 84-member Jamaican team, the largest delegation to ever take part in the games, told the Jamaica Observer that expectations were high for yet another outstanding Carifta G ... Read More



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