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G.C. Foster College will play St Catherine CC and title-holders Melbourne CC will go up against St Elizabeth in the semi-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) 50-Overs Tournament.
This after the quartet registered quarter-final wins over the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), St James, University of The West Indies (UWI) and Kingston CC, respectively, at the weekend.
HYDEL High's Monifa Green and Kingston College's Arymanya Rogers, of Uganda, were crowned female and male champions at yesterday's second staging of the Mico Pump It Up 5K Road Race which started at ended on the school's campus at Marescaux Road in Kingston. Rogers, who was a third-place finisher a year ago, dominated his rivals to post an impressive 15:48.20 while the Corey Bennett-coached Green, competing in her first road race of the season, and who was a winner a year ago, had a convincing win in the female section in 19:23.60 seconds.
Rogers, who has been doing quite well on the road this season, capturing the 5,000m Open at this year's ISSA-
GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships, was in tremendous form as at the start of the race at The Mico University College entrance, he quickly went in front, and for the remainder of the event, he dominated his rivals, showing that he is ready for another good season.
G.C. Foster College's Henry Thomas finished second in 16:15.10, while it was a third-place finish for The Mico University College's Brian Golding in 17:01.80.
Rogers was very pleased with his performance. "Last year, the Mico 5K was my first road race in Jamaica and I didn't do that well. But now I am used to these events on the road and because of this, I was able for this big improvement. My time was quite fast, as my preparation has been going very good so far and I am looking forward toward the remainder of the season," said Rogers, who stated that he will be competing this Sunday at the G.C. Foster College 5K event.
Like she did a year ago, it was all Green, as the outstanding Hydel middle-distance runner showed that she will be hard to beat this season, whether on the road or
on the track in distance events. She easily took charge of her peers, relegating G.C. Foster College's Shanice Gardner, the winner of last Sunday's UWI CB 5K race, into second place in 20:14.20, while Green's teammate, Emily Coley, finished third in 20:31.00.
"It was an easy race for me today and although I ran faster last year, it was good for me seeing this was my first competition for the season, but things have been going well in training and I am excited about the upcoming season," said Green.
Meet director Ian Forbes was extremely happy about the second staging of the event which is being used to help male students in the Pre-University Men's Programme (PUMP) at the institution. "The event has gone well and it was a major improvement over last year's staging, as we had more entries this time around. Next year, we are even hoping for better. The race was well organised and everything was clockwork, and the competition was great," said Forbes.
Also competing at yesterday's staging was Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton, who endorsed the race, along with President of The Mico University College Dr Asburn Pinnock.
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton matched the dance moves of recording artistes RDX on stage, living up to his “Jamaica Moves” campaign that encourages all of Jamaica to incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily.
The occasion was the successful staging of the 6th Annual CB Group UWI 5K at the University of The West Indies last Sunday, where over 4,500 participants — including the minister, fitness buffs, corporate teams and individuals — took off in and around the Mona Campus to run, walk and wheelchair for charity and to keep fit.
The inimitable talk show host Miss Kitty, decked out in pink wig and gym wear, kept the energy high throughout the proceedings and invited participants on stage to take part in the water challenge and other activities. She invited anxious young ladies to hug the legendary sprint king Asafa Powell, who was more than willing to oblige.
Powell was also on hand to receive the 2017 CB Group UWI 5K Sports Award in recognition of his remarkable performance on the world stage. The sprint king is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most sub 10.0 seconds in 100 metres.
The award was presented by Professor Archibald McDonald, principal of the University of the West Indies, who also lauded the athlete for his stellar career in track and field.
“It is our distinct pleasure to honour you for your outstanding achievements on the athletics world stage… you have, indeed, made Jamaica proud,” said McDonald.
GC Foster College took home the first, second and third spots in the Male Run Category, with Oshane Archibald making it to first place in 16:30 minutes.
In the Female Run Category, Shanice Gordon of GC Foster placed first in 21:17 minutes.
The prize for the Champion Run Team also went to GC Foster College.
In the Female Walk Category, Karlene Blagrove of Pacers Running Club made it home in 33:37 minutes to win, while Lenworth Hunter won the male equivalent in 30:42 minutes.
Taking home the Champion Walk Team Trophy was Sun City Radio, while Elsa Leo Ryhnie Hall copped the Champion Hall Walk Team. The European Union got the prize for the largest team participation.
The wheelchair Female Category saw Vinnette Green taking the first prize in 38:25 minutes, while men's champion was Alphanso Walker, who won in 35:23 minutes.
The Smart Eggs Kids 1K has become increasingly popular and they were happy to have minister Tufton engage in their race around the Ring Road. The kids also received fitness bands as prizes courtesy of Asafa Powell.
In first place for girls was nine-year-old Anieta Gutzmore, making it home for first in 5:20 minutes, while Timothy Fokum representing Department of Comp, won the boys' title in 4:52 minutes.
The event has so far raised $70 million, which has facilitated a number of students being able to acquire a tertiary education.
Jamaica Sunshine Girls team, now in the final hours of preparation for the Fast5 World Series in Australia, received massages from two massage therapy students of G.C. Foster College this week.
