Star athletes Gonzales, Fraser-Pryce, Carter make seasonal bow today

GONZALES… is coming off a long knee injury which required two surgeries

NATIONAL 400m record holder Jermaine Gonzales will make a return to the track along with Olympic sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and World Championships 100m bronze medallist Nesta Carter, to headline the Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium today. Both Fraser-Pryce and ... Read More

Kelsey Christian of Wolmer’s winning the Class Four girls 400m
in 1 minute 01.20 seconds ahead of Hydel’s Gabriel White in 1
minute 01.69 seconds. Over 2,000 athletes expected at Grace/STETHS Invitational
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The boys' Under-17 400m hurdles will be the only new event that wil ... Read More

Okeem White of Green Pond winning the Class
One 100m in 11.23 seconds. Hydel, St Mary High shine at North Central Meet
DISCOVERY BAY, St Ann — The Hydel Group of Schools and St Mary High School won the girls' and ... Read More

Disgraced Kenyan marathoner Rita Jeptoo (left) arriving at the Athletics Kenya
headquarters in Nairobi with one of her lawyers in Nairobi for a hearing to find
out how long she will be banned from the sport. (PHOTO: AFP) Rita Jeptoo gets two-year ban for doping violation
NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Top Kenyan female marathon runner Rita Jeptoo has been handed a two-yea ... Read More

Don't change lanes!

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Friday, January 30, 2015    

(From left) Lamara Distin Ruseas, 2015 honoree; Sean Wallace, Marketing Manager Nestlé Jamaica Limited — Milo; Anthony Myers, Milo Western Relays; Ray
Harvey, meet director; Odain Lewis, Cornwall College, 2015 honoree, and motivational speaker, Olympian Bert Cameron, as the honorees hold the Milo symbolic pot
at the launch of the 37th Milo Western Relays at Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay on Wednesday. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — World championship gold medallist and Olympic relay silver medallist Bertland Cameron has urged Jamaican high school athletes to stay at their schools and reject invitations to move to so-called bigger schools. Cameron, who coached at the high school level for years before starting Cameron Blazers Track Club, was the motivational speaker at Wednesday's launch of the 37th Milo Western Relays at Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay. While stressing the importance of a solid ... Read More

Thwaites to move against 'buying' of student athletes

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Friday, January 30, 2015    

Minister of Education Ronald
Thwaites addresses the
Jamaica Observer weekly
Monday Exchange at the
newspaper’s Beechwood
Avenue headquarters on

THE Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites has reaffirmed his stance against the "buying" of student athletes for the greater glory of schools. In a first move to address the matter, the minister revealed that in a few days his office and that of Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) will be releasing a joint statement. Thwaites told the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange that he has had positive dialogues with ISSA and they both agreed on the way forward. "School is for learning. Sp ... Read More

Rochelle Fraser aiming for the sky

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

Rochelle Fraser in action in the Class
One shot put at the Big Shot Meet at
Excelsior High School last Saturday
where she won the event with a throw

DESPITE beating the field by 1.28 metres, Rochelle Fraser, who won the Class One shot put at the Big Shot Meet last Saturday, was disappointed with her performance. Fraser, who is expected to once again lead Edwin Allen High's defence of their ISSA Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships title this year, won with a throw of 14.07m ahead of teammate Janell Fullerton with 12.79m, and Vere Technical's Kiona Bradshaw with 12.60m. "I was not pleased with that because I was aiming for 15m," said Fr ... Read More

Three to be honoured at The Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer, left, and Portugal's Vera Barbosa compete in a heat for the Women's 400m Hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Monday, August 29, 2011. Spencer placed first. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

THE Queen's School Past Students' Association Sports Development Committee will host the 14th staging of the annual Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet this Saturday at the National Stadium. The meet remains a qualifying meet for the ISSA Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships, and is the largest development meet to date on the JAAA Track & Field calendar and continues to serve as a season opener for many elite athletes. The order of events includes but is not limited to 200m, 400m, 4x400m, tripl ... Read More

