Elaine Thompson steals spotlight at JAAA All-Comers meet

Elaine Thompson of UTech in full flight
during the Women’s 200-metres at the
Jamaica Athletics Administrative
Association (JAAA) All-Comers
Development meet at the
National Stadium on Saturday.
Thompson clocked a fast 22.37
seconds to win the event.

On an evening when three personal best times were registered, it was rising sprint sensation Elaine Thompson of University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) who stole the spotlight at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) All-Comers Development meet two at the National Stadium on Satu ... Read More

SLACK... this
was my idea and
I wanted to do it Salcia's big bang!
AFTER her gruelling 16-event schedule in last weekend's NCAA Division Two outdoor championships at G ... Read More

CLARE… the competitive nature of sports
these days causes our youngsters to push
themselves harder and harder Team Jamaica Bickle promises 5 more defibrillators to schools
TEAM Jamaica Bickle (TBJ) says it intends to acquire five defibrillators, which it will donate to sc ... Read More

Seprod Marketing Manager Roger Thompson (left), and Deidre Wisdom, Serge Island and Butterkist brand manager, present a symbolic cheque valued at $5.8
million to JISA President, Pastor Wesley Boynes (second right) and Wayne Robinson, chairman of JISA, during the launch of the 38th staging of the JISA/Seprod
National Track and Field Championships at the Spanish Court Hotel on Thursday. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS) 38th JISA/Seprod National Prep Champs launched
Defending boys' and girls' champions Hydel Preparatory School will try to maintain their hold on the ... Read More

Student Athletes for hire — big money or con

By Dr Rachael Irving | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Young Michael
O’Hara at the recent
staging of the
Boys’ and Girls’
Championships at the
National Stadium.

I have listened to Kayon Raynor making a pronunciation on Sports Commentary, the nightly review of sports issues on TVJ about student athletes and unfair contracts. I have also heard various advice to students and parents about the need for legal representation before signing contracts. The information floating around has left me wondering about Jamaica's qualitative and quantitative approaches to the development of student athletes. I feel that after more than a century of Champs, and more re ... Read More

Easy does it

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Saturday, May 23, 2015    

SLACK... competing in the javelin section of the heptathlon at last
year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jamaica's Salcia Slack retained her heptathlon title at the NCAA Division Two Outdoor Championships after totaling 5,691 points on yesterday's second day, her lowest total in four years, at the three-day event being held at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Slack, who is undertaking one of the most hectic schedules in track and field, with at least 13 events in three days, won five of the seven events in the heptathlon between Thursday and yesterday. Additionally, she also ... Read More

Salcia Slack set to compete in up to 16 events at 3-day NCAA Div 2 Champs

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Salcia Slack competing in the high jump
section of the women’s heptathlon at last
year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,
Scotland, where she finished fifth with
5,718 points behind winner, Canadian
Brianne Theisen-Eaton, with 6,597 points.

JAMAICAN athlete Salcia Slack is set to attempt a truly herculean task starting today as she is entered in six individual events, including the heptathlon and one relay event for New Mexico Highlands University in the NCAA Division Two Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. According to an article first posted by Flo Track website, Slack could compete in a minimum of 13 events over the three days, or as many as 16 if she qualifies for the ... Read More

VCB opens 200m campaign on winning note

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica winning the
women’s 200-metre final at the IAAF World Challenge
at the National Olympic Stadium, known as the Bird’s
Nest, in Beijing yesterday. (PHOTOS: AFP)

Jamaica's multiple Olympic and World Championships medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown made a winning start to her 200m programme this season after taking the event at yesterday's IAAF World Challenge meeting at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, China, winning in 22.68 seconds (0.2m/s). The 33-year-old Campbell-Brown left the quick-starting American World Junior Championships bronze medallist Kaylin Whitney coming off the curve and powered away to win by a comfortable margin. After running the ... Read More

Registration for Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K up 28 per cent

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

And they are off on the Reggae
Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K 2014.

JUST over three months since registration opened for the 15th staging of Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K on December 3 to 5 in Negril, there has been a 28 per cent increase in the number of persons registered when compared to this time last year. A maximum of 3,000 participants can be accommodated under the rules of IAAF. "I am really heartened by the great buzz locally and internationally around this year's event, especially as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of what has become a ... Read More

Four new teams for Western Primary Invitational

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Albert Ferguson (centre), chairman of the organising committee of the Western
Primary Invitational, and Treasurer Sherine Young (right) accept the sponsorship
cheque from Tropical Blue’s Sales and Promotion Manager Sian Scott-Archibald
at Tuesday’s media launch of the event at the International University of the
Caribbean Campus on East Street, Montego Bay. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

FOUR new schools, including Fullerswood Primary from St Elizabeth, will vie for honours in the 7th staging of the Western Primary Invitational that will be held on June 13 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Up to 28 schools from five parishes are expected to compete in the one-day event, including three other first timers, John's Hall Primary, Chatsworth Primary and Sudbury All-Age - all from St James. Albert Ferguson, chairman of the organising committee, told Tuesday's press launch at the In ... Read More

Beijing World Challenge organisers perplexed by Gatlin's comments

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

US athlete Justin Gatlin
reacts after winning the
100m contest during the
IAAF Diamond League
Herculis meeting at the
Stade Louis II in Monaco
yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

BEIJING, China (AFP) -- Beijing World Challenge organisers said they were "perplexed" by comments from Justin Gatlin yesterday after the controversial American sprinter claimed he was expelled from the meeting. Gatlin attempted to play down the incident, blaming high emotions, a day after he accused Beijing officials of not letting him run because they feared he was carrying an injury. "Emotional day. All is fine with Beijing org & me," he tweeted. "We have a great relationship and I look ... Read More

'Clare' as day

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

CLARE... said he was
impressed with the
level of professionalism
of athletes.

TEAM Jamaica Bickle CEO and founder Irwin Clare is walking around with a broad smile these days. Why? Jamaica's student athletes who competed in this year's Penn Relays in the USA not only triumphed on the track, but they also displayed a level of decorum that has impressed the operators of their host hotel. "We operated out of a new hotel this year, and the management of the hotel was quite pleased and impressed with the way our athletes carried themselves, and that is a big plus," Clare tol ... Read More

Sensational Elaine Thompson keeps rising and rising

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

trains with

AFTER announcing herself to the world with two magnificent 100m wins, Elaine Thompson's head coach at the University of Technology (UTech), Paul Francis, believes the rising star of women's sprinting hard work is reaping success. "It is a thrill to see how she developed. This is not a flash in the pan scenario," said Francis, who is also her assistant coach under the guidance of his brother, Stephen Francis, the MVP head honcho. "She is with the best coach available in the conditioning and dev ... Read More

Parchment, Fisher, Hibbert score wins in Cayman

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

took the men’s
110m hurdles
event in 13.49

OLYMPIC bronze medallist Hansle Parchment was one of three winners at the Cayman Invitational in Georgetown on Saturday, taking the men's 110m hurdles event in 13.49 seconds. Just four men took part in the event that saw Cayman's Ronald Forbes take second in 13.61 seconds with two other Jamaicans, World Junior Championships silver medallist Tyler Mason taking third in 13.63 seconds and Deuce Carter finishing in 13.99 seconds. Sprinter Andrew Fisher in the men's 100m and Jowayne Hibbert in the ... Read More



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