The Sunshine Girls had the massages at the end of their game simulation exercise, held at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Interim coach of the Sunshine Girls, Sasher-Gaye Henry, said the girls were very appreciative for the kind gesture by G.C. Foster College.
"We are very grateful to G.C. Foster College who gave their service to us at no cost," said Henry.
"It was also very beneficial because as the games go on the lactic acid builds up and this is a part of the recovery process and so this was very helpful to us," she said.
Henry added: "I am sorry that we don't have a massage therapist going with us to this tournament because this would have been very beneficial. We could have had some massages done when we get there."
Henry and Marvette Anderson were appointed interim coaches in August, following the resignation of head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken in July.
The Sunshine Girls, who finished fifth at the last Fast5 World Series, are scheduled to fly out tomorrow for the championships, which will be held from October 28-29.
Article Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20171021/sunshine-girls-get-free-massages
Corporal Claudia Samms (right) and her daughter Kamoy Fagan eagerly read the letter advising of the $200,000 scholarship which will help to cover tuition for her four-year teaching-training degree progamme at the G. C. Foster College of Physical Education in Spanish Town, St Catherine. Kamoy was among the 71 tertiary level students who benefitted from the 2017/18 Ministry of National Security and Jamaica Police Federation Scholarships. The awards ceremony took place at Girl Guides Headquarters, 2 Waterloo Road, St Andrew on Thursday.
"I believe that your future is always in your hands, and a lot of times, we get things and continue getting things, and we don't value them. I believe that there needs to be a sense of community and a sense of responsibility for others, and I believe if this batch makes the effort, it is not only for them. It will also be for the children who are coming after them."
Stephen Francis, head coach of the MVP Track Club, received the highest honour of 15 individuals recognised for their service to sports at the annual Ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards on the lawns of King's House yesterday.
The others recognised for their contribution to sports, out of the 257 honoured, were Ian Forbes, Maurice Wilson, Chris Gayle, Stafanie Taylor, Brian Breeze, Simone Edwards, Theodore Whitmore, George HoSang, Khaleel Azan, Alexander Hamilton, Paul Hoo, Dr Donald Phillibert, Lloyd Pommells, and Colonel (Ret'd) Samuel Francis.
The outspoken Francis, who has guided the careers of track and field stars such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Melaine Walker, Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, and Brigitte Foster-Hylton, among others, was appointed a member of the Order of Jamaica, the country's fourth-highest honour, for outstanding contribution to track and field through coaching.
“It's obviously a great honour,” Francis told the Jamaica Observer after being conferred with the award.
“I know that there are a lot of Jamaicans out there who say that they really like the job that we do at MVP, and what we have done over the years, so I think this is a good token for them, and it's added motivation to continue doing what we have been doing,” he added.
Colonel Francis, as well as Forbes, Gayle, Hamilton, Hoo, and Dr Phillibert were appointed members of the Order of Distinction (Commander class). Colonel Francis was recognised for outstanding contribution to the field of education, training and sports; Forbes for his service through volunteerism in the field of sports and youth mentorship; Gayle for outstanding service to Jamaica and West Indies cricket for the past 20 years; Hamilton for outstanding contribution to the horse racing industry; Hoo for outstanding contribution to the sporting industry in Jamaica; and Dr Phillibert for contribution in the field of medicine, in particular gynaecology, as well as education, sports and to the Jamaica Diaspora.
Gayle's father, Dudley, who received the award on behalf of the star cricketer, was elated when he spoke with the Observer.
“I feel great and honoured to be here collecting this award; he's such a humble guy. I'm grateful God has blessed him throughout his career. He's very generous. He's such a pleasant person, humble, loving, and kind,” he said before wishing his son continued “health and strength”.
Though absent to collect his award, Chris Gayle expressed his gratitude in an Instagram post yesterday.
“I have received many awards playing cricket all over the world. However, to receive this award from my country is an extremely special moment in my life, even more so on the day we recognise heroes and forefathers who have helped to pave the way for us. Thank you, Jamaica. Words can't explain the feeling. I will continue to wave the flag wherever I go. Congratulations to all the other recipients. One love! Sorry I couldn't be there but the #UniverseBossDad Representing. # Grateful,” he wrote.
The others were appointed as members of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer. Azan for his outstanding contribution to Jamaica's sporting industry; Breese for contribution to sports and nation-building; Edwards for contribution to Jamaica's women's national basketball; HoSang for contribution to the horse racing industry; Pommells for sterling contribution to the Social Development Commission and the Sports Development Foundation; Taylor for sterling contribution to Jamaica and West Indies Women's cricket; Whitmore for contribution to sports, nationally and internationally, in particular football as a player and coach; and Wilson for contribution to sports in Jamaica, in particular track and field.
For Wilson the award is an inspiration to continue the hard work.
“It's a humbling feeling. As I was saying to my friend [just] a while ago, I never thought about this before now, so it's extremely humbling, and it just gives me a lot of inspiration to continue the hard work that I have been doing,” he told the Observer.
For Whitmore, the two-goal hero for the Reggae Boyz in their 2-1 win over Japan at the 1998 FIFA World Cup Finals in France, it was pure joy.
“It's a privilege to be honoured by your country and the great work continues, as I will always continue to work for the country,” he said.
Article Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/great-honour-francis-other-sports-personalities-grateful-for-national-honours_114148?profile=1606