The JOA salutes Olympic Solidarity awardees

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

(From left) Christopher Samuda, secretary general of the JOA;
athletes Hansle Parchment, Christene Day, and Kenneth Edwards;
Mike Fennell, president JOA; and Compton Rodney, treasurer,
JOA, at a recent presentation at the corporate offices of the JOA.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) continues to provide invaluable support to Jamaica's athletes, and a recent expression of this was the award of six scholarships to well-deserving athletes who more than likely will qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a qualifying criterion for the award. The recipients are Alia Atkinson, Christene Day, Rosemarie Whyte, Kimberly Williams, Hansle Parchment and Kenneth Edwards. At a recent presentation at the corporate offices of the Jamaica Olympi ... Read More

Bert Cameron for today's MILO Western Relays launch

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

Bert Cameron relaxes during the recent London Olympics.
(Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Bert Cameron will be the motivational speaker at the launch of the 37th MILO Western Relays which is scheduled for today at The Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay, St James. Cameron is the first male and Jamaican athlete to receive a gold medal at the World Championships in the 400m in 1983 in Helsinki at the first staging of the World Championships. He has achieved at every level on the track and has received medals of every colour along the way. His medals include gold at the World Champs, silver ... Read More

Warren Barrett Jnr says enjoying life at Calabar

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, January 27, 2015    

Warren Barrett Jnr competing in the Class One Discus event at the Big Shot Invitational Meet at the Excelsior High School on Saturday. Barrett won the event
with a throw of 54.86m. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

HAVING donned the red and gold of Cornwall College with distinction for years, Warren Barrett Jnr says he is now thoroughly enjoying life at Calabar High School where he hopes to build on his career. Barrett Jnr, who broke the Class Two shot put record last year with a throw of 18.18m at the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association Boys' and Girls' Championships, said the camaraderie at Calabar is unbelievable. "Being at Calabar so far is a great feeling. Not to put Cornwall in any disregar ... Read More

Brodeur, Tauro top High Mountain 10K

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter | Monday, January 26, 2015    

A relaxed Andrew Brodeur makes his
way along the High Mountain Coffee
10K course in Williamsfield,
Manchester, yesterday.

Americans Andrew Brodeur and Danielle Tauro stamped their class on the Jamaican road-racing catalogue with victory at the 32nd staging of the High Mountain Coffee 10K Road Race in Williamsfield, Manchester, yesterday. Brodeur, who won the event last year, successfully defended his status, while Tauro returned to top the female list of Jamaica's longest-running road race and most challenging 10K event. Brodeur was just about two minutes slower than his winning time of 31:39 minutes last year, a ... Read More

Dashing Dacres!

By Howard Walker Observer senior reporter | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Fedrick Dacres of the UWI swivels as he is about to release the disc during the discus open at
the Big Shot Invitational Meet at Excelsior High School yesterday. Dacres won the event with a
record and world-leading throw of 66.30m. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

Jamaica's Fredrick Dacres of the University of the West Indies (UWI) obliterated the Big Shot Invitational discus open record with a throw of 66.30m, and in the process established a world-leading mark at Excelsior High School yesterday. Dacres easily erased his own record set in 2014 of 64.36m and was well clear of second-placed Basil Bingham of the UWI with 55.35m. Glenford Watson of GC Foster was third with a heave of 52.15m. Dacres, who has just recovered from a knee surgery, also achieved ... Read More

JADCO to make presentation at launch of Western Relays

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Carey Brown (right), executive director, JADCO, and Dr Alfred Dawes, president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association
(JMDA), sign a Memorandum of Understanding recently. (File Photo)

Carey Brown, the executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) will conduct a special presentation at the launch of the 37th MILO Western Relays on the new WADA code, which came into effect on January 1 this year. Over 100 coaches and athletes from across the island, but mainly from the Western region, will attend the launch at the Wexford Hotel on Wednesday in Montego Bay. The organisers of MILO Western Relays, as well as JADCO, responded to the request of the coaches in th ... Read More



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